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    • The SS United States: Until the first blows fall

November 25: S.S. United States | Driving costs | Helmet safety | Construction industry labor shortage

A short reprieve has been granted for the S.S. United States, which is docked on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. The ship’s cycle of crisis and salvation gets shorter…

    • 601 Christian, Nov. 2015, looking northwest on Christian Street | Atkin Olshin Schade

5-story apartment building and restaurant proposed for vacant triangle property at 6th and Christian

Developers are hoping to build a 5-story apartment building with a ground-floor restaurant on a vacant, triangular property at the intersection of East Passyunk Avenue, 6th and Christian streets in Bella…

    • The firm of Venturi and Rauch designed this simple but expressive facade for the home of Venturi's mother.

Chestnut Hill to expand what qualifies as historic

Chestnut Hill is about to update its definition of "historic." Since the mid-1980s, the charming section of Northwest Philadelphia has been one of the largest historic districts on the National Register…

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Study shows Philly suffers from two of America’s worst highway bottlenecks

You don’t have to be John Butterworth to know that the Schuylkill Expressway between City Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard will be jam packed, or that traffic will be bumper to bumper…

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Praxis Dialogues: Designing for good

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • SEPTA Route 23 and old trolley tracks.

November 24: Longest bus route splits Sunday | Zoning and Inequality | Old City Marriott | 40th St. Trolley

Bus route 23, which runs from the bottom of South Philly to the crest of Chestnut Hill, will be split as of this Sunday, Philadelphia Magazine reports. The route is…

    • Washington and Passyunk, August 2015
Eyes on the Street

December 3: Vision Zero Conference ticket giveaway

Over the last year we’ve talked a lot about Vision Zero, the international policy movement geared at eliminating traffic deaths. The premise: Crashes are preventable. Mayor-elect Jim Kenney has endorsed…

    • VDOT Zig Zags

November 23: Kenney picks a Commerce Director | State troopers oppose speed cameras | Zig-zags and traffic calming

Harold T. Epps, President and CEO of the regional company PRWT Service, will be Jim Kenney's Commerce Director, reports Claudia Vargas. The latest round of top appointments will be announced at…

    • Demographics by Commute Types

Infographics: Who bikes, drives, walks, or rides transit to work in Philly?

Attitudes about transit riders, cyclists, and motorists are heavily tangled up in identity politics. In the absence of good information, stereotypes tend to color people's impressions about how different types of…

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Eyes on the Street

Mailbag: Preservationists respond

We received a lot of great feedback to Jared Brey’s story last week, “Out with the old, in with the old: Will Mayor Kenney take a new approach to preservation?…

    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

November 20: Washington Avenue 'edge lines' | DRPA's reverse congestion charge | Income-based water billing

Inga Saffron laments Southern Land Co's proposed demolition of three charming Sansom Street buildings near Rittenhouse, and wonders whether Jim Kenney "will be the mayor who finally recognizes that our three-century collection…

    • The collapse site from above, from the RiverWest Condominium's rooftop.

November 19: L+I won't release demolition safety plans | 85 SEPTA managers retiring | Dissatisfied Citizens and Enthusiastic Urbanists

Ashley Hahn has an important editorial up this morning on L+I's refusal to make demolition safety plans public, and this idea in particular deserves a serious look from the city.…

    • Single family houses with ground floor garages on 200 block of Arch

Council to vote on major zoning code amendments

Earlier this week, City Council’s Committee on Rules and the City Planning Commission both gave their approval to a 30-page bill making a host of changes to the zoning code. The…

    • PATCO entrance

Bridging a digital divide: DRPA creates digital communications position

“We gotta step up our game,” said Kyle Anderson, Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Director of Corporate Communications. That game: FarmVille on Facebook. Or maybe Mafia Wars. Or perhaps just a…

    • Demolition, Photo by Phillytrax
Eyes on the Street

Public deserves to know what's in demolition safety plans

The recent trial about the fatal demolition-related disaster at 22nd and Market streets revealed stark details about negligence, risky demolition decisions, and the human costs of putting speed over safety…

    • Outbound PATCO | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Franklin Square Station reopening advances as DRPA board approves 2016 capital budget

Johnny Doc’s dream of reopening the PATCO station underneath Franklin Square took another step towards reality today, as the DRPA Board approved the 2016 capital budget, which sets aside $28.3 million…

    • Memorial Hall dome

November 18th: Please Touch Museum emerging from bankruptcy | Checking in on Jumpstart Germantown | Fall in Philly

Peter Crimmins reports the Please Touch Museum expects to emerge from bankruptcy proceedings in January with $10 million in its coffers. Our own Alan Jaffe recently reported that the museum's success…

    • Norman Blumberg Apartments | Nathaniel Hamilton for NewsWorks

Housing Authority discusses Sharswood renewal project at Planning Commission

The Philadelphia Housing Authority plans to replace every unit of housing that will be lost in the demolition of the Blumberg project towers in North Philadelphia, a representative told the Planning…

    • PPA project manager Sue Cornell explains meterUP app at a press conference

New PPA pay-by-mobile app for parking pilot launches Thursday

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) announced today that its new pay-by-mobile app, meterUP, will launch in pilot areas Thursday morning. And if you need added incentive to get it, the first…

    • Rendering of Race Street at 7th looking west with fully buffered bike lanes

Planners prescribe road diet for Race Street

When your midsection grows a bit too wide, it puts your health at risk: Time for a diet. When the midsection of a street grows a bit too wide, it also…

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