• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

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In a city of 500,000 buildings, which ones sing to you? This fall we asked you to share with us the…

Finding community on Election Day

Even though it’s been a divisive election, planner and Community Contributor Michael Gaughan says we can look close to home to…

What striking transit workers want

On Wednesday afternoon dozens of striking Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 members were gathered at a bus hub deep in…

Seeking refuge in pedestrian spaces on Baltimore Ave

What a difference a dozen huge, ceramic planters can make. Midway through 2013, residents of West Philadelphia’s Cedar Park neighborhood noticed…

What should a 21st century Philly rowhouse be? Emerging designers answer

Last Thursday PlanPhilly and the Design Advocacy Group presented our take on this year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme – Home – with an…

Ten years later, five ways Philly should keep building on Civic Vision for Central Delaware

On this day in 2006 then-Mayor John Street signed an executive order to create a civic vision for seven miles of…

2016 Storefront Design Challenge honors

When a business owner invests in new awnings or distinctive signage, fresh paint or new lighting, she’s telegraphing community pride, expressing…

Lens: Inside FGS Gems on Jewelers' Row

It’s been about six weeks since news broke that the Toll Brothers wanted to build a 16-story story condo tower on…

St. Laurentius: Seeking the Wisdom of Solomon in Fishtown

As Fishtowners mull the residential redevelopment proposed for St. Laurentius Church, Faithful Laurentians are hoping for a different plan that requires…

Penn’s Lower Schuylkill innovation campus opens new center to incubate big ideas

When the University of Pennsylvania acquired DuPont’s old Marshall Labs site downriver from the main campus, the vision for this new…

What's your local landmark?

In a city of half a million buildings, what’s your local landmark? We all have places that matter to us. This…

Speak Easy: How to be hated on any city street in Philadelphia

I've used just about every mode of transportation that the city of Philadelphia has to offer. I've walked, run, driven cars,…

Jane’s Walk microgrant awarded to support Sharswood advocacy work

On the first weekend of May every year, PlanPhilly is the local hub for Jane’s Walk, a global festival of…

Taking a Toll on Jewelers Row

What kind of city do we want to be? That’s the question ringing in my ears reflecting on the news that…

Remembering Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy: Grower of food, flowers, neighborhoods

In the pantheon of urban agriculture, few stand taller here than Mary Seton Corboy, founder and Chief Idea Officer of Philadelphia’s …

Conventions past: Democrats in Philly, 1936

Once again Philadelphia is the happy host for to a national political convention, and we're taking a look back at conventions…

Conventions past: Republican National Conventions in Philly, 1900, 1940 and 1948 in pictures

As Philadelphia prepares to host the Democratic National Convention next week, we're taking a look back at conventions held in the…

Dear PennDOT: Save us from ourselves and remove South Broad’s parking median, permanently

As Philly gets ready to host Democrats, the city is tidying up. On South Broad that means a mural and parking…

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…

History grafted into contemporary design at Penn’s new Perry World House

These days Penn’s campus is being remade in a new era of major construction projects, each with robust enough budgets to…

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