PlanPhilly, the built environment news site, has launched Eyes on the Street, a blog to serve as an extension of its coverage and aimed at offering shorter and more accessible coverage for casual readers.
Visit the blog at EyesOnTheStreet.com. Read the PlanPhilly announcement here.
PlanPhilly, funded largely by the William Penn Foundation and housed at the University of Pennsylvania’s civic action outpost PennPraxis, was launched in 2006 by former Inquirer Jersey editor Matt Golas, who has reigned since then as the site’s managing editor, and then PennPraxis staff Harris Steinberg and Michael Greenle.
PlanPhilly, among the oldest of independent news sites in Philadelphia, is known for its deep, long and comprehensive coverage of the city’s planning commission, zoning board and other authorities around planning and design that otherwise are rarely covered in detail. The aim for the new blog is to attract and engage new audiences, Golas said. To lead Eyes on the Street, PlanPhilly hired Ashley Hahn, who was formerly with the New York Landmarks Conservancy and has a master’s degree in historic preservation and regional planning from Penn.
Eyes on the Street will join real estate-driven Naked Philly and historical preservation-focused Hidden City in a clutch of independent news sources dedicated to development, expanding upon the niche vacated by Brownstoner.
[Full Disclosure: PlanPhilly is a client of Technically Media, the parent company of Technically Philly, and the William Penn Foundation funded our Transparencity project.]
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