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    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department

New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business

A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD. As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

    • Farm 51, 2013 | Neal Santos
Eyes on the Street

Urban farms still struggle to put down legal roots

Which would you choose for your block: A weed-choked illegal dumping ground or a quasi-legal market farm growing everything from sunflowers to spinach? Turn the corner of 51st onto Chester and…

    • Maya van Rossum, the Delaware Riverkeeper

Riverkeeper reflects on quarter century of serving the Delaware

On Friday afternoon, Delaware Riverkeeper Maya K. van Rossum and her staff, volunteers and board welcomed the organization's fundraisers during a celebration of a quarter century of work monitoring the river…

    • Manayunk and Green Lane from Harry Olson trail

Contract awarded, construction on Manayunk Bridge Trail to start summer 2014

Lower Merion Township news release CONTACT: Thomas J. Walsh, Public Information Officer, (610) 645-6199 twalsh@lowermerion.org The much-anticipated contract to extend the Cynwyd Heritage Trail over the Manayunk Bridge was awarded this…

    • Schuylkill River as an
Eyes on the Street

DAGspace: Envisioning Schuylkill Banks and the Lower Schuylkill River

In a new DAGspace column, architect Sean O’Rourke challenges us to think about the Schuylkill River itself as we envision the redevelopment of this vital swath through the center of Philadelphia. …

    • Amy Carolla owns Balance Chestnut Hill. She opened her business in Aug. 2008 / Brad Larrison for Newsworks

Independent gyms in Northwest Philly adapt to competition from big-box fitness chains

As physical workouts become a regular part of our lives, gym chains have become a regular part of our neighborhood landscapes. Big-gym franchises are nearly as ubiquitous as fast-food restaurants —…

    • May 1 flood damage, Photo courtesy of Fairmount Water Works
Eyes on the Street

Fairmount Water Works still recovering from May 1 flood

The rainstorm that flooded the Schuylkill Banks, left passengers stranded on the roof of a SEPTA bus and forced the grade-level CSX pedestrian crossing at Locust Street to close, also…

    • The New Fairmount Park

Commentary: Polishing Philly's crown jewel

In a city with a thousand jewels, what's one more? That's how I often think we respond to the embarrassment of riches we've inherited in this remarkable town. One of these…

    • The reconfigured and reconstructed west branch of Indian Creek, Photo courtesy of PWD
Eyes on the Street

City "daylights" first creek, restoring it from sewer to stream

Beneath Philly’s streets lies approximately 3,000 miles of sewers - both manmade channels and creeks that were capped and incorporated into the sewer system as the city developed. Now, thanks to…

    • Dranoff's SLS International, Broad and Spruce. Rendering courtesy KPF Associates

590-foot hotel/condo tower for Broad and Spruce clears last hurdle

With the recent Civic Design Review Committee (CDR) hearing complete, Carl Dranoff is clear to begin construction of SLS International Hotel and Residences - a 47-story, 590-foot tower with 125 condos…

    • Today the Stanton schoolyard doubles as a parking lot
Eyes on the Street

Greening Stanton eyes stormwater management funds

In times of crippling, low school budgets, some of the most available funding for schoolyards now comes from the Philadelphia Water Department (PWD), thanks to its stormwater management grants. In South…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park map

Spruce Street Harbor Park debuts this summer on the Delaware

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has announced the creation of the Spruce Street Harbor Park at the Penn’s Landing Marina.   This two-month summer program throughout July and August will bring…

    • Parks Alliance photo collage

Take the Parks Alliance program survey

The Parks Alliance is excited to announce that, with support from the William Penn Foundation, we are researching park and public open space programming in Philadelphia and programming best practices from…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent, now the southern most portion of the Schuylkill River Trail will soon lead into Bartram's Mile

William Penn uses trails to build Delaware River constituency

The William Penn Foundation made a splash this month when it announced a multi-year commitment to spend $35 million aimed at protecting the Delaware River watershed as a critical source of…

    • IYBI syudents Kerron Hayes and Cameron Perry

"If You Build It" tells a story about community design, learning by doing and youth engagement

"If You Build It" tells an engaging story that touches on community design, learning by doing and youth engagement through creative, meaningful work. The documentary, will be shown Sunday April 13, 1…

    • Reinventing Older Communities

Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity

Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity Monday, May 12, to Wednesday, May 14 Loews Philadelphia HotelRegistration Fee: $495; $395 staff of nonprofit organizations; $150 students From May 12–14, 2014,…

    • Two of the YouthBuild students help Andrew Palewski position one of the original porch columns | YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia: The new classroom of the world

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can also join us for a …

    • An overview shot of the APM neighborhood, as seen from 9th and Montgomery

Clarke’s plan and why all affordable housing isn’t created equal

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s new affordable housing initiative marks Philadelphia’s latest foray into large-scale, placed-based planning.  The goal is to create “affordable housing opportunities in communities where property values are…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia: Workshopping green stormwater infrastructure

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and for the next few days we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can…

    • By the summer of 2015, the playground at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets could be completely overhauled. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

The keys to Philadelphia's land bank success

Philadelphia recently became the largest U.S. city to create a “land bank.” The news was picked up by The New York Times, which touted Philly’s approach as a “model for…

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