Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Sat, 03 Feb 2018 07:46:00 -0500 en <![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
<![CDATA[Our monuments are our continuation]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22390 Earlier this month in Philadelphia, years of protest — reignited by the August events in Charlottesville — culminated in an announcement by the city that it would be removing the statue…

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 12:46:07 -0500
<![CDATA[As Philadelphia reflects on its monuments, some more questions to ask]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22380 Mural Arts' Monument Lab wants to know, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?”

It’s a great question, but I want to suggest a few more to…

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Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:30:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Monumental matters in Philadelphia]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22379 Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, asks: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?”

In the wake of…

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Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Eyes on the Page: ‘Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City,’ reviewed]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22370

Like the website and the festivals that supply the operative part of its title, Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City is a love letter to the city’s past. To the extent it…

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Mon, 13 Nov 2017 15:10:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Prominent Philly preservationist to Faithful Laurentians: Stop.]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22332 The foregoing is an open letter from Oscar Beisert, an architectural historian and one of Philadelphia’s most prominent preservationists, to the Faithful Laurentians, a group categorically opposed to the planned…

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Thu, 02 Nov 2017 07:31:21 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia’s statues and memorials don’t look like Philadelphia]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22291 Mural Arts’ Monument Lab asks the city’s residents: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? PlanPhilly is publishing some responses from our readership. Want to contribute to…

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Mon, 23 Oct 2017 10:59:29 -0400
<![CDATA[Decisions loom for some of Philadelphia’s historic sacred places]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22273

Buildings constructed as houses of worship have long enriched Philadelphia’s urban landscape, embodying the city’s legacy of art and architecture and adding to a history of religious and ethnic diversity. In…

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Wed, 18 Oct 2017 16:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Neighbors helping Neighbors: East Parkside and Strawberry Mansion learn from each other]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21774

Every neighborhood has its sparkplug advocates, the do-ers who move mountains to improve their corners of the city, who doggedly find resources to benefit their neighbors, and who occasionally take on…

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Fri, 30 Jun 2017 08:56:06 -0400