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    • St. Peter Claver Catholic Church
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Saying goodbye to Philadelphia’s first black Catholic church

By Ashley Hahn Over tea, at her kitchen table, Adrienne Andrews Harris cracks open a thick binder containing the story of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. It’s a blend of…

    • 702 Sansom rendering, from NE | January 2018
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Why is Toll Bros. designing a "background" building for an iconic Philly neighborhood?

By Ashley Hahn After a couple of false starts, Toll Bros. is advancing a scaled-back proposal for a condo building, replacing five buildings at the edge of Jewelers’ Row. Toll unveiled…

    • The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has fought the proposed demolition of a portion Jeweler's Row by the Toll Brothers
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Taking a Toll on Jewelers Row

What kind of city do we want to be? That’s the question ringing in my ears reflecting on the news that Toll Brothers has plans to raze five adjacent properties on…

    • Washington Square | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

On Washington Square: From 'pervert park' to classic cultural landscape

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

    • 300 block of South Camac Street
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Building Stories: the rowhouse

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building & William Penn Annex Post Office, 9th Street side
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Building Stories: Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building and William Penn Annex Post Office

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Camac Street saw half a block of repairs in summer 2015.
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Spotted: Temporary fixes for part of Camac Street's wooden block

I count Philly’s wee streets as some of our most special public places, and the block of Camac Street between Walnut and Locust that’s paved with wood blocks is one of…

    • Automat sign, 818 Chestnut Street
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Spotted: Automat Americana

One of Philly’s finest Art Deco storefronts is 818 Chestnut Street, where the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened in 1902. Passing by the other day I noticed that the facade's…

    • Milled 8th Street awaits resurfacing.
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Safer intersections through Center City paving project

A street resurfacing project underway in the southeastern part of Center City is set to bring more than smooth pavement to several roads. The project is also allowing the Streets Department…

    • 1200-1202 Chestnut Street
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Former Beneficial Bank HQ has new owner, reuse uncertain

At the southwest corner of 12th and Chestnut streets sits the dignified but vacant former Beneficial Savings Fund Society building, designed by Horace Trumbauer as the bank's headquarters in 1916. Beneficial…

    • Nix windows
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Nix federal building in need of repair

Market East's historic Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse could get a needed facelift thanks to a $3.416 million request included in President Obama's 2014 budget. The Nix building,…

    • Seger Park Playground
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Seger Park's new playground

Back in November Eyes on the Street reported that construction on Seger Park’s new playground was cruising along. And after being closed for four months, Seger Park Playground reopened on January…

    • Camac Street's oak block pavers were getting chewed up. (October 9, 2012)
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Camac Street's wooden blocks repaired

I have a particular fascination with Philadelphia's network of alleys and small streets, and I count the the wood-paved 200 block of Camac Street as a personal favorite. So I was…

    • Eyes on the Street: Atlantic Building bought by Post Brothers

Eyes on the Street: Atlantic Building bought by Post Brothers

The Atlantic Building, a 1920s office tower standing at Spruce and South Broad, has been sold to Post Brothers. Yes, that Post Brothers, Matthew and Michael Pestronk. The ones converting the…

    • Heron sprayground
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Help Desk: Is Seger Park's splash pad busted? Where's a toddler to cool off?

[updated 7/18/12 at 6:54pm] On a recent scorchingly hot afternoon, I stopped by Herron Playground at 2nd and Reed streets and saw throngs of kids and parents cooling off in the…

    • April 25, 1949: 1330 Chestnut Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
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Mid-Century Philly: 1300 block of Chestnut

Our Mid-Century Philly set continues today with a look at the south side of the 1300 block of Chestnut Street. Recognize the storefront above? When this F.W. Woolworth store opened at…

    • 1013 Market Street | Parker & Mullikin | Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Pictures Collection
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Mid-Century Philly: Market East

For our first Mid-Century Philly feature, culled from fantastic real estate photographs by Parker & Mullikin, we turn to Market East. Here is a view of the 1000 block of Market…

    • A sharrow on Spruce Street indicates that bikes and cars must share the lane.
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Multi-modal with MOTU: Cycle logic [Part 2]

In Part 1 of this biking edition of Multi-modal with MOTU, I visited a pedestrian plaza to-be and explored a few of West and Southwest Philadelphia’s new, old, and possible bike…

    • BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South Street
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BigBelly Solar Compactors Get Noticed

BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South StreetNew York magazine named Philly’s BigBelly Solar trashcans a favorite recent urban invention in its current issue on Urban Global Design, in which our…

    • Pennsylvania Hospital's Pine Building gets new slate roof.
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New slate roof graces Pennsylvania Hospital's Pine Building

America’s first public hospital sits at the corner of 8th and Pine streets, and its oldest wing is getting a new slate roof. The East Wing of Pennsylvania Hospital’s Pine Building…

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