• 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 22 articles with the tag Takeaways by the author Ashley Hahn

Architect Jeanne Gang on using design to strengthen community

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating…

Parking logic: Three reasons ZBA should say no to garage-fronted rowhouses

Say zoning and eyes glaze over. But really zoning is code for capturing the kind of city we want to live…

On planning, realpolitik, and selling closed schools

During the last week negotiations over the sale of the 14-acre University City High/Drew Elementary school property to Drexel University and…

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,…

Back to the future to renew Fairmount Park

Fairmount Park is like Philadelphia itself: A legacy asset with unrealized potential. We are the lucky beneficiaries of the prescient 19th…

Rick Lowe's Gray Area: Where social sculpture meets neighborhood preservation

Twenty years ago when Rick Lowe first saw Houston’s Third Ward, an historically African American neighborhood, he saw vacant, tax-delinquent properties…

Preservation crises and solutions: Five takeaways from Penn's Preservation Law and Policy symposium

Philly preservationists, you are not alone in your frustrations. Preservationists drawn to PennDesign last week from across the country for a…

Five ideas Philly should steal from Toronto

I've been in Toronto for the past few days and came back with five easy ideas that Philly could lovingly borrow…

Five reasons why Philly shouldn't set parking minimums

In the last few weeks we’ve heard a lot about how City Council members are trying to roll back pieces of…

Debate over Registered Community Organizations heats up

The ticking time-bomb embedded in Philadelphia's overdue, comprehensive zoning reform is the redefined role of community groups in the zoning process.…

Exploring the Lower Schuylkill's gritty and green potential

The Lower Schuylkill is hard to get to know much less love. It's a nearly 4,000-acre area comprised of largely industrial and…

Still Smoldering: Preventing the next Buck

When I stood looking at the still smoldering wreckage that was the Buck factory on Monday evening, a Jasper Street resident…

High Noon at Norris Square: Dueling over St. Boniface and rezoning

Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez and the Norris Square Civic Association are dueling over the fate of a major development that…

On Beyond I-95: Nothing lasts forever

The panel at Thursday night’s forum on urban highway removal may have been preaching to the converted, but the fact that…

Point Breeze starts new zoning committee to mend broken process

Order in Point Breeze | Flickr user pwbaker, Creative Commons On Wednesday I went to the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA)…

Point Breeze development rumbles? Blame the process.

Monday night’s South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. (SPHINC) zoning meeting was not about zoning. Of the projects on the agenda, the only one…

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