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Q&A with Jane Jacobs biographer Robert Kanigel

This is the year of Jane Jacobs, or at least the year of books about her. 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of her birth and there has been a resultant…

    • The Royal was once the queen of west South Street.

October 26: Royal Theater changes developers | Innovation architecture | Ghost tours

South Street’s Royal Theater waits again, reports Jacob Adelman. Carl Dranoff and Kenny Gamble recently sold the historic theater to Robert Roskamp, a developer who splits time between Florida and…

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Committee supports 6 historic nominations, from Lancaster Ave to La Salle’s campus, 6 requests for continuances

The nominations of two Jewelers’ Row buildings as historic took top billing at Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, which voted to support their designation. After hearing…

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As Harrisburg legalizes Uber/Lyft, Parking Authority contemplates how to regulate them

“The bottom line is: The regulation of taxi cabs is changing now, and it’s going to change forever.” Dennis Weldon, general counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), made this declaration…

    • Summer Parham, 16, and Juanita Marrero, 15, are in the Construction program at A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Building women’s skills by helping low-income women repair their homes

Summer Parham, 16, an 11th grader from A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, thinks most women are afraid of grabbing power-tools to repair or renovate their own homes.…

    • Rittenhouse Square | Jim Saksa

October 25: Ride-hailing bill awaits Wolf signature | Rittenhouse Square safety | Viva Minerva

A bill legalizing ride-hailing operations in Philadelphia awaits Governor Tom Wolf’s signature. As the Business Journal’s Alison Burdo writes the bill doesn’t grant transportation network companies (TNC) the ability to operate…

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SEPTA and transit union remain far apart on major issues, daily negotiations to avert a strike begin

SEPTA’s labor contract with its largest union expires at midnight on October 31st—Halloween— and if Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 doesn’t get a new deal by then, November 1st will…

    • Can Point Breeze find common ground? 

October 24: Frankford CDC's new HQ | $100k for Point Breeze Ave | Kenney on Big Soda

Frankford CDC is moving to the old Doral building at Frankford Avenue and Paul Street, near the Arrott Transportation Center, part of the CDC’s work to help anchor and improve the…

    • 9th Street Stock Exchange: Vintage fiction from Molly’s Books and Records inside Fante’s Kitchen Shop | Catalina Jaramillo

Art project asks 9th Street Market vendors to get into each other’s business

The relationship between Italians and Mexicans in the Italian Market, as described by Raúl Aguilar, owner of Los Amigos, a 7-year-old meat market in 9th and Montrose streets, goes like this:…

    • Part of Jewelers' Row to be demolished by Toll Bros., August 2016

Committee supports designation of two threatened Jewelers' Row buildings

On Friday morning the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation voted unanimously to recommend the nominations of 706 and 704 Sansom Street to the local historic register. The full Philadelphia…

    • At Third and Green streets in Northern Liberties, new homes abut old. | Emma Lee/WHYY

October 21: Whole Foods, architectural afterthought | Recycling misunderstandings | NoLibs remade

Inga Saffron finds everything at the new Whole Foods at 22nd and Hamilton, except good design. “The finished version demonstrates how far Philadelphia developers have come in understanding how cities work,…

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Hispanic and Asian communities frustrated by city's fair housing assessment process

This summer Philadelphia’s housing agencies began collecting data for a forthcoming plan to address segregation and fair housing in the city. The results of the federally-required initiative are not yet available,…

    • The Edward Corner building at Delaware and Shackamaxon formerly housed a marine supply company.

October 20: Edward Corner reuse | Basciano on 22nd and Market | Redlining's roots

Legislation legalizing ride-hailing in Philly passed the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday afternoon, with a 1.4 percent tax on all rides. The Inquirer reports the Senate could vote on it next week.…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge - January 20, 2013. Paul Drzal.

Governor Wolf to veto DRPA reform bill over senate confirmation of appointees

Governor Tom Wolf will veto a bill passed Tuesday aimed at reforming the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) over a single provision that would give the Pennsylvania State Senate confirmation power…

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Planning Commission denies four RCO appeals

At its October meeting, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission delayed the Schuylkill Yards project, approved a bill introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon to require more signage for projects requiring zoning variances,…

    • Passengers fear they won't be able to afford CCT service if SEPTA raises fares
    • The crowd grew anxious when Stutzman, left, appeared to spend more time speaking with Alperstein than with others

Bill to allow some PPA Board members to live outside Philadelphia advancing in Harrisburg

A bill that would let two of the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) six board members live outside of Philadelphia could come up for a final vote in Harrisburg on Wednesday. Currently,…

    • Cyclists avoid construction on Bike Coalition's annual Bike to Work Day celebratory ride/Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

Center City District reports show cycling up, drivers and cyclists agree potholes and blocked lanes are the worst

Traffic seemed terrible this morning. Cars on the Ben Franklin Parkway were stopped from 22nd Street to 20th Street, where ongoing construction diverts drivers before they can reach Logan Circle. After…

    • 21st Century Rowhouse - Brewerytown: Flexible House - by Uk Jung
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What should a 21st century Philly rowhouse be? Emerging designers answer

Last Thursday PlanPhilly and the Design Advocacy Group presented our take on this year’s DesignPhiladelphia theme – Home – with an event focused on Philly’s most common house type, the rowhouse.…

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