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    • Independence Beer Garden, July 8, 2014

The Prohibition-era policy driving the political scuffle over pop-up beer gardens

A quartet of state lawmakers are pushing back on Philly's pop-up gardens, taking issue with something called an off-premise catering permit that allows vendors to "cater" alcohol sales at these pop-up…

    • PennPraxis/PlanPhilly survey results

PennPraxis / PlanPhilly survey results

PennPraxis and PlanPhilly are focusing our efforts to help Philadelphians make informed choices over the next year as competitive elections for a new mayor and City Council approach in 2015.  These…

    • Econsult: Subregion House Prices Q2

Chart: South Philly home prices are taking off

One chart worth pulling out of the Econsult report Jared Brey covered yesterday is this one, with the price trends for different subregions. In the second quarter we saw the Lower…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

205 Race construction to begin next year, developer says

Construction on the long-vacant lot at the corner of 2nd and Race streets in Old City should begin by the first quarter of next year, according to Jeffrey Brown, one of…

    • Rendering of the future expansion of SugarHouse Casino. Courtesy SugarHouse

SugarHouse begins $164 million expansion, will open interim poker room this fall

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hasn't picked a winner for the city's second casino license.  SugarHouse would prefer the PGCB fold. SugarHouse Casino launched work on its $164 million expansion project…

    • 2300 South St. Rendering

July 22: Gillen on 2300 South | Uber and DUIs revisited | $1000 squarefoot milestone | Rental conversion bonanza

Mayoral candidate Terry Gillen is running on economic development, but that hasn't always been the case when it's in her own backyard. City Paper's Ryan Briggs looks at Gillen's involvement in…

    • golden bricks

Report: Philly home sale prices on the rise

On the heels of a Pew report which showed that homeownership is declining overall in Philadelphia, Econsult has released a report showing that home prices rose in the last quarter more…

    • Yarnbombing Frank Rizzo

July 21: Johnson's non-non-profit pulls in $10K | "Grave concern" over pop-up gardens | Exciting federal water loan program | Yarnbomber returns | Perfect utility bike competition

Good morning! Here's the Philly planning and political news we're reading this Monday morning. What are you seeing out there? Jason Grant reports that 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's fake non-profit…

    • Homeownership in 2012

Maps: Homeownership is declining in Philly. Is that a bad thing?

Last week Kellie Patrick Gates wrote about the new Pew Charitable Trusts report, Homeownership in Philadelphia: On the Decline, which included some maps visualizing 2012 homeownership, and homeownership changes since 2000, by…

    • 40th and Baltimore Ave Trolley Portal

July 18: New demolition signage | Local radar guns | Trolley portal redesign | Driverless Cars and Sprawl | PA's low energy bills

The Nutter administration revealed new signage requirements for demolition and construction sites, as a safety initiative in response to last summer's building collapse: "For buildings three stories or higher, contractors must…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department

New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business

A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD. As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

    • Median Age by Census Tract

Map: Find the median age in your area of Philly

This morning on Twitter, Aine Doley wanted to know the average age of people in her neighborhood: I wonder how you can find out the average age of people in the…

    • Bikes Are the Fastest Mode for Short Trips

Biking is the fastest way to get around Center City. Should cyclists get more right-of-way?

A fun, new web tool created by MIT's Social Computing Group called You Are Here has been making the rounds in the local blogosphere, and it purports to show the fastest…

    • Dilworth Park
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: 10 Dilworth Details

Last week I hopped on an AIA-organized hardhat tour of the construction site that will soon be known as Dilworth Park, which you may know better as City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.…

    • Manayunk Bridge

July 17: Trolley Tunnel Blitz | Pop-up beer gardens' regulatory hack | Bikes in the center lane | Expensive affordable housing | Second life for Manayunk Bridge

Good morning! Did you go to the Oval last night? What did you think?  The Center City trolley tunnel will be closed for a 17-day maintenance blitz starting 9 p.m. on Friday,…

    • Stephen Goldner presents Manayunk Main Street plan

Opinions abound over development scheme for Manayunk's Lower Main Street

A 73-apartment development proposed for Manayunk's lower Main Street is pitting some community members' and city planners' hopes for a livelier streetscape against what others say is the present and future…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

Developers take another crack at 205 Race Street

Developers are pushing once again to build a mixed-use apartment complex at the long-vacant corner of 2nd and Race streets in Old City. The latest iteration of the project includes 148…

    • Level of Service

Explain That Term: Level of Service

California recently stopped using "level of service" as a metric to evaluate urban transportation and street changes, and several other states have been adopting an urban street design guide published by NACTO…

    • The $5m rehab project (upper left) will house a cluster of apartment dwellers, a non-profit-led residential program and a café. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Neighbors, developer discuss $5M Germantown Avenue project at community meeting

A vacant warehouse in Germantown will soon be home to a cluster of apartment dwellers, a non-profit-led residential program and a café. At a Monday night community meeting not far from…

    • Bikes Welcome

July 16: House passes transpo patch | Long wait for legal Uber | Mixed-use Moyamensing | UIL waits for Council | Business <3 Bike Infrastructure

The U.S. House voted 367-55 to pass an $11 billion stop-gap funding bill to avert the transportation funding cliff. House lawmakers paid for the bill by extending customs fees, and…

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