Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:18:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[With Dilworth and Love Park remade for leisure, Paine Plaza redo is a chance to save a space for protest]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23489

Thomas Paine Plaza, the public space outside the Municipal Services Building, is so unremarkable that you’d be forgiven for not knowing its name. But you might recognize it by the bronze…

Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:18:00 -0400
<![CDATA[A Point Breeze night market inspires neighborhood pride]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23469

If you feed them, they will come.

On Thursday night, hundreds of hungry people braved the rain for a first-of-its-kind Night Market on Point Breeze Avenue. As lines for banh mi, barbeque…

Fri, 05 Oct 2018 14:05:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Building for Discovery]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23438

The Discovery Center, a new kind of environmental and leadership education center opening this month, is unlike anything else in Fairmount Park. Ashley Hahn took a deep dive into the center’s…

Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:18:32 -0400
<![CDATA[In Common: Hidden habitat reclaimed as Discovery Center opens in Fairmount Park]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23428

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn explores the Discovery Center, a new environmental education center opening September 28 in East Fairmount Park. What will it take…

Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:25:31 -0400
<![CDATA[Remembering Robert Venturi, Philadelphia architect who gave 'more']]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23419

Robert Venturi, one of the most influential design minds of the 20th century, passed away on Tuesday, September 18 at the age of 93, after battling Alzheimer’s disease. In his passing,…

Fri, 21 Sep 2018 09:25:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mass evictions are growing more common in Philly. Here's how to fight them.]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23377

Speculative development is on the rise in Philadelphia. With many neighborhoods on the cusp of rapid gentrification, property owners and landlords are increasingly making decisions that detrimentally impact the ability of…

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 17:44:00 -0400
<![CDATA[A Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit created by Philadelphians, for Philadelphians]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23368

To many, preservationist might seem a limiting definition, applying to those dedicated to saving individual buildings where famous people were born or died, or where significant events took place. Preservationist can…

Mon, 10 Sep 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[An education in how to be a better neighborhood advocate]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23353 Learning how Philly government works can be a circuitous and sometimes frustrating thing. In my experience, it takes years. It takes walking the halls of City Hall, hours of random conversations…

Wed, 05 Sep 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[In West Philadelphia, a park collaboration in progress]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23339

In a time of such rapid development, it is important for community members to access spaces that have a sense of openness, permanence, and stability. 

That sentiment, voiced by an attendee…

Wed, 29 Aug 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[A photographer reflects on a summer oasis: Dendy Playground]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23310

Dendy feels like magic. That’s the thought that ran through my mind the first time I went to my neighborhood rec center for a swim one June evening.

Golden light washed…

Mon, 20 Aug 2018 10:46:00 -0400
<![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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

Tue, 26 Jun 2018 14:51:00 -0400