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    • Bok High School sold for $2.1 million, more than its asking price but a fraction of its assessed value

Fire Sale: School buildings sell for $11 per square foot

Last night, the School Reform Commission approved the sale of 11 shuttered school buildings in Philadelphia, part of the School District’s ongoing effort to raise money by selling off unused real…

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Ideas for the new LOVE Park

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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September 20: Greenway dreams come to life on Spring Garden

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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ABOUT PUBLIC SPACE

Public space includes everything from the sidewalk in front of your house, the road on which you drive to work, and the playground in which your child plays on the weekend.  Each of these spaces was designed to achieve specific functions, and some succeed while others fail.  Just like any other part of a city, many different factors explain the success of certain public spaces, and a lot of it is context-specific.  For example, why does Rittenhouse Square always appear to be more lively than Washington Square, even though they are of a very similar size and layout?  Why is Reading Terminal always busting at the seams with people when the Kimmel Center plaza remains empty at times when a show is not playing?  Why are streetscape improvements such as widened sidewalks and street trees the key to unlocking the potential of some commercial corridors and not others?  These questions and more are part of public space planning.

UPCOMING EVENTS IN PUBLIC SPACE

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