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.

The 40th Street Trolley Garden has been razed! The beautiful wild flower garden that gives a new meaning to transit stations stands barren, hopefully it won’t be for long. Officials say that the plants were removed as a safety precaution but will be replanted in time to bloom next year.


Parking is getting a little more strict around the city! The Philadelphia Parking Authority is branching into new infrastructure...infrastructure for bicycles. In order to mitigate illegal street parking, PPA wants to build bike corals in Old City and West Philly. At this moment, it is unclear if the proposal will get any funding.


There has been an ongoing debate over what happens with MLK Drive, but both sides are in agreement on one thing...and that’s that the community hasn’t been involved in the overall decision making process. With this in mind, will things change moving forward?


Park in a Truck is transforming vacant lots across Philadelphia.  Stationed at 38th and Melon Street, this Thomas Jefferson University-led program enables community members and the youth to organize and build gathering green spaces on previously empty land. The idea stemmed from wanting to give communities the opportunity to design, build, and maintain their own parks. It gives residents a sense of ownership in their neighborhood.


Neighborhood residents and architectural activists are upset about the recent news that two banks, Ninth National Bank and Industrial Trust, in Kensington will be demolished. However, the proposal was just released by Canno Design and they assured that they plan on adaptively reusing the former banks as  commercial space and 46 residential units. This is good news, but they still have a valid demolition permit.