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Councilman Bill Greenlee still won't let Streets Dept. stripe bike lane planned for 22nd St.

When we last checked in on the 22nd St. bike lane saga, Councilman Bill Greenlee was opposing a bike lane for 22nd Street that is in the city's adopted Pedestrian and…

    • Diamond facets point to the Art Museum's collonnade
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Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction. That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

    • East Terrace Aerial Rendering | (c) Gehry Partners, LLP
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Frank Gehry's "quiet intervention" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Renowned architect Frank Gehry was hired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 to develop a master plan for the museum, part of the seismic effect of his highly sculptural…

    • 'Symbiosis' against the sky
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Metallic trees take root in Iroquois Park

Two silvery trees appeared in Iroquois Park-that wedge of green between Eakins Oval and the Philadelphian-last week. They are Symbiosis, the latest in the Parkway’s procession of outdoor artwork, freshly installed…

    • Completed Art Museum, 1927 | #7626 Aero Service Corp | Courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring TX
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From Above: Philadelphia Museum of Art (1927)

As the Philadelphia Museum of Art edges toward its 90th birthday, starchitect Frank Gehry has designed an expansion of our most prized cultural landmark. Here's a view of how the museum…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group
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Back to the future to renew Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is like Philadelphia itself: A legacy asset with unrealized potential. We are the lucky beneficiaries of the prescient 19th century Philadelphians who protected great green lungs astride the Schuylkill…

    • At key intersections stop bars will be moved back 12 feet from crosswalks

Bike, pedestrian improvements connect Spring Garden Street, Schuylkill River Trail

Long overdue bicycle and pedestrian improvements will soon help people cross from Spring Garden and 25th streets to the Schuylkill River Trail - an early action step in plans for the…

Connectivity at the heart of “The New Fairmount Park”

The fact that Fairmount Park attracts seven million visitors each year shows that the park is doing something right. But why let the crown jewel of Philadelphia’s park system (and the…

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Casino applicants face questions on suitability this week

The five applicants for Philadelphia's remaining casino license each face hours of questions from the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board members and staff during this week's suitability hearings. The hearings are set…

    • Decorating Laurel Hill

Get "charmed" by Fairmount Park gems

Each year, groups of hardy volunteers make sure the Charms of Fairmount Park are decked out in seasonal swag for two festive weeks. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs…

    • Megan Brock, a Swarthmore student, assists in sending the balloon up for another flight.
Eyes on the Street

Studying public space usage via balloon mapping

We hear a lot about the value of “activating” public spaces through “lighter, quicker, cheaper” moves that enhance the public life of our cities. But how do we cut through the…

    • Dan Keating in front of Keating's casino comparison chart

Wynn Philadelphia project manager: Here's why we're the best bet

The differences between Wynn Philadelphia and the five other groups jousting for Philadelphia's remaining casino license boils down to where their customers would come from, how they would get to the…

    • Many of the original details remain
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Touring the Schuylkill's historic gazebos with the Parks Alliance

From the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) upstream, the Schuylkill River’s eastern bank has four gazebos dating back to the 1800s, originally built to capture views of the city’s impressive water…

    • Italian Fountain
Eyes on the Street

Italian Fountain to reopen September 11

In late May we checked in on the restoration of the Italian Fountain between the Art Museum and Boathouse Row. Conservators painstakingly disassembled, cleaned, and refurbished the fountain and it is ready…

    • The Oval: boardwalk, blanket, beach
Eyes on the Street

Hot fun at The Oval

On Wednesday, Eakins Oval debuted its new summer identity - “The Oval” - wearing a fresh paint pattern and outfitted with temporary features aimed at inviting people to linger…

    • The Beach

Bringing the beach, the blanket, and the boardwalk to The Oval

As the sun burst through the clouds and turned a sticky humid day into merely a sweltering one, Mayor Michael Nutter and a host of dignitaries began painting — literally —…

    • Rendering of The Oval, looking westward. | LRSLA studio
Eyes on the Street

Eakins Oval: More park, less parking

If the Parkway’s new mantra is “More park, less way” then the rallying cry for improving Eakins Oval might be “More park, less parking.” With its tall trees, beautiful fountains, and…

    • Fairmount Ave bike lanes
Eyes on the Street

Fairmount's new bike lanes are painted, ready to ride

New bike lanes are in on Fairmount Ave, and they're already getting plenty of traffic. The lanes showed up last week and run the length of Fairmount from Ridge Avenue near…

    • What 8th and Race Street, near Franklin Square, could look like

Central, University/Southwest district plans adopted

Philadelphia now has long-range plans for future development within the Central and University/Southwest districts. The city planning commission adopted both comprehensive plans at its Tuesday (June 11) meeting. From now on,…

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