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    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Three historic Baptist churches headed for historic designation

Three churches built by historic Baptist congregations were recommended for nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places last week by the Designation Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The churches…

    • Washington and Passyunk, August 2015
Eyes on the Street

Washington Avenue needs safety first

Washington Avenue is going through a well-documented public identity crisis as it transitions from a hard neighborhood boundary lined with commerce into an an even more mixed-use place. Questions of…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • ADalzell
Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Andrew Dalzell

This week we continue our Streetviews video series with Andrew Dalzell, who was until recently the programs coordinator for South of South Neighborhood Association. Before jumping the pond for graduate…

    • Site of future Community Health and Literacy Center, October 2014
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: CHOP demolitions, expansions underway

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. We spotted progress on two CHOP projects this week: CHOP on the Schuylkill At the base of the South Street Bridge,…

    • Traffic on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, one of the corridors targeted for improvements in new city plan.
Eyes on the Street

Washington Avenue restriping plan aims for balance, offers minimal improvement for bikers

Washington Avenue is a rough street. Cars tango with trucks loading, people park in the median, pedestrians skirt forklifts, and cyclists have to weave through the chaos. Add to that badly…

    • The Royal
Eyes on the Street

Royal redevelopment plans advancing, facadism and density ahead

We may never know what the Royal Theater could become. Redevelopment proposals, floated around for more than a year, do not envision a reuse for the deteriorating landmark on South Street.…

    • New parklet at The Quick Fixx, 1511 South Street
Eyes on the Street

Parklet milestones on South Street West

Now that it’s spring we’re seeing Philly's parklets emerge from hibernation, replacing in-street parking spots with small public spaces. The Quick Fixx debuted its new parklet on the 1500 block of…

    • SOSNA office
Eyes on the Street

Facing uncertainty SOSNA embarks on strategic planning process

Most folks come to the South of South Neighborhood Association’s office at 1901 Christian Street for a recycling bin, but the group is much more than blue bins. South of…

    • Two freight cars derailed over the Schuylkill River, January 20, 2014 | NBC10
    • The Royal
Eyes on the Street

Royal Theater could be replaced by new mixed-use building

The Royal Theater will no longer exist if Universal Companies has its way. The Royal, now in its fourth decade of vacancy, was an iconic entertainment venue for black Philadelphia hosting…

    • The Royal
    • South Street Bridge illumination preview
Eyes on the Street

South Street Bridge lighting gone wild

With the flip of a giant ceremonial switch on Monday night, the South Street Bridge's light towers were finally illuminated. Their initial bright blue glow led into a 12-minute long audio/visual…

    • March 18, 1953: Looking south along 26th Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
Eyes on the Street

Mid-Century Philly: Before Schuylkill Banks

What came before Schuylkill Banks and Schuylkill River Park? For today's Mid-Century Philly, we shift our gaze from commercial corridors to look down 26th Street from Locust. Before the recreational…

    • Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, at Grays Ferry and Fitzwater, was converted into the Sanctuary Lofts apartments.
Eyes on the Street

Reusing Greater St Matthew Baptist Church

Developer Ben Weintraub, of Vintage Residential Management, recently purchased the Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, at Fitzwater and Grays Ferry Ave, with a residential conversion in mind. Flying Kite reports Weintraub…

    • Schuylkill Banks has sadly seen an uptick in vandalism. | file photo | Andrew Goodman
Eyes on the Street

Schuylkill Banks sees spike in vandalism

    • Between the new ramp and the street tree, the sidewalk becomes about 3 feet wide.
Eyes on the Street

Is this stretch of sidewalk on South Street too narrow?

Eyes on the Street reader Henry recently wrote in to ask the Help Desk about a stretch of sidewalk on South Street, made narrower by ramps leading into two new storefronts. He…

    • BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South Street
Eyes on the Street

BigBelly Solar Compactors Get Noticed

BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South StreetNew York magazine named Philly’s BigBelly Solar trashcans a favorite recent urban invention in its current issue on Urban Global Design, in which our…

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