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July 19, 2011, 6am PDT
Plans are emerging to revamp the public space surrounding Philadelphia's 30th Street train station to create a more vibrant way to enter the city.
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June 24, 2011, 11am PDT
That's how Inga Saffron describes New York's High Line, the unique park built into unused infrastructure that has cities clamoring for their own version. Philadelphia might get one too, on the Reading Viaduct.
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June 23, 2011, 9am PDT
Philadelphia is embarking on a long-term planning effort -- one in a string of many efforts over the past few decades. But this effort is different, compiling many small-scale plans for the city's future.
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June 11, 2011, 9am PDT
Two big names are calling for more high rise development and less of the historic preservation efforts that have often prevented it in dense urban areas. <em>The Philadelphia Inquirer</em>'s Inga Saffron says they're wrong.
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June 8, 2011, 6am PDT
The Philadelphia Housing Authority owns over 3,000 homes and would like to get rid of 1/3rd of them.
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June 2, 2011, 11am PDT
Philadelphia is seeing a surge in new parks, as new public-realm projects are either opening or moving closer towards development.
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May 13, 2011, 12pm PDT
Community groups in Philadelphia are trying to remake blighted vacant properties into community gardens and neighborhood amenities.
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April 8, 2011, 9am PDT
Climate change is expected to create major shifts in the amount of water and rainfall in cities in the near future. A recent symposium in Philadelphia on urban water delved into this emerging problem.
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March 7, 2011, 11am PST
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will take on the responsibilities of the Philadelphia agency for at least one year, after revelations of profligate spending led to the termination of the former Executive Director.
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February 14, 2011, 6am PST
Three public plazas in the center of Philadelphia are set to see much-needed makeovers, and soon.
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January 8, 2011, 5am PST
Critic Inga Saffron says that the interesting architecture and urban design is happening on the small scale: small parks, small houses and small plans.
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December 27, 2010, 10am PST
A new Independence Mall stands in the historic heart of Philadelphia, a decade after the old mall's demolition. According to <em>The Inquirer's</em> Inga Saffron, the new space has been a major boon for tourists but has alienated many city residents.
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November 9, 2010, 2pm PST
The Pennsylvanian township of Upper Salford is auctioning off a 35-year-old wooden bridge to the highest bidder through an online forum, the latest creative solution for cash-strapped local governments seeking to clean up expensive local problems.
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November 7, 2010, 7am PST
Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron gives a thumbs up to the design of Philadelphia's new South Street Bridge, which includes a bike lane that connects to bike paths on each side.
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October 21, 2010, 12pm PDT
For more than 40 years, the city of Philadelphia has had its sights set on transforming the Delaware Riverfront, but few plans have taken hold and little transformation has actually occurred. A new master plan could finally make it happen.
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September 13, 2010, 1pm PDT
The Church of the Assumption, a mid-19th century building, is slated to be demolished. The Philadelphia Historical Commission is allowing the demolition after the non-profit that owns the site claimed it was financially incapable of the repairs.
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May 27, 2010, 8am PDT
With one of Philadelphia's best-supported public parks in danger of losing the private funding that keeps it maintained, <em>Philadelphia Inquirer</em> architecture critic Inga Saffron looks at the sad state of the city's parks.
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May 12, 2010, 1pm PDT
The group that maintains Philadelphia's famed Rittenhouse Square has put a lot of maintenance work into making it a lovely space, but is faced with mounting expenses and needs new ways to pay for them.
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May 4, 2010, 5am PDT
Pennsylvania's Transportation Advisory Committee says the state desperately needs to boost its budget for transit, roads and especially bridges by $3 billion.
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March 23, 2010, 6am PDT
The new casino rising along Philadelphia's Delaware River is likely to be little more than a drab Big Box with gambling inside, according to this review from Philadelphia Inquirer architecture critic Inga Saffron.
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