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.
June 17, 2012 |
In a sudden and unexplained move, Michael P. Kelly, the head of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, resigned Friday, stunning an agency still recovering from predecessor Carl R. Greene's troubled tenure. "It's for personal reasons," Kelly said after a Board of Commissioner meeting Friday morning. He added: "I can tell you there will be news very soon to explain this. " Kelly said that news would come within a week. The one-person PHA board, Karen Newton-Cole of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, accepted Kelly's resignation Friday, effective immediately.
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.
February 29, 2012 |
More than a year ago, Michael Kelly landed arguably the hardest job in town: helming the Philadelphia Housing Authority in the aftermath of Carl Greene. A three-decade housing veteran with tours in New York, Washington, and New Orleans, Kelly specializes in the recovery of troubled agencies, but PHA was in a class by itself. Greene, the autocratic executive paid more than the U.S. secretary of housing and urban development, left in the wake of multiple sexual harassment complaints.
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.