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    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Church In Grad Hospital hopes newly-planted Garden of Eden will turn new neighbors into new parishioners

In May, 1916, the members of Union Baptist Church assembled at 711 South 12th Street and proudly marched seven blocks to their new sanctuary. The historic congregation had outgrown its first…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

Art is compromising: Commission OKs city’s plan to replace, but reuse, Chestnut Street’s stained-glass bus shelters

At the beginning of the year, the City of Philadelphia attempted to replace Chestnut Street’s bus shelters with new ones, which would have meant the deaccessioning of stained-glass art installations that…

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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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