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    • 401 Race Street | Barton Partners

At 4th and Race, design review committee wants a little gravitas

“You are on the most historic acre in the United States,” said Cecil Baker, pounding his hand against the conference table. “This is not a place for broken-down architecture.” Baker, an…

    • Poltergeist
    • A Google Maps image shows 1140 S. 24th St. before it was demolished. (Photo via GoogleMaps)

Philly L&I chief defends demolition without permit

Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams is defending his decision last year to allow a contractor to tear down a decaying South Philadelphia building without a demolition permit. New rules…

    • Bethlehem Greenway

July 6: Philly becomes largest US city to legalize AirBnB | Illegal demolition | Legacy of Rails to Trails

Everybody seemed fixated on the hotel tax aspect of this story, but the bigger issue is that Philly is now the largest US city to legalize AirBnB, and without much…

    • Wissahickon Valley Park

More woodlands to be added to Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park could grow by six acres this fall if City Council authorizes the city to accept a donation of undeveloped land from the Natural Lands Trust. A bill allowing…

    • El Corazón Cultural Center interior rendering | courtesy of WRT
Eyes on the Street

Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of the last decade, the 40-year old arts and education group…

    • Lancaster Avenue

Your PhillyPlans: Design Advocacy Group on Lancaster Ave, Taxi Taco Tuesday, Nerd Nite turns 5

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important happenings from our events page, and you can sign up here to get…

    • Navy Yard

July 4: Officials deny Pope fence plan | Navy Yard Starchitecture | Designalizing Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle

Developing: NBC10's sources say Center City will be fenced off, with an 8-foot tall fence, during the Pope's visit, but officials are now denying that to Katie Colaneri. There…

    • SEPTA Route 23 and old trolley tracks. www.phillytrolley.org

Streetsplainer: There’s no trolley, so why the tracks?

Sometimes, bicycling around a city can make you feel a little like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. What’s a rolling boulder compared to a Ford Excursion rolling…

    • Colossal hand and torch 'Liberty' | Philadelphia: Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. | Library Company of Philadelphia
Eyes on the Street

LENS: Liberty for Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and to celebrate we close out this week with a dip into the Library Company of Philadelphia’s image collection for this…

    • Point Breeze pop-up

July 2: After the Point Breeze pop-up garden | Indego's inclusive advertising | PA's new outdoor recreation plan

Of the large US regions with over 250,000 people, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Baltimore have the highest disparities between neighborhoods, according to a new Urban Institute study. What actually happens when…

    • Ultrasonic device

Cheap ultrasonic device could help Philly police enforce PA's safe passing law

Bicycle advocacy groups have enjoyed a string of successes pushing state legislatures around the country to adopt safe passing laws, but getting those laws enforced is hard, both for political and…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

PennDOT to resurface 22 miles of Philly streets starting July 6

Summer construction season is in full swing around Philadelphia, and PennDOT is about to dive in. PennDOT announced Wednesday evening that  will start repairing and resurfacing 22 miles of Philadelphia interstate…

    • Panel at Speak Easy Forum

Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure: A recap and resource kit

Under pressure. So describes the state of Philadelphia’s streets, where the competing interests of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and delivery trucks often boil over into shouting matches and recriminations. As with anything…

    • Sidepaths

July 1: Lessons from the tax lien sale | Verdant Temple | Philly From Above

Governor Tom Wolf vetoed the Republican legislature's budget, which contained none of his three key priorities. If we're judging by the number of tax liens sold, the city's tax lien…

    • The Royal's masonry is in fragile condition due to mortar loss and extensive biogrowth.

Royal Theater's reuse not feasible without subsidy

After 45 years of vacancy, is the historic Royal Theater so far gone that its reuse is no longer feasible? The Royal’s owners will have to convince the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

    • Mt. Airy planning group / (Courtesy of Kyasha Tyson)

Mt. Airy residents begin talks on 10-year plan

Where do you see your neighborhood in 10 years? That's what Mt. Airy residents discussed on Wednesday evening during the Mt. Airy 2025 Visioning Workshop, the first step in a project…

    • An X-shaped table could be for lunch or conferences
Eyes on the Street

Central Green gives Navy Yard creative commons

Over the last 10 years we’ve come to expect unabashedly contemporary commercial architecture, green urban design, and progressive adaptive reuse projects at the Navy Yard. Now the freshly finished Central Green,…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

A matter of opinion in Fishtown: St. Laurentius estimates

As the battle over the fate of St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown moves into its next phase, a common paradox in preservation debates arises again: dueling estimates. Professionals hired by the…

    • The view from the Hendricks Gin blimp

June 30: PA House eyes ending sunset for red light cams | Mt. Airy 2025 kick-off | 9,000 sqft beer garden

A new AP-GFK poll shows that while a majority of Americans still prefer suburban living, about 44% are open to more urban living situations, and about four in ten want…

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