Since becoming the Inquirer's architecture critic in 1999, Inga Saffron has been just as likely to turn her eye toward Philadelphia's waterfronts and sidewalks as to the latest glittering skyscraper. She is drawn to projects of all sizes and shapes, but especially those that form the backdrop of our daily lives.

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The discreet charm of Fishtown’s working-class architecture

Stone facade on Fishtown bar is totally fake and totally great.


As Old City booms, new buildings struggle to make themselves part of the neighborhood | Inga Saffron

The National and 218 Arch incorporate historic elements into their designs.


How one small condo building could harm the Parkway, Rodin Museum, and Philly’s dream of a new rail park | Inga Saffron

The current design would privatize one of Philadelphia's most beloved public spaces.


Comcast’s new skyscraper syncs its architecture to the rhythms of Philadelphia

The city's tallest building offers something more lasting and meaningful than mere height record.


When North Broad Street was home to Philadelphia’s retail titans

Even in the 19th Century, the rich had their McMansions.

After 18-month study, Mayor Kenney’s preservation task force offers a few (modest) proposals

A handy, condensed guide to the task force's recommendations on how to manage Philadelphia's preservation crisis.


Did Philadelphia make a terrible mistake getting rid of the Chestnut Street Transitway?

The bus-only corridor was blamed for killing retail on Chestnut Street. Today, Philadelphia is more worried about traffic congestion than losing foot traffic.

After talk with Philly congressman, Amtrak says it may keep flipboard at 30th Street Station

The iconic, clacking, ’70s-era flipboard at 30th Street Station may not go silent after all.Amtrak is reconsidering its decision to replace the electromechanical information board with a digital screen, according to Philadelphia-area Congressman Brendan Boyle.


The building that Ed Bacon thought was too ugly for Society Hill | Inga Saffron

Once the subject of fierce architectural debates, the Old Pine Community Center now sits with ease among its colonial neighbors.


Amtrak, keep the mod flipboard sign. It’s part of your heritage. | Inga Saffron

Installed shortly after Amtrak was created in 1971, the pre-digital information board is part of the railroad's origin story.