Spruce Street Harbor Park (SSHP) put Philadelphia on the map internationally this past summer with acolades rolling in regarding the reinvigoration of a waterfront too often forgotten and disconnected from our urban fabric. SSHP made waves not only because of the amount of people it brought in, but because of the quality and variety of programming (arcades, bocce, hammocks, food and drink) but because of the quality of the build outs.

The difference even a simple design can make.

2014 has been quite a generous year in the life of Philadelphia’s public space. Several high-profile, fun, and ephemeral spaces were launched to great fanfare. 4 beer gardens, including Independence Hall Beer Garden at the base of the Rohm & Haas building, Spruce Street Harbor Park, the PHS Pop Up garden on South Street and The Oval in front of the Art Museum all breathed new life into what had been underwhelming existing spaces. Dilworth Park opened in early September, and most recently the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk reconnected us to the “Hidden River.” 


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