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    • Dilworth Park
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: 10 Dilworth Details

Last week I hopped on an AIA-organized hardhat tour of the construction site that will soon be known as Dilworth Park, which you may know better as City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.…

    • Historical Commission presentation July 11, 2014

Historical Commission accepts Baywood Hotels plan for Warner Bros. Building

An application to build an 11-story hotel extension atop Philadelphia’s Art Moderne building went in front of the city’s Historical Commission for review on July 11. Attorney Matt McClure, hotel developer Kurt Blorstad,…

    • Warner Brothers presentation

Architectural Committee rejects concept for Warner Brothers building

The Architectural Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission met on Tuesday, June 24 to discuss the concept for construction of an addition to one of Philly’s historically significant buildings.   Standing…

    • Lit Brothers

Lit Bros. owner promises subway, other improvements, in exchange for large, digital sign

The owners of the historic Lit Brothers Building say they'll upgrade the Ridge Avenue subway concourse as part of $10 million in public investments made in exchange for the right to…

    • The City wants to see the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine redeveloped.

Zoning changes proposed for Center City, Brewerytown, Frankford, and Roxborough

City Council members have introduced a handful of bills in the last several weeks making changes to the city’s zoning maps. Some of the bills were introduced as part of the…

    • Schuylkill Banks, after the flood
Eyes on the Street

Volunteer: Help Schuylkill Banks clean up flood damage

During last week’s rains the Schuylkill River saw intense flooding, washing out flood-prone neighborhoods and submerging the Schuylkill River Trail and the new boardwalk under construction. When the waters receded, the…

    • Echelman's fountain at night. The mist, color coordinated with the transit lines, shows subway and trolley movement below. Photo courtesy of Center City District Philadelphia
Eyes on the Street

Janet Echelman sheds light on Dilworth Plaza "dry mist" fountain

If City Hall is the heart of the city - the pump through which the Broad and Market street arteries flow and through which Philadelphia is mobilized by transit connections -…

    • Fitler Square morning, April 2014
Eyes on the Street

Fitler Square refreshed

“They’re back and they’re beautiful,” said Cecil Smith, enjoying his first spring morning in Fitler Square, sitting on one of the square’s 14 new benches. Smith says he enjoys the atmosphere…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013

Opinion: Howard Haas' position on the Boyd Theatre decision

The Philadelphia Historical Commission has approved almost every application for "economic hardship" by developers seeking to demolish their historic buildings but in approving Friday the application by Live Nation & iPIC…

    • The Boyd Theatre interior | Jeremy Marshall

Historical Commission rejects efforts to save Boyd

The Philadelphia Historical Commission approved a hardship application from the owners of the historic Boyd Theater on Chestnut Street on Friday, allowing developer Neal Rodin to demolish all but the facade…

    • If approved, the pedestrian tunnel will cross beneath 18th Street

Council to vote on Comcast Tower's transit concourse extension [Updated]

Update: The bills described below were adopted unanimously by City Council on Thursday, March 27, 2014. City Council will vote Thursday on legislation that could allow Comcast Corporation and Liberty Property Trust…

    • The Market8 team's model, lit up

Squilla, O'Brien, Taylor: Market8 best chance for revenue, economic growth

State Reps. Michael O'Brien and John Taylor and Philadelphia First District Councilman Mark Squilla said the state gaming board should grant the remaining Philadelphia license to Market8, which would build a…

    • The structure at the north end of Dilworth Plaza is now in place
Eyes on the Street

Visible progress at Dilworth Plaza

If you’ve passed City Hall recently, you may have noticed a stark white frame popping out of the gray, snow-and-grit-covered Dilworth Plaza construction site. When the project is complete, that white…

    • iPic Boyd exterior

Complicated Boyd Theatre financial hardship hearing runs out of meeting minutes, will be continued

After hours of testimony from finance and construction experts explaining how they concluded that the hardship that would be incurred by the owners and operators of the Boyd Theatre in the…

    • The Market8 team's model, lit up

Market8 to gaming board: We'd make the most money and transform Market Street

The Market8 team was first up on day two of the casino applicant suitability hearings before the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board. The Market8 team, which includes The Goldenberg Group and Mohegan…

    • Boyd Theatre interior, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall
Eyes on the Street

Hardship hearing for Boyd Theatre next week, consultants say reuse requires subsidy

Is there a financial hardship that prevents the reuse of the Boyd Theatre, Philadelphia’s last movie palace? That's the question that will be before the Philadelphia Historical Commission at a hearing…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners
Eyes on the Street

Foster + Partners, Comcast, Liberty Property Trust adding new tower to Philly skyline

Comcast is adding to Philly’s skyline once again. Today Comcast and Liberty Property Trust announced they will develop a major new skyscraper at 1800 Arch Street for a cool $1.2 billion.…

Eyes on the Street

Artsy bike racks coming to Center City in summer

Imagine locking your bike to a cloud, or parking it amid huge blades of grass. That might be possible when new artist-designed bike racks hit the streets this summer. Last year…

    • Tree trash
Eyes on the Street

Treecycle: How to get rid of last year's Christmas tree

Ready to start the New Year fresh? Before you toss out that 2013 Christmas tree, know that the Streets Department does not recycle trees left on the curb. If you want…

    • Quaker City
Eyes on the Street

Happy 2014 from the middle of Broad Street

Happy New Year to all! Here's the view from the middle of Broad Street yesterday as string bands like Hegeman performed, Quaker City marched, and Durning sparkled en route to 16th…

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