• 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.

You are viewing 21 articles by the author Ashley Hahn concerning Old City

Walking Market Street with Jan Gehl

Cities should be for everyone. Cities should make people healthy and happy. Cities should be designed to respond to human nature…

From Above: Independence Square, 1927

In honor of Independence Day we take this opportunity to see this historic view of Independence Hall and what would become…

Waterfront Working: 3 signs of progress on the Central Delaware

In June 2013 City Council passed a zoning overlay that gives the Master Plan for the Central Delaware its teeth. Now,…

Peek at La Peg coming soon to FringeArts

Where Race Street meets the Delaware River we're seeing an important demonstration of what the future of the Central Delaware Waterfront…

Be a tourist at home: Seven Jane's Walks, May 2-4

It’s time to take your eyes to the street, Philly. Join PlanPhilly May 2-4 as we present Jane’s Walk, a…

Night Market returns, hungry for more neighborhood delights

We’re officially entering fair-weather street festival season and last week The Food Trust announced its four Night Market locations for the…

Where a brick is more than a brick

The old Independence Visitor Center will soon be demolished to clear the southeast corner of 3rd and Chestnut to make way…

Benjamin Franklin Museum leaves bicentennial behind, reopens after two-year renovation

Benjamin Franklin is a nearly mythic part of Philadelphia’s creation story and his presence is embedded in the city’s DNA, a…

FringeArts' conversion of pump house is progressing

The corner of Race Street and Delaware Avenue has been abuzz with construction activity for months now, as FringeArts works to…

Old City among top 12 ArtPlaces in US

Usually we resist the urge to pass along the endless stream of city rankings, but this one feels good to share: …

From Above: Old City and Society Hill waterfront, 1925

Our last two From Above aerial selections have showcased the Central Delaware Waterfront in the 1920s, checking in on bridge construction in…

From Above: Benjamin Franklin Bridge under construction June 13,1924

The last batch of historic aerial photographs featured on Eyes on the Street showcased construction of the Art Museum and Parkway…

Inside the Benjamin Franklin Bridge's secret spaces [video]

What lies within the Benjamin Franklin Bridge's anchorage towers is off-limits to most folks, but the Delaware River Port Authority took…

Will new zoning on the waterfront deter or draw development?

We won’t know for many years if the Master Plan for the Central Delaware is a real life success story. But…

President's House Compromised

Nothing is easy for the President’s House site on Independence Mall. The memorial’s inception, discovery, planning, and design stirred debate. And…

Race Street Connector Phase 2: more technical, less arty

The Race Street Connector remains unfinished but thanks to a $1.1 million grant from the Pennsylvania Communities Transportation Initiative, the Delaware…

Urbanize this highway: Renewed calls to rethink I-95 and the Vine Street Expressway

What if Philadelphia converted its elevated and sunken highways into urban assets? Imagine a broad, green boulevard instead of I-95 running…

Park(ing) Day 2011

Today was Park(ing) Day, when unsuspecting parking spaces throughout the city were transformed into temporary parks. This year, more than…

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