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How does historic preservation work in Philadelphia?

Founded in 1955, the Philadelphia Historical Commission was one of the nation’s first municipal preservation boards to have citywide jurisdiction.

  • With the power to halt demolitions or construction, and change the costs of owning or developing a property, PHC’s decision-making can affect the future as much as the past.

Historic designation can start feuds — or inspire new solutions. Jordan Levy breaks down how it all works, and how you can have a say in the process.

A tour of dead and dying malls around Philadelphia

Once as iconic to American culture as baseball and apple pie, the shopping mall is now a dying breed, with only about 1,000 left nationwide.

  • The Philly region is full of these bygone landmarks, and they survive in varying states. Some are quaint and dated, others have been smothered by corporate makeovers attempts.

A couple are still bustling and busy, if confounding to navigate. For Billy Penn, Kurt Schiller takes a tour of eight dead and dying malls around Philadelphia.

RECAP: What else happened?

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MAYOR WATCH

Nothing on the public schedule today for Mayor Jim Kenney. Though he still has 17 months left in office, some are looking forward to his replacement. “We need somebody that smiles,” a real estate professional said at a recent business leader lunch, per The Inquirer. “We have plenty of pride in Philly; we need more joy.”

ON THE CALENDAR

? BP Quizzo is taking over the casino at the South Philly sports complex! Help us swarm the Sports & Social bar with nerdy trivia about all things Philadelphia. Prizes include gift cards and beach chairs, all free with RSVP. (6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17)

?‍? Anyone working in tech or at a startup can find networking Valhalla at the PHL Innovation Picnic, back at the Navy Yard after a pandemic pause. Tickets start at $25. (5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4)

?️ BYO chairs and blankets to watch “Spider-Man: No Way Home” at Dilworth Park’s free movie night. Popcorn and snacks are available to purchase, plus booze for adults. (8:15 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5)