Streetscape: A mini-park on the Avenue

Streetscape | July 14th, 2017 | Leave a comment

A column about local architecture, urban design and city planning. by Diane Fiske For the past year or so, an often muddy, eighth-of-an-acre lot behind the Weaver’s Way Co-op on Germantown Avenue has become a tiny oasis with seating for 40 or more people around trees and boulders arranged in an inviting setting, complete with […]

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Streetscape: Hill native wins AIA award

Streetscape | May 3rd, 2017 | Leave a comment

by Diane M. Fiske Fon Wang, winner of the Philadelphia American Institute of Architecture Young Architects award, grew up in Chestnut Hill and graduated from Springside Academy. A soft spoken and modest woman, Wang said she won two years ago, but it was presented this year because the AIA headquarters in Center City was being […]

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Streetscape: The problem of being too desirable

Streetscape | March 30th, 2016 | 1 Comment

by Diane M. Fiske Streetscape is a monthly column about architecture, planning and urban planning. Chestnut Hill has the advantage of being a highly desirable section of Philadelphia and the disadvantage of being too desirable to would-be developers who may damage the neighborhood’s iconic quality, which is rich in history. Even homeowners who recognize the […]

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Streetscape: Flower Show to feature National Parks

Streetscape | February 24th, 2016 | Leave a comment

by Diane M. Fiske Streetscape is a monthly column about architecture, local planning and urban affairs. Replicas of buildings in National Parks across the country will blossom in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, beginning March 5, when visitors to the Philadelphia Flower Show will take a trip through scenic treasures right here in the United States. […]

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