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Make Your Mark: Draft of Lower Lancaster Revitalization Plan Released

The yearlong, collaborative “Make Your Mark” neighborhood planning process is nearing completion, and People’s Emergency Center, the organization driving the planning process, has released a draft of the proposed Lower…

Planning Commission hears schools' capital program for 2013

The Philadelphia School District’s Capital Improvement Plan for fiscal year 2013 carries a total budget of $187.6 million, most of which will be dedicated to improvements on existing school facilities. Danielle…

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Be PlanPhilly's Membership Director

The rumors are true: PlanPhilly is seeking a Membership Director. This is a new position created to help PlanPhilly launch and develop several ventures we've got in the works, including…

    • 11th & Spring | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
    • Master Plan land use designations

Some of CDAG's concerns regarding a waterfront zoning overlay remain, as the deadline to get a draft to city council nears

A group that advocates for the city's plan to revitalize the Central Delaware waterfront still has some worries about future waterfront zoning designations. Concerns hinge on billboards and other non-accessory signs,…

How can PennPraxis help you?

We want your input on how we can help you make a difference in the local, national and international communites concerning best-practice approaches to development, planning and design. Please leave a…

Architecture & Landscape Architecture: A Conversation with Laurie Olin, Susan Weiler, and Stephen Kieran

Join PennDesign for an opportunity to engage Laurie Olin, Susan Weiler, and Stephen Kieran in a discussion of the U.S. Embassy (London) project, the Dilworth Plaza project, and the relationship between…

We’ve come a long way, Philly

By Harris Steinberg It can be hard to remember that just 10 years ago, Philadelphia’s planning and development were controlled by backroom deal-makers.The City Planning Commission was a marginalized shadow…

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Parkway Progressions

Map Credit: Map tiles by Stamen Design, under CC BY 3.0. Data by OpenStreetMap, under CC BY SA. May is a big month for the Benjamin Franklin…

    • The Race Street Pier kicks off its summer season with tonight.
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May 4-6: Art Star at Race Street Pier | Physick Plant Sale | Broad Street Run | Overbrook Farms Open House

First Friday @ Race Street Pier: Art Star Craft Bazaar Preview Friday May 4, 6-9pm. Race Street Pier, Race Street and Delaware Avenue. Next weekend the 9th Annual Spring Art Star…

    • Architectural Relief | Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr group
    • Looking south on Quince Street from Spruce.
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Small street love letter

In a recent Metropolis Point of View blog post, Juliet Whelan writes a delightful defense of Philly's Trinity houses and of the tiny streets they front. Even if you wouldn't want to…

    • PennPraxis at Ten: Come Celebrate!

PennPraxis at Ten: Come Celebrate!

PennPraxis turned 10 this year.  To mark the occasion we are hosting a celebratory breakfast and panel discussion on May 12, 2012, from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the School of…

    • From left: PennDOT's Chuck Davies, Harris Steinberg of PennPraxis and URS planner Doug Robbins discuss presentations

Penn planning students study the removal of expressways in six North American cities

A group of 19 city planning graduate students at the University of Pennsylvania spent the semester studying six North American cities with expressways passing through them, and concluded each locale would…

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

    • Design for the Columbia Avenue Connector |
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May Day rallies | Route 34 track improvements | casino license auction | connector street plans | SRC budget hearing tonight

Today is May Day, the original Labor Day, so expect to see a few rallies/occupations around town. At noon a May Day Unity March will start at 52nd and Market,…

    • Hahn's bike
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Multi-modal with MOTU: Biking about

Multi-modal with MOTU is a new, occasional series where Eyes on the Street meets up with planners from the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities to explore the city’s infrastructure. We'll…

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Debate over Registered Community Organizations heats up

The ticking time-bomb embedded in Philadelphia's overdue, comprehensive zoning reform is the redefined role of community groups in the zoning process. New, more formal rules create a threshold for all community…

    • Mid-point report on Lower Schuylkill Master Plan

Mid-point report on Lower Schuylkill Master Plan

Philadelphians got a first look at a still-in-development plan to restore 4,100 acres of industrial land along the Lower Schuylkill to its former role as an economic engine, while simultaneously adding…

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