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.

According to journalist Ben She, it’s time to tell our regional planning officials to stop throwing money at highways. Just as there are many positives to building more infrastructure, there are also many drawbacks. Biden said “Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.” Congress passing the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act earlier this month shows what our government values. 


With the pandemic still on the rise, health officials are constantly on the lookout for new measures to keep the citizens of Philadelphia safe. The numbers of vaccinated individuals are still low across the country; however, businesses have been doing their due diligence to make sure their employees are a part of the few that are vaccinated. SEPTA may be one of those public sector employers that requires employees to have the vaccine. 


Essential workers have been highlighted often because of their necessity during the pandemic. They have been the ones on the front lines putting themselves at risk so that we can have our basic needs. For SEPTA employees, the pandemic brought to the surface issues that surpass just a paycheck, and they are fighting for more.


An old freezer turned into a two story home! Local residents of South Philadelphia know how difficult it can be to find parking in the neighborhood. Most folks take public transportation so they don’t have to move their car. Miles Fischel didn’t want to deal with the hassle and required his new home to have a garage. He found an old one story property that was just a garage and a walk-in freezer. The building dates back to 1866 originally built as a barn!