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    • Live! Hotel and Casino | BLT Architects

Councilman Johnson introduces rezoning for South Philly casino

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday morning that would allow Cordish Companies to build its proposed Live! Hotel and Casino at the sports complex in South Philadelphia. The company,…

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October 8: A make-or-break month for the S.S. United States | 5th Street protected bike lane | Feds support road diets

The S.S. United States, parked across from Ikea in South Philly, has until the end of the month to to raise the money for a development plan created just last year, reports The…

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Are alleys the next frontier in Philly placemaking?

William West has a grading scale for the filthiness of Center City’s narrow, often dumpster-choked alleys. His taxonomy of crud: F - Functional. A place to stow cars or stash trash.…

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October 7: Foreclosure notices on autopilot | Unblocking bike lanes | Flipping Levittown | Hoverboards

All eyes on Harrisburg today as Tom Wolf's revenue plan finally gets a full floor vote before the Republican-controlled legislature. David Hess has the full specs on the plan.  Philly's mortgage…

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Toll Brothers pursuing condo project at Society Hill Playhouse

Three groups of neighbors in the area surrounding 8th and Lombard streets in Washington Square West are staunchly opposed to a proposal that would see Society Hill Playhouse and a two-story…

    • Coworking spaces | Center City District

How is the rise of co-working spaces shaping Philly's real estate market?

One of the big recent commercial real estate storylines has been the steady growth in the number of coworking offices opening in greater Center City. Though the momentum seems to have…

    • Live! Hotel and Casino, 10th Street Parking Lot | BLT Architects

Commission approves master plan for South Philly casino

The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to approve a master plan for the proposed Live! Hotel and Casino planned for the sports complex in South Philadelphia. The Commission’s approval was…

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New labor agreement could jumpstart Land Bank

The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation has reached a labor agreement with a bargaining unit representing 31 of its employees, the agency announced on Tuesday. The agreement is the last of four…

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DesignPhiladelphia picks: October 8-16

The 11th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival invites us to SHIFT our thinking about the design of our city and its design community. The festival, running from October 8-16, offers plenty of chances…

    • I-95, our very own waterfront highway. | photo by Bradley Maule, 2009

October 6: Why national retailers like Chestnut Street | urban-suburban hybrid in Bensalem | Free bus wifi

This River Renaissance project in Bensalem, as described by Angelly Carrion, is an interesting example of the sort of hybrid urban-suburban “town center” development that’s becoming more common in the…

    • Joe Casey, flanked by Sen. Bob Casey and FTA Admin Rogoff

Exit Interview: Outgoing SEPTA GM Joe Casey

After 34 years at SEPTA, the last (nearly) eight as General Manager, Joe Casey officially retired on September 30th. Not that he’s going anywhere far: Casey is just moving down the…

    • Sen. Bob Casey (from left), union president John Johnson, Casey and Rogoff tour City Hall.

Exit Interview: Outgoing SEPTA GM Joe Casey (Long Version)

After 34 years at SEPTA, the last (nearly) eight as General Manager, Joe Casey officially retired on September 30th. Not that he’s going anywhere far: Casey is just moving down the…

    • 1300 Fairmount | Cope Linder Architects

Board approves supermarket and apartments behind Divine Lorraine

Philadelphia’s zoning board voted last week to approve plans for a major development at 1300 Fairmount Avenue, behind the Divine Lorraine. The project, from RAL Development Services of New York, would…

    • Panelists discussed extending the Broad Street Line past the AT&T station

October 5: Three cheers for the Broad Street Line | PA Turnpike at 75 | Chaka Fattah backs Open Streets

Sandy Smith says the Broad Street Line was the star of the Papal Visit, easily swallowing larger crowds than it had ever handled prior to the Pope visit. Check out…

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October 2: Bass proposes revenues for traffic calming | CyclePhilly app wins national award | Spurning mid-rise for mansions

Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduced a bill establishing a new $5 vehicle registration fee that Act 89 gives counties the option to levy, reports Greta Iverson. The proceeds, which are required to…

    • Toynbee Tile at 34th and Chestnut

Philly’s Toynbee Tiles are slowly dying out. Will the Streets Dept. be able to resurrect a few?

The Streets Department cares about Philly’s street art. No, I’m not talking about Streets Dept., the photographer with 143,000 followers on Instagram, although Mr. Benner obviously cares a little bit…

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Mayor Nutter: Philly should make Open Streets a regular, maybe even monthly, event

In an interview with PlanPhilly, Mayor Michael Nutter said that the temporary automobile ban that accompanied security preparations for the papal visit should become a “regular” event. “I think we can…

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October 1: Nutter backs Open Streets PHL | The future of New Urban Mechanics | Philly's first co-house

Governing Magazine wonders if New Urban Mechanics programs are going to get lost in the Mayoral transition in Philly and some other cities.  In response to the positive reaction to car-free…

    • Pedestrian Crash Locations

Three takeaways from NYC DOT's Vision Zero Talk at DVRPC

We've been covering pedestrian safety issues a lot over the past year as the Vision Zero issue has made its way into the election year conversation. Simply put, that's the idea…

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September 30: Philly's deep poverty problem | No traffic box for DNC | Nap pods

Among the 10 largest US cities, Philly has the highest deep poverty rate, reports Alfred Lubrano, affecting about 186,000 people, or 12.3% of the city’s population. Claudia Vargas reports the…

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