Hopefulness in zoning reform | Parkway light sculpture | Logan Circle en Blanc | SEPTA greenwashing

In her column today Inga Saffron explains why the new zoning code, which went into effect Wednesday, is a “watershed event for Philadelphia.” In addition to being clearer and easier to use, the new code is a better reflection the way we live and our aspirations for making the city more livable. “There is a real hopefulness in acknowledging those changes in how we live and work. Instead of bracing for decline, Philadelphia’s new code assumes the city’s population will grow in the future, and it encourages higher density buildings to accommodate the newcomers.”

This fall the Parkway will come alive after dark with two dozen 10,000-watt search lights in a giant interactive art installation created by artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer and the Association for Public Art. PlanPhilly’s JoAnn Greco explains how Open Air Philly’s lighting design will emerge from voice messages and selections programmed by people using an iPhone app. The installation will last from September 20-October 14.

Dinner en Blanc packed Logan Circle with 1300 diners clad in white Thursday evening, reports the Insider.

SEPTA’s hybrid diesel buses are greenwashed, writes Mike Szilagyi on Hidden City Daily. Instead Szilagyi makes the case that for SEPTA to truly go green, the agency should switch (or restore) lines to electric trolleybus and streetcars service.


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