No doubt about it, 2014 was the year of the pop-up. Center City was well-covered with these still rather new interventions into Philadelphia’s public space. No less than 4 pop-ups breathed new life into spaces largely devoid of it prior to their arrival (not including private outdoor gardens like Fergie's and Opa). And though multiple groups and stakeholders planned for and executed these pop-ups throughout the city, let us not forget who jumpstarted the trend just a few years back.
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.”