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In this plague, we must learn to play alone in our parks | Inga Saffron

After 9/11, we rallied together in parks and squares to hold vigils for the victims, hugging strangers as a way of expressing solidarity. This time, there are no warm embraces. We can only demonstrate our social connectedness by coming together in the same place, six feet apart.
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In this plague, we must learn to play alone in our parks | Inga Saffron

After 9/11, we rallied together in parks and squares to hold vigils for the victims, hugging strangers as a way of expressing solidarity. This time, there are no warm embraces. We can only demonstrate our social connectedness by coming together in the same place, six feet apart.

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Philadelphia has endured plagues before. It adapted and became a better place. | Inga Saffron

Is digital infrastructure the sanitation of our time? What does that mean for the future of cities?
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Philadelphia has endured plagues before. It adapted and became a better place. | Inga Saffron

Is digital infrastructure the sanitation of our time? What does that mean for the future of cities?

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It’s not just Philly’s historic buildings that are crumbling. So are its historic records. | Inga Saffron

Tracey Gordon promised to bring order to Philadelphia's valuable collection of vital records after she defeated a 10-term incumbent and was elected Philadelphia's Register of Wills. Instead, she gave the job to an untrained party stalwart, former City Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown.
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It’s not just Philly’s historic buildings that are crumbling. So are its historic records. | Inga Saffron

Tracey Gordon promised to bring order to Philadelphia's valuable collection of vital records after she defeated a 10-term incumbent and was elected Philadelphia's Register of Wills. Instead, she gave the job to an untrained party stalwart, former City Councilmember Blondell Reynolds Brown.
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Is this energy-efficient approach to green design a gimmick or meaningful architecture?

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The Catholic cathedral’s place on Philly’s skyline is sacred. Will two new towers wreck the view?

Before we strangle a Philadelphia icon with blue glass towers, let's see the whole plan.

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The striking design of Jefferson hospital’s Scott Memorial Library is a metaphor for the activities that go on inside.

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Whole Foods cafes are falling victim to Amazon’s product-centered strategy

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Despite its wealth of great municipal architecture, Philadelphia's ambitions aren't what they once were.

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City workers turn Philadelphia’s iconic Parkway into an illegal parking lot, and others follow | Inga Saffron

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The ‘Clothespin’ is liberated. Now can Centre Square’s renovations make us love Brutalist design? | Inga Saffron

The latest overhaul of Centre Square's lobby and atrium offers useful lessons for others trying to adapt Brutalist buildings to modern tastes.

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This great headhouse on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line embodies lofty architectural ambitions

The tiny Gothic building owes its survival to its location in a corner of Harrowgate Park.

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With Clay Studio’s move to North American Street, a new creative cluster emerges in South Kensington | Inga Saffron

Could an old Philadelphia industrial corridor become a new arts district? The Clay Studio is betting on it.

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Can eliminating traffic lights and adding a ‘Dutch’ roundabout fix a dangerous Philly intersection?

Just don't call it a traffic circle. The redesign of the intersection of Frankford Avenue, Trenton Avenue and York Street in Kensington is inspired by progressive Dutch engineering.

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How the smartphone explains Philly’s most profound urban design changes this decade

Gentrification, traffic congestion, and the retail apocalypse are all linked to our devices.

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