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    • Bellevue Garage could get an

As digital signs encroach, public realm sold short

Imagine a three-dimensional globe of animated lunchmeat mixed with local news and weather displayed across from Reading Terminal Market or digital ads for H&M and Unclaimed Diamonds marching down Market Street…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Bill could permit three-dimensional digital advertisements on Center City sidewalks

A bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla on Thursday would allow companies to construct digital, three-dimensional advertising structures in certain areas of Center City. The proposal was first reported by the…

    • 2100 Hamilton Street would sit next to Rodin Museum

A Philadelphia problem at the Art Commission: It all makes sense until you get into the weeds

What's wrong with this picture? There's an ugly, vacant hole in the ground in a nice section of town. And there's a developer with a good track record of reasonably priced…

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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.

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