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    • Below Benjamin Franklin Bridge | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

PPA faces Fenerty fallout, hikes lot rates in Center City, pursues lot below Ben Franklin Bridge

Before the pack of impatient reporters who attended Thursday morning’s meeting of the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board could ask questions about former Executive Director Vince Fenerty’s resignation, after two counts…

    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

September 29: Gallery getting long-awaited RACP funds | Judge invalidates DRPA contract | Parking demand

After a budget logjam, Governor Wolf’s office is expected to announce $10 million Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) for the overhaul of the Gallery, reports Jacob Adelman. "It's critical because…

    • Uber protest | Emma Lee, WHYY

Uber and Lyft illegal again in Philly, as General Assembly lets temporary authorization sunset

The General Assembly entered into recess on Wednesday without extending the temporary legalization of Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft in Philadelphia, which ends on Friday. Starting Saturday, ride-hailing…

    • Zoning Board of Adjustment hearing, Jewelers' Row, Sept. 28, 2016 | Jake Blumgart, PlanPhilly

Zoning Board hears arguments over Jewelers' Row permits, continues hearing to next week

A Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) meeting ended in acrimony on Wednesday afternoon, as the body decided to continue hearing the case about whether the Toll Brothers adequately posted signage about…

    • 704-708 Sansom Street, Jewelers Row, September 2016

Support for preservation-minded solutions at Jewelers' Row

It’s hard to imagine there is an RCO in Philadelphia with more architects among its membership than the Washington Square West Civic Association. At Tuesday night’s meeting of the community group’s…

    • Twenty-four of SEPTA's Broad Street and Market Frankford Line stations lack token vending machines

September 28: No DNC deficit | SEPTA token elegy | Call for city courage on Jewelers' Row

Katie Colaneri breaks down the $85 million raised for this summer’s Democratic National Convention and reports that the city isn’t stuck paying any extra bills. "This will be the first Democratic…

    • Trains to New Jersey

PATCO board member resigned from board, takes PATCO executive job

Rohan Hepkins resigned as a commissioner on the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and PATCO boards in February, to “pursue career opportunities that may be in conflict with his position on…

    • New L&I tool to visualize 'unsafe' properties is part of departmental data release, upgrades

Department of Licenses & Inspections released new and improved public data sets

On Monday the Department of Licenses & Inspections released a press blast about 11 new and updated open data sets made available in advance of this past weekend’s Code for Philly…

    • Vince Fenerty (file) | Tom MacDonald / WHYY
    • Play Parklet | Rendering by Roofmeadow and Studio Ludo

September 27: Age of sustainable infrastructure | Obama Administration on zoning | Playable streetscapes

Both Clinton and Trump have said it’s time to reinvest in America’s infrastructure, but an opinion piece in the Boston Globe argues they’re not thinking big enough. Jeffrey Sachs, director of…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key begins Quick Trips; token replacement set for November

This week, SEPTA added another fare option to SEPTA Key, the payment card system that will eventually replace passes, tickets, and tokens. “Quick Trips” went on sale at kiosks in 18…

    • 2010 Wharton Zoning Hearing

What should Philly expect in a new Zoning Board chair?

During the 2015 mayoral race Jim Kenney expressed a desire to professionalize the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) and ensure that it operated in a fair and “speedier” fashion. In almost…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

Despite big crowds, first Philly Free Streets falls short of city’s stated goals

On Saturday, thousands of Philadelphians on bike and foot crowded South Street, attracted by the road’s closure to automobiles for Philly Free Streets. Children skipped, couples strolled, and bicyclists noted the…

    • Rick Magder in Sister Cities Park

Meet Rick Magder, Fairmount Park Conservancy's new director

Rick Magder hadn’t been in his new position as executive director of Fairmount Park Conservancy (FPC) a week and already he was up and running. Literally. Just five days into the…

    • Interior, North Portal, City Hall | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
    • Garden advocates outside City Hall, September 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Urban agriculture leaders ask for citywide commitments to garden preservation and creation

More than one hundred urban farmers and food justice advocates, some of them with cardboard signs in the shape of carrots, tomatoes, and eggplants, attended the first Philadelphia City Council hearing…

    • Frank Schaffer, diamond cutter
Eyes on the Street

Lens: Inside FGS Gems on Jewelers' Row

It’s been about six weeks since news broke that the Toll Brothers wanted to build a 16-story story condo tower on Jewelers’ Row. Since then a few storeowners have been thrust…

    • Schuylkill River | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

September 23: Schuylkill gone green | Transfer tax loophole | Holdout houses | Blame the banks

Why is the Schuylkill glowing green? Elana Gordon reports it’s not slime, its duckweed, a small aquatic plant encouraged by this summer’s dry, warm weather. Most dams and canals along the…

    • Chinatown parking lot

City to weigh 'social impact' of development proposals on public land

The Redevelopment Authority will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race streets on Friday morning. The parcel is 140,000 square feet, a vast…

    • New Route 2 extension during peak hours to Wayne Junction Station

SEPTA Board approves changes to Routes 2, 310

SEPTA considered 187 proposed changes to its transit routes this year, but just two made the final cut: Extending Route 2 to Wayne Junction Station, and splitting Route 310’s long loop…

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