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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Philly imagined a Delaware waterfront full of apartments. Instead, we’re getting suburban-style townhouses. | Inga Saffron

“The problem on the waterfront today isn’t overbuilding,” said Matt Ruben, the longtime chairman of the Central Delaware Advisory Group. “It’s underbuilding.”


Who runs Dilworth Park is more important than who runs its new coffee kiosk | Inga Saffron

The public has too little control over policy decisions at the privately run park.


There isn’t a single good reason for Philly’s parks department to tear this building down

The round pavilion opened the same year as the "flying saucer" Welcome Center in LOVE Park.


That’s not an old factory; it’s a brand new apartment building in South Philly | Inga Saffron

An alternative to Philadelphia's glass-and-metal, fast-casual architecture gets a thumbs-up from neighbors — and the architect's father.


New digital board brings 30th Street Station into the modern world — and makes it more like everywhere else | Inga Saffron

But there is still a chance Amtrak will change directions and install a modern split-flap board.

Amtrak’s new digital sign at 30th St. Station is up and running

A month after Amtrak removed the black-and-white, analog split-flap information board from 30th Street Station, the railroad move into the digital age in time for Thursday's morning rush hour.


How an obscure City Council rule leaves a trail of blight in Philadelphia | Inga Saffron

The outdated practice of councilmanic prerogative costs the city money, prolongs blight, and makes its streets less safe.


With Philadelphia Housing Authority’s move to Sharswood, the struggle to revive Ridge Avenue begins | Inga Saffron

For poor and redeveloping neighborhoods, it’s an uphill battle against the forces of suburbanization.


The forgotten history of Philadelphia’s early gas stations | Inga Saffron

Gassing up used to mean a trip to a diminutive Spanish Colonial hacienda or an English Cottage.


Society Hill was an urban planning masterpiece. Will these new towers ruin the design? | Inga Saffron

Despite a legacy of great historic and modern architecture, Society Hill struggles to find a place for new buildings.