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    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Center City diner and parking garage will be torn down, replaced by luxury hotel

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday that would rezone a narrow block in Center City to allow for the development of a boutique 12-story Hudson Hotel. The block is…

    • AFTER: East Girard Avenue Model Block
Eyes on the Street

Fresh faced: 2014 Storefront Challenge honors

A great storefront is a vote of confidence – in a quality business, in a block, in a community. Fresh paint, new awnings, and better lighting can give old businesses an…

    • 27th Street and Girard Ave.

Committee reviews projects on East Market and West Girard

On Tuesday, developers presented plans to the Civic Design Review committee for a mixed-use apartment and retail complex at the long-vacant corner of 27th Street and Girard Avenue. The project, which…

    • Andrew Langsam's three-story, 19th-century twins represent the flash point between the owner and the local civic group. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Roxborough curb-cut controversy riles community group

It all comes down to a curb cut and a paved-over yard, but this story is really about how things get done in the city of Philadelphia. On a steep block…

    • 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…

    • Rodeph Shalom daytime

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is set to become a beacon on North Broad

The slow but certain rebirth of North Broad Street has seen some surprising transformations and inspired proposals.   A former auto showroom, and later a state office building, became luxury apartments…

    • University City Eastern Gateway

Can University City District and Gehl Studio turn eastern University City's institutional blight into a walkable neighborhood?

With about 8 million square feet of new development projects announced for eastern University City over the next few years, University City District sees an opportunity to bring the area’s pedestrian…

    • Warner Brothers presentation

Historical Commission approves Warner Bros. building redo; 205 Race St. construction and 801 Market signage

At its August meeting, the Philadelphia Historical Commission granted final approval for the construction of an addition on the former Warner Brothers Film Distribution Center building  at 228-38 N. 13th Street as…

    •  1601 Vine Street

Latter Day Saints meeting house and associated residential tower pass muster at CDR, without public art details

After reviewing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' plans for an apartment tower, townhouses, retail space and a meeting house at 1601 Vine Street, the planning commission's design…

    • New homes at New Market and Laurel streets will have rear garages through a single curb cut.
    • 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,…

    • Portal | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr group
Eyes on the Street

10 Pew funded cultural projects to watch

This year’s $9.3 million in new Pew Center for Arts & Heritage grants promise to bring Philly plenty of provocative creations. The 2014 grantees include 12 Fellowships ($60,000 each), 35 Project Grants…

    • Rendering of the future La Peg. Courtesy FringeArts
Eyes on the Street

Peek at La Peg coming soon to FringeArts

Where Race Street meets the Delaware River we're seeing an important demonstration of what the future of the Central Delaware Waterfront might bring in new public spaces and private- and nonprofit-led…

    • Our Lady of Mount Carmel School / Design Center
Eyes on the Street

Design Center in the works for former Catholic School

As schools close and parishes wither there are few bright spots when it comes to many Catholic campuses across the city, but thanks to some creative partnerships, new uses are finding…

    • Rendering of the Destination Frankford Gallery, opening April 19, and the park next door, to be completed next year.

Using art, creativity - and free food and music - to make Frankford a destination

A vacant Frankford storefront will this weekend become a pop-up gallery. Its first exhibit - art created from trash and other discarded items - is metaphoric for the ongoing adaptive reuse…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

New Comcast tower cleared for takeoff

Comcast executives were in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday seeking approval for a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable that would make the country’s biggest cable provider even bigger. Meanwhile, representatives of…

    • TEDxPhiladelphia 2011 | Kevin Monko
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia 2014: Our tour, free tickets, and beyond

PlanPhilly is a proud partner of TEDxPhiladelphia 2014. This year's theme - the New Workshop of the World - is something we think about often as we write about ways Philly…

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Eyes on the Street

Points of LEVERAGE: How Community Design Collaborative and Office of Housing and Community Development work together

Design as process. Design as product. They’re equally important and both will be in the spotlight this evening at LEVERAGE, a benefit for the Community Design Collaborative at the University…

    • SCHUYLKILL AVENUE  PHASE 1  THE CHILDRENS HOSPITAL OF PHILADELPHIA

CHOP presents Schuylkill River research/office tower to PCPC

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia Tuesday gave the city planning commission a first look at its plans for a research and office facility at 700 Schuylkill Ave. That's the east side…

    • Bricklayers in protest at Museum of the American Revolution
Eyes on the Street

Where a brick is more than a brick

The old Independence Visitor Center will soon be demolished to clear the southeast corner of 3rd and Chestnut to make way for the new Museum of the American Revolution. The prospect…

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