DAG Dispatch

By Lachelle Weathers, 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.

Local housing activists fight against a controversial city contract that outsourced Sheriff sales to a private online auction house. The result was a court order suspending foreclosure sales, several hearings, and a violation of Philadelphia’s government contracting laws...but what’s next?


With a new budget season in sight, Philadelphia’s main anti-eviction initiative has to fight for funding. Each year the allotted budget for this project has significantly decreased and the Right to Counsel initiative, which provides low-income residents with an attorney to fight eviction cases, has no funds in the proposal at all. Will these initiatives survive in the coming years?


What once might have been a success story on Sansom Street, may have created chaos and congestion in Center City. What will be the solution for relieving some stress on the popular “streetery”?


North Broad Street is continuing its constant development with another large, mixed-use project at the intersection of Broad and Girard. Recently zoning permits were issued for the demolition of the current CVS and the construction of the new proposal. Looking forward to revitalizing one of the most underbuilt sections of North Broad Street!


The Dox Thrash House is a beacon in the Black community in North Philadelphia and has secured almost $600,000 in funds for restoration thanks to the City and Commonwealth of Philadelphia. The Preservation Alliance highlights this achievement, as well as the purchase of Corson Homestead, as a part of their advocacy updates. Two wins for Black heritage sites in Philadelphia!