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Desolation on Jewelers' Row

Nov 24, 2019 - Philadelphia Inquirer

Demolition has begun on Jewelers' Row. It's as bad as it gets for a city with a historic preservation crisis. In the middle of a nonstop development boom, in a city whose brand is history, more than 97% of Philadelphia's buildings are still unprotected. Jim Kenney, despite running for mayor in 2015 on a platform that included strengthening preservation, has failed to lead on the issue, and has done nothing to save Jewelers' Row.

In 2016, Toll Brothers' plans to demolish five handsome, cont...