BIG UPS go out to our homegirl — the inimitable Inga Saffron — for her nice profile in the March issue of Philadelphia Magazine. (Yes, she’s our homegirl… even if she doesn’t know it.)
Be sure to give it a read. Saffron has been nothing short of a godsend for Philadelphia (and, ahem, the Inquirer) — not so much because of her critiques of buildings like the Symphony House or Citizens Bank Park (although those are great too), but rather because of her tireless advocacy for a better Philadelphia, a better quality of place and built environment, from the ground up.
Philadelphia would be a frickin' mess (even more so than it is, if you can believe that) if it weren’t for her continually lambasting the dire state of urban planning, zoning, and develop-mania here for the past however many years.
We know we are definitely much smarter having had the privilege of reading her for these past half-dozen years or so.
So thank you Inga Saffron. Please don’t stop anytime soon.
A few of our favorite greatest hits from Inga over the years:
- Philadelphia Planning Commission Unanimously Approves Plans for 700-car garage (October, 2002)
- Bring people, not parking to Rittenhouse Square (August, 2003)
- As high-rises spring up, is it a boom or boomerang? (May, 2005)
- Schools left behind in Center City boom (April, 2006)
- Growth great for conventions, grave for city (March, 2007)
- Welcome, welcome, city planners (April, 2007)
- A walkable waterfront (November, 2007)
- It could end up a duel of transit lines (November, 2007)
- Chance to save riverfront (January, 2008)
Why Are Men Who Build Skyscrapers Afraid of This Woman? [ Philadelphia Magazine ]
A Room of My Own [ Changing Skyline ]
Action Alert: The New South Street Bridge Is Not Completely Lost Yet