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Public Space

    • Rev. Jason Ferris and the Old Pine Street Church signboard

Old Pine's curbside wisdom

It’s a holy week for Christians and Jews, and Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church is broadcasting a message from its signboard on the 400 block of Pine Street. It’s not scripture…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair and Washington Square West flirt with improvement districts

The last two attempts to create Neighborhood Improvement Districts in Philadelphia have crashed and burned, so two groups exploring the possibility of creating new improvement districts are moving slowly. “We don’t…

    • Chestnut Park / Collins Park

May 2-4: Stroll with us for Jane's Walk 2014

What secrets does Chinatown hold? Ever stumble onto the tiniest sweet street and wonder how come you’d never seen it before? Curious about the big dreams for a better Penn’s Landing…

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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

  • May 29, 2014

Mural Arts Wall Ball 2014

5:30PM – 9:30PM
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