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    • Highlighted streetscape showing responsibility/Courtesy of CCD

Who owns the streetscape? An even more complicated question

PlanPhilly published a story Monday looking at the diffuse and overlapping responsibility assignments for Philadelphia’s streets. It’s a long read, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version: There are 9 government or…

    • PSFS building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PSFS sign to flip from neon to LED

For 83 years the PSFS sign has glowed above 12th and Market streets in red neon, but we’ll soon see those letters in a new light. On Friday the Philadelphia Historical…

    • The Bearded Ladies will perform at PHS Pop Up parks

PHS Pop Ups host cabaret shows by Bearded Ladies

The PHS Pop Up Gardens, located at 15th and South Streets and 9th and Wharton Streets, will host a new cabaret created especially for the gardens by the Bearded Ladies theatrical troupe from July…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Council close to consensus on Gallery redevelopment

Less than two months after unveiling plans to renovate The Gallery at Market East, the mall’s owners appear poised to secure a package of zoning and tax incentives from City Council.…

    • PSFS, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

PSFS lighting: Committee rejects switch from neon to LED

Four letters have spelled Philly since 1932: PSFS. High above 12th and Market streets, two 26-foot high PSFS signs have been illuminated by parallel tubes of red neon for 83 years.…

    • A rendering shows Eimer Architecture’s design for the new tower on the site of the old Boyd Theatre.

Committee rejects plans for Boyd Theatre replacement

The room erupted in applause on Tuesday after the Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to reject the plans for a proposed apartment tower that would replace the historic…

    • Concept rendering of LOVE Park, April 2015 | Hargreaves Associates

Designers show Saucer some LOVE

Exhale, Saucer Heads: Saucer Watch 2015 is over. When JFK Plaza / LOVE Park reopens in 2017 it will feature a refreshed version of the iconic Fairmount Park Welcome Center, the…

    • The line between Dilworth Park and City Hall's north apron.
Eyes on the Street

City Hall surroundings need a guiding design vision

“Once you get renewal started it spreads out like a fan and benefits much greater sections of the city…” Those words, from Mayor Richardson Dilworth in 1959, are etched into the…

    • Commuting methods

Lessons for neighborhoods in the State of Center City report

You probably read the headline statistic from last week's State of Center City report that Center City has the second largest downtown population in the country, after midtown Manhattan.  That's exciting…

    • And easier to get here!

Del. River Waterfront Corp. advances Race Street, Spruce Street connection projects

Just in time for summer, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is starting, re-starting, or advancing a handful of construction, infrastructure and transportation projects to help connect Penn’s Landing to the rest…

    • The Philadelphia Demolition Commission | Illustration by Michael Bencik
Eyes on the Street

The Boyd's Demise and the Philadelphia Demolition Commission

As wrecking crews reduce Boyd Theatre's once-grand auditorium to rubble, Community Contributor Michael Bencik offers this rumination on the Boyd's demise and the layered failings of the city's historic preservation community…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

City Council approves 3-D billboards in Center City

Philadelphia City Council voted on Thursday to approve legislation that would allow two animated, digital, three-dimensional billboards to be placed at key corners in Center City. Under the legislation, which was…

    • JFK Plaza / LOVE Park

Conceptual designs for a lush LOVE Park

Say farewell to the dyed geyser, clanky granite blocks, and foreboding edges. This year is the last for LOVE Park as we know it. Next summer, if a redesign project continues…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Squilla claims wide neighborhood support for 3-D billboards

Councilman Mark Squilla said on Thursday that his office has received hundreds of letters of support from Center City residents who feel that three-dimensional structures displaying digital advertisements would liven up…

    • A pedestrian walks by a gated lot located along Washington Ave. in Southwest Center City. | Photo: Neal Santos

Planners endorse temporary zoning overlay for Washington Ave.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a new zoning overlay for Washington Avenue west of Broad Street. The measure is intended as a temporary bulwark to keep…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Committee approves bill allowing 3-D digital ads in Center City

A giant synthetic forearm bursts through the streetscape, lifting a digital-advertising sphere into the sky above the Reading Terminal Market. Seven members of City Council saw it and said, “Yes. Absolutely.”…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Planners: No 3-D digital billboards in Center City, please

The Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to oppose a plan to build three-dimensional digital advertising displays at three locations in Center City. A bill to allow the signs, which backers are…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013

iPic expects to move forward soon on renovation of the Boyd

Lease negotiations are under way with new owner Pearl Properties   The long-suffering Boyd Theater is still waiting for its facelift, but the plans for its renovation seem to be getting…

    • Tourist Center
Eyes on the Street

Speaking for the Saucer

Community Contributor Libbie Hawes, a preservationist and steering committee member of the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, makes the case for repurposing LOVE Park's flying saucer building as part…

    • LOVE Park, June 2013  | (c) Bob Bruhin, all rights reserved.
Eyes on the Street

LOVE Park's enduring magnetism

Community Contributor Bob Bruhin sees LOVE Park as Philly's funky common ground - a perspective he's especially come to appreciate photographing LOVE Park. LOVE Park is a nexus. While Vincent Kling's…

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