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    • Pearl Properties | 1906 Chestnut Boyd

Committee approves designs for new building next to Boyd Theater

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architecture committee voted on Tuesday to approve plans for a new commercial building on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street in Center City, in between the former…

    • Goldtex

Philly is quickly gobbling up new apartment buildings

Last year, a lot of writers were wondering whether Philly was experiencing a multi-family construction bubble. There's been a lot of multi-family residential construction, mostly concentrated around greater Center City, over…

    • Play Space

July 28: Neighborhood Transformation Initiative endgame | Three traits of walkable neighborhoods | Point Breeze pop-up back again

What we know about the endgame for the unspent NTI money. Should we have a local neighborhood exchange program for the Pope visit? The House of Correction is falling apart in…

    • The Commission has placed the current fire house at 101 W. Highland Ave. on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, ensuring protection against future alterations.

Historic designation will bring new fire station to Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 will finally have a new parking spot, thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The Commission has placed the current fire house at…

    • Pope Francis

Nutter: Papal security maps on internet are false

Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference today denying the validity of maps circulating on social media that purported to show security zone plans for the Papal visit September 26th and…

    • Convention Center rendering

July 27: Momentarily accurate #PopeFence map | Williams fooled by mortgage scam | 25 years of ADA

Are Bill Green and Sam Katz going to run as a slate for City Council's two minority party At-Large seats? Ryan Briggs reports Anthony Williams was the victim of a sophisticated…

    • The redesigned Walnut Street Bridge has wider sidewalks, better pedestrian lighting, and (soon) a buffered bike lane. Construction will be finished this week.

Planning Commission takes a small stand for the sidewalk

“Sidewalks, their bordering uses, and their users, are active participants in the drama of civilization versus barbarism in cities.” - Jane Jacobs Expeditious but inviting, leaderly but democratic, and with a…

    • Accessibility activists gather on July 2 to witness Philadelphia's introduction of new wheelchair accessible taxis. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Parking Authority pushes for more wheelchair accessible cabs, taxis push back

When George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago, it was a watershed moment for anyone with mobility issues. Before the ADA, society everywhere…

    • Schuylkill River Boardwalk. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

USA TODAY’s 10Best: Schuylkill River Trail wins Readers’ Choice award for best urban trail

The Schuylkill River Trail is the Circuit’s longest trail and the region’s most heavily used multi-use, recreation and commuter trail. A panel of travel and outdoor recreation experts nominated 20 trail…

    • The Bridge, 205 Race | Brown Hill Development

After a long road, 205 Race project expected to break ground

As Philly Mag and The Inquirer both reported this week, Brown Hill Development will finally break ground next next month on a 148-unit apartment complex at 2nd and Race streets in…

    • My Prerogative

July 24: Brandywine's plans for Market West | Accolades for Tacony | Beautiful highway noise barriers

If you're headed down the shore this weekend, don't forget to bring our big Councilmanic Prerogative report with Pew for some beach reading. Dave Davies talks to some ex-City Councilmen who…

    • City Hall | Jeremy Marshall, EOTS Flickr Group

Three big things we learned from Pew's report on Councilmanic prerogative

This week, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report detailing the history and impacts of a political tradition known locally as Councilmanic prerogative. The term refers to a practice, which isn’t…

    • Philly Closed

Papal event consultants confirming Ben Franklin Bridge closure, seeking I-95 shutdown and expanded security perimeter

We'll have a proper report out of this morning's Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting later on today, but first, let's get to the latest news on the Papal visit. Michael…

    • Hale Building

July 23: Our stubborn tax delinquency problem | History of the Hale Building | Lehigh Ave protected bike lane

Tax delinquency is still on the rise, reports Patrick Kerkstra. Head over to Citified for a rundown of the depressing numbers.  For Throwback Thursday, it's always a good time to…

    • Some crosswalk buttons are placebos. (Jim Saksa/PlanPhily)

Streetsplainer: Do crosswalk buttons do anything?

Is it control you have, or just the illusion of control? When temperatures spike across Pennsylvania, many office drones, complaining about rigid dress codes and vacationing bosses, will turn to their…

    • Pope Francis

PPA executive reveals Papal plans: 700,000 on the parkway, security perimeter around Center City, SEPTA bus suspensions and more

Philadelphians thinking about renting out their homes for the Pope’s weekend visit on September 26th and 27th might want to consider tacking on that Friday: That’s when the most—if not all—of…

    • Save Our Church sign on St. Laurentius, March 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

St. Laurentius: Score one for the Underdogs

In this Community Contributor piece longtime PlanPhilly advisor and Fishtown native Michael Greenle reflects on the recent designation of St. Laurentius Church as historic, and what this underdog's victory means.  Growing…

    • Greyhound Bus Terminal at 10th and Filbert

Papal visit will terminate Greyhound’s terminal, and some bus companies haven’t been told

It will be difficult to get around Philadelphia when the Holy Father visits the City of Brotherly Love for the World Meeting of the Families. Many streets will be closed, and…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge
    • 1213 N. 5th | Harman Deutsch

Commission approves two housing projects on 5th Street

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved plans on Tuesday for two major housing developments scheduled for N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties and South Kensington. The projects, at Fairmount and just…

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