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    • The redesigned Walnut Street Bridge has wider sidewalks, better pedestrian lighting, and (soon) a buffered bike lane. Construction will be finished this week.

Planning Commission takes a small stand for the sidewalk

“Sidewalks, their bordering uses, and their users, are active participants in the drama of civilization versus barbarism in cities.” - Jane Jacobs Expeditious but inviting, leaderly but democratic, and with a…

    • Schuylkill River Boardwalk. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

USA TODAY’s 10Best: Schuylkill River Trail wins Readers’ Choice award for best urban trail

The Schuylkill River Trail is the Circuit’s longest trail and the region’s most heavily used multi-use, recreation and commuter trail. A panel of travel and outdoor recreation experts nominated 20 trail…

    • South Street 2015 / Aversa PR

Streets Department unveils new online block party application

Sound a Silent Alarm and get ready for A Weekend in the City full of hot dogs, bouncy castles, and summer jams: The Streets Department just made it easier to apply…

    • Parklet seating options include bistro tables and benches
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Super-parklet on 40th St

Our eyes are ever-peeled for cool sites and sights. Here's one we spotted this week: University City District is Philadelphia’s biggest parklet booster, building and finding partners to help tend these…

    • The Oval is being remade in bold, bright geometries
Eyes on the Street

The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

    • Point Breeze pop-up

How to run a pop-up beer garden without being shut down immediately

This week, a pair of pop-up beer gardens were shut down by the Department of Licenses & Inspections. First, the somewhat controversial Point Breeze Beer Garden, and then the Uptown…

    • Passyunk and Mifflin
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: New street furniture on 'King of Jeans' pedestrian plaza

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what caught our attention this week: Back in April, Taylor Farnsworth reported that the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) would…

    • An X-shaped table could be for lunch or conferences
Eyes on the Street

Central Green gives Navy Yard creative commons

Over the last 10 years we’ve come to expect unabashedly contemporary commercial architecture, green urban design, and progressive adaptive reuse projects at the Navy Yard. Now the freshly finished Central Green,…

    • Lynn Williamson and Jim Pecora of the Free Library of Philadelphia at Coleman Library. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

Germantown plans for a summer without a neighborhood library

Members of the Germantown community and library staff  gathered in the meeting room of the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library on Wednesday to come up with a contingency plan for…

    • Schuylkill River Trail

Cast your vote for the Schuylkill River Trail

The Schuylkill River Trail has been nominated as one of the 10 Best Urban Trails in USA Today’s 10 Best Reader’s Choice Awards. It is one of only 20 trails nationally…

    • Chanticleer awash in color in June

Chill out in a Pleasure Garden that merits the highest praise

When you think about verdant public open space in Philadelphia, the 9,200 acre Fairmount Park system immediately springs to mind. Big, bold and beautiful it ranks right up near the top…

    • A look at the updated renderings for Lovett. (Courtesy of J.R. Keller LLC)

Neighbors on board with renovation plans as Lovett Library prepares for 2-year closure

On Monday evening, the Friends of Lovett Memorial Library gathered in the library's 130-year-old meeting space. The matter foremost on their minds was if their concerns about the library's upcoming renovation…

    • Septa Bus Advertisement/Emma Lee, WHYY

Chilly reception: New SEPTA ad policy will prohibit ads welcoming Pope, DNC

Philadelphia is pulling out all the stops to welcome Pope Francis when the leader of the Roman Catholic Church visits in September: organizers are amassing a heavenly host of volunteers ten-thousand-strong,…

    • Jonathan Jones skating on 'Pyramid' in Paine's Park | Ashley Hahn, PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Skateable Sculptures in Paine's Park

Sol LeWitt’s sculptures Steps (Philadelphia) and Pyramid (Philadelphia) did not tumbled downhill from the Philadelphia Museum of Art into Paine’s Park. Instead the Steps and Pyramid that appeared this week in…

    • Porch 2.0 features seating nodes that break up the vast space
Eyes on the Street

The Porch 2.0: Updated version, same big vision

When University City District (UCD) opened The Porch at 30th Street Station in November 2011, it was a pretty barebones affair. Putting movable furniture on a 50-foot wide slip of…

    • Vacant land behind the former site of the Queen Lane Apartments is part of the proposed play space area. (Jimmy Viola/for NewsWorks, file)

PHA agrees to maintain outdoor space near Queen Lane apartments site

They came ready for a fight, but walked away with a compromise. On Thursday, Germantown residents packed courtroom 414 in City Hall for the start of a trial aimed, on paper,…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Council close to consensus on Gallery redevelopment

Less than two months after unveiling plans to renovate The Gallery at Market East, the mall’s owners appear poised to secure a package of zoning and tax incentives from City Council.…

    • Ridge Avenue Pocket Park site is located at 6170-72 Ridge, and the adjacent Allison Building, a former carpet store, is part of the plan. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Brains behind Spruce Street Harbor to take on vacant 'pocket park' along Ridge Avenue

A proposed green space in the midst of the Roxborough business district took a step toward the light on Thursday night. At an informal community meeting, longtime and new residents of…

    • Utility box

Why the Streets Department doesn't put utility boxes underground

One reaction people had to Monday's post on the artfully-decorated utility boxes in Washington Square West and Queen Village was that the dressed up boxes look nicer now, but why do…

    • Utility boxes

Center City's unsightly utility boxes are getting dressed up with public art

I had never noticed the ugly brown utility boxes generously distributed around Center City until I started hanging around Geoff Thompson of the This Old City blog last year, and ever…

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