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    • 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.…

    • Joggers on Kelly Drive | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Calling city runners to crowdsource run-ins and amenities

Alon Abramson wants to help Philly become the best running city possible - and runners, he wants your help. Abramson, who organizes the West Philly Runners club, lists trails and running…

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

City Council approves 3-D billboards in Center City

Philadelphia City Council voted on Thursday to approve legislation that would allow two animated, digital, three-dimensional billboards to be placed at key corners in Center City. Under the legislation, which was…

    • Temple University area rentals

Clarke makes a new push to clean up neighborhoods around Temple

City Council President Darrell Clarke has been trying to clean up after Temple University students, and the landlords who rent to them, for years. His last effort, a proposed Neighborhood Improvement…

    • JFK Plaza / LOVE Park

Conceptual designs for a lush LOVE Park

Say farewell to the dyed geyser, clanky granite blocks, and foreboding edges. This year is the last for LOVE Park as we know it. Next summer, if a redesign project continues…

    • Overlooking Potential Green Space

PHS has bold plans to redo base of Ben Franklin Bridge

When Isamu Noguchi finally built his A Bolt of Lightning … A Memorial to Benjamin Franklin in 1984, not everyone was a fan. The Inquirer called it a “propped-up monument…

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

Letters supporting 3D billboards are identical, linked to Catalyst petition

They do exist, the hundreds of letters Councilman Mark Squilla said he had received from constituents supporting his bill to allow 3-D billboards in Center City. But they carry identical text,…

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

Squilla claims wide neighborhood support for 3-D billboards

Councilman Mark Squilla said on Thursday that his office has received hundreds of letters of support from Center City residents who feel that three-dimensional structures displaying digital advertisements would liven up…

    • Phased improvements include plans to invigorate the land around Lovett Memorial Library and add new features to the library. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks, file)

Lovett Library renovation efforts boosted by additional $1.75 million

When Mayor Michael Nutter talks about his days growing up around 52nd and Larchwood he makes it clear that the local library was a sacred place that made a difference in…

    • Proposed UED globe at 12th and Arch streets in Philadelphia. (Image courtesy of Catalyst)

Revolving Door Chronicles: Former Councilman lobbies Council for billboard company

On a Tuesday morning late last month, Frank DiCicco was standing in front of an improvised press table in a City Hall courtroom that was in use, temporarily, as City Council…

    • One of Centennial Commons rustic play areas | Studio Bryan Hanes

$11 million in foundation grants announced for five parks

What can $11 million buy in park projects? A new collaborative initiative announced Monday by the John S. and James L. Knight and William Penn foundations hopes $11 million in new…

Art Commission grants conceptual approval to Zoo360 plans and rec center work

Nina Bisbee, the Philadelphia Zoo's VP for Facilities, transported the Philadephia Art Commission to the African Plains Wednesday as she sought conceptual approval for a novel approach to enhancing the relationship…

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