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    • Outdoor seating

Report: Huge growth for Center City outdoor seating

Every spring when the weather starts to warm up, it always seems like there are more restaurants with outdoor seating than the year before, and a new report confirms that's no…

    • 1300 Fairmount | Cope Linder Architects

Zoning board to consider project at 1300 Fairmount

Earlier this year, City Council passed an ordinance changing the zoning for a large vacant property at 1300 Fairmount Ave., behind the Divine Lorraine Hotel, which is being resurrected on North…

    • Official Papal Walking Map

Secret Service releases official Pope Map and banned item list

The Secret Service released a statement this afternoon listing the official pedestrian routes for all of the papal visit events, as well as a list of items that will be banned…

    • Alan Butkovitz

Butkovitz reports businesses frustrated with papal visit logistics

City Controller Alan Butkovitz held a press conference today to criticize Mayor Michael Nutter’s communications with businesses in advance of the papal visit. Citing a survey of hospitality businesses located within…

    • Produce will still be a priority for Italian Market stands.

September 2: Displacement worries on 9th Street | Divine Lorraine pop-up shop | Charles Barkley's civic strategy

An Al Dia editorial worries about Mexican businesses being displaced when the Ice and Coal lot on 9th Street is redeveloped.  There's going to be a Divine Lorraine pop-up shop starting…

    • Temple Library | Snøhetta

Design committee has high praise for new Temple library

“Sophisticated poetry.” That’s what Cecil Baker, the bard of Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review Committee, had to say about the design of Temple University’s new library. “Where have you been?” he asked…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Developers say Mt. Sinai demolition will start this month

Greg Hill said he expects to start doing asbestos remediation work inside the vacant Mt. Sinai hospital at 4th and Reed streets within a few weeks and demolishing the century-old structure…

    • RiverLink Ferry

Riverlink Ferry to run extended service during papal visit

Jesus may have walked on water, but pilgrims will be able to do the next best thing on their way to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis later this month: stand on…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

September 1: Fairmount Park Conservancy gets ArtPlace grant | Second-rate stopover | Land sparing | What planners don't know

Fairmount Park Conservancy won a $3 million ArtPlace America grant. Holly Otterbein unloads the snark on that Washington Post piece asking whether the Papal plans will reinforce Philly's imagine as "a…

    • Honest Tom's

August 31: Blackwell pulls food truck bill | PA's broken assessment system | PopeRide gains steam

PA, NJ, and DE are the only three states that don't require property reassessments on a regular timetable. Emily Previti at Keystone Crossroads says the average time period between county-initiated…

    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

Your PhillyPlans: Washington Ave restriping public meeting, Forgotten Chestnut Street walking tour, PennApps XII

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important events from our events page . Hosting an event? Submit it here and we’ll…

    • New swings at The Porch
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: The Porch gets its swings

Every great porch should have a swing, and at long last The Porch is getting its very own set. If you pop by The Porch at 30th Street Station this week…

    • Workers examine a sinkhole in Kensington. (Bobby Allyn/WHYY)

Sinkholes, another byproduct of Philly's aging infrastructure

James Stuckey is a deliveryman at Franco's Pizza at the corner of Tulip and East Huntingdon Streets in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood. Here's how he described the giant fissure that spontaneously spread…

    • 676 Construction | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
    • SEPTA Bus Routes and walking distances

SEPTA announces bus route changes for papal visit, still has regional rail passes available

We know what you’ve been thinking. “Hey, it’s been, like, two days since I saw a new papal visit map! What gives?” Have no fear, dear reader: SEPTA’s got you. At…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

August 27: Property assessment data release | L&I demo trouble | 4224 Baltimore timeline | One Water getting retail | Pricy Philly | EAT Cafe

Here's what we're reading today: Property assessment data is now up on Open Data Philly.  It will be updated twice weekly. Sadly this is only OPA data, not Revenue Department…

    • 218 Arch | Stephen Varenhorst Architects

Historical Commission to consider revived plans for development at 2nd and Arch

Another stalled development project in Old City is being revived, this time at 218 Arch Street. The site borders on historic Little Boy’s Court, which might be the oldest cobblestone street…

    • Construction is under way at 1720 Fairmount Avenue. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

Owners of Mt. Airy's Earth Bread + Brewery expand to Spring Garden

Construction is under way at 1720 Fairmount Avenue in the Spring Garden section of Philadelphia, where Mt. Airy's Tom Baker and Peggy Zwerver of Earth Bread + Brewery plan to open…

    • Pope Francis

California startup organizing more charter bus trips to Philly for papal visit

RYDE, a California startup company founded less than a year ago, announced last week that it will provide shuttle transportation services from nearby cities to Philadelphia for the papal mass on…

    • taxi philly city hall

PPA approves fourteen more wheelchair accessible taxis

The Philadelphia Parking Authority board voted to approve the sale of fourteen more wheelchair accessible vehicle (WAV) taxis. These were part of the 50 WAV medallions purchased at auction earlier this year.…

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