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Kensington faces a new challenge: Luxury development. Can a woke developer mitigate gentrification? | Inga Saffron

The same development scenario has been playing out for two decades in other communities along the Market-Frankford line. Now a Kensington developer is trying to flip the script.
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Kensington faces a new challenge: Luxury development. Can a woke developer mitigate gentrification? | Inga Saffron

The same development scenario has been playing out for two decades in other communities along the Market-Frankford line. Now a Kensington developer is trying to flip the script.

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What was supposed to be Philadelphia’s premier ribbon park is now a ribbon of blight

Rail Park activists hope that the move will push Reading International to do something with the assortment of derelict properties it owns along the along the former Reading Viaduct.
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What was supposed to be Philadelphia’s premier ribbon park is now a ribbon of blight

Rail Park activists hope that the move will push Reading International to do something with the assortment of derelict properties it owns along the along the former Reading Viaduct.

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New York’s new Moynihan Train Hall is dazzling but flawed. Philly should do better. | Inga Saffron

Philadelphia already has a great 20th-century train station. What it needs is a transit champion to convince the new Biden administration to turn it into a great 21st-century train station.
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New York’s new Moynihan Train Hall is dazzling but flawed. Philly should do better. | Inga Saffron

Philadelphia already has a great 20th-century train station. What it needs is a transit champion to convince the new Biden administration to turn it into a great 21st-century train station.
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This developer has a plan to save the Painted Bride’s mosaic. The neighborhood wants to stop him.

The design is much more than just a laudable civic gesture; it's also a terrific work of architecture.

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Developer’s condos would destroy South Philly’s famed Black ‘Doctors’ Row’ | Inga Saffron

Once home to Black luminaries like architect Julian Abele and Rev. Charles Tindley, Christian has survived decades of neglect. What it may not endure is a perfect storm of zoning and tax incentives.

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Music barge designed by Louis Kahn could anchor in Philadelphia as a concert stage

One of the architect's last, and least known, projects could add luster to a major mixed-use project in the enormous power station next to Penn Treaty Park.

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Philly’s effort to recoup back taxes from tiny nonprofit could cost it something special | Inga Saffron

Is Chamounix Mansion a youth hostel or a hotel — or something entirely different?

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Debate over International House highlights what’s wrong with preservation in Philly: Everything is negotiable | Inga Saffron

If a proposed addition is approved, all that would be left is a partial view of the Brutalist building’s facade — the equivalent of someone being buried up to their chest in beach sand.

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Don’t count out office buildings yet. Philly developers push ahead with new, pandemic-resistant designs.

A growing number of lab buildings are becoming oases of activity when traditional offices are empty.

Philly officials recommend demolition of historic Rittenhouse Square buildings set ablaze amid unrest in May

The buildings are part of Philadelphia's most prestigious shopping street and part of a historic district.

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SEPTA’s new Wissahickon bus station promises better connections. But it could harm a beloved Philly landscape. | Inga Saffron

How do you insert a big bus station building into such a beloved space? Very carefully. That, unfortunately, is not how SEPTA and PennDOT have been proceeding.

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Why rejecting the Sixers’ arena is a grownup moment for Philadelphia | Inga Saffron

Philadelphia trusted the planning process, and it finally got the plan that Penn's Landing deserves.

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Sixers eye more than a new arena along Philly’s Delaware waterfront | Inga Saffron

The Sixers are promising to bring thousands of apartments, a hotel, two museums, a dozen restaurants, a supermarket, a new public school — along with that 19,000-seat arena — to the waterfront.

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Thousands more apartments are being proposed in Philly. Who will live there? | Inga Saffron

Nevermind the pandemic and economic uncertainty, developers believe this is a good time to be building.

Shut down by the coronavirus, Philadelphia’s convention center prepares to reopen

The convention-industrial complex is desperately looking for ways to reopen big meeting venues.

Coronavirus intensifies the city vs. suburbs debate in Philly | Inga Saffron

While the pandemic has circumscribed our lives in many ways, it has also opened up new possibilities for new living situations. What does that mean for cities?

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