What is your Big Idea for Philadelphia?
How the Hispter Generation will Save Philadelphia
What do bike lanes, new parks, skateboarders, coffee shops, pop-ups, farmers, markets, dog parks, composting mean for urban life? This talk will discuss how a new generation of urban dwellers use the city in a different way, and have different expectations of public space.
Pushing beyond the usual boundaries of architectural criticism, her columns focus on the buildings and public spaces that Philadelphians encounter in their daily lives. In her criticism, Saffron also applies a reporter's skills and sensibility to explore the variety of forces - political, financial, cultural - that shape the city. Her columns on waterfront development, zoning and parking issues have led to significant changes in city policy.
Before assuming her current position, Saffron spent five years as a correspondent in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union for The Inquirer. She covered wars in the former Yugoslavia and in Chechnya, and witnessed the destruction of Sarajevo and Grozny. It was in part because of those experiences that she became interested in the fate of cities and began writing about architecture.
Saffron began her journalism career as a magazine writer in Ireland and worked for the CourierNews in Plainfield, N.J., before joining The Inquirer in 1985 as a suburban reporter. She is the author of “Caviar: The Strange History and Uncertain Future of the World’s Most Coveted Delicacy,” published by Broadway Books in 2002. She lives with her family in Philadelphia.