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    • Zoning notice sign at NKCDC Garden Center.

PHS Pop-Up Garden proposed in Fishtown stopped by neighbor concerns, displaced compost co-op

Some Fishtown neighbors didn’t like the idea of having a seasonal Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden open in their backyard. Or at least that’s what they said on Facebook,…

    • Rowhouses in Philadelphia burn after authorities dropped a bomb on the MOVE house in May 1985. (AP Photo, files)

Historical marker coming to site of MOVE assault

The violent confrontation between Philadelphia police and the radical group MOVE in 1985 will be commemorated with a state historical marker later this year. That's because a group of school children…

    • Jim Kenney speaks at Philadelphia Museum of Art groundbreaking, March 30, 2017 | Emma Lee / WHYY

March 31: Art Museum groundbreaking | Councilmembers raised $2 million in 2016 | PA Wage Change

Hard hats on! The Philadelphia Museum of Art broke ground on the underground expansion designed by starchitect Frank Gehry yesterday. NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins reports that just over 60 percent of…

    • Tesla plugged in at the EV-only zone on Delancey Street.

City Council considers bill to suspend pro-electric vehicle program over parking complaints

City Council amended a controversial bill to suspend Philadelphia’s on-street electric vehicle parking permit program amid impassioned public testimony both in support and opposition to the bill. The bill would put…

    • Metropolitan Opera House | rendering by AOS Architects

March 30: An oversaturated music venue market? | Smith Memorial Arch | Street sensors, cameras, and privacy

Developer Eric Blumenthal’s planned $35 million renovation of the Metropolitan Opera House on North Broad and Poplar Streets marks a win for historic preservation. However, by adding 4,000 more seats with…

    • Tires dumped illegally, photo sent to Philly311 in January 2017.

As reports of illegal dumping rise, can Philly bring new solutions to this old problem?

It’s Saturday morning and a group of volunteers is gathered around a vacant lot next to the train tracks at Erie Avenue in Tioga. There’s trash piled everywhere: tires, abandoned pieces…

    • Poster board with resident comments on sticky pads at Route 49 open house

SEPTA previews new bus route to link University City with Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry

Bathrooms. It always begins and ends with bathrooms. A SEPTA bus route, that is—they all must have a bathroom at the end of the route for drivers to use during their…

    • 1810 Liacouras Walk proposed addition, March 2017

Temple wants a skyway over Liacouras Walk, Architectural Committee does not

Temple University’s continuous expansion is butting up against one of Philadelphia’s historic districts. At Tuesday’s Architectural Committee meeting, the university unveiled its plans for expanding the Fox Business School and, in…

    • Metropolitan Opera House | rendering by AOS Architects

March 29: Digging I-95 | Metropolitan Opera House LED signs | Bridgegate sentencing

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architectural committee has voted to approve plans to install multiple LED signs on the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, Curbed Philly reports. The Committee expressed concerns over…

    • Students at Cecil B. Moore Rec Center during the announcement of a $100 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to improve civic spaces in Philadelphia, November 2016 (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild team reveals specifics on site selections and nonprofit roles; Council skeptical

In the months before Jim Kenney became the mayor, the project that would become Rebuild started up as data-driven research, taking stock of the city’s universe of parks, rec centers, libraries,…

    • waterfront north of Benjamin Franklin Bridge
    • Cameron Square: 19th and Wylie streets, March 2017 | ISA

Development proposal revived, revised for Francisville's largest vacant property

Redevelopment for Francisville's largest vacant property, a 1.5-acre site across from Francisville Rec Center where a paint factory once stood, could move ahead after a years-long wait. Last week the Philadelphia City…

    • Cutting the ribbon at Kensington Storefront, March 25, 2017 | Grace Shallow / PlanPhilly

Combatting opioids with paint: Mural Arts sets up shop in heart of epidemic

It has been all hands on deck as Philadelphia wrestles with a worsening opioid drug crisis, one that has caused more than 900 overdose deaths last year. The escalating situation has…

    • Blue lining | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

March 27: DiCicco could run Zoning Board | PA casino tax | El end to end

Mayor Kenney is considering former First District Councilman Frank DiCicco to head the Zoning Board. Inga Saffron looks into civic leaders’ responses to the potential choice, considering DiCicco’s long history…

    • It was standing room only as protestors fill SEPTA's board room in opposition to a proposed gas plant in Nicetown

Amid angry protest songs, SEPTA board approves Nicetown gas plant, again

For a second time, SEPTA’s board authorized the construction of gas and heat cogeneration gas plant next to Roberts Rail Yard and the Midvale Bus Depot in Nicetown on Thursday. As…

    • Tacony community meeting about 'sex-positive community center' on March 23, 2017 | Jake Blumgart/PlanPhilly

Proposed 'sex-positive community center' gets fair hearing from Tacony residents

Thursday night’s community meeting in Tacony went better than anyone could have expected. A proposal to open a private sex-positive club in the midst of a residential neighborhood would likely stir…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

March 24: Ed Bacon’s “Market East” | NKCDC’s new director | Game of Zones

Ed Bacon took on the wicked quest in 1961 to bring suburbanites back into the city by building combination mall and transportation center named “Market East.” While the design of The…

    • City permit desks in the Municipal Service Building | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Council supportive of higher city permit fees, funds to support L&I, Historical Commission

The Philadelphia City Council is considering increasing fees across the board for most licenses and permits. That might seem like a potentially contentious proposition, inspiring pushback from the business community. Instead,…

    • Zoning notification diagram, 2016 RCO Fact Sheet

Councilman Henon proposes changes to RCO requirements and zoning notice

On Thursday Councilman Bobby Henon introduced legislation to tweak the regulations governing the city’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs). A product of the 2012 zoning code, RCOs are geographically-specific organizations that developers…

    • Christine Knapp, Office of Sustainability, testifies at a City Council hearing on the environment, March 2017 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Environmental leaders urge City Council to put climate change on ‘front burner'

“Climate is already changing,” said Liz Robinson, executive director Energy Coordination Agency of Philadelphia (ECA), at a Philadelphia City Council hearing held this Wednesday. “As we can all see from the…

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