Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:03:29 -0400 en <![CDATA[Venturi's Mother's House faces delicate transition]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17569

There are few buildings in Philadelphia that changed the landscape of American architecture. The Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill is one.

Architect Robert Venturi built the house for his…

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:03:29 -0400
<![CDATA[Shofuso digging for its Centennial ancestor]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17559 Kim Andrews is standing on a busted up paved path, pointing at a patch of tamed weeds and poison ivy in West Fairmount Park. We are looking for the past.


Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[St. Laurentius: Score one for the Underdogs]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17524 In this Community Contributor piece longtime PlanPhilly advisor and Fishtown native Michael Greenle reflects on the recent designation of St. Laurentius Church as historic, and what this underdog's victory means. 


Wed, 22 Jul 2015 15:42:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: Super-parklet on 40th St]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17503

Our eyes are ever-peeled for cool sites and sights. Here's one we spotted this week:

University City District is Philadelphia’s biggest parklet booster, building and finding partners to help tend these…

Fri, 17 Jul 2015 08:57:19 -0400
<![CDATA[The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17472

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

Mon, 13 Jul 2015 12:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Parsing the preservation record]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17443 The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas recently sat down with Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development and commerce and executive director of the planning commission, to reflect on his seven years with…

Fri, 10 Jul 2015 07:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: New street furniture on 'King of Jeans' pedestrian plaza]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17442

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what caught our attention this week:

Back in April, Taylor Farnsworth reported that the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) would…

Thu, 09 Jul 2015 16:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17419

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of the last decade, the 40-year old arts and education group…

Mon, 06 Jul 2015 08:10:00 -0400
<![CDATA[LENS: Liberty for Independence Day]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17399

Happy Independence Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and to celebrate we close out this week with a dip into the Library Company of Philadelphia’s image collection for this…

Fri, 03 Jul 2015 08:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Central Green gives Navy Yard creative commons]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17395

Over the last 10 years we’ve come to expect unabashedly contemporary commercial architecture, green urban design, and progressive adaptive reuse projects at the Navy Yard. Now the freshly finished Central Green,…

Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: A poolside pop-up in Francisville]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17391

Built-in wooden deck loungers and palm trees overlook clear blue water, and patio sets grace the lawn. These are not the view of amenities at a luxury building but at Francisville…

Mon, 29 Jun 2015 12:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Speak Easy: Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17359 Streets are shared spaces, but often they’re contested spaces too. Cyclists jockey with buses next to pedestrians tangoing with motorists. What should we do to make sure streets are safe for…

Thu, 25 Jun 2015 07:21:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Beginner's Guide to Philadelphia's Public Pools]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17315 Philly has more free, outdoor public pools than any city in the country and lucky for us pool season kicks off this week. To help you cool off this summer Community…

Thu, 18 Jun 2015 08:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mid-Century Philly: Broad, Ridge, Fairmount and the Divine Lorraine, 1954]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17305

Last week PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey reported that redevelopment plans for the Divine Lorraine at last have secured all of the necessary financing, thanks to a loan and grant from the…

Tue, 16 Jun 2015 15:52:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Lord Norman Foster on urban infrastructure, technology, and design]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17264 Pritzker prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster delivered his version of design theater-in-the-round at the rotunda auditorium in Penn’s Anthropology Museum on Tuesday evening, before Philadelphia’s design community.

Lord Foster, whose firm…

Thu, 11 Jun 2015 08:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: Skateable Sculptures in Paine's Park]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17234

Sol LeWitt’s sculptures Steps (Philadelphia) and Pyramid (Philadelphia) did not tumbled downhill from the Philadelphia Museum of Art into Paine’s Park.

Instead the Steps and Pyramid that appeared this week in…

Fri, 05 Jun 2015 07:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The Woodlands charts new course built on old assets, broad appeal]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17212

That historic site is so relevant, said hardly anyone ever. But that’s just what The Woodlands has become.

The more common narrative in the world of house museums and standalone…

Thu, 04 Jun 2015 07:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mayor 99: Steal these six ideas from Diaz]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17205 If Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney wants to support smarter development and stronger transit, here are six ideas he could poach from Nelson Diaz’ mayoral campaign, offered up in this op-ed…

Wed, 03 Jun 2015 11:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The Porch 2.0: Updated version, same big vision]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17176 When University City District (UCD) opened The Porch at 30th Street Station in November 2011, it was a pretty barebones affair.

Putting movable furniture on a 50-foot wide slip of…

Fri, 29 May 2015 13:28:54 -0400
<![CDATA[How will Kenney adopt and adapt Nutter's unfinished work? Six questions:]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=17128 That sound you heard from City Hall Thursday was mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Mayor Michael Nutter mending fences. Though relations between the St. Joe’s prep classmates and former council…

Fri, 22 May 2015 07:46:00 -0400