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    • Conceptual design for 22nd/Market memorial park
Eyes on the Street

Aspirations for 22nd and Market memorial park design

On the morning of June 5, 2013 six people died when a wall being carelessly demolished collapsed onto the Salvation Army store next door, at the corner of 22nd and Market…

    • 1800 block of N. Marston

Councilwoman Tasco: Take a closer look at those “Apples”

Councilwoman Tasco and I agree that, with respect to affordable housing in Philadelphia, “The need is real.”  We also agree that, in her words, “Council’s plan [the “1,500 New Affordable Housing…

    • City Hall stairwell
Eyes on the Street

March 26: Philly Flag Day tomorrow | Destination Frankford's art projects | Moyamensing Place | EMT + Paramedics | Urban form as control

Hey Streeters, here’s your Wednesday Buzz: Tomorrow is Philadelphia’s Flag Day, a celebration of the Swedish colors and city crest that flies above municipal buildings. The Inquirer reports that tomorrow…

    • 51st and Baltimore

Tasco takes issue with Kromer analysis of Clarke's affordable housing plan

It was disappointing to see PlanPhilly/Philly.com publish John Kromer’s deeply flawed analysis comparing City Council’s 1,500 New Affordable Housing Units Initiative with the Street Administration’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI). As I…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department
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TEDxPhiladelphia: Workshopping green stormwater infrastructure

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and for the next few days we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can…

    • By the summer of 2015, the playground at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets could be completely overhauled. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

The keys to Philadelphia's land bank success

Philadelphia recently became the largest U.S. city to create a “land bank.” The news was picked up by The New York Times, which touted Philly’s approach as a “model for…

    • Uptown
Eyes on the Street

March 25: N. Philly could see $30m HUD grant | Tax deadbeats, slim progress | Tindley Temple | Uptown's uphill battle | More collapses | Gas lines

Good morning, Streeters. We’re going to see a bit of snow today. Sorry. But here’s hoping this is really the end and we can stop talking about it. The city is…

    • Maplewood Mall

Maplewood Mall redesign selections expected in early April amid online local-hire debate

Ten months after the city announced a $2.2 million capital-improvement project for Germantown's Maplewood Mall, a selection is expected early next month on the lead design and engineering firms for the…

    • fish heads
Eyes on the Street

Fishtown Neighbors hope "feeding the fish" will curb litter

Would you throw out trash if it meant feeding the fish? What if that fish was topping off a trashcan? That’s the Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA) Beautification Committee's hope. They…

    • Bike lane potholes
Eyes on the Street

How to report bike lane potholes

Now that the snow and slush has melted and bike lanes are visible again, the Bicycle Coalition and Philadelphia Streets Department are teaming up to fill potholes in the city's bike…

    • Hale - Juniper
Eyes on the Street

March 24-28: Looking at Cities | Neighborhood Change | Cultural Communities | Learning from Asian Cities | TEDx

This week promises several interesting explorations about urbanization, city infrastructure, and neighborhood change. Plus TEDxPhiladelphia returns. INQUIRE: Jenny Odell: Looking at Cities Monday, March 24, 6-8pm. Moore College, Stewart Auditorium, 1916…

    • Spring 2014 | Rob Lybeck
Eyes on the Street

March 24: Open data frustration | Family Court art | Feibush cultivating committee people | Rental trends | Collapsing buildings, L&I triage | 27th/Girard mixed-use plans

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. Bundle up for the next few cold days, and think spring as snow blows through tomorrow. Why did the city’s open data chief quit? On…

    • connectorbridge

Bicycle and pedestrian counters coming to area trails

Anyone who jogs, strolls or rolls on the Schuylkill River Trail or Kelly Drive on a warm, sunny day knows that those trails get a lot of bicycle and pedestrian traffic.…

    • Bike Cloud, by Ralph Tullie (location: Sister Cities Park)
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia: The new two-wheeled workshop of the world

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and for the next few days we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can…

    • Fueling the machine, Photo by Melon Images
Eyes on the Street

March 21-23: Academy of Natural Sciences turns 202 | Bicycle art benefit auction | Antique-a-Palooza | Philly Chili Bowl | Morris Arboretum kids' art series

Happy first weekend of spring, Eyes on the Street!  VISIT: Academy of Natural Sciences pay-what-you-wish Friday, March 21. 10am - 4:30pm. Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The…

    • Original Northeast High School, Photo by David Swift Photography
    • The uniform cornice lines of South 15th Street.

Blackwell drops height-limit bill; Council rezones for Comcast and Dranoff Hotel

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell said on Thursday that she won’t move forward with a bill that would prevent developers from building above two stories on blocks that are dominated by two-story buildings.…

    • Ivy Ridge Green cleanup
Eyes on the Street

April 5: Philly Spring Cleanup

The Streets Department says 1,014,540 pounds of trash and 23,341 pounds of recycling were picked up by more than 13,000 volunteers during the great Philly Spring Cleanup of 2013. How much…

    • The collapse site from above, from the RiverWest Condominium's rooftop.

Site of fatal building collapse will become public memorial park

Mayor Michael Nutter announced on Thursday that a property at the corner of 22nd and Market streets in Center City will become a memorial park to honor the six people killed…

    • Darrell Clarke

Council President Clarke’s initiative: How to avoid NTI Jr.

The Council President has a plan. He wants the city to support a multi-million dollar bond issue that, combined with other funding, will finance the development of many units of housing…

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