• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

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Openness is secret ingredient in meal shared with strangers

Leon Caldwell, a socially minded real estate developer who was born and raised in West Philadelphia, spends a lot of time…

20 years after a deadly robbery, a neighborhood market is reborn

Muhammed Aslam died in the South Philadelphia business he built. It was a cold December evening in 1999 and the shop…

In West Philadelphia, a park collaboration in progress

In a time of such rapid development, it is important for community members to access spaces that have a sense of…

Remember Asian-Americans in those cultural-competency conversations

“Where are you from?” “You speak great English.” While these statements no doubt can come from a good place from a…

Chess, and the power of girls to identify themselves as leaders

Bobby Fischer once famously said, “Chess is life.” In the city of Philadelphia, these words take on more truth than their…

The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum

PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust…

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's…

The Whitewashing of Center City: Where have all the black businesses gone?

By Erica Atwood Philadelphia has been my home for more than 20 years. Born and raised right across the bridge in…

A primer for Philadelphia’s pop-up season

After the sexy newness of a pop-up leaves town, can neighborhoods sustain the benefits for local businesses? It’s a question I’ve…

Stop talking about Kensington Avenue like it’s a wasteland

By Sam Woods Thomas During my three years managing commercial corridors for the The New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), on…

How West Philadelphia businesses answer MLK's call to action

By Jabari K. Jones “We’ve got to realize that the moment is before us!” Those are the words that Dr. Martin Luther…

Neighbors helping Neighbors: East Parkside and Strawberry Mansion learn from each other

Every neighborhood has its sparkplug advocates, the do-ers who move mountains to improve their corners of the city, who doggedly find…

Architect Jeanne Gang on using design to strengthen community

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating…

Jane's Walk 2017: Walk Philly with us May 5-7

"Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” ― Jane…

What does unauthorized immigration and sanctuary mean for Philly’s revival?

Community Contributor Domenic Vitiello makes the case for why immigration of all sorts is important to Philadelphia’s revitalization and what believing…

Finding community on Election Day

Even though it’s been a divisive election, planner and Community Contributor Michael Gaughan says we can look close to home to…

Jane’s Walk microgrant awarded to support Sharswood advocacy work

On the first weekend of May every year, PlanPhilly is the local hub for Jane’s Walk, a global festival of…

Remembering Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy: Grower of food, flowers, neighborhoods

In the pantheon of urban agriculture, few stand taller here than Mary Seton Corboy, founder and Chief Idea Officer of Philadelphia’s …

Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of…

Streetviews: Q&A with LISC's Andy Frishkoff

For our last installment in our Agenda2015 Streetviews Q&A series, we sat down with Andy Fishkoff from Philadelphia LISC, a…

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