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Questions We Should Be Asking About the Sixers' Stadium

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Thursday, September 28, 2023

10:00 AM - 11:15 AM


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Supporters of the Sixers arena portray Market Street as an economic basket case and say the new building will revive the area. After a series of government interventions - from the creation of a digital sign district to a taxpayer-supported renovation of the former Gallery - we need to examine whether their assumptions really hold up to scrutiny.


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Inga Saffron

Inga Saffron is the architecture critic for the Philadelphia Inquirer. For more than 20 years, she has been a forceful advocate for meaningful design, accessible public spaces and transit, affordable housing, historic preservation and policies that make our cities more liveable and climate resilient.  Her work has been recognized with numerous awards, including the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism, the 2018 Vincent Scully Prize from the National Building Museum,  a 2012  Loeb Fellowship from Harvard’s Graduate School of Design and a 2023 Guggenheim Fellowship. 


Inga began her career as a municipal reporter in New Jersey,  and went on to become a foreign correspondent in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. In the 1990s, she covered wars in Yugoslavia and Russia, where she witnessed the destruction of Sarajevo and Grozny. She has published two books: Becoming Philadelphia: How an old American city made itself new again, a selection of her Inquirer columns, and Caviar: The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy, a cultural history of the sturgeon. She is currently working on a social and architectural history of the American newspaper building, tentatively titled Hold the Presses: How Newspaper Buildings Shaped the American City.