March 15, 1990 |
The Radnor Township commissioners want to tone down the golden arches of McDonald's and restrict multicolored outdoor signs, a proposal that some argue would eliminate Christmas lights. The commissioners spent more than an hour Monday night fending off criticism of a proposed ordinance that was decried by merchants and other business people, who said the restrictions would cause them economic harm. Under the proposed tougher sign ordinance, "illuminated tubing or strings of lights which outline roof lines, doors, windows, wall edges or rows of vehicles when used for advertising purposes" would be prohibited.
May 5, 1989 |
The third and penultimate production in the eighth season of the Philadelphia Festival Theatre for New Plays, the comedy "Amorphous George," by Glen Merzer, opened last night at the Annenberg Center's Harold Prince Theatre wearing its collegiate pedigree on its breast pocket. The fractured bromides and skewed platitudes in which it abounds provide a clue why it won a national playwriting award at the University of Alabama four years ago and was invited to the American College Theater Festival at the Kennedy Center the following year.
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.
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 1, 2015 |
Ben Bryant's love for Philadelphia's public pools started on a sweltering summer day. He slogged along South Street when people emerged from a brick facade at 26th Street that hides O'Connor Pool. They looked happy and refreshed. He was curious. The 33-year-old urban planner discovered Philadelphia boasted more outdoor public pools per capita than any other city in the country. Bryant started using Ridgeway Pool at 13th and Christian Streets with his son. He marveled at the recent rise of other public spaces in Philadelphia, and always had an idea for improving the city's pools.
August 5, 2015 |
YOU COULD BE forgiven for thinking Philadelphia's biggest problems have been limited recently to pope fences, a dismembered traveling robot and Chip Kelly's roster moves. Violent-crime numbers - a quality-of-life measurement temporarily forgotten in the basement of the city's consciousness - have been climbing. As of Sunday night, 152 murders had been recorded - a 5 percent increase from the same point last year, when the tally stood at 141, according to police statistics. The number of Philadelphians who have been shot has risen 9 percent, hovering at 627 victims as of last Monday, compared to 572 at the same time last year.
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.