PlanPhilly weekly news recap 11-09-2007

Nov. 09, 2007
Dear PlanPhilly member,

The presentation of the civic vision for the central Delaware is fast approaching.  Join PennPraxis and the Central Delaware Advisory Group on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6 p.m. at the Pennsylvania Convention Center by registering today: www.planphilly.com/registration. Check out the link through Philly.com’s Great Expectations blog: http://blogs.phillynews.com/philly/greatexpectations/2007/11/a_civic_vision_for_the_waterfr.html.

For more information on the event, click here: http://www.planphilly.com/files/Flyer03_bw.pdf

In news related to design and planning:

1. Center City District Lights South Broad

Earlier this week, CCD, property owners and institutions use cutting edge lighting techniques to illuminate significant buildings on South Broad Street. http://www.planphilly.com/node/2195

2. Ed Bacon Foundation winners

Students from Temple and Drexel take home honorable mention prizes in 2nd annual Ed Bacon Foundation national design competition. http://www.planphilly.com/node/2189

3. Visual guide to zoning

PlanPhilly presents this Visual Guide to Zoning, an easy way to view the city’s zoning code. You’ll find clickable PDF files that explain each of the city’s 56 zoning designations with photos, maps, diagrams and regulations. Developed by the Planning Commission, they form an essential guide for anyone trying to keep up on the ongoing effort to reform Philadelphia’s zoning code. Click here for more: http://www.planphilly.com/node/2140.

4. New Feature

Every PlanPhilly news story will now end with a comment box. Give your feedback on stories we cover.

5. Symphony House

Michael R. Ytterberg, architect of Symphony House, wrote a letter to the editor of the Inquirer in response to a recent critique of the building by Architecture Critic Inga Saffron. http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/pa/20071109_Taking_Exception.html

In news related to the Central Delaware Riverfront Planning Process:

1. Attorney Michael Sklaroff and consultant Craig Schelter pen a response to the Daily News’ editorial about the riverfront civic vision last week: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/THE_RIVERFRONT_A_CLEARER_VISION.html.

2. Northern Liberties resident Matt Ruben responds: http://www.philly.com/dailynews/opinion/20071107_A_waterfront_challenge.html

Upcoming Events

Nov. 10: Historical Society of Philadelphia – http://www.planphilly.com/node/2208
Nov. 10: Preservation Alliance – http://www.planphilly.com/node/2209
Nov. 14: Zoning Code Commission – http://www.planphilly.com/node/2143
Nov. 15: Sustainable Philadelphia – http://www.planphilly.com/node/2185
Nov. 15:  SugarHouse hearing – http://www.planphilly.com/node/2210
Nov. 20: Philadelphia City Planning Commission – http://www.planphilly.com/node/2187

Best until next week,
Matt Golas, Managing Editor

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