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    • Old Willard's 14-foot wide hallways offer opportunities for
Eyes on the Street

Reimagining vacant schools as vibrant community spaces

A vacant school is more than a silent, empty building. It’s a public promise waiting to be renewed. Since closing 27 schools in 2013, Philly is ripe with these promises. As…

    • Piazza Garage proposal | Tim Haahs & Associates

Piazza in Northern Liberties to get a dedicated parking garage

A four-story, 300-car parking garage will be built behind the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties after the proposal was vetted on Tuesday by the Civic Design Review Committee, a board…

    • Architect Cecil Baker shows Historical Commission members design details

Historical Commission calls for 500 Walnut design approval

The Scannapieco Development Corporation's concept for a 26-story, multi-family, uber-luxury residential tower on a currently vacant lot at 500-05 Walnut Street came before the full Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday with the applicants…

    • 2100 Hamilton Street would sit next to Rodin Museum

A Philadelphia problem at the Art Commission: It all makes sense until you get into the weeds

What's wrong with this picture? There's an ugly, vacant hole in the ground in a nice section of town. And there's a developer with a good track record of reasonably priced…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Updated: Center City diner to 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…

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