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    • Benches line the park's many walkways

How are other cities reinvesting in civic infrastructure?

Ever since pop-ups and parklets became trendy in Philadelphia, there’s been tension surrounding them. Despite the fanfare they’ve drawn from urbanists, a lot of longtime Philadelphians have viewed these newfangled spaces…

    • Bartram's Mile: The plaza is where 56th Street meets the river. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly
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Bartram’s Mile trail aims to connect Southwest Philly neighbors to river and city beyond

As the Schuylkill River Trail has grown southward from Center City along the eastern bank of the tidal Schuylkill, it’s gained a boardwalk, a crescent, two skate parks,…

    • Aerial photograph from William Penn statue atop City Hall | Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue
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Praxis Dialogues: Preservation and the public good

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host another Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice. This…

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Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Designing for good

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • Dilworth Park, August 2015 | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
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Praxis Dialogues: The 'public good' in practice

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • Love Park top word cloud

Love Park: Civic engagement hands off to design work

Months of civic engagment - which produced over 650 ideas for a Love Park redo from interested citizens - came to a conclusion Tuesday evening as Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and…

    • New PennPraxis executive director Randy Mason

Randy Mason takes the lead at PennPraxis

The new executive director of PennPraxis, Randall Mason, was announced Dec. 2 by Marilyn Jordan Taylor, Dean of the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Mason, an associate professor…

    • Alan Butkovitz

November 18: Butkovitz out | Blatstein's Washington Ave superblock | New LOVE Park

Controller Alan Butkovitz says he won't run for Mayor in 2015. Former Nutter spokesman Doug Oliver is forming an exploratory committee for a Mayoral run, possibly as a Republican. We now…

    • Petty Island

October 2: New Love Park priorities | Petty Island redesign | Schuylkill River boardwalk opens | Primary primers

PennPraxis created a wordcloud of the features most important to people who volunteered ideas for the new Love park. Huge transit news for the mega-region: to repair the damage from Hurricane…

    • Pittsburgh

September 12: New LOVE Park | DesignPhiladelphia's 10th anniversary | Behind SEPTA's transit etiquette campaign

Our colleagues at PennPraxis are hosting two public events on the LOVE Park redesign on September 17 and 20th. Use the blank site map they created to show us what new features…

    • Harris Steinberg / photo by Michael Ahearn

Harris Steinberg: "With time, comes change"

Cities are all about change. People come and they go. New development masks past lives. Economic pressures press on the fabric of existing neighborhoods. And old economies fall to new technologies.…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park

Would a new pop-up "industry" be a bad thing for Philly?

One interesting wrinkle to watch in the debate over pop-up beer gardens is the disagreement between Rep. John Taylor and John Longacre of the Philadelphia Tavern Owners Association over how widespread…

    • DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2013

Six ideas Boston should emulate, and Praxis in one of them

Cities crib from each other all the time. New York copied the idea for the High Line from Paris. London is growing upward, like New York. Lately Boston, too, has…

    • A view of City Hall and its neighbors

PennPraxis and PlanPhilly to launch planning and reporting project to establish an agenda for candidates for mayor and City Council in the 2015 races.

I’m writing to give you an early heads up on a visioning project you’ll be hearing about over the coming months. PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will be working to produce Blueprint2015: Building…

    • Septa platform view / credit Raman Gardner

Time to conduct change at rail yard

Reprinted from Philadelphia Daily News THERE ARE 96 acres of prime real estate hiding in plain sight in the middle of our resurgent city. We scuttle past them every day by…

    • Bok High School sold for $1.75 million

PennDesign students develop a model for managing closed school buildings

This June, 23 Philadelphia public schools will be closed for good, adding around 65 acres to the city’s already heavy burden of vacant land. For the city, dealing with these soon-to-be-empty…

    • Looking south from the new trail at Bartram's Garden to the Schuylkill River (and Sunoco beyond).
Eyes on the Street

See Bartram's Mile

Much of Lower Schuylkill’s ex-industrial landscape is rich with possibility, and perhaps no stretch is more compelling than the property adjacent to Bartram’s Garden, where the city is now planning…

    • Bartram's Mile and related trail and green space improvements. | PennPraxis/Philadelphia Parks and Recreation
Eyes on the Street

November 3-4: Bike and Walk Bartram's Mile

As I mentioned last week, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation is working on plans for "Bartram's Mile," a new recreational trail segment along the western bank of the Schuylkill River connecting…

    • Bartram's Garden, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard
Eyes on the Street

Explore Bartram's Mile

One of the big missing pieces in the city's recreational trail network is a good connection to Bartram's Garden. Thankfully that's about to change. At a series of events in the coming…

    • 3rd and Market | David Swift, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
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