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    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Mt. Sinai hospital and Bok School, South Philly landmarks, to be rezoned

Two of the biggest properties in South Philadelphia are set to be rezoned by City Council in anticipation of major redevelopment projects. Earlier this month, First District Councilman Mark Squilla introduced…

    • 9th and Wharton

April 20: The biggest transpo problem in North America | Tax delinquents' rental licenses denied | All about that Basin

Here are the renderings of Paul Mirabello's proposed mixed-use project for 9th and Wharton that was the subject of great consternation last week. How do Council's district lines interplay with planning…

    • Rittenhouse West bike pilot

MOTU is piloting a buffered bike lane on Rittenhouse Square West

Yesterday in the Greater Philadelphia Planners, Urbanists, and Designers Facebook group (which you should all join), my friend Jake Liefer tipped us off that a new buffered bike lane had unexpectedly…

    • Washington Ave - where bike lanes have worn away
Eyes on the Street

For safer more complete streets, increase Streets Department budget

More than 30% of Philadelphia's streets are overdue for resurfacing but the Streets Department simply doesn't have the paving budget to keep up. A boosted Streets budget could do more than…

    • Melissa Murray Bailey holding Cricket

Q&A: Melissa Murray Bailey on fresh perspectives, jobs, L&I and vocabulary words

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with brand consulting executive Melissa Murray Bailey, the lone Republican candidate campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview held in the living…

    • Melissa Murray Bailey holding Cricket

Melissa Murray Bailey Q&A: Full Transcript

PlanPhilly: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me and PlanPhilly. We focus primarily on urbanism issues – the built environment and transportation. That being said, the first couple…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Fairmount Park advocates unite

After years of discussion, trips to Orphan’s Court, and hours of pro bono Pepper Hamilton legal work the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust are pleased to announce…

    • Navy Yard

Negotiations could finally unlock housing development at the Navy Yard

As Jim Saksa wrote last month in his update on efforts to extend the Broad Street Line south, the Navy Yard is growing at an astonishing clip. With 11,500 daily workers,…

    • Airdancer | Wikimedia Commons

Philly zoning code may soon contain the phrase "wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube persons"

This is going to be a short post. In City Council yesterday, 6th-District Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill amending the zoning code to provide regulations for “wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube…

    • Billboards

April 17: Billboard regulations passed | The Philly Shrug of infrastructure | Behind the co-working trend

City Council unanimously approved Bobby Henon and Bill Greenlee's billboard regulations which, among other things, allow billboard companies to create one new digital billboard for every two old ones they take…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Azavea's Robert Cheetham

For this week’s Streetviews Q&A we sat down with Robert Cheetham, founder of the civic minded geospatial and software firm Azavea, about the big opportunities ahead in open data as an…

    • Maps at 30th Street Station. Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez

As planning continues for 30th Street Station, grand plans in D.C. offer vision of future

The Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan recently asked the public what they wanted to see in and around Philadelphia’s Amtrak station and the results are in. The survey of…

    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

SRC approves $55 million tax incentive for Gallery mall redevelopment

Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted on Thursday night to approve a tax-increment financing district for the area surrounding the Gallery mall on east Market Street that would save the mall’s owners…

    • NewCourtland campus in Mt. Airy / Bas Slabbers

NewCourtland turns to community for input on EPPI site

The new owners of the sprawling site at 3232 Henry Avenue — the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute – don't have a formal plan yet for its transition into a campus…

    • Fillmore unveiling, Ajax, 1000 Frankford Avenue

Fishtown music venue moving forward despite legal appeals

It’s been an up-and-down week for Michael Samschick. On Tuesday night, the developer saw his plans for 200 new apartments on North Delaware Avenue rejected by the Fishtown Neighbors Association by…

    • Uber X

Uber X hits the one million ride mark in Philly. Here's what they've learned.

Uber X, the ride-hailing platform that allows everyday drivers to rent seats in their cars to paying customers, announced yesterday that six months after (illegally) launching in Philadelphia, their 10,000 "driver-partners"…

    • ajax

April 16: AAA waterfront building resumes | Fishtown LiveNation venues | Council 2.0

AAA appears to be moving forward with construction of the non-conforming building on the waterfront that is currently tied up in appeals. L&I issued an over-the-counter permit for the building, which…

    • The Philadelphia Demolition Commission | Illustration by Michael Bencik
Eyes on the Street

The Boyd's Demise and the Philadelphia Demolition Commission

As wrecking crews reduce Boyd Theatre's once-grand auditorium to rubble, Community Contributor Michael Bencik offers this rumination on the Boyd's demise and the layered failings of the city's historic preservation community…

    • 27th and Wharton | Google

Neighbors to oppose veterans center on vacant school property at 27th & Wharton

A group of residents living near 27th and Wharton streets in Grays Ferry is planning to attend a hearing in City Hall Friday morning to oppose the sale of a vacant…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Still waiting on refurbished cars, but Battleship NJ is a guaranteed thing

To the long list of descriptive collective nouns – a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a wake of buzzards – might we add a Godot of PATCO refurbished cars?…

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