O’Neill goes to bat against “Ugly Buildings”

April 10, 2008

PlanPhilly.com reports, “Frustrated with the number of “ugly buildings” going up around the city, O’Neill has asked the Planning Commission to draft legislation to create a design review commission – an appointed body of professional architects and planners that would vet new projects before they mar the skyline.”

Source: O’Neill goes to bat against “Ugly Buildings”

A redraw for bridge

April 7, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “With just weeks to go before Philadelphia hires a contractor to rebuild the South Street Bridge, a neighborhood group is pressing Mayor Nutter to endorse a menu of detailed architectural changes aimed at humanizing the harsh highway-grade design.”

Source: A redraw for bridge

City council hears about pedestrian access

April 4, 2008

PlanPhilly.com reports, “Armed with a continuously running slide show of barricaded city sidewalks and isolated pedestrians and bicyclists, Philadelphia City Councilman Jim Kenney on Wednesday said that ubiquitous sidewalk closures are dangerous, unsightly and costly, and called for a revision of the city’s building code.”

Source: City council hears about pedestrian access

Phila. ponders how best to plan

April 1, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “There are few municipal functions more basic than zoning and planning, the rules and process that dictate what can be built, where it can go, and how it should be done.”

Source: Phila. ponders how best to plan

Boulevard of contradictions

March 25, 2008

PlanPhilly.com writes, “This is the first in a series of articles on plans aimed at restructuring or re-designing certain parts of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, from street signs to the development of major museums.”

Source: Boulevard of contradictions

New day dawns for the PCPC

March 19, 2008

PlanPhilly.com reports, “With a minimum of ceremony, new city planning and commerce czar Andrew Altman was sworn in as a commissioner Tuesday at the March meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. He was immediately elected chairman. Architect Alan Greenberger, also a new member, was elected vice chairman.”

Source: New day dawns for the PCPC

Wheels of a Dilemma

March 19, 2008

Philadelphia Weekly reports, “Still reeling from LOVE’s loss, city skaters await the Paine.”

Source: Wheels of a Dilemma

Public opinion sought about a public venue

March 18, 2008

The Daily Pennsylvanian reports, “Penn Praxis, the consulting branch of Penn’s School of Design, is working in conjunction with the Penn Project for Civic Engagement to generate a series of plans to renovate the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, located on South Broad Street.”

Source: Public opinion sought about a public venue

Philadelphia zoning group seeks more time

March 17, 2008

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, “The group assigned to reform the city’s zoning code wants a two-year extension on recommendations to improve the outdated law.”

Source: Philadelphia zoning group seeks more time

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