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    • Foglietta Plaza view from Korean War Memorial, November 2016 | 6 Emma Lee / WHYY
    • Young men gather for an afternoon basketball game at Vare Recreation Center.  | Emma Lee/WHYY

Rebuild gets $100 million grant and sharpens focus on equity, economic opportunity

In a city of 1.5 million people, where’s our common ground? The most democratic places in cities can be those we share, the civic spaces that create points of interaction and…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

    • Photo illustration of advertising, as proposed for 1515 Arch | Interstate Outdoor Advertising, Tantala Associates

Art Commission rejects proposal to use city office buildings as billboards

A proposal to use the city’s Municipal Services Building and One Parkway as advertising backdrops met with bitter opposition at the Art Commission’s Wednesday meeting. The proposal comes three years after…

    • Paul Levy at the ceremonial groundbreaking for Phase I of the Rail Park, October 31, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

First phase of Rail Park construction underway

On Monday afternoon, a large crowd clustered around the mouth of the Reading Viaduct for the long-anticipated groundbreaking of a project that would transform the long defunct railway into a public…

    • Waterloo Playground, October 2016

Waterloo Playground's revival takes off with Urban Roots / MTWB support

Community work is paying off at Waterloo Playground. The once-unsafe public space in West Kensington has seen a turnaround in recent years, and more change is in store. Last year, Waterloo…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm has taken root on five vacant lots in East Kensington.

Neighborhood Gardens Trust targets preservation for 28 more gardens

The preservation of community gardens and open spaces located in five areas of the city – Kensington, South Philadelphia, Mantua/Belmont, East Germantown/West Oak Lane and Tioga/Hunting Park/Fairhill – will be a…

    • Who will it take to get Mifflin Square rebuilt? Park Powers poster | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Reimagining Mifflin Square Park in 21 languages

In Thoai Nguyen‘s dreams, Mifflin Square Park, a vibrant but tired park in Southeast Philadelphia, has a turf field for kids to play soccer, a rebuilt basketball court, new playground equipment…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Full funding secured for phase one of Rail Park

Here’s a burst of sunshine on this otherwise dreary and wet Friday. The Pennsylvania Office of the Budget quietly released a list of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants, including one…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

Despite big crowds, first Philly Free Streets falls short of city’s stated goals

On Saturday, thousands of Philadelphians on bike and foot crowded South Street, attracted by the road’s closure to automobiles for Philly Free Streets. Children skipped, couples strolled, and bicyclists noted the…

    • Rick Magder in Sister Cities Park

Meet Rick Magder, Fairmount Park Conservancy's new director

Rick Magder hadn’t been in his new position as executive director of Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) a week and already he was up and running. Literally. Just five days into the…

    • Chester Arthur schoolyard, construction in progress

Schoolyard redesign at Chester Arthur to support inquiry-driven learning

As the students of Chester Arthur School started the new school year, they noticed orange safety barriers traversing their schoolyard and snaking around the parking lot. The schoolyard is under construction…

    • Rendering of AMOR at Sister Cities Park | Art Commission presentation Sept. 2016

Public artworks approved for Maplewood Mall, MLK Older Adult Center, and Sister Cities Park

At its September meeting the Philadelphia Art Commission reviewed and approved three permanent works of public art: Maplewood Mall will see lumber in mosaic, older adults in Sharswood will take a…

    • Digital sign on top of Lit Brothers building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr group

Philadelphia loses last bit of control over city’s billboards [updated]

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) revoked Philadelphia’s last bit of control over billboards in the city, transferring jurisdiction for outdoor advertising in the Market Street East Advertising District (MSEAD) to PennDOT.…

    • Centennial Commons: Neighborhood Edge | Studio Bryan Hanes

Fall construction start for Centennial Commons park ‘porches’ in West Parkside

Parkside Avenue forms the boundary between the rowhouses of West Parkside and the Centennial District of West Fairmount Park. On one side of the Avenue are some of the city’s most…

    • West Philly block parties

Mapping 10 years of Philadelphia block parties

Philadelphia is a block party city. Take a stroll around any Philly neighborhood on a weekend afternoon in the summer, and you'll probably spot more than one. The city offers residents…

    • Lead muralist Brad Carney jumps in the air amidst interns and students painting 'Rhythm & Hues' at Eakins Oval. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)
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Spotted: The Oval striking musical tone for 2016

Every year the parking lot in the middle of Eakins Oval is painted with a mural, setting the theme for the seasonal park space.  It’s had a touch of the shore…

    • Popen Streets

Open Streets announced for South Street and MLK Drive on Sept. 24

A slightly coy Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson spilled the beans about the city’s Open Streets plan to the Bella Vista Neighborhoods Association Tuesday evening. Tolson, who didn’t want to reveal…

    • Illustration of proposed Skyspace at Philadelphia Museum of Art | KSK

New Turrell 'Skyspace' planned by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, overlooking the falls and Fairmount Water Works below, there are two gazebos. Now the museum is proposing installation of a third, 21st century addition to…

    • Lee Cultural Center | Emma Lee / WHYY
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