DAG Dispatch

By Claire Adler, DAG Fellow

Start the week off with a wrap up of Philadelphia area news, public proposals, and happenings in the world of design, architecture, and planning. Follow us @designadvocacy on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, and subscribe to our email list to keep up with DAG Dispatch. Articles are shared to spark dialogue and keep our members informed, and do not represent DAG’s endorsement of an idea or project.

The future of the mosaic mural at The Painted Bride looked bleak until the developer changed plans to preserve it and build an apartment building atop the existing building, but neighbors are attempting to block the new plans.


Join the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia on Wednesday, January 27th at 12pm for a virtual presentation and discussion, Preserving African American Places: Growing Preservation’s Potential as a Path for Equity.


After outrage over the whitewashing of the Gloria Casarez mural on 12th Street, an artist painted a new tribute to the late Latina LGBTQ activist, which lasted all of 48 hours before it was torn down.


In response to the mural whitewashing, City Council has introduced legislation that would create a database of all Philadelphia murals and provide Mural Arts with the ability to review alterations to existing murals.


In other mural news, a new one went up recently at 13th and Arch streets, depicting Black and queer organizers who did crucial work in getting Joe Biden and Kamala Harris elected.


In December 2019, Philadelphia announced that it would create its first urban agriculture plan, and as public outreach resumes next month on the plan, entitled Growing from the Roots, the work will be done with an anti-racist lens.


After months of panic for SEPTA riders and operators comes some relief: the transit agency is expected to receive $252 million in additional federal relief funds which will help keep it afloat.


Paris’ famed Champs-Élysées (after which the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia was modeled) will be undergoing a complete redesign to turn it into a garden with more space for people and trees.

Learn about efforts in Philadelphia and Pennsylvania in urban conservation to connect people and nature, fight climate change and urban heat.