Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[In Common: At rejuvenated Logan Library, room for the noisy joy of teenage kicks]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23666

Next up in our 2018 series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out what’s welcoming neighborhood teens back to the century-old, recently-renovated Logan Library.


Midafternoon on a cold Thursday,…

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Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia doesn't need Amazon. The opportunities are already here and they're homegrown.]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23621

Philadelphia does not need Jeff Bezos’ endorsement to affirm that we have neighborhoods both of great need and great potential. Nor was the race for HQ2 the only prize that stimulated…

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Thu, 29 Nov 2018 08:31:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Inside Frank Furness’ hidden masterpiece]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23608 At 40th and Ludlow Streets, hidden for years underneath metal cladding, is one of Frank Furness’ earliest commissions in Philadelphia.

U3 Ventures, a West Philadelphia-based developer, purchased the building in…

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Wed, 21 Nov 2018 15:45:12 -0500
<![CDATA[Openness is secret ingredient in meal shared with strangers]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23578

Leon Caldwell, a socially minded real estate developer who was born and raised in West Philadelphia, spends a lot of time thinking about how neighborhoods grow and change. So does Phoebe…

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Fri, 09 Nov 2018 16:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[West Philly-bred developer seeks 'return on community' when eyeing new projects]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23567 When I was growing up in West Philadelphia, I walked past a historic cemetery in my neighborhood almost every day. It may seem like a creepy part of a daily route…

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Thu, 08 Nov 2018 06:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[20 years after a deadly robbery, a neighborhood market is reborn]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23521

Muhammed Aslam died in the South Philadelphia business he built.

It was a cold December evening in 1999 and the shop owner’s son, Zakria, then 12, had just gone to their apartment…

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Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:08:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Good news and the bad in Philadelphia’s transportation plan]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23520 Philadelphia deserves a serious transportation agenda.

Recently, the City of Philadelphia released its Connect Strategic Transportation Plan. A lack of transportation is a key obstacle to employment for many poor…

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Thu, 25 Oct 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[For once, let's celebrate Philly's clean and green achievements]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23498

It's not just Gritty that has people around the country talking about Philadelphia.

The city that gave the world a 7-foot orange hellion to obsess over will today welcome hundreds of…

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Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:49:00 -0400
<![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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Wed, 26 Sep 2018 13:25:00 -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,…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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