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    • A PennDOT project made The Porch possible

October 23: Just Spaces | Pro-growth, equity planning | Furnessian flair

UCD is developing an audit tool to “assess the accessibility and equity of its public space network,” Generocity’s Julie Zeglen reports. UCD’s Alissa Weiss says that Just Spaces will take into consideration…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Stuck in a LOOP: Councilman calls for killing 10-year cap on real estate tax exemption

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson proposed an amendment to the city’s Longtime Owner Occupant of Program (LOOP) tax exemption program on Thursday. The proposal would eliminate the ten-year limit on the program for…

    • Paul Meyer, director of the Morris Arboretum, (left) and Edward

October 20: Suburban Amazon fever | Philly tree guide | Morgan Berman’s advice

Bensalem, Delaware County, and Bristol Township have also contracted Amazon fever, WHYY’s Laura Benshoff reports. The suburban Philadelphia communities are pitching land, talent pool from nearby colleges, proximity to transportation…

    • St. Boniface Church demolition, Norris Square. April 2012.

Philly moves to regulate demolition

Philadelphia plans to tighten regulations on demolitions after a year of heightened fears of lead poisoning in construction-heavy residential neighborhoods. At Thursday’s City Council session two bills were introduced, both drafted…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Is Amazon too big for Philly’s kiddie-sized tech talent pool?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

October 19: $1B for Amazon | PA budget | Roadmap to Smarter City

Amazon chronicles, continued: the Chamber of Commerce’s Rob Wonderling says Pennsylvania’s ready to offer Amazon more than $1 billion in tax incentives, Jacob Adelman reports. To see if Philly can deliver,…

    • The 5:05 Express to Norristown arrives at Suburban Station

“Excellent” transportation network driving force behind Philly’s pitch to Amazon

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Bunting House demo on Ridge Avenue.

Planning Commission puts hold on Ridge Ave demolition moratorium

In late September Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill that would institute a one-year moratorium on demolitions along Ridge Avenue, a central thoroughfare that runs through Philadelphia’s northwestern neighborhoods. He worries…

    • Ruffin Nichols Memorial AME demolition in progress, August 8, 2013

Decisions loom for some of Philadelphia’s historic sacred places

Buildings constructed as houses of worship have long enriched Philadelphia’s urban landscape, embodying the city’s legacy of art and architecture and adding to a history of religious and ethnic diversity. In…

    • A T-shirt catches the drips from a leaking window frame in a multi-purpose room used by children at Vare Rec Center. | Emma Lee/WHYY

October 18: Train derails in Brewerytown | Maher, Houwzer | Philly TAP'

A CSX freight train derailed near 32nd and W. Thompson Streets in Brewerytown around 7:30am today, NBC reports. No injuries were reported, the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.  CityLab…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

Not exactly prime: Philly’s taxing business environment doesn’t help odds of landing Amazon’s HQ2

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

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