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Sharon Barr

Sharon Barr is a lawyer, planner and writer in Philadelphia. Arriving in Philadelphia to complete degrees in Law and City Planning at Penn, she soon fell for the city, its neighborhoods, parks and people. Her first job was as Counsel to the Fairmount Park Commission, and there, and in many later roles, she worked on a number of important redevelopment projects including Suburban Station, The Navy Yard, and, most recently, The Discovery Center, an environmental education sanctuary on the edge of the Strawberry Mansion Reservoir. Sharon is also a yoga teacher and a student at the Spanish Language School in Philadelphia. When not working or writing, she can be found walking the trails of the Wissahickon and the Adirondack Mountains.

Op-Ed: Painted Bride Art Center Mosaic A Lesson In Limits To Historic Designation

Op-Ed: Painted Bride Art Center Mosaic A Lesson In Limits To Historic Designation

July 10, 2019  |  Soapbox

Last fall the Philadelphia Historical Commission declined to legally protect a colorful mosaic, nominated by Philadelphia's Magic Garden, on the exterior of Painted Bride Arts Center in Old City. In this editorial Sharon Barr opines that the decision was the right one and unpacks the thorny issues of designating public artwork and ownership rights > more

Searching For Frankford Creek Along A Winding Trail

Searching For Frankford Creek Along A Winding Trail

February 28, 2019  |  Vantage

Sharon Barr goes looking for one of Philly's oldest tributaries via the Frankford Creek Greenway. What she finds is an urban trail struggling to connect with its namesake > more

Secluded Stone Stairway On Lincoln Drive Revealed

Secluded Stone Stairway On Lincoln Drive Revealed

November 2, 2018  |  Vantage

A mysterious set of stairs next to Monoshone Creek leads Sharon Barr on a path to uncover its origins > more