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    • 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…

    • Kite and Key / Emma Lee

Proposal to transform base of Ben Franklin Bridge trips at the start

A few years ago, planners from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) approached the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) with an idea: Monument Plaza, the barren concrete pedestal for Isamu Noguchi’s sometimes…

    • reading viaduct city branch

Reuse of the City Branch for transit or trails unlikely, but proposed development isn't to blame

When plans for a new mixed-use development at 15th and Hamilton streets in Spring Garden were posted online in advance of this month’s Civic Design Review, the project caused a stir…

    • Free Library Percent for Art - dioramas by Colette Fu | Art Commission, Jan. 2017

Art Commission supports Don Quixote pedestrian plaza, library art, but not PPA lot billboard

The Art Commission’s meeting Wednesday began the year with a bang. The contentious proposal to deaccession stained glass bus shelters on Chestnut Street consumed much of the energy, but the rest…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

City withdraws proposal to scrap Chestnut Street's art bus shelters

In 1999 the City of Philadelphia commissioned artist Pablo Tauler to adapt 11 bus shelters on Chestnut Street in Center City with site-specific designs. Tauler transformed the drab little pods with…

    • Grays Ferry Swing Bridge | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Public feedback sought on on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge project

Joe Syrnick is entering the New Year swinging for the bridges. At a public feedback open house about the Grays Ferry Swing Bridge this Thursday, Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s President said…

    • 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

Council President Clarke airs concerns with Rebuild initiative's proposed structure

As the Kenney administration enters its second year, one big policy issue on the horizon will be the mayor’s $500 million commitment to reinvest in the city’s parks, libraries, and recreation…

    • Official

Artful illuminations unveiled on Spring Garden Street, improving connection between Northern Liberties and waterfront

On a cold, December night, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) unveiled some hot new lights that have been a long time coming to the stretch of Spring Garden Street under…

    • Porch Swings made to linger, glide, and people-watch

University City District measures five years of The Porch

The University City District installed the Porch at 30th Street Station in 2011. Back then it seemed like a quixotic attempt to insert public space into a bleak, auto-dominated corner of…

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