Philadelphia

Andrew Evans

The Ghosts of Philadelphia's Demolished Past

A photographer layers history over buildings that no longer remain.

Caner Guney

Should Preservationists Train Their Eyes on Skylines?

Researchers have developed a GIS-based technique to keep track of skyline changes.

Mark Byrnes

The Dawn of the Municipal Chief Innovation Officer

San Francisco and Philadelphia are the first major U.S. cities to install innovation officers. What exactly do these guys do, and will their stodgy government colleagues let them get away with it?

Gary Dee/Wikimedia

This Week in Bans: Philly Outlaws Feeding the Homeless Outside

Plus, Los Tigres del Norte Rancho are banned in Mexico for singing about drugs; it's forbidden to sleep in your car in Santa Margarita; get those cars off of your front yards, Muskegon!

Philagrafika

How to Copy a Building

Two artists take a unique approach to preservation, creating to-scale images of historic interiors.

Reuters

As Usage Rises, Libraries Struggle to Stay Open

A new report focuses on the dire situation in 15 big cities, and highlights the changing role of the public library.

Shutterstock

The Case for Saving the Metro Editorial Board

Across the country, newspapers are cutting their editorial boards. Here's what we lose when they disappear.

Pennsylvania SPCA

Cockfighting in Philadelphia: 200-Plus Years of Feathery Mayhem

Truly, this is a city that loves to watch winged animals duel to their bloody deaths.

K. Scott Kreider

Telling the Story of the Great Recession Through Billboards

A Philadelphia photography project transforms ad spaces with pictures of the working poor.

You Are Where You Wear

The often subtle (and occasionally lucrative) art of expressing city pride, via t-shirt.

Reuters

The Rise of the Super Commuter

The number of people who work in a different city than they live is growing rapidly.

Courtesy of Peapod

The Grocery Store of the Future?

Virtual supermarkets may be coming soon to a transit station near you.

Hot or Not, the Philadelphia Edition

Which street scene is more beautiful? A website endeavors to answer that question.

OpenPlans

The Measure of a Beautiful Street

The OpenPlans.org team wants to see if it can quantify what makes one street nicer than another.

Image courtesy of Tom Ryaboi

The Art of Capturing a City From a Rooftop

An interview with Toronto photographer Tom Ryaboi, who likes to capture the city from up high - way up high.

Reuters

What the Latest Report on Racial Inequality Doesn't Tell Us

New numbers from the Urban Institute require some context.

Postcard From Philadelphia

A Charles Dickens birthday party at a bootleg statue and other news.

City of Philadelphia

Is Philadelphia's Mural Arts Program Worthy of Hate?

The murals can't be that ugly. Or can they?

Studio L’Image

The Surprisingly Complex Art of Urban Wayfinding

Why some signs help you get where you're going while others get you lost.