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    • Bridge over the Wissahickon in winter (Credit: Gary Citrone)

As 2017 comes to an end, a look back at Philadelphia’s response to mounting environmental challenges

If everyone keeps their new sustainability resolutions made this year, Philadelphia will be an environmentalist’s dream 15 years from now. In 2017, the city signed a handful of commitments to dramatically…

    • Dorothy Shipley White Residence in the snow

Chestnut Hill's modernist trio, fully historically protected in 2017

Even in a city known for its architectural heritage and historic buildings, Chestnut Hill stands out. Long one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, this sylvan community is home to rambling…

    • Philadelphia's solid waste | Zero Waste and Litter Action Plan

December 29: These were PlanPhilly’s 11 most-read articles of 2017

Last weekday of the year! As we celebrate 11 years of public interest journalism, let’s take a moment and look at which 11 issues and stories got Philly revved up in…

    • Students share converted Victorian homes in the Spruce Hill section of West Philadelphia.

Spruce Hill zoning remapping is backdoor historic preservation

Late this year, a bill quietly slipped through City Council that is intended to protect the iconic Victorian homes in Spruce Hill from demolition. The neighborhood enjoys what experts believe is…

    • Workers planting trees

Philadelphia gets grant for planting at least 400 extra street trees a year

Philadelphia could be a lot greener. Only 20 percent of the city’s ground is covered by trees, which is below the national average (27 percent) — a little lower than New…

    • Boyd Theater, 1956

Movie theaters strike back in downtown Philadelphia

In the first half of the 20th century, towering palaces to cinema were built in Center City Philadelphia. These massive buildings were ornately decorated with elaborate statues, gilded ceilings, and even orchestra…

    • Olney rec center

A Tale of Two Parks: How community saved Sturgis and Olney rec centers

At first glance Sturgis Recreation Center and Olney Recreation Center, located just blocks apart, seem like very similar community amenities. Both are located in the Parks and Recreation Department’s 9th district,…

    • Garnet Street resident Alison Stohr introduces Betty Beaufort during a rally in front of Beaufort's home

In ongoing fight over Smith School site, RCOs get an F from both neighbors and the developer

Friday afternoon, around 30 Point Breeze residents gathered on the 1300 block of Garnet Street to air recriminations aimed at the developer converting the former Smith School site into nearly 100…

    • Recyclables being dumped at a recovery facility in Grays Ferry.

December 22: Catholic school redesign | HQ2 public doc available | Devil’s in the data

Hey what all did Philly end up submitting in the HQ2 bid? Jacob Adelman recaps the “heavily redacted” public document that outlines how the city would accommodate Amazon’s office space needs,…

    • The Norris Homes (foreground) will be torn down to make way for a 300-unit development scheduled to open April 2018. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)

December 21: Frankenstein façade alterations | Cross City Communication | Kenney, protected bike lanes

Hearing from Norris Homes residents: WHYY New’s Annette John-Hall covers neighbors’ concerns of displacement due to Temple’s expansion and PHA’s attempts to “incorporate low-income families into the area’s social blueprint.”…

    • Robinson store, 1020-24 Market St., 2016

December 20: Positive train control | Deconstructing demolition | Solar supply chain

The city has decided to not challenge L&I’s ruling to remove the former Robinson department store at 1020 Market from the local historic register, Jacob Adelman reports. PREIT, the building’s owner, appealed…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

December 19: Women-led urbanism | Ghosts of train crashes | Car vending machine

Imagine women-led urbanism in practice and syllabus, urges Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, contributing to Next City. Johnston-Zimmerman points out the maleness of seminal urban texts, the planning and architecture profession, and the contemporary…

    • Lovett Library

Lovett Library reopens with gala celebration

After being closed for more than a year and a half for an extensive expansion and modernization project, the Lovett Memorial Library in Mt. Airy reopened on Saturday. The celebratory reception…

    • Philadelphia Parking Authority

December 18: A sophisticated network | Round and Mid-century playful | New PPA head

Parking people on the move: the PPA has picked state Rep. Scott Petri as its new executive director, WHYY News’ Emily Scott reports. Petri, who was formerly the chair of…

    • spruce hill in winter

Historical Commission to begin considering historic districts after years, sometimes decades, of delay

For the past decade, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission has only granted protections to a handful of individual properties each year. As the pace of development escalates, and more remarkable buildings are leveled, preservationists…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Gamblers, foreign money and struggling homeowners: Inside Philly’s sheriff sale boom

Above a nondescript dry cleaners in Center City sits a mysterious little office. The rare visitor has to walk through an unrelated tax preparation business to reach its three tiny rooms,…

    • Race of Indego Monthly Passholders

December 15: Bike share, diversity, inclusion | Counter “stop-and-go” bill | LGBT minority suppliers

Indego’s parent company has created a diversity and inclusion committee, writes Lian Parsons, contributing to Generocity. Bicycle Transit Systems’ president Alison Cohen explained that in order to ensure ridership diversity, the…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY

"Stop-and-go" bill passes Council, but deeper tensions underlie debate

City Council approved a controversial “stop-and-go” bill during its final meeting of 2017, which periodically threatened to descend into anarchy as supporters and opponents of Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ legislation flooded Council’s…

    • A packed room at Pipeline Philly listens as Witty Gritty's/Urban Consulate's Michelle Freeman kicks off the discussion
Eyes on the Street

Design professionals discuss how to make room for all races in Philly public spaces

Sitting in front of a crowd of over one hundred, Tya Winn asked a row of audience members to stand. “There are about 25 of you standing,” the president of Philadelphia’s…

    • South Philly Library, Photo by Phillytrax

Down this Street before: Can Rebuild stick to its promise of data-driven, apolitical decisions?

The comparisons are irresistible: Less than three years into office, a Philadelphia mayor pushing through a major legislative initiative that promises to boost equity in long-neglected neighborhoods via a project financed…

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