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 Philadelphia City Planning Commission is eyeing a rezoning plan for Northern Germantown to address issues of parking and increasing density in this flood prone area. The new plan will impose new rules mandating developers provide parking with their projects and adding certain limitations on building. In several urban residential areas of Philadelphia, there have been concerns of parking, so these new rules may prove to be a success in the Germantown community.


There are many new mixed use and residential projects popping up around the city, from the Navy Yard to Germantown to Kensington, for example. They vary in scale and architectural style and could be great additions to these different neighborhoods. Check it out!


PhilaMOCA is faced with potential demolition! After nearly $80,000 in repairs, with $45,000 from fundraisers, this Callowhill arts venue has been shut down by the city yet again. The property has been through quite a bit since before the pandemic hit. Is this the last straw? 

Thanks to the advocacy of the Preservation Alliance and many others, two properties in the city were added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. 714 Chestnut St., the former headquarters of the Henry A. Dreer Seed Co., as well as 1517 W. Girard Ave., the former pyramid club. The decision was made on Friday August 13th at the Philadelphia Historical Commission meeting.