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Inga Saffron

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Inga Saffron is the Architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer.

The U-shaped steel bike rack is surely the unsung workhorse of urban street furniture. U racks - more accurately, upside-down U's - are so plain, so recessive, you don't really see them until you need one. (And then, invariably, they're full.) U racks are cheap. Their streamlined form takes up very little space. Except in extreme circumstances, they're also indestructible. All that makes them a nearly perfect design.
Garages would block off bank of Schuylkill
Spring cleaning: 9 products to get your office super-organized
Gratifying tale of 2 historic gems preserved
This is a column for those who believe Philadelphia's historic, but decrepit, white elephants aren't worth keeping around. It concerns two large boardinghouses on the Mount Airy-Germantown border built more than a century ago, in an era when seniors lived out their days taking in the air on Victorian porches and staging music recitals in the parlor.
Garages would block off bank of Schuylkill
Cherry Blossom Festival: Stop and smell the sakura
CHOP project faces intense criticism

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