• 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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An education in how to be a better neighborhood advocate

Learning how Philly government works can be a circuitous and sometimes frustrating thing. In my experience, it takes years. It takes…

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…

Floating a solution to Philadelphia's parking-space quandary

Philadelphia has a parking problem. At face value, we have a tremendous number of spots: 2,172,896 at the most recent count…

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…

What if it rained? How a rec center changed one life, and could change more

Every time it rains, the Hunting Park Recreation Center has to shut down activities because of a hole in the roof. …

Our Morning Commute: Multimodal living with kids in Philadelphia

For the last seven years, my children and I have primarily moved around Philadelphia by bike, foot, and public transportation. Though…

Looking at Philadelphia from the prism of `The Divided City'

Author Alan Mallach will appear in conversation with PlanPhilly's Jake Blumgart from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. June 26 at Pipeline Philly,…

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…

From LOVE Park to Graffiti Pier, we are losing the iconic public spaces that make us Philly

Public spaces are the glue that keeps a city connected. It's the streets, squares, and parks that work to bring us…

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…

Where have all the public bathrooms gone?

By Charles Ellison It's been 11 days since Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested for waiting while Black at a…

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…

Mapping affordable housing, crime or development in your Philadelphia neighborhood? Two new tools have you covered.

By Ken Steif I was recently asked to join my neighborhood Registered Community Organization (RCO) – the Spruce Hill Community Association in…

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…

Tax diversion bill would preserve homeownership and improve property-tax collection efforts

Community Legal Services says property-tax delinquency is the biggest reason people come to its office seeking assistance right now. But community…

NFL Draft turns Parkway into privatized 'brandscape' and backdrop

By now you've heard about or experienced the inconvenient road closures around the Benjamin Franklin Parkway thanks to the NFL Draft.…

MOVE and memory: What is an appropriate monument for 6200 Osage Avenue?

How should the blocks hit by the MOVE bombing and a failed redevelopment effort reflect that past? On Friday, WHYY’s Dave…

Praxis Dialogues: Historic preservation and social justice

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations…

The role of water in preparing our cities for a better future

President Trump is committed to eliminating the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which outlines federally protected waterways. Critics of the rule…

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