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    • Rendering of a closed Parkway block for The Oval+ 2018 | PORT Urbanism
Eyes on the Street

In Common: The Oval stretches car-free play onto the Parkway this summer

Our series about Philly's changing public spaces continues with a trip on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Ashley Hahn checks in on The Oval, a summertime experience geared at making the Parkway…

    • Rendering of Oval+ from above | port

Plus ça change: Once again, the Oval+ temporarily puts the 'park' in the Ben Franklin Parkway

From the Pope's visit and the NFL Draft, to lengthy construction projects and the rush of speeding traffic, it’s no surprise that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can feel overwhelmed at times.…

    • Eakins Oval on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway being taken over for the NFL Draft, April 27 to 29. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

NFL Draft turns Parkway into privatized 'brandscape' and backdrop

By now you've heard about or experienced the inconvenient road closures around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway thanks to the NFL Draft. It's a hassle. But that's not what Community Contributor Kevin…

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Logan Square neighborhood rezoning awaits Council approval

The last few decades have seen enormous changes in the Logan Square neighborhood. Most recently the Whole Foods flagship landed there, complete with cocktail cart and butcher’s block. The Philadelphia Latter…

    • 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…

    • Rhythm & Hues

‘The Oval’ pop-up park returns for a fourth year

The surface parking lot at Eakins Oval on Benjamin Franklin Parkway will once again become “The Oval” pop-up park this summer, the Department of Parks & Recreation announced earlier this month.…

    • Diagram of Winter Street Realignment

Franklin Institute getting new bus loading zone, plaza in Winter Street realignment

The mention of winter usually conjures up images, cold and colorless, of a city depressed: gray, bare trees, lumps of dirty snow, drab coats trudging by with downcast eyes on the…

    • Ben Franklin Parkway bike lane

November 17: Boom times for the Parkway | Greenworks emissions report | Unused city wireless equipment

The former Family Court building at 1801 Vine St will be redeveloped as a 199-room hotel, reports Alan Hughes. It will be the first major hotel owned by a black-owned…

    • The Family Court Building (right) and Free Library help define Logan Square's civic architecture.

Requiem for a new urbanist dream

When PennDOT announced that it was replacing seven bridges over the Vine Street Expressway without taking the opportunity to also cap all four of the ventilation openings amongst them, a Greek…

    • 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…

    • Diamond facets point to the Art Museum's collonnade
Eyes on the Street

Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction. That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

    • 'Symbiosis' against the sky
Eyes on the Street

Metallic trees take root in Iroquois Park

Two silvery trees appeared in Iroquois Park-that wedge of green between Eakins Oval and the Philadelphian-last week. They are Symbiosis, the latest in the Parkway’s procession of outdoor artwork, freshly installed…

    • Center City CSX Tracks, Photo by Blog King
Eyes on the Street

January 27: Chicago mayor wants crude oil fees | Paulsboro advised, babies should avoid tap water | Crude oil spills into Delaware River | I-95, Turnpike connection will start in June | Boulevard, Parkway history

Happy Monday, Eyes on the Street. Enjoy temperatures in the 30s this morning before another bitter blasts sweeps in after 2 p.m. Temperatures are expected to hit single digits by Tuesday…

    • PHS Pop Up Garden - Broad Street

Reflecting on how public space is shaping up

Whether covering the Historical, Parks & Recreation, or Arts commissions, or simply noodling around town and noticing trends, what most continues to interest me are issues surrounding the public realm. The…

    • The Board of Education, Photo by Jeremy Fountain
    • Whole Foods Project Rendering

More time granted to study traffic impact of proposed Whole Foods

The Zoning Board of Adjustment granted Logan Square Neighborhood Association a continuance on Wednesday in the case of Rodin Square, the project that would bring a Whole Foods grocery store and…

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Eyes on the Street

Additional, altered SEPTA service for Made in America Festival

The Made in America Festival returns to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway this weekend and brings headliners Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails and 34 other bands and performers with it. In preparation…

    • Whole Foods Project Rendering

Planning Commission recommends zoning approvals for new Whole Foods

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of a handful of zoning variances for a proposed Whole Foods grocery store at 22nd and Spring Garden streets during its monthly meeting Tuesday…

    • The Beach

Bringing the beach, the blanket, and the boardwalk to The Oval

As the sun burst through the clouds and turned a sticky humid day into merely a sweltering one, Mayor Michael Nutter and a host of dignitaries began painting — literally —…

    • Rendering of The Oval, looking westward. | LRSLA studio
Eyes on the Street

Eakins Oval: More park, less parking

If the Parkway’s new mantra is “More park, less way” then the rallying cry for improving Eakins Oval might be “More park, less parking.” With its tall trees, beautiful fountains, and…

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