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    • 30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch

Eyes on the Trail: Officials respond to Schuylkill River crime with lighting and town watch

Emil Nunez liked to walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. During the day, he could admire the trail’s handful of landscaped gardens, the silty river’s languid tranquility, and the statues dotted…

    • LOVE Park groundbreaking, February 2016: Shovels ready

LOVE Park renovation breaks ground, skateboarding ban temporarily lifted

LOVE Park’s long-anticipated renovation was celebrated Wednesday morning with a ceremonial groundbreaking, and an announcement that the city would lift the park’s skateboarding ban through Presidents’ Day. “Between now and February…

    • Fabric Row - White LEDs

Officials unveil new LED street lamps for Fabric Row

Officials from the South Street Headhouse District and the city gathered at 4th and Bainbridge Monday evening to unveil a host of completed streetscape improvements along Fabric Row in Queen Village.…

    • Rendering of Park with stage, Betsy Ross Bridge in background

Delaware Avenue extension drives a path for proposed new park in Bridesburg

Wednesday evening officials unveiled plans for a 10-acre, riverfront park to replace a school bus parking lot in Bridesburg. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) collaborated…

    • Billboards

Philadelphia loses jurisdiction over highway billboards

Billboards along Philadelphia’s highways are now under state control. Earlier this month, the Federal Highway Administration approved PennDOT’s transition plan to take over billboard regulation along Philadelphia’s state and federal roads.…

    • K&T Trail segment in Lardner's Point Park, Tacony

Council authorizes acquisitions for Delaware River trails

At its last session of the year on Thursday, City Council adopted two bills authorizing the city to acquire property for recreational trails along the Delaware River waterfront. One bill would…

    • On the South Street Bridge | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

DAGspace: The difference between a bridge and television

In this month's DAGspace, architect Timothy Kerner considers the South Street Bridge's LED lanterns and asks the city to do us one better than the photo-unrealistic dancer sihouettes and Eagles ads.…

    • Public Safety Services Campus | Ballinger

City commissioning new public art at 46th and Market

The long-anticipated conversion of the huge the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building will also recast the relationship of the 13-acre site to the neighborhood. Designers showed plans for the historic building…

    • Manayunk Bridge from Venice Island | Lindsay Lazarski/Keystone Crossroads

Manayunk Bridge reopens today as a trail, a symbol of a changing economy

Iconic. Ever since it opened in 1918, the Manayunk Bridge has been iconic, a symbol for its namesake section of Philadelphia. “It's one of those things that's always been the symbol…

    • Drury Street rendering

Learning from McGillin's: Pedestrianizing alleys means taming trash

Earlier this month we told you about a neighborhood campaign to turn the 2000 block of Moravian Street next to Shake Shack into Philadelphia’s first “green” alley and set an example…

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Philadelphia awarded $10 million in federal TIGER grants for Grays Ferry Swing Bridge and two Complete Street projects

Congressman Chaka Fattah and Senator Bob Casey both announced today, in separate press releases, that Philadelphia had been awarded $10.265 million in U.S. Department of Transportation TIGER grants. The grant will…

    • Workers begin to secure and repair Fairmount Park Welcome Center after overnight fire, October 27 | Tom MacDonald / WHYY

Fire damages LOVE Park's saucer

In the wee hours of Tuesday morning, and hours after officials shared new details about the forthcoming overhaul for LOVE Park, there was a fire in the park’s space-age Welcome…

    • View of LOVE Park / JFK Plaza from 16th and Arch, October 2015 | Hargreaves

Refined design for new LOVE Park

The project team behind the new LOVE Park / JFK Plaza spent summer putting a fine point on details for the new vision of the old plaza. The designers presented these…

    • Help Locator along Schuylkill River Trail

Streetsplainer: What to do in an emergency on the Schuylkill River Trail?

Reports of assaults along the Schuylkill River Trail and social media accounts of 911 dispatchers who did not know what callers meant by “Schuylkill River Trail”, have left some users worried…

    • Grays Ferry Triangle

Committee proposes permanent redesign for Grays Ferry Triangle plaza at 23rd and South

Less than two years after successfully negotiating a three-year temporary street closure permit for the Grays Ferry Triangle pedestrian plaza at 23rd and South streets, the Grays Ferry Avenue Triangles Committee is already…

    • Boogie Down Booth
Eyes on the Street

Could the dank underbelly of the El be Philly's next great public space?

The recent spate of interest in repurposing Center City alleys as better public spaces has us thinking about which other underutilized spaces in Philly could use a touch-up, so it was…

    • Market Street Bridge looking west, October 2015
Eyes on the Street

Softening Market Street Bridge's sidewalks

More than six thousand people walk across the Market Street Bridge every day, going to work, going to school, heading in or out of 30th Street Station. In the last month…

    • Dumpster alley

Are alleys the next frontier in Philly placemaking?

William West has a grading scale for the filthiness of Center City’s narrow, often dumpster-choked alleys. His taxonomy of crud: F - Functional. A place to stow cars or stash trash.…

    • Open Streets

Mayor Nutter: Philly should make Open Streets a regular, maybe even monthly, event

In an interview with PlanPhilly, Mayor Michael Nutter said that the temporary automobile ban that accompanied security preparations for the papal visit should become a “regular” event. “I think we can…

    • Baltimore Crossing at 48th Street and Baltimore Ave

Q&A: Mike Lydon on the state of 'tactical urbanism' and why Park(ing) Day still matters

Last Friday, Mike Lydon, the author of Tactical Urbanism and a principal at The Street Plans Collaborative came down to Philly from New York to present at Philadelphia's Park(ing) Day after-party…

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