Combatting Philly’s ‘culture of neglect’ | Violations at Jefferson Lofts | Hotel Indigo coming to Chestnut | Episcopal Cathedral claims hardship | Farewell Dick Clark

Will the death of two firefighters change the way the city addresses vacants and goes after deadbeats? The Inquirer editorializes today that the city should seize assets and foreclose on deadbeat owners quicker. “It’s time to finally put this culture of neglect to rest.”

Meanwhile, L&I cited the Lichtensteins –owners of the former Buck Hosiery factory – for new violations at the Jefferson Lofts on the 700 block of Market. The Inquirer reports that L&I is reviewing all of the Lichtenstein’s properties.

The Biddle building (1217 Sansom St.) and the Bailey building (1218 Chestnut St.) will become Hotel Indigo. The Business Journal reports the buildings will be joined to create a 150-room boutique hotel managed by InterContinental Hotels.

The Episcopal Cathedral at 38th and Chestnut is seeking permission to tear down two buildings on its campus that are listed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. The church wants to demolish the historic buildings in order to build a residential tower that could provide a revenue stream, which they say could finance extensive restoration work to the church itself. The Hidden City Daily reports that the Historical Commission’s Architecture Committee will consider the hardship case on Tuesday.

Dick Clark’s legacy was celebrated yesterday at Jerry Blavat’s SugarHouse dance party. The Daily News was on hand to hear Philly’s memories of American Bandstand, which started at 46th and Market. Curbed Philly posted a fabulous vintage Philadelphia tourism short narrated by Dick Clark, in homage to America’s oldest teenager. It’s got some classic planning shout-outs and is a must-watch today.

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