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.

Mayor Kenney exercised his first ever direct veto with the overlay in Society Hill that would establish more restrictive zoning, which he described as exclusionary. City Council overrode the veto, but four Councilmembers did not follow the tradition of councilmanic prerogative and opposed the override.


SEPTA is at the beginning stages of a project to transform wayfinding: maps, signs, and other forms of communications around the system. For an even more detailed look at the project, join our next DAG Meeting.


In a reversal of the lower court’s opinion, the Commonwealth Court ruled that the Painted Bride can sell its building despite the potential for demolition of the much-beloved mosaic mural by artist Isaiah Zagar.


Philadelphia L&I Commissioner has retired after 39 years of service and the Mayor celebrated his many accomplishments at L&I.


Open space in Philadelphia played a critical role in the women’s suffrage movement, providing activists a place to host open-air meetings that helped them expand their audience, but much of what made those spaces successful meeting spots is now lost.


Philadelphia Taking Care of Business Clean Corridors Program launched recently, providing $7 million in funding for community-based nonprofits to clean commercial corridors and provides wages of $15 an hour and job development training.


Two experts of natural science and conservation make recommendations to building owners to help save the tens of thousands of birds annually that die from impact with tall buildings, particularly those with bright lights.


Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo has a plan to remove half of the city’s parking spaces in order to make Paris more people-friendly, to clean the air, and to increase the quality of life for Parisians.

This story of one couple in Chicago illustrates how municipal regulations can prevent residents from growing their own food.