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    • The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine could become a boutique hotel.

GOP corporate tax cut bill include cuts to preservation tax credits, threatening historic reuse projects in Philly

Buried within the tax reform legislation working its way through Congress is an amendment that would preserve but diminish the value of the federal historic tax credit program, arguably the most…

    • Queen Lane Apartments: West Penn St and Pulaski Ave. | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks
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HACE CEO: City Council should pass inclusionary zoning bill

Philadelphia’s housing market is red-hot. Building permits issued from 2013 through 2016 exceeded the previous seven years combined, and thousands of new rental apartments have been added downtown in the last…

    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY
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NLNA President: City Council, don’t fumble inclusionary zoning bill away on the two yard line

A mixed-income housing bill making its way through City Council aims at an important goal, but could miss the mark badly and hurt our city if Council rams it through next…

    • Winter Fountains digital simulation. Credit: Jennifer Steinkamp

November 30: Alternative inclusion strategies | Parkway lit | Kensington walking play

An illuminated installation along the Parkway to celebrate the City Beautiful arterial’s 100th anniversary lights up Thursday. A ceremonial lighting will be happening Thursday night at 6:30pm to launch four 26-foot…

    • Bicyclists forming a

After cyclist’s death, protesters form “human-protected bike lane” to demand long-delayed street safety improvements

Around 100 cyclists and traffic safety activists formed a human bike lane this morning near the site where a 24-year-old cyclist was struck and killed by a privately operated garbage truck…

November 29: Cyclist killed on Spruce | Giant coffee pot | Tacony Library party

A cyclist was struck and killed by a trash truck on 11th and Spruce Tuesday morning, Philly Mag’s Claire Sasko reports. In response to the accident—the third cyclist death this year—bicycle…

    • Cover photo for PHA's Part 2A Sharswood project

New phase of housing authority's Sharswood project wins positive review

Plans for North Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood could include brick-clad rowhomes, ranging from one to three stories, with surface parking and open green space behind the units. The Civic Design Review (CDR)…

    • Accessibility activists gather on July 2 to witness Philadelphia's introduction of new wheelchair accessible taxis. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

November 28: Philly cabs unite | Overbuilds | Jobs, growth, breaks

Three Philly cab companies have joined forces to compete with Uber and Lyft, the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Alison Burdo reports. The companies’ strategic partnership will combine their existing fleets of nearly…

    • Leo Brundage in front of his house in Eastwick.

In Eastwick, belief that flooding during Hurricane Floyd was intentional still muddies the water

Eastwick residents have long endured regular flooding. The Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood is home to the lowest point in the city. The community sits within the federally-designated floodplain. Historically, Eastwick was a…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Hold the zone: Vote on inclusionary zoning delayed a week in wake of opposition

Facing opposition from neighborhood civic associations and the real estate industry, Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez asked City Council’s Rules Committee to push back a vote on her controversial inclusionary zoning bill on…

    • waterfront north of Benjamin Franklin Bridge
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Not built in a day: One of PlanPhilly’s creators reflects on a decade of dedicated built-environment coverage

Michael Greenle facilitated the process that created PlanPhilly in 2006, shaped its outreach strategy at PennPraxis, stewarded its move from Penn to WHYY, and is a member of PlanPhilly’s Advisory Board.…

    • Philadelphia skyline at dusk (Credit: Gary Citrone)
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PlanPhilly has a new managing editor: Ariella Cohen

As interim Managing Editor, I'm thrilled to announce that Ariella Cohen is the new Managing Editor for PlanPhilly. Ariella is an award-winning journalist with more than a decade of experience reporting on…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

November 27: Philly City Archives | POPPYN | Weird, menacing hilarity

On housing and gentrification, through the youth perspective: Philadelphia high school students interview residents in North, South, and West Philadelphia for their media program POPPYN (Presenting Our Perspective on Philly…

    • Unveiled in September, 2017, the Octavius V. Catto is Philadelphia's first statute to African-American on city property
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Monument Lab provided more questions than answers

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, ended on November 19th. It asked: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?”…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

Lacking federal support, rowing community turns to its own to fund much needed dredge

The Schuylkill River needs to be dredged. From the neoclassical Fairmount Water Works down to Route 1’s modernist Twin Bridges, the river bed has been slowly rising, bringing with it a…

    • Rendering of Logan Library's new reference desk and entrance atrium

November 22: Free Library, universal design | Worker-owned succession | OD mapping

Is there demand for solar? Solarize Philly, a joint initiative through the Philadelphia Energy Authority and Philadelphia-based company Solar States, has surpassed its 100-signup goal, Green Philly Blog shares. The incentive-based…

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Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Inconclusive Zoning: Planning Commission not sold on changes to affordable housing bill

The inclusionary zoning bill that City Council spent all autumn crafting now appears to have morphed into what critics say would essentially be an impact fee on Center City development. In…

    • Andre Wright paints puts a new coat of paint on a window frame in the Sharswood Athletic Rec Center. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

As city waits on soda tax ruling, private sector pours on support for Rebuild

Given all the news stories that have described Rebuild as a “$500 million initiative,” you might have assumed that, at least by now, the project’s funding was set…

    • Sam Thomas discusses ways the Lehigh Viaduct is a boundary and barrier. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

November 21: Convention Center sign | Brandywine Workshop | 4,500 proposals

Restoration, leveraging real estate holdings, and creative revenue streams: nonprofit organization Brandywine Workshop occupied one of the few 19th century firehouses left in the city for nearly 30 years. When…

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