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

A to-do list for Philly before the pope, Democrats arrive

philly.com — Company's coming. First Pope Francis and his throngs of followers in September, then the Democratic National Convention next July. Having cleaned up nicely over the last two decades, Philadelphia is eager to show off its bustling streets, sophisticated food scene, boundary-pushing cultural offerings, and shiny new buildings and parks.
Jul 31, 2015

Rather than hide the unsightly stuff under the bed, here's what Philly can do to prepare for the pope, DNC. bit.ly/1haozHn

Jul 31, 2015

Why can't SEPTA install signs with real-time bus information? po.st/PuSKLf There was no will to do it. articles.philly.com/2014-12-03/new…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @phillydesign: Hosting big events = a chance to make improvements. Brilliant Philly to-do list by @IngaSaffron + @samanthamelamed philly.com/philly/enterta…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @phillydesign: Hosting big events = a chance to make improvements. Brilliant Philly to-do list by @IngaSaffron + @samanthamelamed philly.com/philly/enterta…

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Changing Skyline: A pope visit with little security? So it was in 1979

philly.com — The pope was immensely popular, and his visit to the redbrick city was seen as a history-making event. People streamed in - by bus, train, and foot - to hear him speak in a sprawling public park, and they turned the city's old, narrow streets into tributaries of flowing humanity.
Jul 31, 2015

Pope in midst of The Troubles didn't lead to security frenzy looming for Philadelphia fb.me/6JtHTCTuQ

Jul 31, 2015

What it was like to host the pope before we became obsessed with security. My column on JP II's 1979 visit to Dublin. bit.ly/1De2bH9

Jul 31, 2015

What it was like to host a Pope before the age of high security. My column on JP II's 1979 trip: bit.ly/1De2bH9

Jul 31, 2015

Those free-wheeling days of covering a Pope's visit, before the age of high security. My column: bit.ly/1De2bH9

Jul 31, 2015

RT @billy_penn: .@ingasaffron describes a time when a pope visit didn't mean shutting a whole city down. philly.com/philly/living/…

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Good Eye: Decorated Doors

philly.com — Historians will debate whether Ralph Bencker was a modernist or Art Deco architect. Like so many practitioners in the 1920s and '30s, he combines the sensibility of both in his work, which can be found throughout Philadelphia. But his best-known design, the R.W.
Jul 27, 2015

The history of advertising, told in bronze doors of Philly's former NW Ayer HQ. My GoodEye: bit.ly/1Kry7rk pic.twitter.com/BlaK9vo8Fp

Good Eye: Decorated Doors

philly.com — Historians will debate whether Ralph Bencker was a modernist or Art Deco architect. Like so many practitioners in the 1920s and '30s, he combines the sensibility of both in his work, which can be found throughout Philadelphia. But his best-known design, the R.W.
Jul 26, 2015

Recently polished bronze doors of Ayer building pitch the story of advertising with deco flair fb.me/4M6bw2uQn

Changing Skyline: Some of city's best new architecture is at the Navy Yard

articles.philly.com — The credit goes entirely to Liberty Property Trust, which controls most of the Navy Yard's new construction, and its vice president for urban development, John Gattuso. Acting as a latter-day Medici, he has assembled an impressive stable of designers and given them license and money to craft buildings that are both beautifully made and rigorously urban.
Jul 24, 2015

RT @IngaSaffron: Some of Philly's best new architecture is happening at the old Navy Yard. My column: bit.ly/1JmKbqE pic.twitter.com/3CKrg8g9EQ

Changing Skyline: Wing and a prayer? Not so when rethinking religious buildings

Jul 24, 2015

Fifty ways to reuse an old church or synagogue. My column on the ones that got saved: bit.ly/1g94m4B

Jul 24, 2015

Re-using an old church isn't as hard as Philly's archdiocese says it is. My column on the saved: bit.ly/1g94m4B

Jul 24, 2015

Old religious buildings need imagination, not the wrecking ball fb.me/7obE8T9vq

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Changing Skyline: Some of city's best new architecture is at the Navy Yard

philly.com — It has been 15 years since the Philadelphia Navy Yard was turned into a suburban-style office park. Lured by the promise of free parking and easy highway access, dozens of companies now make their home there, employing some 12,000 people. The development is widely considered an economic success.

Good Eye: Engine 29 firehouse

philly.com — As befitting a city that established America's first volunteer firefighting company, Philadelphia is full of interesting old firehouses. After the volunteers were converted into a professional department in 1870, the city went on a firehouse-building binge. The stout, H.H. Richardson-inspired firehouse in South Kensington is one of the great survivors from that period.
Jul 12, 2015

What are those mysterious Pa Dutch symbols doing on South Kensington firehouse? My GoodEye column: bit.ly/1O3m4kX

Jul 13, 2015

Engine 29 at 1221 N. Fourth St., constructed in 1893 in the Romanesque Revival style fb.me/6uYyWfzbK

Jul 13, 2015

ICYMI: A Philly firehouse with mysterious Pa Dutch hex signs. My GoodEye column. bit.ly/1O3m4kX

For now, St. Laurentius is safe from destruction

philly.com — Last updated: Saturday, July 11, 2015, 11:15 PM In a decision that will protect Fishtown's St. Laurentius Roman Catholic Church from demolition - at least temporarily - the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted overwhelmingly Friday to grant the 19th-century building historic status.

For now: Fishtown's St. Laurentius Catholic Church is historic and safe from destruction

philly.com — Posted: Friday, July 10, 2015, 4:47 PM In a decision that will protect Fishtown's St. Laurentius Roman Catholic church from demolition - at least temporarily - Philadelphia's Historical Commission voted overwhelmingly on Friday to grant the 19th-century building historic status.
Jul 10, 2015

Giving Philly's St. Laurentius church historic status is only the start of long legal fight over ownership. My story: bit.ly/1ULW6af

Jul 11, 2015

Fishtown's St. Laurentius granted historical status, at least temporarily holding off wrecking ball fb.me/4D7YeHNBm

Jul 11, 2015

Philly's St. Laurentius wins historic designation. Now who really owns it? My story: bit.ly/1ULW6af

Jul 13, 2015

Battle brewing over ownership of Philly's Oldest Polish church, St. Laurentius in Fishtown bit.ly/1ULW6af

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Aug 03, 2015

An Old City, Philly building is burning & it's deja vu all over again. My 2014 look at the failed historic district. bit.ly/1M70K0h

Aug 03, 2015

This story by @samanthamelamed offers insights on how our criminal justice system wrecks families. #BlackLivesMatter bit.ly/1M6k4KY

Aug 03, 2015

ICYMI: Remembering what it was like to host a pope before the age of high security. bit.ly/1De2bH9

Jul 31, 2015

Before the the DFW movie, there were the interviews, smartly reviewed by @KenKalfus twitter.com/kenkalfus/stat…

Jul 31, 2015

So who's driving Philly's pre-pope security mania, the city or the Secret Service? via @JuliaTerruso bit.ly/1MXKeN4

Jul 31, 2015

RT @billy_penn: .@ingasaffron describes a time when a pope visit didn't mean shutting a whole city down. philly.com/philly/living/…

Jul 31, 2015

RT @emaleigh: Most of this list should be happening anyway, @Pontifex & Dems or not. Get it done! bit.ly/1MyHeIM via @IngaSaffron @…

Jul 31, 2015

Those free-wheeling days of covering a Pope's visit, before the age of high security. My column: bit.ly/1De2bH9

Jul 31, 2015

What it was like to host a Pope before the age of high security. My column on JP II's 1979 trip: bit.ly/1De2bH9

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