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    • Women's March, Philadelphia, January 21, 2017 | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

January 23: Women's Marches | Rittenhouse Hotel | "Gentrification"

There’s a Nor’easter blowing through this morning, so expect blustery and wet weather through the day and a few challenges getting around. This morning’s regional rail commute was complicated by…

    • 5th and Bainbridge | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

January 20: Inauguration Day events | Immigration action | Data archiving

Today is Inauguration Day for Donald Trump. Barack Obama inherited a very different America in 2008. NPR shares dozens of stats on unemployment, wage gaps, GDP, confidence, and more for a…

    • Natalie Nixon | Emma Lee / WHYY

Speaking for the public: Natalie Nixon's emerging voice on the Art Commission

At an Art Commission meeting last November, the assembled appointees were considering a school district proposal to expand the overburdened Mayfair Elementary school in the lower Northeast. There are 1,400…

    • New College House | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

January 19: Bike lane tickets | NJ must provide affordable housing | 2016 was hottest

Motorists continue to use Philadelphia’s 230 miles of bike lanes as parking lanes, loading zones, and other unauthorized stops. Philly Voice reports PPA and the Philadelphia Police have issued an increasing…

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What's behind PATCO’s recent spate of train cancellations?

It has been a rough couple of weeks for PATCO riders. On Tuesday, five trains were cancelled or had their trips shortened due to equipment problems, plus another canceled thanks to…

    • Conceputual rendering of Drexel Square at Schuylkill Yards

Planning Commission hears community concerns, supports rezoning for first phase of Schuylkill Yards

Jerry Sweeney breezed through a presentation he’s given dozens of times before: Brandywine Realty Trust’s vision for a new 14-acre, $3.5 billion “innovation district” just west of 30th Street Station: Schuylkill…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Philly joining private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use 50% by 2030

In a policy framework for advancing green building in Philadelphia published in January, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) announced that it’s leading the formation of Philadelphia 2030 District, a…

    • University City District's popular Porch would see continued improvements under the 30th Street Station District Plan

January 18: 30th Street Station plan wins AIA award | Society Hill Acme rumble | Knight Cities Challenge finalists

More than 4,500 applicants proposed civic innovation projects that encouraged either talent, engagement, or opportunity for the Knight Cities Challenge this year. Of the 144 challenge finalists, 20 of the selected…

    •  Christ Methodist Episcopal Church / Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist | Amy Lambert

Handful of West Philly properties designated historic, including wee district

Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission opened with the latest twist in the ongoing St. Laurentius saga, but otherwise the meeting proceeded in a fairly breezy fashion. Which is not…

    • What is your vision for the future? January 17, 2017
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Philly gets its own sticky-note 'subway therapy' just before Inauguration Day

Just like in the New York City subway, sticky-note messages have started to accumulate on a tile wall in the concourse between Septa’s City Hall Station and Suburban Station. The…

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Planning Commission celebrates citizen planners, equitable planning

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s annual progress report and celebration for Citizens Planning Institute participants held last week was themed “Planning Together Growing Together,” focusing on parks and the power of…

    • No sitting on wall | Emma Lee / WHYY

January 17: Vision Zero tension | Sittenhouse | Recording lost buildings and the present

The objective of Vision Zero is to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries through street design changes, education, and enforcement. Jason Laughlin lays out some of the frictions in the ongoing debate…

    • St. Laurentius' interior, January 2017, courtesy of Philadelphia Historical Commission

Interior nomination for St. Laurentius withdrawn

Friday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission added the latest complication to the ongoing saga of St. Laurentius church. The Fishtown site took up an hour of debate and ended with…

    • Kite and Key / Emma Lee

Proposal to transform base of Ben Franklin Bridge trips at the start

A few years ago, planners from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) approached the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) with an idea: Monument Plaza, the barren concrete pedestal for Isamu Noguchi’s sometimes…

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    • Every which way tomorrow waits | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group

January 12: Chao hearing | Pencoyd Bridge | Faith & Liberty

Streetsblog found Elaine Chao, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Transportation, vague at her confirmation hearing. Chao repeated that she would look in into continuation of current transit projects, recognizing that “passenger…

    • 9th Street Market: Tortilleria and Talluto's, and customers of every ethnicity | Domenic Vitiello
Eyes on the Street

What does unauthorized immigration and sanctuary mean for Philly’s revival?

Community Contributor Domenic Vitiello makes the case for why immigration of all sorts is important to Philadelphia’s revitalization and what believing in being a sanctuary city means. Vitiello studies immigration and…

    • Planner David Fecteau discussing zoning changes with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, January 2017

Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

    • Reed Estates: looking east on Reed | JKRP Architects, January '17 CDR

Mixed design review for projects in Brewerytown, Pennsport, Roxborough, South Kensington, and Logan Square

January’s Civic Design Review kicked off 2017 with a bang. During the course of the almost three-and-a-half-hour meeting, the experts on the panel tried to shame a developer into building a…

    • Dentzel carousel at Please Touch Museum

January 11: Carousel history | City compost | Street design and equity

GroJLart unearths the history of G.A. Dentzel Carousel Company at Broad Street, Erie and Germantown avenues. Dentzel, a German immigrant, hired master Italian and German sculptors and established what would…

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