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    • Schuylkill River Trail | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Sections of MLK Drive, Schuylkill River Trail to close for retaining wall rebuild

On Monday the City of Philadelphia announced that parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed for a few weeks while crews rebuild and…

    • Foglietta Plaza view from Korean War Memorial, November 2016 | 6 Emma Lee / WHYY
    • Young men gather for an afternoon basketball game at Vare Recreation Center.  | Emma Lee/WHYY

Rebuild gets $100 million grant and sharpens focus on equity, economic opportunity

In a city of 1.5 million people, where’s our common ground? The most democratic places in cities can be those we share, the civic spaces that create points of interaction and…

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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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