Architecture critic @Phillyinquirer, full-time city person, militant pedestrian, slow-moving cyclist. Did I really win 2014 Pulitzer? ingasaffron@gmail.com

Changing Skyline: It's what makes Subaru a tax dodge

philly.com — Over the years, New Jersey officials have come up with one scheme after another to revive Camden, the state's poorest city. First, there was the entertainment zone along the Delaware waterfront. Now, there is the Gateway District off Admiral Wilson Boulevard, near Campbell Soup.

Changing Skyline: 'Cheesecake Factory Building' creates heft with glass

articles.philly.com — The incongruity of it all has made the modest three-story retail building one of the most anticipated works of architecture in Philadelphia, right up there with Norman Foster's 1,121-foot Comcast tower. That's pretty amusing given that glass facades are popping up everywhere - with mostly unremarkable results.

Good Eye: Germantown's Market Square

philly.com — Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 3:01 AM As you rumble along the cobblestone avenue into the historic heart of Germantown, the street suddenly opens up to reveal a charming town common that looks more New England than Philadelphia. Known as Market Square, the half-acre park at Church Lane is bordered by an evocative mix of early American architecture.
Aug 24, 2015

How this Germantown Square was shaped to be Philly's mini Colonial Williamsburg. My GoodEye: bit.ly/1hBnt83 pic.twitter.com/Lq6NZ0qBfa

Aug 24, 2015

RT @germantowncdc: Oo. @IngaSaffron has eyes for Market Square, a half-acre park at Germantown Ave & Church Lane buff.ly/1Js5oPP htt…

Good Eye: Germantown's Market Square

philly.com — Posted: Sunday, August 23, 2015, 3:01 AM As you rumble along the cobblestone avenue into the historic heart of Germantown, the street suddenly opens up to reveal a charming town common that looks more New England than Philadelphia. Known as Market Square, the half-acre park at Church Lane is bordered by an evocative mix of early American architecture.
Aug 23, 2015

Germantown Ave's Market Square might have been designed by Penn's planners, but wasn't fb.me/6In0umXAy

Aug 23, 2015

A square in Germantown, Philly that looks like it was plucked out of New England. My GoodEye: bit.ly/1hBnt83 pic.twitter.com/zbsODb0XRr

Aug 23, 2015

That time when they wanted to turn a Germantown square into Philly's colonial Williamsburg. bit.ly/1hBnt83 pic.twitter.com/WRIYzldnez

Changing Skyline: 'Cheesecake Factory Building' creates heft with glass

philly.com — The Cheesecake Factory's design sensibility, like its menu, is founded on the belief that too much is never enough. In contrast, the architects at Bohlin Cywinski Jackson operate on the presumption that you're usually better off with less. That thinking has informed their coolly minimalist designs for the Apple stores, most notably their wispy glass cube in Manhattan.
Aug 14, 2015

Cheesecake building has real meat on its bones, even if it's not a 5-star architectural experience fb.me/2DXFnSKVv

Aug 14, 2015

After I praised BCJ's design for Philly's Cheesecake Factory, I was afraid I might have to eat my high-caloric words. bit.ly/1h9HK4k

Aug 14, 2015

RT @amandakhurley: Philly's unholy architectural mashup of Bohlin Cywinski Jackson and Cheesecake Factory? It works, says @IngaSaffron: mobile.philly.com/living/?wss=/p…

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No decision made on gun sales in West Poplar

philly.com — In the three years since Yuri Zalzman purchased an old shooting range in the reviving North Philadelphia neighborhood of West Poplar, he has hosted gun enthusiasts, sold ammunition to customers, and rented guns to practicing marksmen. Now he thinks he should be allowed to sell firearms, too.
Aug 13, 2015

Looks W. Poplar shooting range owner is trying turn his application for a gun shop into a federal case. bit.ly/1DMyH3p

Aug 13, 2015

Owner of shooting range in reviving W Poplar nabe appeals to Philly ZBA to open a gun shop. bit.ly/1DMyH3p pic.twitter.com/f8aT9Et4KC

