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May 27: Ardmore transit-oriented development approved | Apartments replacing Abbott Square parking | Philly in 'Homefront'

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court cleared the way for Carl Dranoff's transit-oriented development project in Ardmore, that's been held up for a decade by legal challenges for years, reports Maria Panaritis.…

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Is your street next? The list of streets to be repaved next week

With the regularity of the Jersey Shore’s tides, I get an email every Friday from the Philadelphia Streets Department with this headline: STREET IMPROVEMENT WORK SCHEDULED FOR THE WEEK OF [NEXT…

    • 601 Christian

Developers discovering underused zoning bonus for fresh food markets

When we last left the triangle lot at 601 Christian Street in January, the Zoning Board of Adjustment had rejected a variance request from developers Dan Rosin and Rafi Licht for…

    • Foster + Partners

May 26: Planning Commission backs Foster + Partners hospital tower | ZBA approves Wharton St homes | Nine-story West Philly project

The introduction of Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown's container tax proposal into the mix in City Council seems to have thoroughly scrambled the politics of the soda tax. Jared Brey reports Council President…

    • SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel and Uber GM for PA John Feldman announce 40% off regional rail Uber deal

SEPTA announces discount program with Uber for rides to, from 11 regional rail stations

SEPTA announced a 14-week pilot program with Uber to provide discounted rides to and from 11 of SEPTA’s regional rail stations. The transportation providers held a press conference today at SEPTA’s…

    • Gardener Phil Forsyth in St. Bernard Community Garden, May 2016 | Max Marin

After dodging sheriff’s sale, community gardens look ahead to the Land Bank

Two long-tenured community gardens in West Philadelphia are breathing a temporary sigh of relief. For the second time in a few years, St. Bernard Community Garden in Cedar Park has narrowly…

    • One Riverside, April 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

May 25: Basciano blames | PREIT puts on Vegas show | Digging at Museum of the American Revolution

Carl Dranoff’s One Riverside was topped off this week, rising 22 floors at 25th and Locust along Schuylkill Banks. Alan Heavens reports “about 40 of the 68 units are spoken…

    • Public school funding advocates hold signs in protest before the start of the PPA meeting as security looks on

PPA lambasted by education advocates over recent amendments to UberX, Lyft legalization bill

If you go to Fairmount Park or Rittenhouse Square on one of these sunny afternoons, you’ll see some little children, running around, playing with nature’s toys—sticks and stones—and generally having a…

    • Conceptual plan for Lancaster Mews presented at Architectural Committee, May 2016

Lancaster Mews redevelopment gets architectural committee support

Lancaster Mews was designated historic in 2015 in response to a demolition threat. A developer was eyeing the block-sized lot, lined with late 19th century mixed-use buildings, and neighbors got wind…

    • Tommy Joshua, one of the founders of the North Philly Peace Park, gets ready to plant vegetables. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

Remaking Sharswood: A garden, a redevelopment plan, and a battle over who owns a neighborhood

Tommy Joshua was working in the garden when a guy from his neighborhood rode by on a bike and gave him some bad news. "Some dude, some like arbitrary man," Joshua…

    • PGW replacing pipelines

May 24: Gas utility legislation tied up in Harrisburg | Drueding Brothers renovation | Chickens victorious

Legislation to renew Pennsylvania's One Call System of gas utility regulations, which expires at the end of the year, is tied up in a political morass in Harrisburg, Andrew Maykuth reports.…

    • Chinese Cultural Center, 125 N. 10th Street, May 2016

Conservatorship approved to stabilize Chinese Cultural Center

The Chinese Cultural Center’s richly ornamented, timeworn façade lords over 10th Street just north of the Friendship Gate. It is one of Chinatown’s most expressive buildings, but its wood balconies and…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

May 23: Uber tax amended to stiff School District | Preserving The Gallery's inclusivity | Crash not accident

Matt Richtel at the New York Times looks at the increasingly successful campaign by street safety advocates to get state DOTs and journalists to use the word "crash" instead of "accident"…

    • Robert and Barbara Latimore | Max Marin

Years after eminent domain in Hawthorne trauma lingers for some

Long before the Philadelphia Housing Authority set out to remake Sharswood, it rebuilt a section of Hawthorne, a neighborhood tucked just east of Broad below South Street. Hawthorne’s public housing…

    • Volunteers cut up wood during a

'Blitz Build' gives Sharswood's 100 year old Athletic Rec Center a makeover

A recreation center in North Philadelphia got an extreme makeover this week, thanks to a group of architects who were in town for an annual conference.  Athletic Recreation Center was built…

    • President's House
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: President's House

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • City Council Members Allan Domb, Bobby Henon and Helen Gym (L to R) at the start of the Bike Coalition's Bike to Work Day ride/Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

At 22nd Annual Bike to Work Day, Council members express support for protected bike lanes

A group of around 50 cyclists celebrated Bike to Work Day with a group ride organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia from the University of Pennsylvania to Dilworth Park…

    • Pat Toomey

May 20: Philly population growth beating estimates | State boards shoots down solar curbs | Toomey goes after CDBG funding

The latest Census population estimates for 2015 were released yesterday, showing Philly's population grew by 5,880 people, from 1,561,562 in 2014 to 1,567,442 in 2015. The Philadelphia 2035 plan [PDF] projected…

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Will your street get repaved? Check out this week’s resurfacing list

Every Friday, the Philadelphia Streets Department releases a list of roads it plans to resurface starting the next week. Usually, PlanPhilly tries to come up with some sort of lighthearted and…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Pew: Four percent of Philadelphia census tracts gentrified from 2000-2014

How much gentrification is really taking place in Philadelphia, and how much are residents worrying about this? In neighborhoods surrounding Center City and University City, the sense of rapid change is…

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