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    • 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…

    • The turnstiles will incorporate each of the station's unique design features, like the colored bricks at Market East Station
Eyes on the Street

Commuter Tunnel at 30: Legacy and Potential

Community Contributors Richard Voith and Peter Angelides of Econsult Solutions consider the legacy of the Commuter Rail Tunnel, which turned 30 this month, and the importance of capitalizing on its potential.…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Hudson Hotel proposal advances

The Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City. The hotel would…

    • LOVE Park, August 2012 | (c) Bob Bruhin, all rights reserved
Eyes on the Street

Build new LOVE upon old strengths

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down the Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. JFK Plaza,…

    • New ceiling Lincoln Hall

Trumbauer-designed ceiling installed – and updated – a century later in the Union League

For more than 100 years, the grand ballroom in the Union League hosted the organization’s most important events, from dinner-dances to major addresses by Republican leaders of the city and state,…

    • Center City transit concourse

Not all those who wander are lost ... but most are: A wayfinding tour of City Hall

It didn’t take long for it to happen. If you spend any amount of time wandering around City Hall, it’ll happen. “Hi, do you need help finding something?” City Hall is…

    • Spring Garden Street pop-up greenway

Photos: Spring Garden St. pop-up greenway offers a glimpse of Spring Garden St.'s potential

Last week, Ashley brought us up to speed on the status of the Spring Garden St. greenway, and told us about an event organized this past Saturday by the Pennsylvania Environmental…

    • Idea board #newlovepark
Eyes on the Street

Ideas for the new LOVE Park

I spent much of Wednesday in LOVE Park while staffers from PennPraxis, Parks and Rec, and Fairmount Park Conservancy collected ideas for LOVE Park’s future redesign. My day started with my…

    • Dilworth Park fountains meant for play on hot days
Eyes on the Street

Dilworth reopens refined: solid, smooth, and splashy

I recently heard an architect describe the old Dilworth Plaza as optimistic. Vincent Kling’s design, he said, was perhaps overly charitable in its estimation of how people would use the space.…

    • Boardwalk skyline
Eyes on the Street

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk preview

The new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk isn’t fancy, but it’s the sort of urban gesture that changes your view of a city. It says Philly is a place serious about investing in…

    • A publicly subsidized W Hotel is proposed for 15th and Chestnut streets in Center City

Twofer: Starwood to bring new details on W and Element Hotel project at 15th and Chestnut

Next month, developers will present their designs for the W and Element Hotels planned for 15th and Chestnut streets to the Center City Residents Association. The presentation is for information only:…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park hammock grove | Matt Stanley, courtesy of DRWC
Eyes on the Street

Pop-up lessons in adaptation and magic

Philly has taken the pop-up bait hook, line and sinker. Or maybe hammock, lantern, and shipping container. We’re hopelessly into these low-cost but high-impact temporary “placemaking” projects that turn underused spots…

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