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    • Rendering of a closed Parkway block for The Oval+ 2018 | PORT Urbanism
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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…

    • 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.…

    • Rhythm & Hues

June 17: Revisiting the 10-year abatement | The Oval mural | Housing voucher reform

Inga Saffron makes the case that the time has come to amend the 10-year real estate tax abatement for more targeted policy goals like building in disinvested areas or preservation of…

    • Market Square | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

August 24: Bike-transit plan | Pope construction prep | Divine Lorraine's draw | Oval season over | Market Square | Road Diet explainer

The last week of August is upon us. Make it a good one. Meantime, your Monday morning reads: As Philly’s transit ridership and bicycling rates keep climbing, SEPTA is trying to…

    • The Oval is being remade in bold, bright geometries
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The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park hammock grove | Matt Stanley, courtesy of DRWC
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Pop-up lessons in adaptation and magic

Philly has taken the pop-up bait hook, line and sinker. Or maybe hammock, lantern, and shipping container. We’re hopelessly into these low-cost but high-impact temporary “placemaking” projects that turn underused spots…

    • Diamond facets point to the Art Museum's collonnade
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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…

    • Fireworks seen from Penn's Landing
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May 23-26: PHAIR at The Oval | Picnic at the Pier | Destination Frankford reception | Longwood Garden fireworks | City Hall to City Hall tour | Memorial Dei picnic

Happy Memorial Day Weekend, Eyes on the Street! If you're staying in Philly, here are a few events to choose from.   SHOP: PHAIR Open Air Market Friday, May 23, 5pm…

    • Sister Cities Park, Photo by Bob Bruhin
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April 18 - 20: Farm Fest at The Oval | Maker happy hour | Clark Park cleanup | Center City Jazz Festival | 5K for Clean Air | Sister Cities plant and produce pop-up

Happy weekend Eyes on the Street!   CELEBRATE: Farm Fest at The Oval Friday, April 18, 11am - 9pm & Saturday, April 19, 12pm - 6pm. Eakins Oval, 24th Street and…

    • City Lights, Photo by Al BeFranke
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Philly Tech Week picks for the plannerdly

A welcomed and now familiar harbinger of spring, Philly Tech Week is back beginning Friday, April 4. The weeklong event series celebrates technology and innovation in Philadelphia and has a robust…

    • 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…

    • Bright lights, burnt sunset
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October 11-13: Fast Forward | Cobbs Creek 5k | Harvest Festivals | Passyunk Square Home Tour | Southeast by Southeast tour

This weekened might be rainy but there's plenty to do between DesignPhiladelphia events and lots of fall-themed fesetivals. Enjoy! ENVISION: Fast Forward Philly: What’s next for Philly? Friday, October 11, 6-8pm.…

    • Megan Brock, a Swarthmore student, assists in sending the balloon up for another flight.
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Studying public space usage via balloon mapping

We hear a lot about the value of “activating” public spaces through “lighter, quicker, cheaper” moves that enhance the public life of our cities. But how do we cut through the…

    • Dragon Boat Race
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August 9-11: Fantastic Fridays | Ghostbusters | PA Dutch Festival | SE Asian Dragon Boat Festival | Bug Fest

This weekend is made for taking in an outdoor movie or concert, getting close to a dragon (boat) or bugs, and celebrating Reading Terminal Market's Pennsylvania Dutch. Enjoy! LISTEN: Fantastic Fridays…

    • Bridge mural, Phillytrax
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August 2-4: Goonies screening | Franklin Institute Mess Fest | African Festival | 2nd Street Festival | Mural, market, garden tour | Preservation Alliance walking tours

August is here, and it's already loaded with things to do. Here's what's happening this weekend: WATCH: Goonies Outdoor Film Screening @ The Oval Friday, August 2, 7pm - 11pm, Eakins…

    • Tip Top, Courtesy of Phillytrax
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July 26-28: Finally Friday in Mt. Airy | Kevin Bacon Fest | Philadelphia Dance Day | Philly Mag tours best of Reading Terminal | Wellness Walk | 40th Street Concert | East Passyunk Car Show

Hello Eyes on the Street! Looking for something to do this weekend? Here are our top picks.  STROLL: Finally Friday in Mt. Airy Friday, July 26th, 4pm, Germantown Avenue in Mt.…

    • Announced in Orange
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July 19-21: Laurel Hill lunar stroll | The Oval's first weekend | Lancaster Ave Jazz Fest | Big Green Block debut | Parents who cycle meet-up | Barnes Foundation panel discussion | Architecture tours

Hey Streeters! Here's our weekly roundup of events to keep you busy all weekend long. Remember to stay hydrated.  EXPLORE Lunar Stroll: Photographing Laurel Hill After Hours Friday, July 19th, 8pm-10pm,…

    • The Oval: boardwalk, blanket, beach
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Hot fun at The Oval

On Wednesday, Eakins Oval debuted its new summer identity - “The Oval” - wearing a fresh paint pattern and outfitted with temporary features aimed at inviting people to linger…

    • phillytrax
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July 18: PGW fined $500,000 | Lower North's vacant land future | Philadelphia School Partnerships awards $4.7 million | The Oval, officially open | Elfreth's Alley archaeology dig

Hello Streeters!  Temperatures could reach 97 today, but it looks like the region's power grid is beating that heat. Power companies say the grid is holding up wellPhiladelphia Gas…

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