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    • 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street - New OCF homes on left

Fate uncertain for tangled housing project in Point Breeze

Either Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is blocking a construction project proposed by developer Ori Feibush, who plans to challenge Johnson in next year’s City Council race, or Ori Feibush is refusing to…

    • A sign at 8200 Germantown Ave. indicates the Fresh Market will open in fall 2015. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Construction finally set to begin at 8200 Germantown Ave. site

For now, it looks more like an urban meadow than a grocery store, but a sign has sprouted in front of the six-foot-high grasses announcing that The Fresh Market is coming…

    • Get Up

August 21: Our well-used bike lanes | 'This Old City' Mayoral platform | History of Taney | New Get Up street art

A new report from the International Transport Forum shows the United States slipping further behind other nations on street safety and reductions in traffic deaths. When American cities are confronted with…

    • Visual summary of Lower Northwest input, Wissahickon Gateway

"Protect our character!" Lower Northwest District Plan taking shape

Community participants tell planners they want to sustain open space and housing styles and density, fill in the gap in the Schuylkill Trail, focus commercial development and move a transit center.…

    • Dilworth Plaza

August 20: Uber hires Obama campaign architect | Dilworth Plaza opens Sept 4th | Point Breeze homes more expensive with parking | Early signs of home building recovery

David Plouffe, the architect of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, has been hired by ride-sharing company Uber as senior Vice President of policy and strategy, to head up "global policy and political activities,…

    • Washington Avenue Green
Eyes on the Street

Glimpses of Delaware Riverfront revival below Washington Avenue

The Spruce Street Harbor Park may have stolen the waterfront thunder this year but big, more permanent, things are also happening along the Central Delaware waterfront. Perhaps nowhere is more exciting…

    • Gentrification Typology

August 19: School district cuts bus passes | Pat Deon's new powers | Philly's "concentrated gentrification" | Storefront challenge

Pete Saunders thinks Philly can afford to have a more productive conversation about gentrification than New York or San Francisco. Breaking gentrification down into four different types, he argues that…

    • A 2012 photo of the property that housed New Directions for Women Inc. (NewsWorks, file art)

New Directions for Women's former leaders discuss recent closure, hopes for future

The recently announced closing of New Directions for Women, an organization that helped female offenders re-enter the community, has left a "huge void" in the criminal justice system, according to former…

    • I Voted Today

How do off-cycle elections impact Philly planning politics?

One reason PlanPhilly is shifting focus a bit to cover the political issues impacting city planning in the 2015 campaign is that accountability journalism done well can increase voter interest and…

    • Where Pennsylvanians were born

August 18: SEPTA strike "very likely" | Ride-sharing hearings this week | Where Pennsylvanians were born | "Bicycle face"

Just as a SEPTA regional rail electrical workers strike appears less likely, Transport Workers Union 234 President Willie Brown tells Paul Nussbaum it's looking "very likely" that its 5,000 workers,…

    • Managua, old town - Photo by Brittany Root

Postcard from Managua

Whenever I travel, I try to make mental observations about the development of other cities and towns that might be interesting or relevant to readers here in Philadelphia. Usually these observations…

    • Vanity Grand Cabaret

Judge rejects city appeal of permit for Southwest Philly strip club

Southwest Philadelphia’s Vanity Grand Cabaret can remain open after the Dept. of Licenses and Inspections lost an appeal of a zoning board decision from last September. Earlier this month, Judge Ellen…

    • The path toward the land buoy and a chart of birds that might be spotted. Photo by Douglas Bovitt for DRWC.

New Pier 53 park opens on the Delaware, near Washington Ave.

The pier where many Philadelphia families first arrived in this country now welcomes visitors from shore as the city's newest riverfront park. Pier 53, located in Pennsport near the intersection of…

    • hillary08 | Kelly DeLay, cc
Eyes on the Street

DNC + Philly: What's in it for the city?

Philly greeted about two dozen members of the Democratic National Committee with every cliché possible this week: cheesesteaks at Pat’s with “Rocky,” strumming Mummers, Eagles cheerleaders, historically costumed interpreters. The fountain…

    • Sneckdown

August 15: Worst South Philly intersection less bad | SEPTA strike less likely | Pop-up bike lanes | Real-time info and bus shelters

Despite its success in attracting about 50% higher ridership than the Night Owl buses, running the subways round the clock on weekends isn't bringing in enough money to cover costs, reports…

    • Queen Lane Apartments tower. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

New date set for Queen Lane Apartments implosion

After community outcry, city officials announced a date change for the highly-anticipated demolition of a public-housing high-rise in Germantown.  The Queen Lane Apartments tower, a vacant 16-story building in a residential…

    • Pioneer & Originator of the Steak Sandwich

August 14: The case for free transfers | Dilworth Plaza opens soon | Important bird area | Cheesesteak Vegas |

Los Angeles Metro recently eliminated their transfer charge. Riders can now transfer between rail and bus transit for free for two hours. Such a move appears to be off the…

    • Susan Dannenberg, board chair of the Friends of the Cresheim Trail, points out the nine-mile project already many years in the planning and building stages / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Plans for 9-mile trail through Wissahickon stumble over section of Germantown Avenue

The Philadelphia region currently has several hundred miles of trails and spurs, where hikers, runners and bikers can travel along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the Wissahickon and its tributaries, and…

    • Woodland Green pedestrian plaza

August 13: Permanent Woodland Green ped plaza | Bull case for Philly multifamily | Revel Casino's lesson for community development | What Philly really offers the DNC

Reality check on the apartment "overbuilding" talking point that pops up from time to time on local real estate blogs: Daniel Kline of Delancey Street Capital says he's not investing in…

    • 2012 Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan

August 12: 22nd St bike lane vs. ward politics | Pop-up realism | 7th cheapest state for car ownership | Still-affordable Philly

The city's 2012 Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan says that 22nd Street's bike lane is supposed to be extended north of Spring Garden to Fairmount when the street is restriped, but ward…

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