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.

Thousands of Philadelphia residents have applied for the rental assistance program, nearing 65% of federal states funds, approximating $37 million. If all of the funds aren’t used, they have to be returned. This is the fourth phase of this program and landlords as well as housing advocates agree that things are running smoothly. It’s time to beat the clock! 


Formerly known as the Levine Funeral Home in North Philly, built in 1933 by Dwin Leo Rothchild, and North Broad Street landmark. This Philadelphia art deco staple will succumb to demolition in the coming weeks due to fire, neglect and tangled titles.


“9th and Girard is ripe for a regional rail revival!” Because of the redevelopment efforts and the growing number of residents in the surrounding neighborhood, this addition to the current public transit in the area could be a win-win situation. 


The COVID-19 pandemic brought about a lot of change, not just in this country, but around the world. One of the biggest adjustments made to daily life was the shift to working from home. Now that the pandemic is beginning to subside and there is starting to be some sense of normalcy, large companies have to assess the need to go back to office culture. Is it necessary? If so, how will the office environment change to become more safe for the future?

Looking for something to do around the city? Check out the Preservation Alliance’s July to-do list! The list includes must-see historic locations and events all around Philadelphia from walking tours, to museum exhibits, and even a summer paper making series.