Kahn you dig it?!

“Philadelphia’s own Packard Motor Company Building (1911) situated on what was a bustling auto sales district along North Broad Street deftly straddled the line between functionality and ornament. The building was part showroom part service center–all on a 75’ wide lot hemmed in by Pearl and Wood Streets. Often grappling with dense urban sites in the construction […]

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A Petaled Rose Of Hell: Refineries, Fire Risk, And The New Geography Of Oil In Philadelphia’s Tidewater

[TANK FARM NEAR PASSYUNK HOMES] Philadelphia’s refining districts have always beckoned further investigation: sprawling, complex and economically vital their operations shrouded in secrecy, these spaces are deeply paradoxical–hidden in plain sight, seemingly benign in their proximity to our homes, schools, roads and places of business.  Long before Texas tea and OPEC, however, Philadelphia was the […]

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Artlantic City?

[CHANGING? ROBERT BARRY’S ILLUMINATED TEXTUAL PIECES] Above is an element of “Wonder”, an outdoor art installation part of Atlantic City’s Artlantic–a massive project to distribute $12 million in public art throughout the beleaguered city over the next five years. Located at Pacific and Indiana on the seven acre lot formerly occupied by the Traymore Hotel and the […]

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