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    • Have you seen this car shaped bike rack on Sydenham at Walnut? Want in-street bike parking near you?
Eyes on the Street

Rethinking the park in parking spaces

Parking spaces don't have to be consigned to cars. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is ready to help businesses and organizations reclaim in-street parking for bike corrals and parklets…

    • 'Phoenix Rising' set in Dilworth Plaza, Fall 2011.
Eyes on the Street

Phoenix Rising sculpture says farewell to Dilworth Plaza

Even though construction on Dilworth Plaza began months ago, the Phoenix Rising sculpture remained in its barren, sunken setting in the Plaza's north end. The 'Phoenix Rising' sculpture removed from Dilworth…

    • Checking out: As Free Library’s role shifts, where does that leave Parkway Central’s special collections?

Checking out: As Free Library’s role shifts, where does that leave Parkway Central’s special collections?

The Free Library is grappling with how to be a better 21st century resource for a needy city. Recent years have been tough on the library – budget and staff cuts, threats…

    • Dickinson Square park's facelift is well underway and new paths are starting to take shape.
Eyes on the Street

Checking In: Dickinson Square Park under construction

When I last visited Dickinson Square Park back in December, a construction fence had just gone up and some of the park's dead and diseased trees were being chopped down. I…

    • Visitors looking at the archaeological remains of the nation's first executive mansion. | Gary Reed, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
Eyes on the Street

President's House Compromised

Nothing is easy for the President’s House site on Independence Mall. The memorial’s inception, discovery, planning, and design stirred debate. And now, a little more than a year after its completion,…

    • The north side of the Race Street Connector (left) will feature a wide multi-use sidewalk and the same metal fencing as the south side.
Eyes on the Street

Race Street Connector Phase 2: more technical, less arty

The Race Street Connector remains unfinished but thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Communities Transportation Initiative, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) has been working with engineers and…

    • Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 120th year with major renovations

Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 120th year with major renovations

Today is Reading Terminal Market’s 120th anniversary and, far from ossifying into old age, the market has a major renovation project underway. I caught up with Paul Steinke, the market’s general manager,…

    • Do you know a beautiful street when you see it?

Beautiful Streets: How do you define streetscape beauty?

Is a beautiful street something you feel? Is it context specific? Does beautiful equate to urbane, narrow, architecturally interesting, uniform, well kept, or busy? Is streetscape beauty like pornography? That is,…

Eyes on the Street

Philadelphians hop on board, set Soul Train dance line record

As Soul Train host and creator Don Cornelius was laid to rest in Los Angeles on Monday, Philadelphians honored his memory (and Whitney Houston's) by trying to break the world record…

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

Schuylkill Banks sees spike in vandalism

    • Expect to see more SEPTA buses and trains wrapped in ads.

It’s a wrap: Ads are a sign of the times

Pretty soon the whole city will be wrapped ads. In his inaugural speech as City Council President early this month, Darrell Clarke promised to look for new sources of revenue and…

    • Chestnut Park is now John F. Collins Park.
Eyes on the Street

Chestnut Park renamed to honor designer John F. Collins

At a rainy ceremony today, Chestnut Park became John F. Collins Park, renamed to honor the pocket park’s designer who passed away in 2011. Collins designed Chestnut Park in the 1970s,…

    • Will plans for the Reading Viaduct park chug along even if the Callowhill NID dies?
Eyes on the Street

Whither the Reading Viaduct wrapped in the Callowhill NID?

I was surprised to hear City Council unanimously vote in favor of the Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District on Thursday. As Jared Brey reported on PlanPhilly, property owners within the…

    • Doughboy Park's new landscape takes shape.
Eyes on the Street

Doughboy Park renovation takes shape in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) has been working on a little triangle park at 2nd and Spring Garden, known as the Doughboy Park for the World War I memorial statue that presides…

    • View PHA Individual Auction in a larger map in article

Reminder from Eyes on the Street: PHA to auction individual vacant properties on December 7

On Wednesday, December 7, a second batch of vacant, surplus Philadelphia Housing Authority properties will be auctioned. This time it’s 100 individual properties, as opposed to bundled deals geared at developers.…

    • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and Claes Oldenburg's
Eyes on the Street

Checking in on Lenfest Plaza

I recently walked through Lenfest Plaza outside the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts to see how people were using the space, and was pleased to see people hanging out on…

    • Bart Blatstein already owns the Inquirer/Daily News Building at 400 North Broad, and now he's making a move for the papers themselves.
Eyes on the Street

Illuminating North Broad

Earlier this year Avenue of the Arts announced the first steps of a $50 million campaign to improve North Broad Street’s public environment, aiming to draw more eyes, and investment, along…

    • Spring Garden's Doughboy
Eyes on the Street

Marking Veterans Day

Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I – at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month. Although today is a…

    • The design development of Under the Clothespin.
Eyes on the Street

Under the Clothespin: Fantasy cityscape at Centre Square

If you enter the subway at Centre Square, going down the steps around Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin, you find a grim expanse of white subway tile that glows a little green…

    • From Eyes on the Street: Under the Clothespin: fantasy cityscape at Centre Square

From Eyes on the Street: Under the Clothespin: fantasy cityscape at Centre Square

If you enter the subway at Centre Square, going down the steps around Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin, you find a grim expanse of white subway tile that glows a little green thanks to…

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