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Unanswered NID/TIF questions for hotel project at 15th and Chestnut

Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) typically assess an additional fee for income-producing properties in particular areas to pay for special services. Does it make sense to use the revenue stream from NID…

    • Light masts on North Broad (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

A tale of two Broad Streets: How Avenue of the Arts splintered

Five years ago, on Temple University’s campus, Avenue of the Arts CEO Karen Lewis stood beside a prototype of a “light mast,” the first of 41 metallic, illuminated poles that line…

    • President's House
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: President's House

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Center City

Takeaways from the 2016 State of Center City report

Center City District released their annual State of Center City report [PDF] Thursday, and while there are no major surprises about the trajectory of Philadelphia’s central business district—-up, up, and away!—-there…

    • Bus stop on a roof, closer still

What’s this SEPTA bus stop doing on the roof of 1529 Walnut?

There is a bus stop on top of a building in Center City. Specifically, there is a bus stop for SEPTA Routes 2, 9, 12, 21, and 42 on top of…

    • Rendering of new glass canopy over stairs to PPA's Independence Mall garage

Parking Authority payments to School District dropping; New stairwells at Independence Mall before DNC

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) board approved its annual budget for the fiscal year beginning April 1st which predicts a $2 million dollar decline in PPA payments to the School District…

    • Market Street looking eastward | Jonas Maciunas
Eyes on the Street

East Market Street requires redesign

With millions of dollars being invested along Market Street east of City Hall, and a high incidence of pedestrians being struck by motorists, isn’t it time to rethink the street itself?…

    • Jan Gehl
Eyes on the Street

Walking Market Street with Jan Gehl

Cities should be for everyone. Cities should make people healthy and happy. Cities should be designed to respond to human nature and needs. What would a designer who has based his…

    • LOVE in Dilworth, March 2016
Eyes on the Street

SPOTTED: LOVE, across the street

Construction is beginning at JFK Plaza/LOVE Park, but that doesn’t mean the public can’t appreciate the park’s beloved namesake sculpture. Last week Robert Indiana’s LOVE took a brief trip across the…

    • In-progress residential developments

Center City housing construction meeting demand, but challenges loom

Center City District’s new report takes the pulse of the housing market in Greater Center City and finds scant evidence of a rental housing bubble forming in the near future. But…

    • 30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch

Eyes on the Trail: Officials respond to Schuylkill River crime with lighting and town watch

Emil Nunez liked to walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. During the day, he could admire the trail’s handful of landscaped gardens, the silty river’s languid tranquility, and the statues dotted…

    • LOVE Park groundbreaking, February 2016: Shovels ready

LOVE Park renovation breaks ground, skateboarding ban temporarily lifted

LOVE Park’s long-anticipated renovation was celebrated Wednesday morning with a ceremonial groundbreaking, and an announcement that the city would lift the park’s skateboarding ban through Presidents’ Day. “Between now and February…

    • Rendering of proposed Hyde Hotel at Broad and Pine streets.

New zoning introduced for hotel at Broad and Pine

Councilman Mark Squilla is hoping to remove some obstacles for developer Carl Dranoff’s proposed SLS-brand Hyde Hotel at the corner of Broad & Pine streets in Center City. Last week, Squilla…

    • PPA project manager Sue Cornell explains meterUP app at a press conference

New PPA pay-by-mobile app for parking pilot launches Thursday

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) announced today that its new pay-by-mobile app, meterUP, will launch in pilot areas Thursday morning. And if you need added incentive to get it, the first…

    • Walk on Walnut, 1971 | Credit: Joshua Bernstein, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.
Eyes on the Street

Back to the Future: Open Streets in Philly, 1971

During a segment on Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times show in October about the Open Streets Philly campaign*, a woman called in to remind listeners that Philly had done a few open…

    • Rendering of Welcome Center seating terrace | Kieran Timberlake

Art Commission wants drinking fountains in LOVE Park

Philadelphia’s Art Commission voted to approve the plans for the redesigned LOVE Park on Tuesday while adding a requirement that two drinking fountains be installed at the park. A brief pause…

    • View of LOVE Park / JFK Plaza from 16th and Arch, October 2015 | Hargreaves

Refined design for new LOVE Park

The project team behind the new LOVE Park / JFK Plaza spent summer putting a fine point on details for the new vision of the old plaza. The designers presented these…

    • Help Locator along Schuylkill River Trail

Streetsplainer: What to do in an emergency on the Schuylkill River Trail?

Reports of assaults along the Schuylkill River Trail and social media accounts of 911 dispatchers who did not know what callers meant by “Schuylkill River Trail”, have left some users worried…

    • No stopping along 2nd Street
Eyes on the Street

On the Road to Damascus: City cycling conversions possible this week

It was on the road to Damascus where Saul of Tarsus, on his way to persecute Christians, had his sudden conversion to Christianity. Saul became Paul, an apostle—though not one of…

    • 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…

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