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    • Site of  $100 million velodrome at FDR Park

Presentation for proposed Velodrome at FDR Park leaves big questions unanswered

Over 150 neighborhood residents and cyclists packed into a hot basement room at the American Swedish Historical Museum to hear a presentation to the Philadelphia Park and Recreation Commission from the…

    • This small lot at 147 Gay Street — which offers spots for 30 vehicles — has become a flash point pitting residents against developers. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Parking issues pit residents vs. developers in pocket of Manayunk

Forget the Joni Mitchell song about paving Paradise. In Manayunk, the neighbors are fighting to save a parking lot.  In a section of the city where on- and off-street spaces are…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013

iPic expects to move forward soon on renovation of the Boyd

Lease negotiations are under way with new owner Pearl Properties   The long-suffering Boyd Theater is still waiting for its facelift, but the plans for its renovation seem to be getting…

    • LOVE Park, June 2013  | (c) Bob Bruhin, all rights reserved.
Eyes on the Street

LOVE Park's enduring magnetism

Community Contributor Bob Bruhin sees LOVE Park as Philly's funky common ground - a perspective he's especially come to appreciate photographing LOVE Park. LOVE Park is a nexus. While Vincent Kling's…

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Council on the cusp of overhauling billboard regulations

Councilman Bobby Henon resurrected a years-old bill that would overhaul the zoning regulations for billboards on Thursday. The bill was amended substantially on Thursday, but because it already went through a…

    • Bellevue Garage could get an
Eyes on the Street

As digital signs encroach, public realm sold short

Imagine a three-dimensional globe of animated lunchmeat mixed with local news and weather displayed across from Reading Terminal Market or digital ads for H&M and Unclaimed Diamonds marching down Market Street…

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

Bill could permit three-dimensional digital advertisements on Center City sidewalks

A bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla on Thursday would allow companies to construct digital, three-dimensional advertising structures in certain areas of Center City. The proposal was first reported by the…

    • 2100 Hamilton Street would sit next to Rodin Museum

A Philadelphia problem at the Art Commission: It all makes sense until you get into the weeds

What's wrong with this picture? There's an ugly, vacant hole in the ground in a nice section of town. And there's a developer with a good track record of reasonably priced…

    • LOVE Park, August 2012 | (c) Bob Bruhin, all rights reserved
Eyes on the Street

Build new LOVE upon old strengths

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down the Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. JFK Plaza,…

    • Site of East Market development, 1100 block of Market

Digital billboards on East Market approved by Planning Commission

Here’s something you may know: the area of Market Street between Broad and 7th streets was designated as a special advertising district a few years ago, permitting developers to place large…

    • Boardwalk on the Schuylkill

How the "boardwalk' creates new connectivity

It's a glorious fall day and you have a breakfast meeting at 15th and Walnut. But your office is in the University of Pennsylvania Health complex. You usually count on the…

    • Swooping | Steve Ives
Eyes on the Street

LENS: Dilworth Park

The keen-eyed members of our Flickr group seem captivated by the new Dilworth Park – from its swooping glassy transit entrances to the fountain’s effect on the smooth granite. Click through…

    • Andrew Langsam's three-story, 19th-century twins represent the flash point between the owner and the local civic group. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Roxborough curb-cut controversy riles community group

It all comes down to a curb cut and a paved-over yard, but this story is really about how things get done in the city of Philadelphia. On a steep block…

    • Center City transit concourse

Not all those who wander are lost ... but most are: A wayfinding tour of City Hall

It didn’t take long for it to happen. If you spend any amount of time wandering around City Hall, it’ll happen. “Hi, do you need help finding something?” City Hall is…

    • Bok High School sold for $2.1 million, more than its asking price but a fraction of its assessed value

Fire Sale: School buildings sell for $11 per square foot

Last night, the School Reform Commission approved the sale of 11 shuttered school buildings in Philadelphia, part of the School District’s ongoing effort to raise money by selling off unused real…

    • Idea board #newlovepark
Eyes on the Street

Ideas for the new LOVE Park

I spent much of Wednesday in LOVE Park while staffers from PennPraxis, Parks and Rec, and Fairmount Park Conservancy collected ideas for LOVE Park’s future redesign. My day started with my…

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Eyes on the Street

September 20: Greenway dreams come to life on Spring Garden

Like Brigadoon, a fleeting vision of the Spring Garden Street Greenway will appear along one block of Spring Garden for one day only. And while the pop-up greenway will last for…

    • Dilworth Park fountains meant for play on hot days
Eyes on the Street

Dilworth reopens refined: solid, smooth, and splashy

I recently heard an architect describe the old Dilworth Plaza as optimistic. Vincent Kling’s design, he said, was perhaps overly charitable in its estimation of how people would use the space.…

    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • An access trail leads from Orthodox Street to the Delaware River through the former Coke Company site.

New waterfront park coming to Bridesburg

Earlier this month, Bradley Maule of Hidden City Philadelphia and Jared Brey of PlanPhilly explored trail space on the North Delaware waterfront under the helpful guidance of Chris Dougherty of the…

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