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    • 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…

    • 12th and E. Passyunk sneckdown

Renderings: Changes coming to E. Passyunk "sneckdown" intersection

A couple weeks ago Albert Stumm at Passyunk Post reported that the traffic calming plan for the intersection of 12th, Morris, and E. Passyunk Ave in South Philadelphia is moving forward,…

    • Concept rendering of LOVE Park, April 2015 | Hargreaves Associates

Designers show Saucer some LOVE

Exhale, Saucer Heads: Saucer Watch 2015 is over. When JFK Plaza / LOVE Park reopens in 2017 it will feature a refreshed version of the iconic Fairmount Park Welcome Center, the…

    • The line between Dilworth Park and City Hall's north apron.
Eyes on the Street

City Hall surroundings need a guiding design vision

“Once you get renewal started it spreads out like a fan and benefits much greater sections of the city…” Those words, from Mayor Richardson Dilworth in 1959, are etched into the…

    • JanesWalk 2015
Eyes on the Street

May 1-3: Join us for Jane's Walk

“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 (1961)…

    • Mark Squilla in a Hammock

Spruce Street Harbor Park to reopen Memorial Day weekend with more hammocks and a roller rink

Spruce Street Harbor Park, the premier pop-up destination of last summer, will reopen Memorial Day weekend and stay open through September, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation announced on Thursday. In addition…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Nutter won't sign 3-D billboard legislation, but supports version with more oversight

Mayor Michael Nutter has returned legislation allowing three-dimensional digital billboards in Center City to City Council without his signature, according to a letter Nutter released on Thursday. The bills become law…

    • A pile of trash and parked vehicles on the former Helen Street basketball court
Eyes on the Street

Don't Trash Philly

Can Philly clean up it's act? The Next Great City Coalition argues that it's time for Philly to get serious about curbing our trash issues, from illegal dumping to mindless littering.…

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