Eyes on the Street http://planphilly.com/eyesonthestreet Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:38:52 -0400 en <![CDATA[Addressing displacement: The business of community development]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16656 Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation's John Chin and Sarah Yeung make the case for devleopment without displacement in this op-ed. Chinatown and neigborhoods like it, they argue, should welcome private development while…

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:38:52 -0400
<![CDATA[From Above: Franklin Square and Monument Plaza, 1926]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16613

Today Jim Saksa has a story about efforts to turn Monument Plaza into a more inviting public place. What's Monument Plaza? It's that wedge between the Benjamin Franklin Bridge approach and…

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Mon, 23 Mar 2015 08:12:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with Carmen Febo San Miguel, director of Taller Puertorriqueño]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16619 For the last 12 years Dr. Carmen Febo San Miguel has run Taller Puertorriqueño, a Latino-centric arts and education nonprofit that’s been a cultural fixture in El Centro de Oro…

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Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:57:26 -0400
<![CDATA[Housing policy in Philadelphia: We can do better]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16603 In this op-ed architect and Design Advocacy Group chair Kiki Bolender makes the case for rowhouse preservation programs as a way to improve resident health and well-being while stabilizing rowhouse blocks.…

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Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:59:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Homegrown Middle Class: A Neighborhoods Policy for Philadelphia]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16570 To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer, an urban housing and development consultant and former city housing…

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Mon, 16 Mar 2015 07:59:46 -0400
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with Farah Jimenez, SRC commissioner]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16569 Next up in our Streetviews video series: Farah Jimenez, a commissioner on the School Reform Commission, talking about the importance of funding our schools, the problem of letting personal baggage impede…

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Fri, 13 Mar 2015 07:48:51 -0400
<![CDATA[How solid neighborhoods and strong public schools are built together]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16553 In this op-ed Jeff Hornstein*, Queen Village Neighbors Association president and Philadelphia Crosstown Coalition vice-chair, argues that when communities work to bolster neighborhood public schools they’re also giving the neighborhood a…

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 09:14:19 -0400
<![CDATA[Preservation’s weak inside game: From the Boyd to the Blue Horizon]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16558 On Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission will consider proposals to designate the interior and exterior of the Blue Horizon, the “legendary” boxing venue on North Broad Street. Meanwhile Pearl Properties…

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Wed, 11 Mar 2015 08:42:15 -0400
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with Kiki Bolender, architect and Design Advocacy Group chair]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16503 We continue our Streetviews video series with architect Kiki Bolender, talking about rowhouse strength, the need to invest in democratic spaces like parks and libraries, the woeful pettiness of our politics,…

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Fri, 06 Mar 2015 09:23:21 -0500
<![CDATA[Spotted: Rowhouses that replaced St. Boniface and Ruffin Nichols AME churches]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16502

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. In the course of one day I spotted two sets of rowhouses that replaced historic churches in Poplar and Norris Square.…

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Thu, 05 Mar 2015 15:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Advisory Committees: First responders in the fight against poverty]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16467 For this installment of our election season op-ed seriesMajeedah Rashid makes the case for increasing the resources dedicated to Neighborhood Advisory Committees. NACs are one-stop-shops serving neighborhoods with…

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Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:26:20 -0500
<![CDATA[In Festival Pier a chance to set new course for waterfront development]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16475

This May I’ll go see The Replacements play at Festival Pier – one of many seasonal concerts that will bring the drab slab at the end of Spring Garden Street fleetingly…

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Tue, 03 Mar 2015 11:19:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with Women's Community Revitalization Project's Nora Lichtash]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16450 This week we continue our Streetviews video series with Nora Lichtash, director of the Women’s Community Revitalization Project. Nora talks about the power of coalition advocacy, development without displacement, and…

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Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:21:53 -0500
<![CDATA[Road to development reform should start at L&I]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16435 City Council President Darrell Clarke has spent recent months advancing a plan to reorganize the city’s planning and development functions into a new cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development through a…

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Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:44:42 -0500
<![CDATA[Improve Philly’s great walkability by unblocking sidewalks]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16426 A key piece of the Better Mobility Philadelphia 2015 platform is enhancing Philly's walkability, a legacy strength rooted in our intimate street grid. For this week's election season op-ed Feet First…

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Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:10:06 -0500
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with Andrew Dalzell]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16408 This week we continue our Streetviews video series with Andrew Dalzell, who was until recently the programs coordinator for South of South Neighborhood Association. Before jumping the pond for graduate…

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Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:48:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Small business, big impact: Funding for Philly’s neighborhood commercial corridors is critical for vibrant communities]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16347 The Equitable Development Platform released by PACDC this week advocates for expanding several programs that support economic growth on our neighborhood commercial corridors. As part of our ongoing election season op-ed…

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Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:43:53 -0500
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with the Community Design Collaborative's Beth Miller]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16358 We continue our Streetviews video series with Beth Miller, director of the Community Design Collaborative, who shares her insights on the dual challenges of vacancy and poverty reduction, the power of…

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Fri, 13 Feb 2015 08:09:37 -0500
<![CDATA[Next mayor must reboot preservation infrastructure]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16350 As part of our election season op-ed series focusing on ideas for the next administration, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia's Ben Leech argues it's time for the city's historic preservation…

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Thu, 12 Feb 2015 09:22:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Saucer Watch]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=16346 As JFK Plaza/LOVE Park is redesigned by Hargreaves Associates this year, it is very much a live question as to whether or not the saucer-shaped building that serves as the Fairmount…

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Wed, 11 Feb 2015 15:37:00 -0500