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    • The Porch's site

Placemaking the Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper way

With a few more parklets promised for this summer, and a couple of pedestrian plazas designed to return slivers of wide streets to walkers, Philadelphia is making, er, inroads on…

    • Construction of the new rowhouse at 9th and Bainbridge next to Autumn in December 2011.

Bella Vista to see ‘Autumn’ anew

David Guinn’s mural Autumn was lost to development this year, but the artist is revisiting the theme in a new Bella Vista mural being planned on Fleisher’s wall overlooking Palumbo Park.…

    • Construction of the new rowhouse at 9th and Bainbridge next to Autumn in December 2011.
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Bella Vista to see 'Autumn' anew

In Bella Vista Autumn is in the air. Devoted Eyes on the Street readers will remember the tale of David Guinn's beloved Bella Vista muralAutumn (aka Your House in…

    • Talk temporary placemaking interventions, like The Porch, on Monday night.
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June 4-8: 'Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper' placemaking | Eames short films | Transit of Venus viewing | Inga Saffron

Lighter, Quicker, Cheaper: Is Temporary the New Permanent? Monday, June 4, 6pm. International House, 3701 Chestnut Street, 2nd Floor, South America Room. Join the Project for Public Spaces and University City…

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NoLibs Night Market

Despite a mini-monsoon in the afternoon, Night Market descended on Northern Liberties Thursday night for the first Night Market of the season More than 40 vendors set up shop on 2nd…

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'Lines in Four Directions in Flowers' artwork planted

Conceptual Artist Sol LeWitt proposed the site-specific artwork Lines in Four Directions in Flowers to the Fairmount Park Art Association in 1981. That was long ago that the Fairmount Park Art…

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Sister Cities rave | Council's AVI splits | SEPTA's tough budget | L&I dresses up | front door, trap door

The transformation of Logan Square’s Sister Cities Park is “a small miracle” to architecture critic Inga Saffron, who gave the park a rave review in today’s Inquirer. She writes, “Cities…

    • The Rodin Museum's three-phased restoration is nearly complete, and the museum will reopen on July 13.

From Eyes on the Street: Rodin Museum Rejuvenation

While Paul Cret was designing Albert Barnes’ gallery in Merion, his office was also working on plans for the Rodin Museum on the still-new Parkway. And now, decades later, as the…

    • Night Market is back for the season, starting out in Northern Liberties Thursday night.
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May 21-25: 10th Street bike lane/sharrow, electric city, human geography, and Night Market

10th Street Bike Lane Open Houses Tuesday, May 22, 5:30-7:30pm. Chinese Christian Church and Center meeting hall, 225 N. 10th Street. Wednesday, May 23, 4:30-6:30pm, SEPTA Food Court, 1234 Market Street.…

    • The 2011 Italian Market Festival. | Funnel Vision | shrimpcracker, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
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May 18-20: Festivals, LOVE Your Parks, House Tours

Fair warning, Philly: This weekend's calendar of events is epic and the weather is supposed to be picture-perfect. Plan to spend the next few days outside enjoying city life. So instead of…

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May 14-18: Le Grand Continental recruiting | Philadelphia's manufacturing future | PAFA After Dark: Real World | Logan in Full Bloom

Le Grand Continental Recruitment Tuesday, May 15 and Wednesday, May 16, 7-9pm. Live Arts Studio, 919 North 5th. Be a part of a Live Arts Festival show this year as one…

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Sister Cities Park Snaps

Sister Cities Park opened on Thursday, one year to the day after construction began on the Parkway's newest park. As part of Eyes on the Street's focus on the Parkway this…

    • The children's discovery garden and boat pond in the new Sister Cities Park.
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Sister Cities Park: Logan Square's new high-impact, playful park

You’d be forgiven for forgetting Logan Square's old Sister Cities Plaza, but the new Sister Cities Park that replaces it is hard to miss. In an era of slim budgets, most…

    • The John H. McClatchy Building | photo via Curbed, by Laura Kicey
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Inside Hotel Monaco | José Almiñana | Kensington Blues | John H. McClatchy building | PennPraxis at 10

The John H. McClatchy Building | photo via Curbed, by Laura KiceyTake a sneak peek into the new Hotel Monaco at 5th and Chestnut with the Business Journal. Kimpton has…

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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…

    • Pedestrians and cyclists can get between Schuylkill Banks and Schuylkill River Park.
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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…

    • Tell A Friend | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr pool
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Walnut closure | School District's September hangs on AVI | waterfront trail development | hardware history

Don’t expect to drive down Walnut Street between 16th and 18th today. It’s closed for the production of “Dead Man Down,” the new Colin Farrell film shooting in Philly. If City…

    • Emanuel Kelly (left) succeeds Sean Buffington as Art Commission chairman

Art Commission reviews airport, bridge, parkway, and park projects

Projects in Fairmount Park and on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, an art installation at the airport, and a much-needed reconstruction to replace a long-neglected bridge http://planphilly.com/node/5428 were on the agenda at…

    • 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,…

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