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    • Paine Plaza

Before design community, chief of new Department of Planning & Development charts course ahead for Philly’s real estate development

The myriad departments overseeing property development in Philadelphia have acted like islands, marooned on different floors of government buildings. But a recent tidal shift has ended their isolation: the new Department…

    • The community center in a planned Philadelphia Housing Authority project

Civic Design Review Meeting Offers Hesitant Praise to Proposed Developments.

The Civic Design Review Committee's (CDR) August session granted approval with numerous suggestions. While both were met with general praise from the staffers, there was also a consensus that each would…

    • Play Streets are active from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Play Streets, the Parks and Rec program that tells Philly kids: “Go run around in the middle of the road”

When the sign is up, children can cross the street without looking both ways. The usual sounds of rumbling engines and car tires treading over pavement are gone, because there are…

    • Jane Jacobs at home in Toronto

Eyes on the Regression Line: Jane Jacobs undergoes a statistic analysis

What led a statistics PhD from Harvard to replicate the work of a journalist who never finished college? Shane Jensen, now a professor at the Wharton School of Business, first read…

    • Rendering of Skyspace by James Turrell at the Fairmont Waterfront

Art Commission OKs art installation behind the Art Museum and considers concepts for Live! Casino’s public art

The Art Commission approved two art pieces that use unusual canvases—the sky and a forthcoming casino—at their monthly meeting Wednesday morning. The commissioners granted preliminary conceptual approval to some of the…

    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about drinking refreshments from a stand. Community groups…

    • 'Mercury' (1828-29) in Spanish cedar (originally painted) | Philadelphia Museum of Art

Plan to install replicas of early Water Works sculptures approved by Art Commission

A visitor to the Philadelphia Water Works today observes a different landscape than visitors did in the early 19th century. Although the gritty working waterfront is gone forever, a new preservation…

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