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    • Reading Viaduct | flickr user saikofish, Creative Commons
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Callowhill NID at Council, Sister Rosetta Tharpe honored, Philly transit history, Schuylkill watershed project grants

Reading Viaduct | flickr user saikofish, Creative Commons On Thursday, City Council will hold a hearing on the Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District, which would finance neighborhood projects through a…

    • Bodine High, Restored Spaces, Schoolyard
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Restored Spaces: the Garden vs. the Wasteland

I’ve spent most of this week ruminating on public art, preservation, and urban ecology – from the Autumn mural to Gray Area to PHS Pops Up  - and where did…

    • Saturday is Orchard Day. | Philadelphia Orchard Project
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October 21-23: see here., tour gardens, plant orchards, curated street art, talk cities in image/imagination

Saturday is Orchard Day. | Philadelphia Orchard Projecthere. @ Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Friday, October 21 opening, 6:30-8:30pm, PAFA, 128 N. Broad Street. PAFA’s fall exhibition, here., highlights…

    • Manayunnk Bridge | flickr user garyreed, Creative Commons
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Manayunk Bridge turns viaduct park, Zoning reform moves, Peale portrait sells and his early gallery, Christmas Village moves

Manayunnk Bridge | flickr user garyreed, Creative Commons The Reading Viaduct isn’t the only rail-viaduct-to-linear-park project cooking in Philly. Thanks to an exciting multi-municipal planning endeavor, the Manayunk Bridge over the…

    • Save Our Mural - says Our House Montessori accross the street from Autumn.
Eyes on the Street

Autumn mural debate continues, its fate uncertain

Since Eyes on the Street last talked about the possibility that Bella Vista's Autumn mural could be lost due to a planned development, a lot has happened. Neighbors collected more than…

    • Alexander Wilson Elementary in University City could close. | PlanPhilly
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Consequences of school closures, area bridges failing, ACLU/NAACP sue Philly over billboard, Verizon Hall re-tuned

Alexander Wilson Elementary in University City could close. | PlanPhilly As the city waits for school closing/consolidation recommendations in the coming weeks, people are considering the issue from neighborhood and national…

    • Poor Clare's Monastery as demolition began in September 2011. | Alan Jaffe
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Poor Clare's facade reuse, Smart House gets nod, Royal Theater neglected, upcoming developments before Planning Commission

The demolition of Poor Clare’s Monastery on Girard Avenue is complete, and Naked Philly has renderings of Poor Clare’s replacement, showing the historic façade tacked-on the new building on Girard…

    • Look through this
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Locate designers through viewfinders with "Pole Position"

DesignPhiladelphia seeks to demonstrate that design is everywhere. Bresslergroup, a local product design firm, has taken that idea literally by installing big red arrows pointing to several Philly-based design companies…

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Big Chalkers, Qualities of Life, Thief of Baghdad, Cobbs Creek trail, Public Architecture, Preserving Philadelphia's Neigborhoods

Big Chalkers Tuesday, October 18, 5pm. Café Cret, 16th Street & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kids of all ages can draw all over the sidewalk outside Café Cret with giant sidewalk…

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DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area By Elise Vider In 1955, Philadelphia significantly advanced the nascent historic preservation movement with the nation’s first citywide ordinance to protect historic buildings.…

    • DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

In the newest DAGSpace, Elise Vider previews Gray Area: Provocations on the Future of Preservation, a convening of serious thinkers to consider preservation theory and practice, new design and the historic…

Eyes on the Street

PHA's parking problem and surplus property auction, $20 million for SEPTA in North Philly, Zoning reform and Chelten Plaza move toward decisions

Stephen Smith, an urbanism blogger for Forbes, says there’s too much parking at new low-rise affordable housing developments. He critiques the suburban-style design and parking approach taken by housing agencies,…

    • Shoemaker Green Perspective East | Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services
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Penn begins building Shoemaker Green

Shoemaker Green Perspective East | Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services Construction of Shoemaker Green is underway as PennConnects continues its green march along the eastern edge of the Penn Campus. Shoemaker…

    • Pocket Farm in April, 2011 | via PhiladelphiaGreen, PHS
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Green Roundup: More LEED affordable housing opens, Southwest Philly Farm grows, Wells Fargo Center composts, Einstein and MLK High partner

More rain ahead today (you didn’t think fall was going to be entirely sunny and humidity-free, did you?) so bring the umbrella. DesignPhiladelphia kicks off today, and there are lots of…

    • Seger Park's Spray Yard, Summer 2011.
Eyes on the Street

Seger Playground gets funding, ZBA rules on Chelten Plaza, Navy Yard may get hotel, West Philly Hybrid X team honored

Seger Park will get a new tot lot next year thanks to an infusion of city funding, Flying Kite reports. Friends of Seger Playground received $500,000 (via Councilman Frank DiCicco and the…

    • The 51-unit mix of walkups and townhomes is located in the 2000 block of north 11th street near Temple University.

PHA development in North Philly a winner at the Commonwealth Awards

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s first ever LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified development has gained statewide recognition at the Commonwealth Awards.10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, an environmental group devoted…

Eyes on the Street

Design Philadelphia Picks: October 13-23

DesignPhiladelphia is back for its 7th year, with a wide variety of events focusing on the many dimensions of design: graphic, industrial, fashion, urban, landscape, and beyond. DesignPhiladelphia runs from Thursday,…

    • The King of Center City | City Paper cover story, October 6, 2011
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Center City's Power Broker

The King of Center City | City Paper cover story, October 6, 2011 In its current issue, the City Paper profiled Paul Levy, President and CEO of Center City District, calling…

Eyes on the Street

October 10-14: Teddy Cruz, Bike/Pedestrian Plan feedback, Kroc Center tour, Eames documentary, Better Blocks opening

Teddy Cruz at Design in Action Monday, October 10, 5:30-7:30pm, Friends Center, 1501 Cherry Street. Guatemalan-born architect Teddy Cruz speaks on Creative Acts of Citizenship: The Neighborhood as Site of Production…

    • Crowds gathered infront of multiple art installations near the former location of Philadelphia's punk rock music venue Killtime.

Mantua: Art installations aim to spur economic development

By Christine Fisher and Kara SavidgeFor PlanPhilly  The grand opening of “LOOK! On Lancaster Avenue” drew large crowds to the Mantua section of Lancaster Avenue on Friday night. LOOK!, which…

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