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.

A new development along North 7th Street in North Philadelphia is causing some disruptions in the neighborhood according to local resident Clarice Brooks. The relationship between community members and Ofir Komerian, owner of Prestige Design and Construction, started off in good faith but quickly turned sour within a year. The complicated relationship has left community members vulnerable and voiceless about their construction concerns.


As the pandemic subsides, Philadelphia city planners have to begin thinking about the management of automobile traffic along roads that have largely been used as public space. Returning to some sense of normalcy in the city means that a lot of the positive changes made due to COVID might soon disappear. What will happen to the streeteries that have popped up all over the city and will bike riders still have the ease of commuting against more car traffic? 


According to Rising Real-Estate, National Real Estate Development and Kushner Real Estate Group control all but one of the properties being developed between Spring Garden and Callowhill on the west side of 2nd Street. The teams plan on building 4 projects along the street through a series of phases. The first phase includes a 23-story tower, followed by a 14-story building at 2nd and Spring Garden. Another developer is planning for a 7-story residential building at 5th and Callowhill. This strip will soon see a major transformation in the city!

The Philadelphia Historical Commission has been established since 1955, one of the oldest offices of its kind in the country and the oldest with city-wide jurisdiction. However, it has one of the lowest per capita budgets in the United States. The Preservation Alliance is advocating for an increased budget for the Philadelphia Historical Commission and is calling for your support!