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    • planninggame

Philly's great at "The Planning Game"

Great city plans require great men, with strong wills and sturdy stomachs for politics, Alexander Garvin believes. And he should know. This planner, author, and long-time instructor at Yale University briefly…

    • Can apps and social media work as planning tools?

Can apps and social media work as planning tools?

Clint Randall, a planner with the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, talks with PlanPhilly about the Commission's recent experiences with an innovative texting program created for the City by Code for America,…

    • Billboards encroach on a garage, cheek by jowl

Scenic Philadelphia looks beyond billboards

For the last three years, Mary Tracy has been wearing two hats, one as president of Scenic America and one as executive director of Philadelphia-based SCRUB, the Society Created to Reduce…

    • Adams, Nguyen, Vitiello, Washington

Greater Philadelphia Roundtable: City of neighborhoods, city of homes

Last night's concluding segment of the 10-series "Greater Philadelphia Roundtable," presented by The Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia, sought to wrap up much of the previous proceedings with a presentation called…

Historical Commission talks signs

Between several consent agenda items and a few withdrawn applications, today's Historical Commission Meeting was remarkably brief.After commissioners reviewed the remaining residential applications for about 15 minutes, Chair Sam Sherman,…

    • Callowhill NID

Councilman DiCicco amends Callowhill NID bill

Facing opposition from dozens of Chinatown residents brandishing signs that read "Less Income = More Taxes" and "No NID!," Councilman Frank DiCicco began today's City Council Rules Committee hearing on his…

    • Zoning notice for Dilworth Plaza

Art Commission gives final nods to Dilworth Plaza, 9/11 Memorial

The Art Commission Wednesday awarded final approval to several more elements of the reworked Dilworth Plaza outside of City Hall, and gave an enthusiastic go-ahead to a fast track memorial dedicated to…

    • Kids in Center City

For young families, the city is increasingly a viable option

Three-year-old Vaughn is distractedly wandering around the concourse of the Comcast Center, a yellow balloon in one hand, a crumpled piece of paper in the other. He's just one of dozens…

    • Saving Irving Street

On one "Little Street," some big questions

It smacks of a classic case of he-said, she-said, but in the controversy swirling around one "Little Street" in Washington Square West, a host of Big Questions pertinent to city planning…

    • PCPC: A day of comp plans, urban growth and zoning denials

PCPC: A day of comp plans, urban growth and zoning denials

The Philadelphia Planning Commission abided by staff recommendations against two new proposed Zoning Code amendments — one that would place a one-year moratorium on the construction of or addition to buildings…

    • Art Commission gets detailed look at Dilworth Plaza and PhillyLive! plans

Art Commission gets detailed look at Dilworth Plaza and PhillyLive! plans

Wednesday's lengthy meeting of the Philadelphia Art Commission played to an unusually full house. The bulk of those in attendance were there to hear about the latest design offerings for a…

    • Follow-up to Bradford Alley construction fight

Follow-up to Bradford Alley construction fight

Sue Ann Prince has proclaimed herself "anonymous no more," and to prove it, she stood before the Zoning Board of Adjustment yesterday to appeal a recent permit issued by the Department…

    • Photo: Colin M. Lenton

Making sense of our "Makeshift Metropolis"

Witold Rybczynski, author, pundit, and Penn professor of urbanism, makes no secret of where he's chosen to live since moving to Philadelphia: it's Chestnut Hill.I've always found it a rather…

    • 9th Ward in New Orleans

The Trouble with City Planning

A few months ago, PlanPhilly contributor Thomas Walsh and I toured  a part of New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward that's commonly become known as the area with the "Brad Pitt houses."…

    • La Citadelle Quebec City

Built environment lessons from three northern neighbors

Two trips within one month recently brought me back to eastern Canada for the first time in 15 or so years. And while Quebec City, Montreal, and Toronto are each very…

    • Postcard from Atlanta

Postcard from Atlanta

Atlantans like to say that if you haven't been to Atlanta in the last ten years, you haven't been to Atlanta. I hadn't been since the mid-'80s, so I wondered what…

    • Postcard from Kansas City

Postcard from Kansas City: a planner's paradise

By JoAnn GrecoFor PlanPhilly Although I'd never really heard anything negative about the City of Fountains, I wasn't prepared for the great impression Kansas City, Missouri, made right from the…

    • Midtown, looking toward Downtown
    • Postcard recalls Gateway's connection to past glory

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