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December 5: Kenney's first year | Joe DeFelice Q&A | Street's portrait

Happy December! We're out to raise $25,000 this month from 400 people. If you come here often, please consider a donation of any amount to support PlanPhilly’s public service journalism. Already…

    • Vacant lots that are maintained by PHS feature an open wood fence with openings narrow enough to prevent unwanted dumping.

What's at stake if Toomey and Trump cut funding to Philly?

On Wednesday night, Republican Senator Pat Toomey denounced the city of Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy, which discourages law enforcement from working closely with federal immigration authorities. He then called on president-elect…

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December 2: Changing Kensington | SEPTA's regional rail plans | Food insecurity

Happy December! This month PlanPhilly is aiming to raise $25,000 from 400 people. Already 41 people have made donations ranging from $5 to $1000 and we're so grateful! If PlanPhilly is…

    • Willis Hale row at 17th and Jefferson | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Council considers permit fees to support Historical Commission

On Thursday morning, three City Council members introduced legislation to bolster funding for the city’s overburdened Historical Commission. The bill, backed by Blondell Reynolds Brown, Mark Squilla, and Al Taubenberger would…

    • A vacant lot maintained by PHS through the Vacant Lot Stabilization program located on 6th and Berks.

City seeking 'nuclear option' to reclaim land it sells to private developers

On Tuesday, City Council moved a bill forward that would make it easier to take back city land it sells to private developers. The bill would alter city code provisions regarding…

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December 1: Repave more, faster | Live! casino in court | Megaregions recast

It's December and PlanPhilly is out to raise $25,000 this month from 400 people. If PlanPhilly is news you use, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support…

    • Kelley Yemen, Philadelphia's first Complete Streets Director |  Credit: Phillip Hussong

Street Diplomacy: How Philadelphia’s first Complete Streets Director expects to get the job done

After years and years of talking about Complete Streets—the idea of designing roads for all users, not just cars—Philadelphia has finally hired someone to lead the charge of rethinking our streets.…

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St. Rita Place & Cascia Center, Foster + Partners' new Penn hospital building pass design review

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting was the last in 2016, ending a banner year where the board considered the merits of 45 projects. This record-setting total speaks to the…

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Eyes on the Street

See your #PHLandmarks

In a city of 500,000 buildings, which ones sing to you? This fall we asked you to share with us the buildings that matter to you – the ones that define your…

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Logan Square neighborhood rezoning awaits Council approval

The last few decades have seen enormous changes in the Logan Square neighborhood. Most recently the Whole Foods flagship landed there, complete with cocktail cart and butcher’s block. The Philadelphia Latter…

    • Trolley entrance locked during SEPTA strike, November 1, 2016 | Naomi Starobin / WHYY

November 29: On preventing frequent transit strikes | Harrisburg vs Philly | Northeast superstorms

Will the 2016 SEPTA strike be its last? Sandy Smith explores two options under discussion for preventing frequent transit strikes (outlawing transit union strikes, and adapting Federal Railway Labor Act procedures…

    • Foglietta Plaza view from Korean War Memorial, November 2016 | 6 Emma Lee / WHYY
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November 28: Carson and fair housing | Investigate crashes | Rebuild's inclusive workforce aspirations

Our Jake Blumgart has been following Philadelphia’s efforts to assess and address patterns of housing segregation, divided along racial and economic lines. The work to “affirmatively further fair housing” was bolstered…

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SEPTA already screens for suspected cause of deadly Hoboken train crash

In the wake of September’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, federal regulators want railroads to do more to keep engineers awake. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered New Jersey Transit to…

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November 23: City design, parks and the brain | Looking change in the eye | Cities from space

Good morning! Just a note from PlanPhilly that we’ll be off for Thanksgiving and will be back in action on Monday. We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving – this year,…

    • Packer Marine Terminal, Port of Philadelphia, 2013 | AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Gov. Wolf announces $292 million for Port of Philadelphia to expand container capacity

Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to double container capacity at the Port of Philadelphia via a $292 million capital investment from Harrisburg, promising 2,250 new jobs. The announcement comes just weeks…

    • 6200 block of Osage Avenue, November 2016 | Jake Blumgart / PlanPhilly

Acknowledging MOVE bombing’s enduring trauma, city wants to rebuild again

Philadelphia has the distinction of being one of the only cities in history to have bombed itself.  On May 13, 1985, the police dropped a satchel of explosives of 6221 Osage…

    • Traffic jam, I-95, Aramingo Exit | Theresa Stigale

November 22: Funding school maintenance backlog | Is a $1 trillion infrastructure plan worth it? | Refugee Thanksgiving

An analysis of Philadelphia’s school buildings reveals a $5 billion backlog in deferred maintenance. How could it ever catch up? Avi Wolfman-Arent explains a proposal that State Senator Vincent Hughes and…

    • Young men gather for an afternoon basketball game at Vare Recreation Center.  | Emma Lee/WHYY

Rebuild gets $100 million grant and sharpens focus on equity, economic opportunity

In a city of 1.5 million people, where’s our common ground? The most democratic places in cities can be those we share, the civic spaces that create points of interaction and…

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