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.

While the pandemic has upended the way we live, perhaps it is worth holding on to some of the innovative ways we’ve changed our lives, from more flexible working situations to our newfound respect for public green space.


After years of concern that the house that Dox Thrash lived in would be destroyed, preservationists have purchased the home of the prolific Black artist and printmaker. DAG Steering Committee member Akeem Dixon is a project manager for the Thrash House at Beech 

Community Services.  The North Philly development company that acquired the building with the hopes of finding a commercial tenant that would continue the legacy of Dox Thrash.


Gregory Heller of the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation spoke to the New York Times about the difficulty of helping tenants and distributing aid.


In the first of a new collaboration called “Our Space” between WHYY and writer and blogger Conrad Benner, Benner asks where are publicly accessible restrooms in Philadelphia?


After years of witnessing speeding and having four cars crash into her property in Sharswood, block captain Donna Price took the lead in creating a Slow Zone in her neighborhood.


Last week was the 10-year anniversary of the dedication of the open-air monument The President’s House: Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, an appropriate time to reflect on the history that led to the creation of this monument.


A new report from the office of Councilmember Jamie Gauthier, the Reinvestment Fund, and Urban Spatial finds that renters in West Philadelphia are at risk of displacement due to low incomes, rising rents, and low supply of subsidized units, among other factors.


SEPTA announced it awarded a $3 million contract to Nelson/Nygaard to do a comprehensive redesign of its bus network.