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October 25th, 2017

Opening Doors for Development in Southwest Philly

A conceptual design for affordable housing has received positive feedback and is taking Southwest CDC in new directions.

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Corridor Realities 2017 Recap
Public health, preservation, and place-keeping were the timely topics of this year's Corridor Realities. Every two years, the Community Design Collaborative and Philadelphia...
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Facade Fanatic
Guest columnist Patricia Blakely talks about how every small business can become a “façade fanatic". She would know! As Executive Director of The Merchants Fund, she offers grants...
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Taking it to the Streets
Each year, the Collaborative and the Philadelphia Department of Commerce share some of the lessons we’ve learned working together on Philly's neighborhood commercial corridors by...
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Frankford CDC tests vision with Food Truck Friday
Sometimes, you need to see the big picture to get things going. Good food can help too. The barren plaza, dim lighting, and confusing crosswalks under the El at the Arrott...
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A role in the revival
“The Ballad of Trayvon Martin” is winning accolades for the New Freedom Theater.  The play’s the thing, but behind the scenes the Collaborative is helping the theater sustain its...
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Best face forward - the economic impact of SIP
Does a well-designed storefront façade really make a difference?  Commerce recently released a study on the economic impact of its Storefront Improvement Program (SIP).  “We’d...
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2016 Storefront Challenge: Lots of good things happening!
The 2016 Storefront Challenge recognized over a dozen businesses for improving their storefront facades. The finalists and winners in this citywide contest reflect the diversity...
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Mike Harris and Elena Brennan, let there be light!
The newly vibrant 4th Street Fabric Row needed a better streetscape and lighting to reach its full potential, and the Collaborative prepared South Street Headhouse District to...
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Philly Facade Fanatics
At our recent Storefront Challenge awards celebration, The Merchant Fund’s Patricia Blakely likened a new facade to a new dress that "looks good and gets you noticed." The...
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