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    • Streets Department Budget Hearing (From L to R: Dep. Comm. of Sanitation Carlton Williams, Comm. Donald Carlton, Dept. Comm. of Trans. Mike Carroll, Dep. Comm. of Admin. Christopher Newman)

Council largely skips Streets Department budget hearing

City Council had few pointed questions for the Streets Department brass at yesterday’s budget hearing. Instead, two less critical questions of the same flavor dominated: How can my district get more…

    • Divine Lorraine sign

May 3: Most abated properties see increase in tax liability | Shoup on Radio Times | Divine Lorraine pop-up

A analysis of OPA data from the City Controller Alan Butkovitz found that around 12,000 of the city's 15,000 abated properties will see a tax increase under the 2017 assessments, reports…

    • Penn Treaty Tower

May 2: Strong suburban jobs forecast | Penn Treaty Tower site up for auction | Best neighborhoods for car owners

On the heels of last week's 2016 State of Center City report showing continued weak job growth in the city relative to the region and our peer cities, Harold Brubaker writes…

    • Confucius Plaza bridging Vine Street Expressway

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation at 50

There’s a vacant cultural center — but it faces a lively parklet. There’s plenty of dim sum — yet it’s possible to enjoy craft cocktails at a not-so-hidden location that’s been…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Is your street on the list? Paving season rolls on

In theory, it’s spring right now. Sure, it’s been cold and overcast all week, but as far as calendars are concerned: springtime. Spring is a time for renewal and remaking. It’s…

    • Regional Rail Paoli/Thorndale

As SEPTA Key rolls out, how will weekend TransPass rides work?

At SEPTA’s operational budget hearings earlier this week, Douglas Diehl, a dedicated transit advocate familiar to those of us who frequent SEPTA’s sundry public meetings, asked a question that stumped…

    • Flag

April 29: Privatizing Franklin Square | Spruce Street Harbor Park returns | The case for a new flag

Should Philly consider replacing the city flag? Writing about a new flag proposal in Milwaukee, Linda Poon says flag redesign movements are sprouting up all over the U.S. to replace flags…

    • York and Jasper streets | Google Streetview

City Council approves Land Bank’s first two property transfers

City Council unanimously adopted a pair of resolutions today authorizing the Philadelphia Land Bank to make its first two property transfers. There is symbolism in the first pair of properties to…

    • Roofline and lighting detail

Reynolds Brown introduces bill requiring City to use LED lights

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown introduced legislation mandating the City of Philadelphia to install LED lighting during every major municipal renovation or new construction project. LED lights consume up to 90 percent…

    • Open Streets

Councilman Johnson schedules hearings for Open Streets initiative

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution today calling for a hearings on the Open Streets initiative in Philadelphia. Johnson expressed support for the initiative, which aims to close long stretches of…

    • philadelphia sculpture gym

April 28: New coalition opposes Philly ride-hailing carve-out | ZBA punts on Broad and Washington | Sculpture Gym closing

A new coalition called Driving Philly Forward, which includes Pennsylvania Parents Against Impaired Driving, Developing in Excellence, MaST Community Charter School, the Philadelphia Beverage Association, and right-leaning advocacy groups like the…

    • Center City

Takeaways from the 2016 State of Center City report

Center City District released their annual State of Center City report [PDF] Thursday, and while there are no major surprises about the trajectory of Philadelphia’s central business district—-up, up, and away!—-there…

    • Storefront businesses

Maps: Which Philly neighborhoods have the most storefront businesses?

As the Kenney administration develops its strategy for neighborhood commercial corridors beyond Center City, a new Storefront Index created by City Observatory could provide a helpful way of visualizing the…

    • The firm of Venturi and Rauch designed this simple but expressive facade for the home of Venturi's mother.
    • Jane's Walk '15
Eyes on the Street

May 6-8: Join us for Jane's Walk 2016

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.”  ― Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities What’s inspiring in…

    • The 19th Street Baptist Church could get emergency repair work soon.

False demolition fears at 19th Street Baptist Church

As word circulated Monday that a demolition notice was posted on the door of 19th Street Baptist Church, hearts sank among its faithful and preservationists concerned with the church’s fate. The…

    • Passengers fear they won't be able to afford CCT service if SEPTA raises fares

Riders applaud fiscal management, air grievances at SEPTA operating budget hearing

As they have and will throughout this week of public hearings, a few members of the public provided SEPTA’s budget examiners feedback on the authority’s proposed annual operating budget and…

    • 1111 S Broad St

April 26: Why traffic court is on the ballot | Surface parking for 21st and Market | Play Space winners

Happy Election Day! Laura Benshoff explains why we have to vote on abolishing Philadelphia Traffic Court... even though it's already been abolished. "It amounts to a formality, but Philadelphia's Traffic Court…

    • Point Breeze pop-up

April 25: WSJ on Philly open data | NJ gas tax debate | Point Breeze pop-up, Round II

The Christie administration and legislative Democrats still can't reach agreement on a plan to raise the state gas tax to replenish New Jersey's fast-draining transportation trust fund, says Samantha Marcus. Philadelphia…

    • Historic Building Elevation Survey, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers | Source: PHMC, Jeremy Young

Philadelphia to be first big city with disaster plan to protect historic buildings

In a city whose identity is so closely associated with its historic sites, the effects of climate change and storms like Katrina and Sandy pose nightmare scenarios. What would Philadelphia be…

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