• 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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Reimagining vacant schools as vibrant community spaces

A vacant school is more than a silent, empty building. It’s a public promise waiting to be renewed. Since closing 27…

Making bike share reflect Philly

Will Philly Bike Share be the exclusive province of tourists, suits, and hipsters or will its users be as deeply diverse…

As digital signs encroach, public realm sold short

Imagine a three-dimensional globe of animated lunchmeat mixed with local news and weather displayed across from Reading Terminal Market or digital…

Better Mobility 2015: Five no-brainers

What should the next administration do to improve mobility in Philly? Local transportation advocates are developing a 10-plank platform for Philadelphia…

Design Advocacy Group gets funding to focus on rowhouse preservation

For years Philadelphia has tried to build its way out of our affordable housing problem through new construction. But a smarter…

Three reasons to vote for the Office of Sustainability

On Tuesday Philly voters will get to decide if the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability should become permanent under the City Charter.…

$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail…

Spotted: CHOP demolitions, expansions underway

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. We spotted progress on two CHOP projects this week: CHOP on…

Want to preserve more of Philly's history? Start with a survey.

Philly has roughly half a million buildings. Just 2% of those buildings are designated historic through listing in the Philadelphia Register…

Build new LOVE upon old strengths

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down…

Washington Avenue restriping plan aims for balance, offers minimal improvement for bikers

Washington Avenue is a rough street. Cars tango with trucks loading, people park in the median, pedestrians skirt forklifts, and cyclists…

Fresh faced: 2014 Storefront Challenge honors

A great storefront is a vote of confidence – in a quality business, in a block, in a community. Fresh paint,…

Advocates call to strengthen Land Bank Strategic Plan

The fledgling Philadelphia Land Bank is the city’s best chance to put the lion’s share of its vacant and tax-delinquent properties…

Bicycle Diary: Postcard from Amsterdam

I’m in Amsterdam, in the bike shop equivalent to Pep Boys, picking out a souvenir Dutch bike bag when the “Streets…

LENS: Dilworth Park

The keen-eyed members of our Flickr group seem captivated by the new Dilworth Park – from its swooping glassy transit entrances…

Rina Cutler on transportation advocacy and 'evolution not revolution'

Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler was half of a panel about the future of transportation in the city…

Retrofitting Philadelphia: Five Takeaways

It is a classic Philadelphia problem: We’re an aged city, rich with old buildings ripe for new futures. Our stock of…

Speak Up: Help decide where Philly Bike Share stations should be

Wondering where the first round of Philly’s bike share stations might be? Look around and red dots mark the spots. The…

City gets $2.5 million to plan Roosevelt Boulevard bus rapid transit

The Roosevelt Boulevard works well for no one. It is a 12-lane nightmare replete with crashes, gnarled with rush hour traffic…

Ideas for the new LOVE Park

I spent much of Wednesday in LOVE Park while staffers from PennPraxis, Parks and Rec, and Fairmount Park Conservancy collected ideas…

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