DAG Dispatch

By Claire Adler, 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.

After doing extensive outreach to neighborhood groups and residents, OTIS announced its plan to convert most of Washington Avenue from five lanes of vehicular traffic to three lanes, with construction slated to start next summer.


A bill that expanded outdoor dining saved many Philadelphia restaurants from closing amidst the pandemic, and has transformed our city streets. With that bill set to expire at the end of the year, City Council is looking to extend it through 2021.


The intersection at Broad Street, Erie Avenue and Germantown Avenue in North Philadelphia is about to be transformed with the goal of improving safety and creating a welcoming environment. A survey was released last week to solicit community feedback on three design concepts.


Philadelphia Magazine interviewed a range of Philadelphia urbanists about their vision for the city. Their ideas included creating a pedestrian utopia, a train on Roosevelt Boulevard, and gamifying zoning reform.


The city’s largest development project is the former South Philadelphia refinery site which Hilco Redevelopment Partners plans to transform into a logistics hub. In a reversal of course, the school board voted last week to approve a tax break that Hilco says is important to allow them to fund the necessary environmental cleanup prior to redevelopment.


While many call for the enforcement of the use of ATVs on city streets, activist Jondhi Harrell calls for the designation of a bike park to allow mostly young, Black riders to enjoy their hobby without being criminalized. 


E-scooter usage is on the rise around the country, but not in Philadelphia, because Pennsylvania state law prohibits their use. Advocates of e-scooters applaud their potential to reduce congestion, fight climate change, and provide alternative transportation options, while detractors are concerned about safety and integration with the transit network.


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