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Eyes on the Street

Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

    • Andre Wright paints puts a new coat of paint on a window frame in the Sharswood Athletic Rec Center. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

As city waits on soda tax ruling, private sector pours on support for Rebuild

Given all the news stories that have described Rebuild as a “$500 million initiative,” you might have assumed that, at least by now, the project’s funding was set…

    • Councilman Bobby Henon speaking at site of proposed park in Bridesburg

Final design phase begins for riverfront park in Bridesburg

Tucked away behind a parking lot filled with yellow school buses and a busy metal recycling facility along the Delaware River in Bridesburg, there is a rutted, weed-strewn 10-acre lot. It…

    • Philadelphia City Hall (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City selects first 21 nonprofit 'project users' to put the 'build' in Rebuild

A lot of the consternation surrounding Mayor Jim Kenney’s mega-project Rebuild has focused on the desired delivery structure for the project. From the start, it’s been the administration’s preference to utilize…

    • Monument Lab, Spring 2015
Eyes on the Street

As Philadelphia reflects on its monuments, some more questions to ask

Mural Arts' Monument Lab wants to know, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” It’s a great question, but I want to suggest a few more to…

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Eyes on the Street

Monumental matters in Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, asks: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” In the wake of…

    • Students at Cecil B. Moore Rec Center during the announcement of a $100 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to improve civic spaces in Philadelphia, November 2016 (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Before Rebuild is over site selection, oversight board selected for Rebuild

One of the sharpest criticisms levied against Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative last spring, when its enabling legislation was wiggling its way through Council, was a perceived lack of public…

    • Rendering showing a 'Link

Link up: Art Commision OKs plan to install 100 digital ad kiosks along commercial corridors

The Philadelphia Art Commision approved a plan to bring Link kiosks to the city of Philadelphia on Wednesday. The kiosks — roughly the size and shape of the “you are here”…

    • Unveiled in September, 2017, the Octavius V. Catto is Philadelphia's first statute to African-American on city property
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia’s statues and memorials don’t look like Philadelphia

Mural Arts’ Monument Lab asks the city’s residents: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? PlanPhilly is publishing some responses from our readership. Want to contribute to…

    • Rendering showing a 'Link

Art Commission gives preliminary OK to 100 digital ad “Links” connecting public to free WiFi

The Philadelphia Art Commission granted conceptual approval to a plan to bring advertising kiosks, called Links, to commercial corridors in the City of Philadelphia. The kiosks would include two LED screens…

    • Jenny Chen points out the dead side of her garden.

Wrong side of the tracks: Belmont residents concerned Amtrak sprayed herbicides into their backyards

It was mid-August when Jenny Chen and her fianceé Brian Jordan first noticed their backyard garden turning brown. Over the last two summers, the couple grew flowers, herbs, tomatoes, squashes, and…

    • 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…

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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…

    • Exterior View/Entry Plaza for Zoo Restaurant

Party Animals: Zoo gets preliminary OK for huge new restaurant and event space

America’s First Zoo, like everyone else in this town, can’t resist a good roof deck. At Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting, the Philadelphia Zoo unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art dining facility that…

    • Construction is nearly complete on Paine's Park

In 2017, is white supremacy still alive and well in this Philadelphia building trades union?

A year before the first Comcast tower opened for business in 2008, as construction continued at a frenetic pace, a black union worker named Paul Solomon was reportedly threatened with a…

    • Rendering of Oval+ from above | port

Plus ça change: Once again, the Oval+ temporarily puts the 'park' in the Ben Franklin Parkway

From the Pope's visit and the NFL Draft, to lengthy construction projects and the rush of speeding traffic, it’s no surprise that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can feel overwhelmed at times.…

    • Kids at Wister Playground in Germantown (2016) | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Now that Rebuild passed City Council, what's next?

Slowed by a series of legislative amendments and the ongoing litigation surrounding the soda tax, Rebuild — Mayor Jim Kenney’s $500 million plan to remake public facilities like rec centers and…

    • Cherry Street Pier, Garage | Groundswell

Pier 9's transformation into Cherry Street Pier gets support from Architectural Committee

On Tuesday, the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee recommended final approval to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to renovate Municipal Pier 9, which has sat vacant for half a century. In…

    • Rendering of Headhouse plaza looking north from parking (Art Commission, June 2017) | Ambit Architecture

Art Commission approves public space expansion at Headhouse Square

The long-awaited renovation of the Headhouse Plaza on 2nd Street inched closer to implementation Wednesday, receiving the approval of the Art Commission. There has been talk for decades of redesigning the…

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