Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[In Common: What if the library could mend public life?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23287

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out the Free Library’s Center for Public Life, a new unit that’s aiming to connect Philadelphians of every stripe…

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Wed, 15 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Free Streets: Enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, beach lovers — but not drivers]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23285

Cyclists, walkers, children and dogs were happy to take over the four-lane expanse of North Broad Street during Philly Free Streets on Saturday. The event, in its third year, is a…

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Mon, 13 Aug 2018 18:23:15 -0400
<![CDATA[A walking tour of North Broad, ahead of this year's Philly Free Streets event]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23277 Many organizations and people are behind this year’s Philly Free Streets event.

The city goes “car free” on Broad Street from City Hall all the way up to Butler Avenue in…

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Fri, 10 Aug 2018 14:48:31 -0400
<![CDATA[Floating a solution to Philadelphia's parking-space quandary]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23272

Philadelphia has a parking problem. At face value, we have a tremendous number of spots: 2,172,896 at the most recent count. However, an absolute number is meaningless. Who cares about…

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Thu, 09 Aug 2018 12:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Remember Asian-Americans in those cultural-competency conversations]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23241 “Where are you from?”

“You speak great English.”

While these statements no doubt can come from a good place from a non-Asian-American trying to break the ice or even make nice…

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Tue, 31 Jul 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Chess, and the power of girls to identify themselves as leaders]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23199

Bobby Fischer once famously said, “Chess is life.” In the city of Philadelphia, these words take on more truth than their simple appearance. It is because of this truth that over…

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Wed, 18 Jul 2018 14:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[What if it rained? How a rec center changed one life, and could change more]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23167 Every time it rains, the Hunting Park Recreation Center has to shut down activities because of a hole in the roof.  The “Rec” is a safe place where many children in…]]> Tue, 10 Jul 2018 11:19:00 -0400 <![CDATA[Our Morning Commute: Multimodal living with kids in Philadelphia]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23151

For the last seven years, my children and I have primarily moved around Philadelphia by bike, foot, and public transportation. Though my children are at ease with this life, there are,…

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Mon, 02 Jul 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[In Common: The Oval stretches car-free play onto the Parkway this summer]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23138

Our series about Philly's changing public spaces continues with a trip on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Ashley Hahn checks in on The Oval, a summertime experience geared at making the Parkway…

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Wed, 27 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Make no little pints: Bringing taste and memory into community storytelling with Watershed Ice]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23137

What’s the next level of community reporting?

For many, printed text and visuals make complex issues clear. Others absorb information best with audio and video. And the internet brings news to…

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Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Looking at Philadelphia from the prism of `The Divided City']]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23103

Author Alan Mallach will appear in conversation with PlanPhilly's Jake Blumgart from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Pipeline Philly, 30 S. 15th St. 

I recently published a book called…

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Mon, 25 Jun 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23114 PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group's views on the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23108

We applauded last year when Mayor Kenney created a Historic Preservation Task Force and asked it to recommend how to avoid losses like the Boyd Theater and the impending disfigurement of Jewelers Row.…

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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:33:51 -0400
<![CDATA[In Common: Centennial Commons carves out space for East Parkside neighbors to connect]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23100

Next up in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to Parkside Edge to see how this project aims to find new ways of connecting neighbors to West…

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Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23067

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

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Wed, 06 Jun 2018 06:55:00 -0400
<![CDATA[WHYY Listening Post: "The Gang Goes to Burholme"]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23060

What happens when people have access to a microphone and a platform, with an invitation to tell the invisible listener about their neighborhoods?

PlanPhilly decided to find out.

Last Thursday, we…

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Thu, 31 May 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[In Common: Finding a new LOVE]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23028

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds plenty. Hear what Philadelphians using the park think about Center…

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Thu, 24 May 2018 06:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Parks: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23026

In Philadelphia, park love knows no bounds. Unseasonable rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from coming out to clean up their favorite neighborhood green as part of the city's biannual Love…

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Tue, 22 May 2018 11:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[From LOVE Park to Graffiti Pier, we are losing the iconic public spaces that make us Philly]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22957

Public spaces are the glue that keeps a city connected. It's the streets, squares, and parks that work to bring us together and build community. Good public spaces make living in…

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Sat, 05 May 2018 14:08:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The Whitewashing of Center City: Where have all the black businesses gone?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22931 By Erica Atwood

Philadelphia has been my home for more than 20 years. Born and raised right across the bridge in Camden, NJ, I have spent my entire life cheering for…

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Sat, 28 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400