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Signs of the Future in Philly

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Now that a new zoning code is in place for Philadelphia, the City Planning Commission and other public agencies are turning their attention to an unwritten chapter of the code: sign controls. The City is hosting a series of civic engagement meetings to get citizen feedback on the new regs.

Yesterday’s invite-only session brought together a hands-on group with direct experience with signage in neighborhoods, especially on commercial corridors. The group of small businesses, sign fabricators, and public agencies included the Collaborative’s own Robin Kohles, coordinator of the Collaborative’s design services to revitalize storefronts and commercial corridors.

The group dug into the details of signage regulation—appropriate parameters for digital signs, the replacement ratio for billboards, and the pros and cons of  increasing the allowable area for storefront signage. Read more in Plan Philly.

You can express your opinion too! Take the ZoningMatters online visual preference survey, which gives you a chance to register your reactions to real signs in Philly and other places.
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