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    • Walk on Walnut, 1971 | Credit: Joshua Bernstein, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.
Eyes on the Street

Back to the Future: Open Streets in Philly, 1971

During a segment on Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times show in October about the Open Streets Philly campaign*, a woman called in to remind listeners that Philly had done a few open…

    • South Street Bridge construction

Local impact of federal bill funding transportation, renewing Export-Import Bank

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday providing federal transportation funds for at least three years, and reauthorizing the lapsed charter of the Export-Import Bank. Back in July, the…

    • Manayunk | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Housing trust funds bolstered at local, state levels

City Council’s committee on appropriations voted on Tuesday to approve a $2 million increase to the local Housing Trust Fund. As PlanPhilly reported earlier this year, the additional money is…

    • Community Design Collaborative charrette | Mark Garvin for the Community Design Collaborative
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Praxis Dialogues: Strengthening neighborhoods through public interest design

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • Passyunk Square by J. Fusco

November 10: Sam Sherman resigning from PARC | Another major mixed-use project for Washington Ave | First look at Cira Green

In a major shake-up for South Philly's most written-about restaurant row, Alex Tewfik at Eater reports Sam Sherman announced his resignation from the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation yesterday. These days, it's…

    • Walnut Lane Bridge

Rehab begins Wednesday on Wissahickon's Walnut Lane Bridge

What was once the world’s largest concrete bridge - just over 100 years ago - is set to see some rehab work starting Wednesday, PennDOT announced Monday. The $14.7 million rehabilitation…

    • Vernon Park

November 9: World Heritage City | Taubenberger bests O'Brien | Vernon Park as catalyst for Germantown Ave shopping

Philadelphia was officially selected as the first World Heritage City in the U.S., reports Tricia Nadolny. Philly joins cities like Paris, Florence, Jerusalem, St. Petersburg, and Prague who are recognized for…

    • On the South Street Bridge | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

DAGspace: The difference between a bridge and television

In this month's DAGspace, architect Timothy Kerner considers the South Street Bridge's LED lanterns and asks the city to do us one better than the photo-unrealistic dancer sihouettes and Eagles ads.…

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November 6: House amends transportation funding | Kenney's huge transition team | Move Seattle

The League of American Bicyclists is celebrating the defeat of some funding cuts and policy changes in the U.S. House transportation bill that would have set back bike and pedestrian infrastructure.…

    • It's Slippery Rail Season, folks.

Streetsplainer: It’s 'Slippery Rail Season' - What the heck is that?

It’s November, so we’re smack dab in the middle of what SEPTA calls slippery rail season and PATCO calls leaf season. At the Thanksgiving dinner that is public transit in the…

    • Piazza Parking

November 5: Kenney on SEPTA | Latham hotel conversion | Rendell, cheerleader | Tow-Libs

Jim Kenney says he'll keep riding public transit as Mayor to keep his finger on the pulse of the city, says Katie Colaneri. I guess that means we won't catch Kenney…

    • First bicyclist meet in front of Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park | Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Penrose Pictoral Philadelphia collection
Eyes on the Street

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 aerials to streetviews of the mid-century city. These photographs…

    • Love Each Other. | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group

Advocates still want clear targets in Land Bank plan

The Philadelphia Land Bank should set clear, specific goals for how many properties it will transfer for urban gardens, side yards, affordable housing, market-rate development, and other uses in its next…

    • Rendering of Welcome Center seating terrace | Kieran Timberlake

Art Commission wants drinking fountains in LOVE Park

Philadelphia’s Art Commission voted to approve the plans for the redesigned LOVE Park on Tuesday while adding a requirement that two drinking fountains be installed at the park. A brief pause…

    • Liacouras Walk

November 4: Election night round-up | Verdant Temple | Bainbridge Green parklet | Amazon store

As expected, Jim Kenney won the Philadelphia Mayoral race handily, and Democrats took the five At-Large City Council seats. The race for the two minority-party Council seats is still too close…

    • SEPTA GM Jeffrey Knueppel

Q&A: New SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel

As Jeff Knueppel takes over as the general manager for SEPTA, he will lead an agency remarkably different from the one he joined as an entry-level structural engineer back in 1988.…

    • Public Safety Services Campus | Ballinger

City commissioning new public art at 46th and Market

The long-anticipated conversion of the huge the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building will also recast the relationship of the 13-acre site to the neighborhood. Designers showed plans for the historic building…

    • Dilworth Park, August 2015 | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

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 about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • SEPTA reminds you to vote (and who for) | @planphilly on Instagram

November 3: Election Day | Missed deadline for S.S. United States | Transportation Alternatives in the crosshairs

Happy voting! If you need help locating your polling place, or you want to know who'll be on the ballot in your area, the City Commissioners' Philadelphia Votes website has an…

    • The Please Touch Museum must raise $10 million by March to meet the terms of its recent bankruptcy settlement. | Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum hopes to keep growing with the Centennial District

The dome of Memorial Hall and its statue of Columbia can be seen from across the Schuylkill and from miles away -- a symbolic high point in Philadelphia’s reputation, when 10…

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