• 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.

Why street sweeping alone won't solve Philly's litter problem

By Nic Esposito Even though my neighbors and I pick up trash out front of our houses every day, and we've turned…

Diary of a Philadelphia punk rock preservationist

By Venise Whitaker Generation X was described as the latchkey kids. We were the unfocused youth, the children of divorce. My…

Philly reckons with its endangered history as preservation task force pivots to solutions

By Ashley Hahn “We’re moving through a jungle, shrouded in mist. We’re on a path. We don’t know where it’s going,…

Going beyond hip with a vision for inclusive prosperity on North Broad

By Shalimar Thomas “This is a moment to forge an inclusive path to prosperity.” No, Drexel University President John Fry was…

Meet the broken system costing your neighborhood its voice

By Ashley Hahn “Philadelphia cannot afford to hang on to a process that favors discretion and subjectivity over objectivity, clarity and…

On Market East, an unusual fight in old battle pitting preservation against progress

By Ashley Hahn Market Street east of City Hall was one of Philly’s great shopping streets. After years of decline, the…

Why is Toll Bros. designing a "background" building for an iconic Philly neighborhood?

By Ashley Hahn After a couple of false starts, Toll Bros. is advancing a scaled-back proposal for a condo building, replacing…

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…

Design professionals discuss how to make room for all races in Philly public spaces

Sitting in front of a crowd of over one hundred, Tya Winn asked a row of audience members to stand. “There…

Forcing small business owners to remove protective barriers endangers public safety, does not make our communities better

Since 2000, my parents have operated a small family business in North Philadelphia, where we live and work. My parents, refugees…

HACE CEO: City Council should pass inclusionary zoning bill

Philadelphia’s housing market is red-hot. Building permits issued from 2013 through 2016 exceeded the previous seven years combined, and thousands of…

NLNA President: City Council, don’t fumble inclusionary zoning bill away on the two yard line

A mixed-income housing bill making its way through City Council aims at an important goal, but could miss the mark badly…

Not built in a day: One of PlanPhilly’s creators reflects on a decade of dedicated built-environment coverage

Michael Greenle facilitated the process that created PlanPhilly in 2006, shaped its outreach strategy at PennPraxis, stewarded its move from Penn…

PlanPhilly has a new managing editor: Ariella Cohen

As interim Managing Editor, I'm thrilled to announce that Ariella Cohen is the new Managing Editor for PlanPhilly. Ariella is an award-winning…

Monument Lab provided more questions than answers

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, ended on November 19th. It asked: “What…

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…

Our monuments are our continuation

Earlier this month in Philadelphia, years of protest — reignited by the August events in Charlottesville — culminated in an announcement…

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…

Monumental matters in Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, asks: “What is an appropriate monument…

Eyes on the Page: ‘Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City,’ reviewed

Like the website and the festivals that supply the operative part of its title, Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City is a…

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