• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

November 11: Public history in 21st century Philly

Devoted readers of this space know how much we love sharing images of the city’s past – from early 20th century…

Praxis Dialogues: The 'public good' in practice

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations…

The evolution of councilmanic prerogative and what to do about it

Ever wonder how the practice of "councilmanic prerogative," the process by which 10 district councilmembers control land use and public property…

Spotted: Old Pine's maple minister

If you’ve walked down the 400 block of Pine Street, then you’ve likely noticed Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church’s beautiful churchyard…

No, Stu, Open Streets aren’t the enemy

The papal weekend was a real headache for a lot of Philadelphians. Street closures, truncated public transit services, and security fences…

Could the dank underbelly of the El be Philly's next great public space?

The recent spate of interest in repurposing Center City alleys as better public spaces has us thinking about which other underutilized…

Softening Market Street Bridge's sidewalks

More than six thousand people walk across the Market Street Bridge every day, going to work, going to school, heading in…

Spotted: Just off the Schuylkill River Trail, a new entrance to Laurel Hill Cemetery

For years and years, well-to-do Philadelphians have been just dying to get into Laurel Hill Cemetery. But thanks to a recently…

Perspective shifts along Pearl Street Passage

Traverse two short blocks of tiny Pearl Street in Callowhill / Chinatown North this week and you have a chance to…

DesignPhiladelphia picks: October 8-16

The 11th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival invites us to SHIFT our thinking about the design of our city and its design community.…

On the Waterfront: Pier 68 preview

Stand on the service road east of South Philly’s Walmart, and you stand at the intersection of the Delaware waterfront’s past…

Pope Ride time lapse

The open streets of Center City thanks to the papal visit were a dream for the thousands of people who got…

On the Road to Damascus: City cycling conversions possible this week

It was on the road to Damascus where Saul of Tarsus, on his way to persecute Christians, had his sudden conversion…

Car-free in Philly: What one household gained by giving up its car

When Community ContributorKaty and Erik Johanson decided to sell their car, the savings they reaped by going car-free were…

Lens: Park(ing) Day 2015

Last Friday about 50 temporary parks replaced in-street parking spaces around town. It was Philly's eighth annual Park(ing) Day, part of…

No, Byko, the rich aren’t using electric vehicles to steal parking spots

Welcome to what sadly may become a regular Eyes on the Street feature: The [sic] Byko Files. What are The [sic]…

Growing Pains in Powelton

As Lower Lancaster Avenue is surrounded with bigger, denser development the corridor itself is poised to become a stronger more vibrant…

Washington Avenue needs safety first

Washington Avenue is going through a well-documented public identity crisis as it transitions from a hard neighborhood boundary lined with…

Spotted: The Porch gets its swings

Every great porch should have a swing, and at long last The Porch is getting its very own set. If you…

Salvation for a neighborhood icon in Manayunk

Father Kevin Lawrence can tell you exactly where he was in the evening of April 29, 2014: sitting at the counter…

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