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    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

December 14: Abate and switch | Blatstein & Super Wawa | Voices on stop-and-go

Bart Blatstein’s plans for a “Super Wawa” at Columbus and Dickinson directly counters the pedestrian-friendly goals of the city’s Central Delaware waterfront master plan, Inga Saffron writes. Saffron criticizes Blatstein’s proposed…

    • Race + Public Space. Credit: Claire Nelson

December 13: Race & Public Space | Bass and Oh, partitions | PPA’s MeterUp

Tonight: Join us at City Lobby: Race & Public Space, the first in a four-part series hosted by PlanPhilly, Urban Consulate, PACDC, the National Organization of Minority Architects (PhilaNOMA), and Community…

    • Councilmen Bill Greenlee (left) and Derek Green talk business during a hearing Monday. (Tom MacDonald, WHYY)

December 12: Using the HQ2 model | Azavea’s Summer of Maps | Ghosts of Midtown II

Using the HQ2 model as a business attraction regular: at Monday’s Council hearing, Councilman Derek Green discussed the city’s collaborative potential that was revealed in the Amazon bid process and Councilman…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

December 11: Small business workforce development | Strawberry Mansion, tangled title | Mayors for EV tax credit

Longtime residents of Strawberry Mansion are aware of encroaching private developers and the local CDC is trying to help current homeowners enjoy the benefits of economic development in their neighborhood. Like…

    • Rendering of a satellite view of 30th Street Station District

December 8: Retail disruption | Disconnected, unwelcomed | What housing shortage?

Econsult Solutions looks at the current truths of the retail market in this week’s Present Value. Econsult senior advisor Catherine Timko chooses the word disruption: how retailers are turning…

    • Gloria Casarez Residence LGBTQ youth housing groundbreaking. Credit: Annette John-Hall/WHYY

December 7: Raised intersections on South Broad | LGBTQ housing groundbreaking | Tricked out holiday buses

The city will be adding raised intersections and crosswalks stamped red on South Broad at Chestnut, Sansom, Moravian and Walnut Street next spring, writes Inga Safrron. The Street Department’s interventions are…

    • eL Seed mural at Market and Preston streets in West Philadelphia. Credit: Steve Weinik.

December 6: Ridge Ave demo bill | 95.5% occupancy | el Seed, West Powelton, Streets Dept

A new report finds that the Center City retail market is enjoying a healthy 95.5 percent occupancy rate, stabilized rents, and different tenant mix, writes the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni.…

    • The archive at William Way LGBT Community Center contains photographs, documents and artifacts covering nearly 50 years of gay life in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

December 5: Philadelphia Tenants Union | LGBT archives | Arts & Crafts Holdings

Arts & Crafts Holdings has snatched another building in the newly named Spring Arts neighborhood, writes the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni. The developer, which owns four other properties in the…

    • 33 new pedestrian-scale street lights were recently installed along North 3rd Street in Old City.

December 4: Rethink curbs | #PhillyMinute Graffiti Pier | Pedal to Porch

Jared Brey highlights the key points of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)’s new report on curbside management and design strategies to improve transit reliability. This very interesting report…

    • Orinoka Mills unfinished apartment | Credit: Lowell Brown/NKCDC

December 1: EPA Brownfields win | UCD’s secret sauce | Rebuild 61 sites

Philadelphia felt the reverberations late Thursday afternoon of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Dover, Delaware. Justin Auciello and Cris Barrish debrief points from the U.S. Geological Service and Delaware…

    • 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…

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…

    • 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…

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