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    • Special Report: Vacant land, focused plans

February 28: Land Bank plan update | Wolf has $777 million infrastructure wish list | Beury rebirth ahead

As we reported in January, the Philadelphia Land Bank updated its strategic plan with new targets for transforming vacant property into market rate development, affordable housing, community gardens and side yards. As…

    • Ridge Avenue Entertainment District Philadelphia Courthouse Mural, Courtesy | courtesy of Faye Anderson, All That Philly Jazz
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Historic preservation and social justice

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

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Kenney budget puts $90 million toward Penn's Landing park capping I-95

Funding for a large new waterfront park at Penn’s Landing will be tucked into Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address this Thursday. The mayor plans to announce a $90 million city commitment…

    • Mt. Carmel Cemetery vandalism, February 2017 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

February 27: Jewish cemetery desecrated | Royal farewell | Secret green spaces

More than 500 graves were desecrated at Mount Carmel Cemetery off of Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, reports WHYY's Bobby Allyn. The Anti-Defamation League and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge…

    • Stations for Recommended TOD Overlays

Council proposes zoning changes to drive transit-oriented development

When Philadelphia adopted its new zoning code in 2013, policymakers included an overlay provision meant to encourage denser development around transit stations. In theory, it meant that developers could build more…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

As Uber and Lyft drive on, now formally licensed, disabled and taxis say they are being left behind

Over the past few months, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) boardroom has been the site of much gnashing of teeth, wailing of woes, and pulling of hair over the first illegal…

    • Inside Furness church at 47th and Kingsessing

February 24: Waymo sues Uber | Council considers TOD measure | Diversity in design

Philadelphia, like many other cities, skewed Democratic in the last election even as both houses became Republican-controlled. Next City reports on several blue cities that had their authority tested by red…

    • SEPTA crash at 69th Street Station, February 21, 2017 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

Councilman Johnson calls for safety hearings on SEPTA

Citing SEPTA’s string of sidelined rail cars, Tuesday’s derailment of a pair of out-of-service Market-Frankford Line trains, and a trolley collision in January, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution at Thursday’s…

    • New Year's Eve fireworks | NewsWorks (file)

City Council considering increased fees for permits and licenses

On Thursday Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill to retool the Department of Licenses & Inspections fee regimen. The bill would modestly increase many fees across the board, ranging from…

    • I-95 construction, 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PennDOT Secretary hopes to connect the planning dots with new initiative

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is a planner, in the professional sense of the word. That slightly unusual fact—most of her predecessors had traffic engineering backgrounds—helps explain her excitement for the…

    • Water resources and stream buffers are on this week's agenda | Lower Schuylkill View | EOTS Flickr Group
    • Warwick Apartments and Bair Funeral Home | Jake Blumgart / PlanPhilly

1911 Walnut tower edges closer with preservation hardship relief in sight

On Wednesday, the Historical Commission held its first Hardship Committee hearing in almost two years, deciding the fate of the property at 1918-20 Sansom Street. Last used as the Oliver H.…

    • Heinz Wildlife Refuge | Emma Lee / WHYY
Eyes on the Street

The role of water in preparing our cities for a better future

President Trump is committed to eliminating the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which outlines federally protected waterways. Critics of the rule say it hampers development and hurts farmers. Environmentalists say the…

    • A and Lippincott streets | KSK

Fairhill neighborhood plan to mitigate Conrail line and bolster community

The no man’s land of decay and drugs that runs along the Conrail rail line in Kensington may have been a revelation to Philadelphia Inquirer readers, but it’s been at…

    • Tasker Street, Broad Street Line

February 22: SEPTA delays, cancelations | Tenants’ right to counsel | Temple stadium on hold indefinitely

It’s been a bad 24 hours for SEPTA. This morning, SEPTA suspended trains on the Broad Street Line between Walnut-Locust and AT&T stations after a fatal incident at the Tasker-Morris Station…

    • Forest Hills - Byberry proposed | Far Northeast District Plan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

District plan aims to make Far Northeast more pedestrian friendly

 At the February meeting of the Philadelphia Planning Commission, the draft district plan for the Far Northeast made its debut. The proposal focuses on making three key areas in the auto-centric…

    • Demolition of 4046-48 Chestnut Street | Aaron Wunsch
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Does this place matter? Philadelphia’s preservation paradox

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

    • Schuylkill Expressway

February 21: I-76 ‘Top 10’ congested roadway | Modern urban manufacturing | Detroit’s new CBA law

Two SEPTA trains collided at 69th Street Station's turnaround tracks this morning, injuring four people. NBC10 reports that the SEPTA trains were not in service at the time of the…

    • Mike Fuller: Septa poet

A rhyming trolley ride with the 'SEPTA Poet'

Mike Fuller offers similes, rhymes, and jokes over the public address system of his SEPTA trolley. While Fuller mostly drives the 36, you can also occasionally find him on the 34…

    • Christoper Columbus statue, Marconi Plaza, | Department of Records, 1959 - PhillyHistory.org

German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation

At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…

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