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    • Gregory Heller with Eastwick Planning Study Steering Committe

Eastwick starts community-oriented planning process hoping to rewrite the history of urban renewal

A new era started this Tuesday for neighbors in Eastwick. For the first time ever, representatives from the community sat at the same table with city planners and agencies to decide…

    • What is the future of the Library in the City? Learn more at a panel discussion Wednesday night.

January 31: Federal Transit Administration’s future l Why winter trash piles higher l Ship ports: yesterday’s airports

Elaine Chao’s confirmation today will shed light on how the new administration plans to pay for its proposed $1 trillion infrastructure package. Trump’s Blueprint for Balance, as laid out by…

    • Aerial photograph from William Penn statue atop City Hall | Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia Record Photograph Morgue
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Preservation and the public good

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host another Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice. This…

    • A bus stop at 7th and Chestnut streets, with stained-glass at its eastern side. | Ashley Hahn

Artist Speaks Out On City Proposal To Scrap His Work

At January’s Art Commission meeting, the city attempted to deaccession the eleven stained-glass decorated bus shelters that line Chestnut Street in Center City. The proposition stirred up a storm of opposition…

    • Divine Lorraine retail rendering

January 30: Philly’s construction trends l Divine Lorraine open house l The university and the city

FixList, founded by Philadelphian Stacey Mosely, released a new construction market report  based on new building and zoning permits issued in Philly from 2011 to 2015. The report reveals which neighborhoods…

    • High five for Silverliner V on Bryn Mawr run

SEPTA updates Regional Rail schedules to address delays from new safety system

SEPTA placed new Regional Rail schedules into effect Sunday in response to chronically late trains over the last few months. The schedule update was driven in part by SEPTA’s introduction of…

    • Reproduction of Vanna Venturi House by Ana Peñalba. | Photo courtesy of the artist and RAIR

Filthy Rich: Finding art and utility in the waste stream

Cheery mural-painted dumpsters, trash-themed movie nights, and excavators dressed up as reindeer for the holidays aren’t normally found at an industrial waste management facility. But that’s all typical for Revolution Recovery,…

    • The Greening Lea Master Plan calls for relocating the main entrance from the north side, shown here, to the schoolyard

January 27: Murder on the rise? False. I $82 million for water infrastructure I $7.79 billion needed to rehab schools

Sorry transportation infrastructure, we ran out of time. Congressional Republicans are unsure how an infrastructure package will factor into their 200-day agenda, already busy with GOP priorities such as tax reform,…

    • 420 Row was designated by the city in 2017 (Justin McDaniel)

420 Row and a way forward for historic districts

This January, Justin McDaniel may have found a new way forward for Philadelphia preservationists. The last few months, even the last few years, haven’t been kind to their cause. As the…

    • Deportation protest | Emma Lee / WHYY

January 26: Decoding immigration executive orders | Expert infrastructure priorities | Maskid Makkah

Skies are cloudy this morning; with a chance of rain and a high chance infrastructure discussion, federal immigration policy, and protests as the GOP retreat comes to Philadelphia. Whether you’re trying…

    • SEPTA fare kiosks, Cecil B. Moore Station

SEPTA shows off projects in the works at capital budget open house

Curious SEPTA aficionados were offered a sneak peek at what the authority plans to build and buy in the coming years at a pair of open houses Tuesday, part of SEPTA’s…

    • Under I-95 | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

January 25: Trump infrastructure priorities, financing advice | GOP in Philly

The Nor’easter winds have tamed down today, with partial clouds and warmish weather in the 50s. The outlook for today: Trump’s team has compiled a list of 50 infrastructure projects nationwide…

    • 702 Sansom Street - looking southwest| SCLE Architects | January 2017

Renderings of Jewelers' Row tower presented to Washington Square West

On Tuesday Toll Brothers released renderings of the condo tower it has planned for Jewelers’ Row. The 29-story, 115-unit building will tower over the surrounding storefronts, which comprise one of the…

    • The Royal | January 2017 | JKRP

Revised design for Royal Theater redevelopment requires Historical Commission approval

South Street’s Royal Theater came before the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee again this Tuesday. The venerable old theater served as a hub of African-American nightlife for the better part of a…

    • Temple library rendering
    • Clarena Tolson (left), Michael Carroll (center) and Carlton Williams (right, AP)

City announces familiar faces to leadership posts at Streets and OTIS

The Mayor’s Office announced the appointment of a handful of familiar faces to new leadership positions at the City’s Streets Department and Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) on Monday.…

    • Village of Arts and Humanities | Eugene Kim (creative commons license)

Land Bank revises targets in 2017 strategic plan

“We are seeing first hand why the land bank may not be as efficient as it could be,” Aviva Kapust, executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities, told the…

    • Women's March, Philadelphia, January 21, 2017 | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

January 23: Women's Marches | Rittenhouse Hotel | "Gentrification"

There’s a Nor’easter blowing through this morning, so expect blustery and wet weather through the day and a few challenges getting around. This morning’s regional rail commute was complicated by…

    • 5th and Bainbridge | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

January 20: Inauguration Day events | Immigration action | Data archiving

Today is Inauguration Day for Donald Trump. Barack Obama inherited a very different America in 2008. NPR shares dozens of stats on unemployment, wage gaps, GDP, confidence, and more for a…

    • Natalie Nixon | Emma Lee / WHYY

Speaking for the public: Natalie Nixon's emerging voice on the Art Commission

At an Art Commission meeting last November, the assembled appointees were considering a school district proposal to expand the overburdened Mayfair Elementary school in the lower Northeast. There are 1,400…

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