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    • Parklet seating options include bistro tables and benches
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Super-parklet on 40th St

Our eyes are ever-peeled for cool sites and sights. Here's one we spotted this week: University City District is Philadelphia’s biggest parklet booster, building and finding partners to help tend these…

    • The Oval is being remade in bold, bright geometries
Eyes on the Street

The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

    • PSFS building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PSFS sign to flip from neon to LED

For 83 years the PSFS sign has glowed above 12th and Market streets in red neon, but we’ll soon see those letters in a new light. On Friday the Philadelphia Historical…

    • The Royal

Historical Commission approves facadectomy for Royal Theater

The unpermitted placement of a rowhouse air conditioning unit generated more discussion from Historical Commission members than the Royal Theater’s hardship proceeding. The Royal, once a landmark entertainment venue for black…

    • St Laurentius, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius designated historic, demolition plans stalled

St. Laurentius lives to fight another day. The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to designate the Fishtown church as historic, accepting a nomination prepared on behalf of a passionate community of former…

    • Boyd Theatre demolition in progress, May 2015 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group
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Parsing the preservation record

The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas recently sat down with Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development and commerce and executive director of the planning commission, to reflect on his seven years with…

    • El Corazón Cultural Center interior rendering | courtesy of WRT
Eyes on the Street

Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of the last decade, the 40-year old arts and education group…

    • Colossal hand and torch 'Liberty' | Philadelphia: Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. | Library Company of Philadelphia
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LENS: Liberty for Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and to celebrate we close out this week with a dip into the Library Company of Philadelphia’s image collection for this…

    • The Royal's masonry is in fragile condition due to mortar loss and extensive biogrowth.

Royal Theater's reuse not feasible without subsidy

After 45 years of vacancy, is the historic Royal Theater so far gone that its reuse is no longer feasible? The Royal’s owners will have to convince the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

    • An X-shaped table could be for lunch or conferences
Eyes on the Street

Central Green gives Navy Yard creative commons

Over the last 10 years we’ve come to expect unabashedly contemporary commercial architecture, green urban design, and progressive adaptive reuse projects at the Navy Yard. Now the freshly finished Central Green,…

    • Siddiq Thurman, Ayeashi Daniels and Eleni Zorn (L to R) agree the improvements make their pool more fun.
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: A poolside pop-up in Francisville

Built-in wooden deck loungers and palm trees overlook clear blue water, and patio sets grace the lawn. These are not the view of amenities at a luxury building but at Francisville…

    • Split Second | Jhonte Haskins, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Speak Easy: Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure

Streets are shared spaces, but often they’re contested spaces too. Cyclists jockey with buses next to pedestrians tangoing with motorists. What should we do to make sure streets are safe for…

    • Proposed elevation of Royal Theater's historic South Street facade incorporated into a new building | J Davis Architects

Royal redevelopment clears design hurdle

After 40 years of neglect and several false starts a path is being blazed to demolish South Street’s Royal Theater and replace it with a new mixed-use building that incorporates the…

    • May 12, 1954: Divine Lorraine, Broad and Fairmount | Parker and Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners
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Lord Norman Foster on urban infrastructure, technology, and design

Pritzker prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster delivered his version of design theater-in-the-round at the rotunda auditorium in Penn’s Anthropology Museum on Tuesday evening, before Philadelphia’s design community. Lord Foster, whose firm…

    • St. Laurentius, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Hail Mary to designate St. Laurentius historic makes headway

Supporters of St. Laurentius, a closed and deconsecrated Roman Catholic Church in Fishtown, have had the first of many prayers answered. On Tuesday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic…

    • Jonathan Jones skating on 'Pyramid' in Paine's Park | Ashley Hahn, PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Skateable Sculptures in Paine's Park

Sol LeWitt’s sculptures Steps (Philadelphia) and Pyramid (Philadelphia) did not tumbled downhill from the Philadelphia Museum of Art into Paine’s Park. Instead the Steps and Pyramid that appeared this week in…

    • The Woodlands mansion, during terrace and cryptoporticus reconstruction
Eyes on the Street

The Woodlands charts new course built on old assets, broad appeal

That historic site is so relevant, said hardly anyone ever. But that’s just what The Woodlands has become. The more common narrative in the world of house museums and standalone…

    • Porch 2.0 features seating nodes that break up the vast space
Eyes on the Street

The Porch 2.0: Updated version, same big vision

When University City District (UCD) opened The Porch at 30th Street Station in November 2011, it was a pretty barebones affair. Putting movable furniture on a 50-foot wide slip of…

    • PSFS, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

PSFS lighting: Committee rejects switch from neon to LED

Four letters have spelled Philly since 1932: PSFS. High above 12th and Market streets, two 26-foot high PSFS signs have been illuminated by parallel tubes of red neon for 83 years.…

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