Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:42:34 -0500 en <![CDATA[Chris Bartlett on how to make the neighborhood you want [TEDxPhiladelphia video]]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16001 PlanPhilly was a proud partner of this year’s TEDxPhiladelphia event, New Workshop of the World.  As we look forward to next year’s event – mark your calendars for June 11,…

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Wed, 26 Nov 2014 12:42:34 -0500
<![CDATA[Commuter Tunnel at 30: Legacy and Potential]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15979 Community Contributors Richard Voith and Peter Angelides of Econsult Solutions consider the legacy of the Commuter Rail Tunnel, which turned 30 this month, and the importance of capitalizing on its potential.…

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Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:38:00 -0500
<![CDATA[As digital signs encroach, public realm sold short]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15966

Imagine a three-dimensional globe of animated lunchmeat mixed with local news and weather displayed across from Reading Terminal Market or digital ads for H&M and Unclaimed Diamonds marching down Market Street…

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Wed, 19 Nov 2014 14:50:19 -0500
<![CDATA[Better Mobility 2015: Five no-brainers]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15902 What should the next administration do to improve mobility in Philly?

Local transportation advocates are developing a 10-plank platform for Philadelphia in advance of next year’s mayoral and council elections.

It’s…

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Tue, 11 Nov 2014 16:22:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group gets funding to focus on rowhouse preservation]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15878 For years Philadelphia has tried to build its way out of our affordable housing problem through new construction. But a smarter solution may be right under our noses: Rowhouse preservation.

The…

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Thu, 06 Nov 2014 08:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Three reasons to vote for the Office of Sustainability]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15868

On Tuesday Philly voters will get to decide if the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability should become permanent under the City Charter. It is the first ballot question

Here is why…

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Mon, 03 Nov 2014 16:09:00 -0500
<![CDATA[$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15854

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: CHOP demolitions, expansions underway]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15848

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


CHOP on the Schuylkill

At the base of the South Street Bridge,…

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Want to preserve more of Philly's history? Start with a survey.]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15842 Philly has roughly half a million buildings. Just 2% of those buildings are designated historic through listing in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. About 4% are listed in the National…

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:50:56 -0400
<![CDATA[Build new LOVE upon old strengths]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15809

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down the Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. JFK Plaza,…

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Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:38:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Adopt Housing Trust Strategy to Preserve Neighborhood Balance]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15788 Community Contributor and former Philadelphia Housing Director John Kromer offers some ideas about how Philly can preserve housing affordability for low- and moderate-income families in ways other than inclusionary requirements for…

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Washington Avenue restriping plan aims for balance, offers minimal improvement for bikers]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15779 Washington Avenue is a rough street. Cars tango with trucks loading, people park in the median, pedestrians skirt forklifts, and cyclists have to weave through the chaos. Add to that badly…

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Fresh faced: 2014 Storefront Challenge honors]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15745

A great storefront is a vote of confidence – in a quality business, in a block, in a community. Fresh paint, new awnings, and better lighting can give old businesses an…

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Advocates call to strengthen Land Bank Strategic Plan]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15766 The fledgling Philadelphia Land Bank is the city’s best chance to put the lion’s share of its vacant and tax-delinquent properties into responsible hands for new uses. The citywide effects could…

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Bicycle Diary: Postcard from Amsterdam]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15730

I’m in Amsterdam, in the bike shop equivalent to Pep Boys, picking out a souvenir Dutch bike bag when the “Streets of Philadelphia” comes on the store's radio. It was as…

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[LENS: Dilworth Park]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15732

The keen-eyed members of our Flickr group seem captivated by the new Dilworth Park – from its swooping glassy transit entrances to the fountain’s effect on the smooth granite. Click through…

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:35:54 -0400
<![CDATA[Rina Cutler on transportation advocacy and 'evolution not revolution']]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15716 Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities Rina Cutler was half of a panel about the future of transportation in the city and state on Monday evening at PennDesign. The conversation ranged…

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Tue, 07 Oct 2014 15:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Retrofitting Philadelphia: Five Takeaways]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15646 It is a classic Philadelphia problem: We’re an aged city, rich with old buildings ripe for new futures.

Our stock of older, smaller buildings is an extraordinary, but undervalued, asset. So…

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Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:50:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Speak Up: Help decide where Philly Bike Share stations should be]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15629 Wondering where the first round of Philly’s bike share stations might be? Look around and red dots mark the spots.

The city has identified 100 possible bike share stations, and as…

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Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[City gets $2.5 million to plan Roosevelt Boulevard bus rapid transit]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15616 The Roosevelt Boulevard works well for no one. It is a 12-lane nightmare replete with crashes, gnarled with rush hour traffic and inadequate transit options in an era of growing ridership.…

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 11:37:00 -0400