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    • Walkable Jobs

Philly gets high marks on walkable access to jobs. What policies support that?

Back in March I wrote about the concept of "location efficiency," which has been gaining some traction in the federal and state governments as a way to measure affordability. The basic…

    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

Planning Commission approves zoning, streets tweaks for Gallery project

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted this week to approve a handful of bills that remove obstacles to the redevelopment of the Gallery on Market East. The redevelopment envisioned by PREIT…

    • 3600 Lancaster

May 22: Kenney's planning politics | Mass transit retirements | Saffron pans the Boyd tower

Apropos of Ashley Hahn's questions about a potential Mayor Kenney's orientation on planning politics, here are five episodes we highlighted back in January that shed some light on his core values.…

    • Winterfest begets Summerfest / Emma Lee, WHYY

With change of season, parks popping up all over Philly

In Philadelphia, Memorial Day weekend is not just the unofficial start of summer, but the start of pop-up season, when temporary public parks begin popping up. One of the most successful…

    • Councilman Jim Kenney
Eyes on the Street

How will Kenney adopt and adapt Nutter's unfinished work? Six questions:

That sound you heard from City Hall Thursday was mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Mayor Michael Nutter mending fences. Though relations between the St. Joe’s prep classmates and former council…

    • Parking Meters

PPA okays pay-by-phone parking app, electric vehicle charging at PHL

The Philadelphia Parking Authority selected Pango USA as contractor for installing and implementing a pay-by-phone parking app. The company already provides similar services in Phoenix, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre. Philadelphia will be…

    • LandCare

May 21: Indego beating membership goals | Undercounting the transit constituency | 97% urban Philly

Why Philly's bikeable streets owe more to Thomas Holme than Michael Nutter.  Daniel Hertz says the focus on commuting patterns means we're drastically undercounting the constituency for transit. His chart…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: Applying for Fed. cash to reopen Franklin Square; Refurbished cars finally here; Ben Franklin Bridge track work ahead of schedule

The Delaware River Port Authority board authorized an application for a federal TIGER VII grant to fund reopening of the Franklin Square PATCO Station. The project would cost an estimated $28…

    • Utility box

Why the Streets Department doesn't put utility boxes underground

One reaction people had to Monday's post on the artfully-decorated utility boxes in Washington Square West and Queen Village was that the dressed up boxes look nicer now, but why do…

    • Viaduct Phase One | Studio Bryan Hanes

Planning Commission approves Reading Viaduct acquisition

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve a bill authorizing the city to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct for the development of a public park. Can you imagine…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Rancor rises over redevelopment of Mt. Sinai hospital

Will Collins says he’s never encountered something like this, not in his 25 years as a real estate developer. He’s disappointed. He’s hurt. Frankly, he feels betrayed. And he says his…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Cyclists, pedestrians lack a good crash reporting system

Jake Liefer was getting his morning workout in, bicycling down Gray’s Ferry Avenue towards 34th street, when it happened. Liefer, 30, was heading straight past a gas station. Low on gas,…

    • Jim Kenney

May 20: Kenney wins | Philly's first protected bike lane | PlanMaryland | Fergie Tower update

Jim Kenney won the Democratic Mayoral primary, essentially ensuring he'll become Philadelphia's next Mayor. Patrick Kerkstra and Holly Otterbein have the Big Think piece you're looking for on what it all…

    • 7777 State Road site context

UPDATED: Councilman delays vote on land purchase for prison replacement

UPDATED, Thurs., May 21:  On Thursday, Councilman Bobby Henon refrained from calling a vote on a bill he introduced that would authorize the city to negotiate for the purchase of a…

    • Update: Commonwealth Court upholds Dilworth House appeal

Dilworth House can be partly demolished, Court says

It’s been almost eight years since the Philadelphia Historical Commission ruled that the owners of the Dilworth House on Washington Square could remove a portion of the building and replace it…

    • Pittsburgh's East Busway serves 15 bus routes and more than 25,000 riders daily. Photo: ITDP

Plans for BRT-lite along Roosevelt Boulevard taking shape

According to a forthcoming study by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Request for Proposal from the Mayor’s Office for Transportation and Utilities for a “Roosevelt Boulevard Multimodal…

    • 227 Chestnut

May 19: Election Day!

Happy Election Day! Here are all the PlanPhilly articles to read if you're making a last-minute voting decision as a planning voter, and our Mayoral matchmaker tool. Here is Citified's voter…

    • Utility boxes

Center City's unsightly utility boxes are getting dressed up with public art

I had never noticed the ugly brown utility boxes generously distributed around Center City until I started hanging around Geoff Thompson of the This Old City blog last year, and ever…

    • Queen of Jeans

May 18: Amtrak service resumes | 33,000 Indego rides | Queen of Jeans

Amtrak Northeast Corridor service between Philly and New York has resumed, and SEPTA is running limited service to Trenton.  Amtrak has been ordered to deploy Positive Train Control at the…

    • Finnegan's Wake

Offices planned for Finnigan's Wake building at 3rd and Spring Garden

Once ranked among the top 25 douchiest bars in Philadelphia, Finnigan’s Wake, at 3rd and Spring Garden streets in Northern Liberties, is set to be converted into offices. On Thursday, Councilman…

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