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    • Rendering of Headhouse plaza looking north from parking (Art Commission, June 2017) | Ambit Architecture

Art Commission approves public space expansion at Headhouse Square

The long-awaited renovation of the Headhouse Plaza on 2nd Street inched closer to implementation Wednesday, receiving the approval of the Art Commission. There has been talk for decades of redesigning the…

    • 36th and Lancaster trolley bench installed by UCD.

Aiming for inclusive public spaces, University City District bucks defensive design trends

University City District covers one of the blessed corners of Philadelphia. There’s little blight or crime for the special services district to contend with. Job growth can fairly be described as…

    • Nebinger school yard, May 2017

Bedlam over basketball and extended hours at Nebinger Elementary's schoolyard

Thursday night’s assembly about renovations of the schoolyard at George W. Nebinger Elementary School in Queen Village proves that any community meeting in Philadelphia, no matter the topic, can easily become…

    • Cycling Free Streets, 2016 | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

    • Neighbors creating model of Mifflin Square Park.

How the Kenney administration aims to include neighbors in Rebuild

At a press briefing in March, a member of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild team described the ambitions of the $500-million project as “not just physical improvements” for the city’s universe of…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent park and trail

Councilman Johnson introduces budget amendment to maintain Schuylkill River Trail funding

Last week, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced an amendment to Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal that would restore—and even increase — the city’s funding commitment to the Schuylkill River Trail. Under Mayor…

    • Benches line the park's many walkways

How are other cities reinvesting in civic infrastructure?

Ever since pop-ups and parklets became trendy in Philadelphia, there’s been tension surrounding them. Despite the fanfare they’ve drawn from urbanists, a lot of longtime Philadelphians have viewed these newfangled spaces…

    • Jane's Walk 2016 | Bradley Maule
Eyes on the Street

Jane's Walk 2017: Walk Philly with us May 5-7

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities What…

    • Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway being taken over for the NFL Draft, April 27 to 29. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

NFL Draft turns Parkway into privatized 'brandscape' and backdrop

By now you've heard about or experienced the inconvenient road closures around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway thanks to the NFL Draft. It's a hassle. But that's not what Community Contributor Kevin…

    • Groundbreaking Centennial Commons at West Fairmount Park.

'Centennial Commons' partners break ground on new Parkside park project

The Parkside neighborhood celebrated the groundbreaking of the first phase of Fairmount Park Conservancy’s Centennial Commons project, an initial $4 million investment located between Parkside Avenue and the Centennial District…

    • Bartram's Mile: The plaza is where 56th Street meets the river. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

Bartram’s Mile trail aims to connect Southwest Philly neighbors to river and city beyond

As the Schuylkill River Trail has grown southward from Center City along the eastern bank of the tidal Schuylkill, it’s gained a boardwalk, a crescent, two skate parks,…

    • Council President Clarke, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation, and Mayor Jim Kenney at Rebuild grant announcement in November 2016. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Clarke's lingering concerns about Rebuild structure: ‘privatization’ and Council oversight

Rebuild has officially reached that awkward stage when it’s more than just an idea but several steps away from implementation. It’s at the point when politicians haggle over details in public…

    • Parents from John H. Taggart Elementary School gather materials to create model | Mifflin Square Plan

Imagining a better Mifflin Square through memories and a cardboard model

On a recent Wednesday morning, 10 adults sat around a big table at John H. Taggart Elementary School library, in South Philadelphia. They were using colored paper, pieces of cloth, little…

    • Zoning notice sign at NKCDC Garden Center.

PHS Pop-Up Garden proposed in Fishtown stopped by neighbor concerns, displaced compost co-op

Some Fishtown neighbors didn’t like the idea of having a seasonal Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden open in their backyard. Or at least that’s what they said on Facebook,…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Rebuild Initiative’s launch slowed by financial puzzle, hinging on soda tax

The gargantuan, highly anticipated city project known as Rebuild — Mayor Jim Kenney’s $500-million investment in parks, recreation centers, and libraries — is beginning to resemble an elaborate domino setup. As…

    • Rendering of 'Chorus Dawn' by Brent Wahl and Laynie Brown

Utility pole public art for Rail Park gets conceptual approval

Municipal meetings that feature poetry readings are rare, even at the Philadelphia Art Commission. But on Wednesday morning, at an unveiling of the percent for art installation proposed for the Rail…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Kenney budget puts $90 million toward Penn's Landing park capping I-95

Funding for a large new waterfront park at Penn’s Landing will be tucked into Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address this Thursday. The mayor plans to announce a $90 million city commitment…

    • Cottman Ave. - Southbound Proposed Site Plan

New bus shelters for Roosevelt Boulevard

On Wednesday, the members of the Art Commission gazed upon the future of Roosevelt Boulevard. The 14-mile stretch of roadway is the spine of Philadelphia’s northeastern neighborhoods. But the exceedingly broad,…

    • Natalie Nixon | Emma Lee / WHYY

Speaking for the public: Natalie Nixon's emerging voice on the Art Commission

At an Art Commission meeting last November, the assembled appointees were considering a school district proposal to expand the overburdened Mayfair Elementary school in the lower Northeast. There are 1,400…

    • What is your vision for the future? January 17, 2017
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Philly gets its own sticky-note 'subway therapy' just before Inauguration Day

Just like in the New York City subway, sticky-note messages have started to accumulate on a tile wall in the concourse between Septa’s City Hall Station and Suburban Station. The…

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