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    • Eviction protest in Germantown (file) | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

New research reveals depth of Philadelphia’s eviction crisis

Like pretty much every other city in America, Philadelphia suffers an eviction problem.   Tara Jackson knows that all too well. Two years ago, this longtime resident of Germantown received an…

    • Council President Clarke, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation, and Mayor Jim Kenney at Rebuild grant announcement in November 2016. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Council President Clarke airs concerns with Rebuild initiative's proposed structure

As the Kenney administration enters its second year, one big policy issue on the horizon will be the mayor’s $500 million commitment to reinvest in the city’s parks, libraries, and recreation…

    • north 13th street

Philadelphia's disappearing low-cost rental housing revealed in Fed gentrification study

“Gentrification” is a perennial topic in Philadelphia. Community groups fear rising costs and displacement. Academics debate the extent to which we need to be concerned. Regional leaders wish for a bit…

    • Former Weisbrod and Hess brewery complex | Andrew Fearon, used in nomiation

Nine properties recommended for historic designation to finish 2016

After the fireworks around St. Laurentius that kicked off the December 14 meeting of the historical designation committee, there were another 12 properties on the agenda. Some proved just as contentious…

    • Zoning map detail showing CMX 2.5 and CMX 2 zones in North Philadelphia

Planning Commission supports 36 changes to zoning code

2016’s final meeting of the Planning Commission centered on a year end zoning reform omnibus bill introduced by Councilman William Greenlee on behalf of City Council President Darrell Clarke. The bill…

    • St. Laurentius Church is a Fishtown landmark. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Committee hesitant to recommend historic designation for St. Laurentius' interior

On Wednesday the Historical Commission’s Designation Committee ended up on the receiving end of a lecture about the wrongs suffered by Polish people in the modern era, in a nearly two-hour…

    • Lit Brothers building entrance rendering, December 2016 Architectural Committee meeting

Architectural Committee seeks clarity for Lit Brothers signs, rejects Old City project

The Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on December 13 concluded with two cases that couldn’t have gone more differently. While Brickstone Realty’s proposal for more digital signage on the Lit Brothers building…

    • Porch Swings made to linger, glide, and people-watch

University City District measures five years of The Porch

The University City District installed the Porch at 30th Street Station in 2011. Back then it seemed like a quixotic attempt to insert public space into a bleak, auto-dominated corner of…

    • Accidental protected bike lane at East Market development

Bill seeks more protection for pedestrians during sidewalk closures

At the last City Council session of the year, Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced a bill, cosponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, to bolster pedestrian safety requirements at construction sites that impede sidewalks.…

    • St Laurentius Church

Historical Commission to consider designation of St. Laurentius' interior

Next Wednesday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation will consider a nomination of the interior of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius church. Developer and neighborhood resident Leo Voloshin has proposed…

    • Rendering of Richard Serra sculpture on the Rodin Museum grounds, presented at December 2016 Art Commission meeting

Art Commission approves Richard Serra sculpture for Parkway, redesign ahead for Holocaust Memorial

Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting opened with two major upgrades to established sites on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub, laid out a proposal…

    • Walnut Street, Philadelphia Photos

Center City report finds $1 billion in retail demand

Just in time for the holidays, the Center City District (CCD) released a 24-page glossy report on the state of retail its purview, finding downtown Philadelphia blossoming as a “24-hour downtown”…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Penn Medicine new patient pavilion - from 34th St, Foster + Partners, HDR | CDR Nov 2016

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…

    • Parkway House

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…

    • 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…

    • N. 9th and W. Dauphin

Land Bank properties shouldn't accrue stormwater fees

When the legislation enabling the Philadelphia Land Bank was crafted a few years ago lawmakers apparently forgot an important detail: not charging stormwater fees on the properties held by the Lank…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius reuse clears zoning board, opponents eye appeal

Earlier this week the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) finally issued its decision on the future of the closed St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Fishtown. The almost 150-year-old structure has been…

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