Advocates protest plan to open gun shop on reviving Spring Garden Street neighborhood

philly.com — For years, Philadelphia's anti-violence groups made weekly pilgrimages to Colosimo's gun shop on Spring Garden Street to protest its lax sales practices. The tiny store was notorious for providing more weapons to street criminals than any other shop in Philadelphia.
Aug 09, 2015

And now some guy wants to open a gun shop in a reviving N. Philly nabe. My story: bit.ly/1ID2PuH

Aug 10, 2015

Protestors decry proposal to open a new gun shop inside a former shooting range on Spring Garden Street fb.me/4yZ7hcdY3

Aug 10, 2015

Some guy wants to open a gun store in a quickly reviving N Philly hood. My story: bit.ly/1ID2PuH

Aug 12, 2015

Should Philly allow a gun shop in a reviving N. Philly nabe? Zoning hearing at noon today. bit.ly/1ID2PuH

Good Eye: Dropsie College's elegant temple

philly.com — Battle-scarred as it is, North Broad Street is still punctuated with an extraordinary collection of majestic buildings. The farther north you go, the more beat-up its gilded relics seem to get. Yet at the corner of York Street, you'll find an intact neoclassical temple sharing company with a gas station and a vacant laundromat.
Aug 09, 2015

Two great Jewish institutions on Philly's N. Broad St that were designed to look classically American. My GoodEye: bit.ly/1NjOlmA

Aug 10, 2015

Why two great Jewish institutions on Philly's N Broad were designed to look classically American. My GoodEye: bit.ly/1NjOlmA

Aug 13, 2015

RT @mpomeroy3: I love these amazing (but neglected) buildings in #Philly @ingasaffron shares bit.ly/1NjOlmA @phillydotcom

Good Eye: Dropsie College's elegant temple

philly.com — Battle-scarred as it is, North Broad Street is still punctuated with an extraordinary collection of majestic buildings. The farther north you go, the more beat-up its gilded relics seem to get. Yet at the corner of York Street, you'll find an intact neoclassical temple sharing company with a gas station and a vacant laundromat.
Aug 09, 2015

Dropsie College is a elegantly proportioned temple on North Broad Street fb.me/7Bcc6ETm7

Aug 09, 2015

RT @SPSalisbury: Dropsie College is a elegantly proportioned temple on North Broad Street fb.me/7Bcc6ETm7

Changing Skyline: Dear Point Breeze: Manage gentrification

philly.com — In most Philadelphia neighborhoods, two recent zoning cases would have been treated as routine proposals. One called for 22 rowhouses to rise from the rubble of a crumbling factory. The other sought permission to turn a trash-strewn lot into a summertime beer garden. But in Point Breeze, a zoning case is never just about zoning.
Aug 10, 2015

ICYMI: My primer on managing gentrification in Philly. bit.ly/1IMJkz4

Aug 07, 2015

Building boom and gentrification leave bitter taste in Point Breeze fb.me/29hvO4eES

Aug 07, 2015

Dear Pt. Breeze: Stop fighting gentrification. Manage it. Here's how: bit.ly/1IMJkz4

Aug 07, 2015

RT @IngaSaffron: Dear Pt. Breeze: Stop fighting gentrification. Manage it. Here's how: bit.ly/1IMJkz4

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Aug 26, 2015

RT @JuliaTerruso: Fun story from @samanthamelamed on pope merch gone crazy. philly.com/philly/living/… I still think Peace Be With Yous is my fav slogan, though.

Aug 26, 2015

Nice to see @JStavin and PMC come around to ground floor retail at One Water Street apts. bit.ly/1JyGjHm pic.twitter.com/8Y8bMEfOS1

Aug 24, 2015

RT @germantowncdc: Oo. @IngaSaffron has eyes for Market Square, a half-acre park at Germantown Ave & Church Lane buff.ly/1Js5oPP htt…

Aug 24, 2015

@radiocolin @denis_hamill Yeah, but tearing out the plazas would be like closing a park to keep people from geing mugged

Aug 24, 2015

How this Germantown Square was shaped to be Philly's mini Colonial Williamsburg. My GoodEye: bit.ly/1hBnt83 pic.twitter.com/Lq6NZ0qBfa


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