Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Wed, 24 Sep 2014 13:50:49 -0400 en <![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
<![CDATA[Spotted: Automat Americana]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15433 One of Philly’s finest Art Deco storefronts is 818 Chestnut Street, where the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened in 1902. Passing by the other day I noticed that the facade's…

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Mon, 04 Aug 2014 08:20:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Project Information Revelation]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15398

Sometimes we’ve got to stop to recognize the small as significant. Today: Project information.

Walking down 12th Street late last week my heart skipped a nerdy beat at Chestnut. Here Brickstone…

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Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[How Northern Liberties is curbing garage-fronted rowhouse development]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15363 Last month Ashley Hahn wrote an EOTS column about why the Zoning Board of Adjustment should stop approving variances for garage-fronted rowhouses. In response Northern Liberties Neighbors Association's Zoning Chair,…

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Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Pinning future for New Kensington on Orinoka Mills reuse]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15365

The story of Orinoka Mills is tangled in the many tired, typical Philly tropes about disinvestment, deindustrialization and decrepitude.

Once known for producing fine textiles, Orinoka Mills’ more recent history is…

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Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:53:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: 10 Dilworth Details]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15340

Last week I hopped on an AIA-organized hardhat tour of the construction site that will soon be known as Dilworth Park, which you may know better as City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.…

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Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15325

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction.

That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

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Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:25:37 -0400
<![CDATA[Eyes on the Street: Refocusing as a place for perspective]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15314 Dearest Streeters:

As you may have heard, we’re shaking things up here at PlanPhilly and Eyes on the Street. We are working with PennPraxis on Blueprint2015: A new project…

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Fri, 11 Jul 2014 12:27:00 -0400