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Philly hospitality industry doesn’t want Jay-Z’s MIA to go MIA

Mayors get criticized all the time, but it’s not every day the critic is a billionaire rap mogul. In an op-ed for the Inquirer and Daily News, rapper Jay-Z…

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A renewed push to give Taney Street a different name

A petition to rename Taney Street has gotten a boost, with its backers touting the mayor’s support of the effort in a renewed push. George Basile, a Temple University senior, launched…

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LOVE Park? More like loathe park! Criticisms mount as JFK Plaza slowly reopens.

It’s an iconic shot, a photo taken by numerous Philadelphians, millions of visitors, and countless brides and grooms. The subjects stand in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE Statue as a geyser-like fountain…

    • The scene has quieted down at the Rittenhouse Starbucks where two black men were arrested on April 12. (Jim Saksa/ WHYY)

Rittenhouse Starbucks patron: "We should all be able to... get a cup of coffee or sit down."

The rhythm of daily commerce has resumed at Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets, where the filmed arrest of two black men eight days ago launched another round of the nation’s…

    • A packed room at Pipeline Philly listens as Witty Gritty's/Urban Consulate's Michelle Freeman kicks off the discussion
Eyes on the Street

Design professionals discuss how to make room for all races in Philly public spaces

Sitting in front of a crowd of over one hundred, Tya Winn asked a row of audience members to stand. “There are about 25 of you standing,” the president of Philadelphia’s…

    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

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Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

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Councilman Johnson introduces budget amendment to maintain Schuylkill River Trail funding

Last week, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced an amendment to Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal that would restore—and even increase — the city’s funding commitment to the Schuylkill River Trail. Under Mayor…

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Proposal to transform base of Ben Franklin Bridge trips at the start

A few years ago, planners from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) approached the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) with an idea: Monument Plaza, the barren concrete pedestal for Isamu Noguchi’s sometimes…

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Reuse of the City Branch for transit or trails unlikely, but proposed development isn't to blame

When plans for a new mixed-use development at 15th and Hamilton streets in Spring Garden were posted online in advance of this month’s Civic Design Review, the project caused a stir…

    • Grays Ferry Swing Bridge | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Public feedback sought on on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge project

Joe Syrnick is entering the New Year swinging for the bridges. At a public feedback open house about the Grays Ferry Swing Bridge this Thursday, Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s President said…

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Artful illuminations unveiled on Spring Garden Street, improving connection between Northern Liberties and waterfront

On a cold, December night, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) unveiled some hot new lights that have been a long time coming to the stretch of Spring Garden Street under…

    • Schuylkill River Trail | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Sections of MLK Drive, Schuylkill River Trail to close for retaining wall rebuild

On Monday the City of Philadelphia announced that parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed for a few weeks while crews rebuild and…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Full funding secured for phase one of Rail Park

Here’s a burst of sunshine on this otherwise dreary and wet Friday. The Pennsylvania Office of the Budget quietly released a list of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants, including one…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

Despite big crowds, first Philly Free Streets falls short of city’s stated goals

On Saturday, thousands of Philadelphians on bike and foot crowded South Street, attracted by the road’s closure to automobiles for Philly Free Streets. Children skipped, couples strolled, and bicyclists noted the…

    • Digital sign on top of Lit Brothers building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr group

Philadelphia loses last bit of control over city’s billboards [updated]

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) revoked Philadelphia’s last bit of control over billboards in the city, transferring jurisdiction for outdoor advertising in the Market Street East Advertising District (MSEAD) to PennDOT.…

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Open Streets announced for South Street and MLK Drive on Sept. 24

A slightly coy Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson spilled the beans about the city’s Open Streets plan to the Bella Vista Neighborhoods Association Tuesday evening. Tolson, who didn’t want to reveal…

    • MLK Drive trail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

MLK Drive Trail wins $500,000 grant for restoration

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) approved a $500,000 grant to restore nearly four miles of trail running along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at its monthly board meeting Thursday.…

Streetsplainer: What the heck do those “The space between these lines not dedicated” street markers mean?

Occasionally, I walk around Philly with my head down, Charlie Brown-like, often after a rough Phillies loss or because I made the mistake of looking at my checking account balance. When…

    • The Family Court Building (right) and Free Library help define Logan Square's civic architecture.

On Logan Square: From Square to Circle… and maybe back again?

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

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