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In Common

    • Sandra Horsey at the reservoir | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: Hidden habitat reclaimed as Discovery Center opens in Fairmount Park

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn explores the Discovery Center, a new environmental education center opening September 28 in East Fairmount Park. What will it take…

    • An event exploring the outdoor world in black literature in the picnic grove at Bartram's Garden was organized by the Free Library's Center for Public Life. | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: What if the library could mend public life?

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out the Free Library’s Center for Public Life, a new unit that’s aiming to connect Philadelphians of every stripe…

    • Rendering of a closed Parkway block for The Oval+ 2018 | PORT Urbanism
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In Common: The Oval stretches car-free play onto the Parkway this summer

Our series about Philly's changing public spaces continues with a trip on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Ashley Hahn checks in on The Oval, a summertime experience geared at making the Parkway…

    • East Parkside neighbors gather in one of Parkside Edge's new
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In Common: Centennial Commons carves out space for East Parkside neighbors to connect

Next up in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to Parkside Edge to see how this project aims to find new ways of connecting neighbors to West…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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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 changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

    • LOVE in reverse / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: Finding a new LOVE

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds plenty. Hear what Philadelphians using the park think about Center…

About This Series
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    • Melat Hagos wanted to see LOVE Park on her first visit to Philly. May 7, 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Friends of the Rail Park board, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Sarah Yeung (L) and Melissa Kim walk through the 10th Street Plaza, which bridges Chinatown and Chinatown North / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Callalily Cousar, president of East Parkside Residents Association  / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • East Parkside neighbors gather in one of Parkside Edge's new
    • Mildred Johnson in the Viola Street Community Garden. She has lived in East Parkside since 1956. / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Joyce Smith has lived on Viola Street since 2006. / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Jamie Gauthier, executive director of Fairmount Park Conservancy, at Parkside Edge. / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Michael Burch, co-founder of Viola Street Residents Association and the Parkside Journal. / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • A pedestrian crosses the northernmost lanes of the Ben Franklin Parkway near Von Collin Field. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
    • Kia Hayes (left) and Gen Rollins laugh in Bartram's Garden during
    • Parsing themes of nature in Toni Morrison's
    • Sandra Horsey at the reservoir | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Keith Russell, Urban Conservation Program Manager for Audubon Pennsylvania, at the Discovery Center. | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
    • Waki Perry, 14, and Branch Manager Lynne Haase talk in Logan Library's children's room. (Neal Santos for PlanPhilly)

Where and how does Philadelphia find common ground? Eyes on the Street is exploring that question in 2018 through a series of stories we’re calling In Common. It’s a chance for us to explore the spaces where neighbors come together, and to look closely at a few projects remaking the places we share toward building a stronger, more inclusive city.

Words by Ashley Hahn, images by Neal Santos. This series is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, through its strategy to foster informed and engaged communities through public space.

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