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.

John Gattuso, CEO of Gattuso Development Partners and Honorary Chair of #DigDeepForDAG this year, works with other developers to meet the rising demand for lab space in Philadelphia. Inga Saffron profiles one such new lab space from Brandywine which will be a part of its new Schuylkill Yards project.


The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is setting aside 240 vacant and abandoned properties in the Norris Square and West Kensington neighborhoods to transfer to nonprofit groups working to house longtime residents at affordable rates.


The Architect’s Newspaper features the new plans for Graffiti Pier, which balance public access, environmental concerns, and the offbeat spirit of the site.


The National Association of Realtors has issued an apology for the industry’s role in housing discriminiation, which is long overdue.


Recent DAG speaker Tonnetta Graham of the Strawberry Mansion CDC and others from the neighborhood are supporting a zoning overlay that would limit building height, ban roof decks, and restrict building materials.


Community organizers see development begin on 33 affordable rental homes in Point Breeze.


The Spring Garden Street Improvement Project is looking for input from people who live near, commute on, or otherwise use Spring Garden Street from river to river: Join the virtual open house from November 25-December 31.


WHYY’s Radio Times last week explored the future of housing with Tya Winn, the new Executive Director of Philly’s Community Design Collaborative, and Diana Lind, author of the new book, Brave New Home: Our Future in Smarter, Simpler, Happier Housing.

The East Kensington Neighbors Association (EKNA) is looking for support to improve safety at the intersections of Frankford Avenue and Hagert Street & Frankford and Sergeant Street.