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.


The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation will host its public meeting on Zoom at 9:30am on October 21st and the Philadelphia Art Commission’s Sign Committee will host its public meeting on Zoom at 10:00am on October 22.


Drexel’s Lindy Institute and the Clean Air council released their collaborative report, “Visioning the Future of the Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refinery Complex,” which examines how the site can contribute equitable economic and environmental benefits to Philadelphia. 


Pulitzer Prize winning journalist, Inga Saffron, examines how Philadelphia became the poorest big city in America, and uses that history to inform recommendations on how to fix it.


With the 10-year-tax abatement set to be reduced at the end of this year, Council President Darrell Clarke is proposing to extend the abatement as is in conjunction with a 1% tax on new construction.


After city council passed a zoning overlay for Society Hill that many critiqued as exclusionary, Mayor Kenney vetoed the bill. Councilmember Squilla who introduced the bill plans to challenge the veto.


Like many businesses across the city and country, Reading Terminal Market, a historic landmark, is struggling and has launched a GoFundMe.


After a COVID-19 hiatus, the mostly unknown Rosenbach Museum and Library will reopen, and visitors will be able to tour the historic house museum, rare book library, special exhibitions, and its beautiful newly-renovated garden.


Diana Lind, executive director at Arts + Business Council for Greater Philadelphia, shared her thoughts in her upcoming book Brave New Home on making housing affordable and accessible.

Prompted by a draft of a White House Executive Order in 2020 that would require federal buildings to be classical in design, the National Civic Art Society conducted a survey finding that about 70% of Americans prefer federal buildings in a traditional style, regardless of political party.