Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:00 -0400 en <![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
<![CDATA[Ideas for the new LOVE Park]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15624 I spent much of Wednesday in LOVE Park while staffers from PennPraxis, Parks and Rec, and Fairmount Park Conservancy collected ideas for LOVE Park’s future redesign. My day started with my…

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Thu, 18 Sep 2014 08:40:13 -0400
<![CDATA[September 20: Greenway dreams come to life on Spring Garden]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15596

Like Brigadoon, a fleeting vision of the Spring Garden Street Greenway will appear along one block of Spring Garden for one day only. And while the pop-up greenway will last for…

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Tue, 16 Sep 2014 08:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Royal redevelopment plans advancing, facadism and density ahead]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15590 We may never know what the Royal Theater could become. Redevelopment proposals, floated around for more than a year, do not envision a reuse for the deteriorating landmark on South Street.…

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Mon, 15 Sep 2014 08:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Will the Community Sustainability Initiative turn City Council into planners?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15585 This week City Council returns for its fall session and something we’re likely to hear a lot about in the coming months is the “Community Sustainability Initiative” (CSI), a new program…

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Thu, 11 Sep 2014 11:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Dilworth reopens refined: solid, smooth, and splashy]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15567

I recently heard an architect describe the old Dilworth Plaza as optimistic. Vincent Kling’s design, he said, was perhaps overly charitable in its estimation of how people would use the space.…

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Tue, 09 Sep 2014 08:51:09 -0400
<![CDATA[Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk preview]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15551

The new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk isn’t fancy, but it’s the sort of urban gesture that changes your view of a city. It says Philly is a place serious about investing in…

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Thu, 04 Sep 2014 08:07:21 -0400
<![CDATA[Glimpses of Delaware Riverfront revival below Washington Avenue]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15524

The Spruce Street Harbor Park may have stolen the waterfront thunder this year but big, more permanent, things are also happening along the Central Delaware waterfront. Perhaps nowhere is more exciting…

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Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:24:04 -0400
<![CDATA[DNC + Philly: What's in it for the city?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15511 Philly greeted about two dozen members of the Democratic National Committee with every cliché possible this week: cheesesteaks at Pat’s with “Rocky,” strumming Mummers, Eagles cheerleaders, historically costumed interpreters. The fountain…

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Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:23:54 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: Bike Clouds, Green Zones]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15495 Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here are two bits of larger bike infrastructure improvements I spotted at Logan Circle last week:


I’ve been excited about the…

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Tue, 12 Aug 2014 08:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Pop-up lessons in adaptation and magic]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15442 Philly has taken the pop-up bait hook, line and sinker. Or maybe hammock, lantern, and shipping container.

We’re hopelessly into these low-cost but high-impact temporary “placemaking” projects that turn underused spots…

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Thu, 07 Aug 2014 09:14:00 -0400