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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 12:27:40 GMT


Good Eye: From beer suds to soap suds, this modernist factory building stays busy
We keep hearing about how America doesn't make anything anymore, yet a low-slung modernist factory has been chugging along a mere two blocks north of Philadelphia's downtown for more than 70 years. Today, its assembly lines turn out a variety of industrial cleaners for National Chemical Laboratories. But when the plant at 10th and Callowhill opened in 1935, the liquid that coursed through its network of pipes was beer.

Good Eye: The steadying presence of Mother Bethel
The Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church has endured all sorts of turbulence since Bishop Richard Allen settled its members at Sixth and Lombard in 1791, yet the building that houses the congregation today radiates an enduring calm that is steadying in an uncertain world.

Good Eye: Women who made Hillary's rise possible spent time in this Philly house
Now that we appear on the verge of electing our first female president, let's recall the early activists who made this watershed possible. When women like Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton weren't barnstorming around the country, demanding that women be given the right to vote, they would retreat to a corner of Northeast Philadelphia to relax and strategize in a cozy stone house that was designed in 1891 by a female architect for a female client.

Changing Skyline: Philly's new Whole Foods building has everything except good design
There were moments during last weekend's opening of the supersize Whole Foods at 22nd and Hamilton when it felt like half of Philadelphia was in the store, all trying to navigate their carts between the German-style beer hall and the artisanal cheese room. Nothing says a city has arrived like a suburban-style supermarket.