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    • Jane Jacobs at home in Toronto

Jane Jacobs and Philly's four original squares

When Jane Jacobs published “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in 1961, it was a self-aware indictment of the dominant thinking in city planning. Jacobs railed against top-down master…

    • janeswalkcard
Eyes on the Street

Be a tourist at home: Seven Jane's Walks, May 2-4

It’s time to take your eyes to the street, Philly. Join PlanPhilly May 2-4 as we present Jane’s Walk, a series of free volunteer-led walks to help us explore our…

    • Chestnut Park / Collins Park
Eyes on the Street

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…

    • A missing section of Rittenhouse Square's interior balustrade.
Eyes on the Street

Rittenhouse Square's limestone facelift, lighting upgrades

Rittenhouse Square may be an emerald set in the heart of the city, but some of its beautiful and historic features look far from polished these days. The park's heavy use…

    • Eyes on the Street: Atlantic Building bought by Post Brothers

Eyes on the Street: Atlantic Building bought by Post Brothers

The Atlantic Building, a 1920s office tower standing at Spruce and South Broad, has been sold to Post Brothers. Yes, that Post Brothers, Matthew and Michael Pestronk. The ones converting the…

    • PHS Pops-Up Garden has taken over a vacant property on the 1900 block of Walnut Street.

PHS Pops-Up vibrantly on a vacant, tax-delinquent lot

As PlanPhilly’s JoAnn Greco recently reported, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s PHS Pops-Up Garden has returned for the second year running. This year a long-vacant lot on the 1900 block of Walnut Street…

    • June 1, 1950, Spruce Food Market | Parker & Mullikin | Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
Eyes on the Street

Mid-century Philly: Spruce Food Market

For today's mid-century Parker & Mullikin, we turn to the 1500 block of Spruce Street for a revelation in moderne neon. One of Center City's classic neon signs sits above…

    • Pedestrians and cyclists can get between Schuylkill Banks and Schuylkill River Park.
Eyes on the Street

New bridge connects Schuylkill Banks with Schuylkill River Park

After a long wait, it took less than 15 minutes for crews to hoist the metal span over the CSX tracks on Thursday, creating a new link for pedestrians and cyclists…

    • A sharrow on Spruce Street indicates that bikes and cars must share the lane.
Eyes on the Street

Multi-modal with MOTU: Cycle logic [Part 2]

In Part 1 of this biking edition of Multi-modal with MOTU, I visited a pedestrian plaza to-be and explored a few of West and Southwest Philadelphia’s new, old, and possible bike…

    • Chestnut Park is now John F. Collins Park.
Eyes on the Street

Chestnut Park renamed to honor designer John F. Collins

At a rainy ceremony today, Chestnut Park became John F. Collins Park, renamed to honor the pocket park’s designer who passed away in 2011. Collins designed Chestnut Park in the 1970s,…

    • The Sidney Hillman Medical Center demolition started today.
Eyes on the Street

Modernist Hillman Medical Center demolition underway

Crews started demolishing the Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 22nd and Chestnut today to make way for a new high-rise residential tower built by Chicago’s John Buck Company. I watched the demolition…

    • From Eyes on the Street: Modernist Hillman Medical Center demolition underway

From Eyes on the Street: Modernist Hillman Medical Center demolition underway

Demolition started today on the Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 22nd and Chestnut to make way for a new residential high-rise being built by John Buck Co. of Chicago. read more…

    • Between the new ramp and the street tree, the sidewalk becomes about 3 feet wide.
Eyes on the Street

Is this stretch of sidewalk on South Street too narrow?

Eyes on the Street reader Henry recently wrote in to ask the Help Desk about a stretch of sidewalk on South Street, made narrower by ramps leading into two new storefronts. He…

    • Rendering of the South Street Bridge illuminated.
Eyes on the Street

South Street Bridge Gets LED Illumination, Green Bike Lanes

The South Street Bridge is busy with construction again: welders are on cherry-pickers working on the tower overlooks, electricians are running conduit, and contractors are washing and painting the bike lanes.…

Eyes on the Street

Bravo: Bicycle Coalition's Park(ing) Day Corrals Stay Until November, Maybe Longer

This week’s Bravo* goes to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for installing of two bike parking corrals for Park(ing) Day that they arranged to keep in place for weeks beyond…

    • Meet up on Wednesday to discuss this year's Park(ing) Day.
Eyes on the Street

Park(ing) Day 2011

Today was Park(ing) Day, when unsuspecting parking spaces throughout the city were transformed into temporary parks. This year, more than 30 mini-parks popped up thanks to organizations like the Community…

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