July 17, 2008 |
Better pedestrian access and new landscaping are among the details expected today when Gov. Rendell unveils a $17 million plan to enhance the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Officials were mum yesterday on the nitty-gritty of the plan, which will be paid for with public dollars and private foundation funds. But pedestrian improvements are definitely on the list, insiders said. Rendell will speak this afternoon on the Parkway before Mayor Nutter and officials from the Fairmount Park Commission, Pew Charitable Trusts, Center City District, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society and Museum of Art. Nutter called the announcement exciting.
June 19, 2014 |
Three alumni of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts are finalists in a competition to create artwork for the proposed memorial park in honor of the six people who died in the destruction of the Salvation Army thrift store last year. The sculptors are Elizabeth Jenkins Culp of Radnor; Barb Fox of Strafford; and Geoffrey Dubinsky of Philadelphia. A selection committee for the 22d and Market Memorial Park will pick a winner, possibly by the end of the summer, said David Brigham, president of PAFA.
January 19, 2008 |
Mayor Nutter replaced five last-minute Street administration appointees yesterday - including Sharif Street, the former mayor's son - as part of a comprehensive shake-up in the city's zoning and planning apparatus. Throughout the mayoral campaign, Nutter said improving the city's management of growth and development would be among his priorities. His early days in office have borne that out. On Thursday, Nutter announced his picks for the Zoning Board of Adjustment. Yesterday, he selected six members for the Planning Commission and named five representatives to the Zoning Code Commission.
April 13, 2016 |
Last year, when the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation started its annual contest to fund programs that promote urban revitalization, Philadelphians responded with hundreds of ideas, from putting pianos in public parks to teaching entrepreneurship through hip-hop. They ended up with more Knight funds than any other city in the country. Each year, the Knight Cities Challenge awards $5 million in grants to projects around the country. Four city-based projects have been awarded a collective $873,364 - and Philadelphia was matched only by Detroit in terms of the number of local projects that received funding.
August 9, 2011 |
John F. Collins, 75, a landscape architect, urban planner, nurseryman, and educator, died of complications of Parkinson's disease Friday, Aug. 5, at home. Among Mr. Collins' projects were Schuylkill River Park; the renovation of the Market East corridor with wider sidewalks, bus shelters, trees, and flower boxes; the greenways of Society Hill; and pocket parks throughout Center City. He first drew plans for Schuylkill River Park in 1965. Forty years later, the 1.2-mile riverfront path was finally opened to pedestrians and bicyclists.
August 8, 2015 |
Across Philadelphia, from deep South Philly to Germantown, West Philly to Port Richmond, Philadelphia operates 70 outdoor public pools for your cooling-down pleasure. That's the most of any city. And best of all, they're free. There are no catches. There are no secrets. And yes, the water's perfectly clean. The pools are open regularly: from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Each has its own hours of availability, but with one visit, you'll familiarize yourself with adult swims, swimming lessons, camp swims, and family time (although, you can also get all that info at phila.gov)
May 6, 2007
Philadelphia voters, City Council members have a small favor to ask this May 15: They're hoping you will agree to hand them a bigger club with which they can menace the city's next mayor. Well, don't do it. Council members propose scrapping the City Charter provision that requires them to quit Council to run for mayor or another office. Sounds innocuous enough. In fact, it's a change that even strikes some people of good faith as a reform - so much so, it has backing from the government watchdog group Committee of Seventy.
February 11, 2009 |
THE mayors are coming! For the first time ever, the Mayors' Institute on City Design will hold a national session in Philadelphia, tomorrow through Saturday. It's a big deal. In good economies and bad, civic design is critical to a city's economic development, quality of life and image. For generations, the planning and design decisions we make today will affect our identity, the form of our development projects and their relation to the rest of the city, the quality of our neighborhoods, strength of our downtown and transit network.
February 13, 2001 |
United by a vision of thriving businesses in a quaint atmosphere, efforts to revitalize Souderton and Telford seem to be in full swing. The first phase - gathering from residents and business owners their ideas for the downtown areas - should be complete by the end of this month, said Chris Lankenau, an urban planner working with the two municipalities on Montgomery County's first joint-planning experiment for boroughs. So far, it appears residents have set their sights high.
April 19, 2001 |
ROUGHLY HALF of the neighborhoods in this city are considered "distressed" or "transitional" by the mayor's blight task force. Distressed neighborhoods, in particular, suffer from obvious signs of physical decay, have depressed housing values and have higher-than-average concentrations of old building stock and public-assistance housing. Perhaps even more critically, these distressed neighborhoods - concentrated primarily in the Northeast and along the Delaware River wards as well as in parts of South and Southwest Philadelphia - are home to a disturbing demographic: They have suffered substantial population loss.