July 3, 2015 |
What used to be a bare pool deck at Francisville Playground in North Philadelphia was reminiscent Wednesday of a small beach scene: Neighborhood children splashed in the water, and their parents lounged alongside palm trees, umbrellas, and an elevated seating area that looked something like a boardwalk. Just last week, a group of designers, urban planners, and city officials had transformed the public pool's facade. Using funds from a $297,000 grant from the Miami-based Knight Foundation, local urban planner Ben Bryant and his team brought in greenery and seating areas to redesign the space, dubbing it the "Pop-Up Pool" project.
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.
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.
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.
March 25, 2004
Here are a few of the things Gary Hack has done in his career: He was the urban planner behind the winning design for rebuilding ground zero in Manhattan. He also helped plan Battery Park City in lower Manhattan. The Boston mayor recently invited him to serve on an elite panel that will help decide how to remake that city in the wake of its "Big Dig" project. In his day job, he is dean of the University of Pennsylvania School of Design. Last year, he spurred the public process on the future of Penn's Landing that produced a set of citizen-crafted principles for developing Philadelphia's central waterfront.
September 15, 2005 |
The New Jersey Nets could leave the Meadowlands for Flatbush Avenue as early as 2008 under a deal the Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved yesterday to sell the team a downtown Brooklyn arena site. The nation's largest transit agency voted to take team owner Bruce Ratner's $100 million offer for the rail yard where urban planner Robert Moses turned down the Brooklyn Dodgers' push for a domed stadium, helping prompt the team's 1957 move to California. Ratner opponents blasted the decision as a political fix that brought the MTA far less than the 8.3-acre site's $214 million appraised value.
October 24, 2003 |
About 10 years ago, when the Avenue of the Arts was created, an egalitarian approach was adopted. One avenue would be south of City Hall, and one would be to the north, each with thriving arts venues. Since then, South Broad Street has flourished as the epicenter of all sorts of arts. Conversely, there is hardly any notice of the north section, and little arts thereon. Only the lonely Freedom Theater struggles there. With recent developments between City Hall and Spring Garden Street, it is odd that the other Avenue of the Arts gets no respect.