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City commits $40 million to repairing rowhomes

The city is launching this summer a new low-interest loan program that provides homeowners as much as $25,000 to fix up their aging homes, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. The…

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City Hall scores in predatory lending battle against Wells Fargo

A federal judge in Philadelphia has rejected Wells Fargo’s bid to dismiss the city’s lawsuit accusing the bank of predatory lending practices targeting black and Hispanic borrowers, Reuters reports. The city…

    • Steinbridge Group CEO Tawan Davis. Credit: Kate Devlin

NYC investor promises $50M for Philly’s “middle” rental market

Doing well by doing good in real estate? New York-based investor Tawan Davis has come to Philadelphia with the intention of investing $50 million into affordable rental housing for working families…

    • U.S. embassy in London designed by KieranTimberlake. Credit: Richard Bryant/Dezeen

Philadelphia-based Kieran Timberlake's "bad deal" embassy opens today in London

The U.S. embassy in London designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake and disparaged by President Donald Trump as a “bad deal,” opens today, CNN reports. The firm, best known locally for…

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Retracing Martin Luther King Jr.'s steps through Philadelphia

On Monday, Philadelphia and the nation will commemorate the 89th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth. A chapter of the civil rights hero’s life unfolded here in the Philly region…

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A cool $1 million goes to former spool factory

Globe Dye Works, the yarn-dyeing  factory turned live-work space, has received $1 million in state grant funding to rehab its boiler room into an event space, KYW reports. The 1.7-acre, 11-building…

    • Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington Ave. ( credit: OCF Realty)

Preservationists inch closer to protecting Washington Ave. factory

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue has been nominated for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The property made it onto the national register back in December,…

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Post Brothers planning 2 towers to rise in West Philly

Two new towers could be soon rising in West Philadelphia. Post Brothers, the developer behind the lux residential conversion of Callowhill’s Goldtex building, is planning a pair of high-rise additions for…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

January 8: Comcast buys Wilco | Kiosk designs | Turnpike toll increase

Comcast has purchased Wilco Electronics Systems, the city’s only black-owned cable provider, Technically Philly’s Roberto Torres reports. Of significance, the 40-year old company provides communication services to PHA residents and low-income…

    • A crowded SEPTA Regional Rail train this morning at Suburban Station. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

January 5: Car slams into SEPTA train | Industrial deco castle | Temple’s Tiny House

It’s Chilly Philly out there! SEPTA will operate on Severe Storm Schedule for Regional Rail Friday, which means at 75 percent capacity of a normal weekday. Bus and trolley routes are…

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January 4: Frankford Chocolate Factory | Trickle-down environment | Commercial waste audit system

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue is now on the National Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The federal designation allows the building to qualify for 20 percent tax…

    • Industrial erosion in the North District, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

January 3: Water main burst uptick | Blatstein sells half of waterfront site | 1K used Uber NYE

Philadelphia has seen a “significant increase in call volume over the past couple of weeks related to broken service lines, frozen service lines and broken water mains” due to the…

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January 2: Not so fast bridge replacement | Carpenter Lane love | 2017 narratives, mapped

Greetings. Welcome to 2018. Roughly 30 percent of the bridges under the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project are "unbuilt after the target date," PMN's Joseph N. DiStefano reports. DiStefano looks…

    • 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 the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the Grays Ferry neighborhood in South Philadelphia, PA, on February 13th, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

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.”…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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