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    • Washington Avenue Green
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Glimpses of Delaware Riverfront revival below Washington Avenue

The Spruce Street Harbor Park may have stolen the waterfront thunder this year but big, more permanent, things are also happening along the Central Delaware waterfront. Perhaps nowhere is more exciting…

    • hillary08 | Kelly DeLay, cc
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DNC + Philly: What's in it for the city?

Philly greeted about two dozen members of the Democratic National Committee with every cliché possible this week: cheesesteaks at Pat’s with “Rocky,” strumming Mummers, Eagles cheerleaders, historically costumed interpreters. The fountain…

    • Bike Cloud near Sister Cities Park on Logan Circle
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Spotted: Bike Clouds, Green Zones

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here are two bits of larger bike infrastructure improvements I spotted at Logan Circle last week: I’ve been excited about the…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park hammock grove | Matt Stanley, courtesy of DRWC
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Pop-up lessons in adaptation and magic

Philly has taken the pop-up bait hook, line and sinker. Or maybe hammock, lantern, and shipping container. We’re hopelessly into these low-cost but high-impact temporary “placemaking” projects that turn underused spots…

    • Automat sign, 818 Chestnut Street
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Spotted: Automat Americana

One of Philly’s finest Art Deco storefronts is 818 Chestnut Street, where the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened in 1902. Passing by the other day I noticed that the facade's…

    • 1112-1128 Chestnut Street - project and permit info prominently displayed
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Project Information Revelation

Sometimes we’ve got to stop to recognize the small as significant. Today: Project information. Walking down 12th Street late last week my heart skipped a nerdy beat at Chestnut. Here Brickstone…

    • Orinoka Mills, June 2014
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Pinning future for New Kensington on Orinoka Mills reuse

The story of Orinoka Mills is tangled in the many tired, typical Philly tropes about disinvestment, deindustrialization and decrepitude. Once known for producing fine textiles, Orinoka Mills’ more recent history is…

    • Dilworth Park
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Spotted: 10 Dilworth Details

Last week I hopped on an AIA-organized hardhat tour of the construction site that will soon be known as Dilworth Park, which you may know better as City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.…

    • Diamond facets point to the Art Museum's collonnade
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Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction. That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

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    • Farm 51, 2013 | Neal Santos
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Urban farms still struggle to put down legal roots

Which would you choose for your block: A weed-choked illegal dumping ground or a quasi-legal market farm growing everything from sunflowers to spinach? Turn the corner of 51st onto Chester and…

    • Independence Beer Garden, July 8, 2014
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SPOTTED: Pop-up spaces sprout, tree seats, Wistar reveal, and night owls

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what we spotted this week: Pop Ups Crop Up Each year Philly adopts new pop-up public spaces and each year…

    • Independence Square, August 11, 1927 | Aero Service Corp image #7635 | courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, Texas
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From Above: Independence Square, 1927

In honor of Independence Day we take this opportunity to see this historic view of Independence Hall and what would become its mall, from above. In this aerial view from…

    • East Terrace Aerial Rendering | (c) Gehry Partners, LLP
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Frank Gehry's "quiet intervention" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Renowned architect Frank Gehry was hired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 to develop a master plan for the museum, part of the seismic effect of his highly sculptural…

    • Moving On. | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group
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Interface Studio to develop Land Bank Strategic Plan

Philly passed a new milestone on the long road to realizing its future Land Bank: On Friday the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation’s Board of directors voted to name Philadelphia-based Interface Studio…

    • A sharrow on Spruce Street indicates that bikes and cars must share the lane.
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$1.5 million in grants awarded for bike share and South Philly bikeway

Philly’s forthcoming bike share program and bike infrastructure improvements for South Philly were given a welcome boost thanks to grants approved by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) board this…

    • Portal | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr group
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10 Pew funded cultural projects to watch

This year’s $9.3 million in new Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grants promise to bring Philly plenty of provocative creations. The 2014 grantees include 12 Fellowships ($60,000 each), 35 Project Grants…

    • Mormon Temple under construction, June 2014
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SPOTTED: Dilworth Park, Mormon towers, La Colombe, copper domes

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what we spotted this week: Dilworth Plaza to Park Construction on Dilworth Plaza – excuse me Dilworth Park (when did…

    • Huey garden club students lending a hand
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Huey Elementary School gets pop-up improvements

Samuel B. Huey Elementary School’s front garden woke up last Thursday as an overgrown patch of green and ended the day looking a bit brighter and decidedly less overgrown. In the…

    • 606-608 S 8th Street, completed in 2014
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Parking logic: Three reasons ZBA should say no to garage-fronted rowhouses

Say zoning and eyes glaze over. But really zoning is code for capturing the kind of city we want to live in. Zoning is where planning gets personal. For me that’s…

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