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    • LOVE Park groundbreaking, February 2016: Shovels ready

LOVE Park renovation breaks ground, skateboarding ban temporarily lifted

LOVE Park’s long-anticipated renovation was celebrated Wednesday morning with a ceremonial groundbreaking, and an announcement that the city would lift the park’s skateboarding ban through Presidents’ Day. “Between now and February…

    • Rainbow Crosswalk

February 10: Why housing vouchers are concentrated | NYC's more neighborly neighbor | Meet the King of Prussia rail opponents

Jake Blumgart has a new longform piece at the American Prospect investigating why housing vouchers are so concentrated in some places within the Philadelphia region, and nearly absent from others. "The…

    • Barging through, life on and along the river | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Obama budget proposal includes funds to finish Delaware River dredging project

A project to deepen the Delaware River’s navigable channel is now full steam ahead, according to Senator Bob Casey. Sen. Casey’s office announced today that the large, multiyear project is set…

    • Fabric Row - White LEDs

Officials unveil new LED street lamps for Fabric Row

Officials from the South Street Headhouse District and the city gathered at 4th and Bainbridge Monday evening to unveil a host of completed streetscape improvements along Fabric Row in Queen Village.…

    • 1400 block of South Taylor Street, Google Street View

Vacant properties in Point Breeze transferred for affordable housing

The Women’s Community Revitalization Project announced on Tuesday that it has secured two publicly-owned vacant properties in Point Breeze and is planning to build around 30 affordable houses in the neighborhood,…

    • Rendering of proposed Hyde Hotel at Broad and Pine streets.

New zoning introduced for hotel at Broad and Pine

Councilman Mark Squilla is hoping to remove some obstacles for developer Carl Dranoff’s proposed SLS-brand Hyde Hotel at the corner of Broad & Pine streets in Center City. Last week, Squilla…

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    • Diagram of Winter Street Realignment

Franklin Institute getting new bus loading zone, plaza in Winter Street realignment

The mention of winter usually conjures up images, cold and colorless, of a city depressed: gray, bare trees, lumps of dirty snow, drab coats trudging by with downcast eyes on the…

    • Cira Green

February 8: PA lawmakers siphoning transpo funding for troopers | Brandywine's big sell-off | BID 3.0

State lawmakers keep siphoning off the new dedicated transportation revenue from Act 89 to increase funding for state troopers, reports Mary Wilson. Robert Latham with the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors tells Wilson…

    • Bend it like Benjamin | Convicted Melon

Engineering consultant sues Port Authority for $2 million in back pay on PATCO refurbishment project

LTK Consulting Services is suing the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) for over $2 million, alleging the authority breached its contract with the engineering firm. The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County,…

    • 20th Street

February 5: Accidental Open Streets | PA cities' high lead counts | Pearl Properties building 14-story by-right tower

Jonas Maciūnas and Victoria Harris-Maciūnas have a fun blog post up about an accidental Open Streets day that happened over the weekend, when a truck broke down at 20th and Spruce and…

    • L&I demolition notice on Church of the Assumption

Ordinance would deliver earlier public notice for demolitions

Is the problem with Philadelphia demolitions that the approval process is too slow? That is one of the underlying assumptions behind changes to the city’s demolition practices being considered in City…

    • Burial ground area of Weccacoe Playground, May 2014

February 4: Waterfront advocates blast Blatstein | Coryell out as Carpenter's union head | O'Neill opposes twin-home grocery

Delaware waterfront advocates are blasting the inclusion of strip mall retail, surface parking, and a gas station in Bart Blatstein's proposal for the Foxwoods site on the Delaware waterfront, reports Jacob…

    • Moyamensing

After the storm: what to do with the 'sneckdown' intersections

Another snowstorm, another flurry of stories about "sneckdowns"—the horrible-sounding portmanteau of "snow" and "neckdown." Our colleague Marielle Segarra at Keystone Crossroads published an explainer on the phenomenon Monday, noting…

    • Development site at Broad and Washington | Bing Maps

Blatstein seeks zoning variances at Broad & Washington

Developer Bart Blatstein is looking to move ahead with his proposal for a major mixed-use project at Broad & Washington, on of the city’s most visible vacant lots. And he’s not…

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February 3: Kenney appointing Complete Streets Commissioner | Papal parking | MRP's Bourse plans

Jim Kenney is creating a Complete Streets Commissioner position to advocate for multimodal design in street planning, reports Holly Otterbein, remarking on how quickly local transportation politics seem to have tilted…

    • 900-934 Callowhill Street | T.C. Lei & Associates

Design committee asks developers to rework proposal for 9th and Callowhill

The Civic Design Review Committee has asked the developers of a proposed mixed-use apartment project on the mostly-vacant 900 block of Callowhill Street to take another look at their plans and…

    • Formerly a Horn & Hardart, 1025-29 Chestnut St has sat empty since 1999

Parking Authority and Brickstone in talks for two more buildings in booming Market East

For decades, most of the neighborhood surrounding Market East has been an urban desert, a sad, gray stretch of moribund office spaces, vacant storefronts, discount retail, and not much else. It…

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February 2: PA short $6B in transpo funding | Planning through the courts | UberPOOL

Act 89 transportation revenues are coming in $6 billion short of what the Corbett administration projected in 2013, reports Melissa Daniels, previewing PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards's testimony to the Senate Transportation…

    • The NTSB Go Team arrives on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA.  // NTSB

NTSB releasing Amtrak crash investigation documents, findings to follow in spring

On Monday, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will release its investigation docket on last May's Amtrak 188 crash. Read NewsWorks coverage of the docket here. The docket contains the…

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