Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:21:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[A primer for Philadelphia’s pop-up season]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22896

After the sexy newness of a pop-up leaves town, can neighborhoods sustain the benefits for local businesses?

It’s a question I’ve been asking for years, pretty much since I moved to…

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Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:21:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Stop talking about Kensington Avenue like it’s a wasteland]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22863 By Sam Woods Thomas

During my three years managing commercial corridors for the The New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), on Kensington Avenue and several other business thoroughfares,  I got to…

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Thu, 12 Apr 2018 06:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mapping affordable housing, crime or development in your Philadelphia neighborhood? Two new tools have you covered.]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22834

By Ken Steif

I was recently asked to join my neighborhood Registered Community Organization (RCO) – the Spruce Hill Community Association in West Philly. At my first meeting, a University of Pennsylvania…

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Wed, 04 Apr 2018 14:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Saying goodbye to Philadelphia’s first black Catholic church]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22816

By Ashley Hahn

Over tea, at her kitchen table, Adrienne Andrews Harris cracks open a thick binder containing the story of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. It’s a blend of…

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Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Why street sweeping alone won't solve Philly's litter problem]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22807 By Nic Esposito

Even though my neighbors and I pick up trash out front of our houses every day, and we've turned a total of 12 vacant lots on our block into…

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Mon, 26 Mar 2018 12:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Diary of a Philadelphia punk rock preservationist]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22794 By Venise Whitaker

Generation X was described as the latchkey kids. We were the unfocused youth, the children of divorce. My two homes were both in Philly: my grandparents’ house in…

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Tue, 20 Mar 2018 16:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly reckons with its endangered history as preservation task force pivots to solutions]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22776

By Ashley Hahn

“We’re moving through a jungle, shrouded in mist. We’re on a path. We don’t know where it’s going, or what’s going to hit us in the face. But…

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Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Going beyond hip with a vision for inclusive prosperity on North Broad]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22731 By Shalimar Thomas

“This is a moment to forge an inclusive path to prosperity.”

No, Drexel University President John Fry was not talking about North Broad when he voiced this idea…

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Wed, 28 Feb 2018 17:56:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Meet the broken system costing your neighborhood its voice]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22651 By Ashley Hahn

“Philadelphia cannot afford to hang on to a process that favors discretion and subjectivity over objectivity, clarity and predictability.” That’s how a 2004 Building Industry Association report criticized…

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Sat, 03 Feb 2018 07:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[On Market East, an unusual fight in old battle pitting preservation against progress]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22604 By Ashley Hahn

Market Street east of City Hall was one of Philly’s great shopping streets. After years of decline, the tide has shifted, bringing new development to parts of this…

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Sat, 27 Jan 2018 08:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Why is Toll Bros. designing a "background" building for an iconic Philly neighborhood?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22609

By Ashley Hahn

After a couple of false starts, Toll Bros. is advancing a scaled-back proposal for a condo building, replacing five buildings at the edge of Jewelers’ Row. Toll unveiled…

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Wed, 24 Jan 2018 17:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[How West Philadelphia businesses answer MLK's call to action]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22585 By Jabari K. Jones

“We’ve got to realize that the moment is before us!” Those are the words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to energize a thunderous, cheering crowd at…

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Mon, 15 Jan 2018 12:08:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Design professionals discuss how to make room for all races in Philly public spaces]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22474 Sitting in front of a crowd of over one hundred, Tya Winn asked a row of audience members to stand.

“There are about 25 of you standing,” the president of Philadelphia’s…

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Thu, 14 Dec 2017 17:31:30 -0500
<![CDATA[Forcing small business owners to remove protective barriers endangers public safety, does not make our communities better]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22461 Since 2000, my parents have operated a small family business in North Philadelphia, where we live and work. My parents, refugees who survived genocide in Cambodia to come to this country,…

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Mon, 11 Dec 2017 13:57:50 -0500
<![CDATA[HACE CEO: City Council should pass inclusionary zoning bill]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22434 Philadelphia’s housing market is red-hot. Building permits issued from 2013 through 2016 exceeded the previous seven years combined, and thousands of new rental apartments have been added downtown in the last…

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:06:19 -0500
<![CDATA[NLNA President: City Council, don’t fumble inclusionary zoning bill away on the two yard line]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22435 A mixed-income housing bill making its way through City Council aims at an important goal, but could miss the mark badly and hurt our city if Council rams it through next…

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Thu, 30 Nov 2017 15:06:08 -0500
<![CDATA[Not built in a day: One of PlanPhilly’s creators reflects on a decade of dedicated built-environment coverage]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22417 Michael Greenle facilitated the process that created PlanPhilly in 2006, shaped its outreach strategy at PennPraxis, stewarded its move from Penn to WHYY, and is a member of PlanPhilly’s Advisory Board.…

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017 14:08:55 -0500
<![CDATA[PlanPhilly has a new managing editor: Ariella Cohen]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22415 As interim Managing Editor, I'm thrilled to announce that Ariella Cohen is the new Managing Editor for PlanPhilly.

Ariella is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience reporting on…

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Mon, 27 Nov 2017 12:03:50 -0500
<![CDATA[Monument Lab provided more questions than answers]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22408 Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, ended on November 19th. It asked: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?”…

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Fri, 24 Nov 2017 05:30:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22407 Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

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Wed, 22 Nov 2017 05:30:00 -0500