Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:11:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[Amazon-New York HQ2 breakup has lessons for Philadelphia]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23793 Amazon’s New York City HQ2 plans unraveled in spectacular fashion last week—a fitting end for a spectacle of a location selection process.

It is tempting to see the deal’s dissolution as…

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Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:11:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Rebel Ventures pitch youth-powered corner store at Full City Challenge]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23789

Jarrett Stein kept apologizing to the crowd for his public speaking.

On a cold rainy Tuesday morning, the Rebel Ventures co-executive director told a roomful of food justice advocates and advisors…

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Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:01:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Power abuse: Doc, Henon and the public trust]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23756 Wednesday’s indictment of electricians union boss John Dougherty, Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon, and six others, laid out 116 counts of theft, bribery, and embezzlement. Somehow even more astounding is the…

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Thu, 31 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Unmarking African American History in Philadelphia]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23726

Philadelphia’s streets are lined with history. The blue and gold signs issued by the Pennsylvania Historical Museum and Commission mark everything from the oldest medical library in the U.S. at Pennsylvania…

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Wed, 23 Jan 2019 18:30:00 -0500
<![CDATA[In Common: Bethel Burying Ground memorial to advance in 2019, creating learning opportunity for the living at Weccacoe Playground]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23686

Our 2018 series about Philly's changing public spaces concludes in Queen Village where a new memorial is being developed to honor a historic black cemetery within a popular playground. It’s a…

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Mon, 31 Dec 2018 14:45:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Safer streets within reach in 2019]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23685 A veteran Philadelphia journalist once joked to me that a plan in Philadelphia is like raindrops in a storm. I’ve often tended to agree with him. Philadelphia does a ton of…

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Sat, 29 Dec 2018 06:56:43 -0500
<![CDATA[Feeling all the holiday feels on Olney’s thriving 5th Street corridor]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23680

Eleven year-old Addison Sullivan came for the toys.

But by the time he left North 5th Street Revitalization Project’s Annual Winter Festival, the Olney elementary school student got something else, something…

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Fri, 21 Dec 2018 07:00:00 -0500
<![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 dug into the center’s backstory earlier this…

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Fri, 28 Sep 2018 13:18:00 -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