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    • Illustration of proposed Skyspace by James Turrell. Credit: KSK Architects

July 21: Intrusion evolution | Filthadelphia | Historical society sues NJDOT

Happy Friday, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know this morning: James Turrell’s ‘Skyspace’ at the Art Museum continues the iconic landscape’s history of constant evolution, argues Inga Saffron. While…

    • CSX freight cars

July 20: Train jump severs leg | LGBT affordable housing blow | Mapping Philly’s heat stress

A 13-year-old boy’s leg was severed after he tried to jump on a train in Northeast Philadelphia, the AP reports. A police rep says the accident occurred on a CSX line…

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

July 19: Testing “eyes on the street” | Wells Fargo sued again | Philly’s First Navy Yard

A team of three statisticians and an architect released in June a study that tests the famous Jacobsian ‘eyes on the street’ theory, writes Jared Brey, contributing to NextCity. Using publicly…

    • Hazelwood Second Ave

July 18: CRA effects on lending | $26M Newark station makeover | Philly’s media industry

Philadelphia’s Federal Reserve Bank has published new research on the effects of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on mortgage lending in the city, writes NextCity’s Oscar Perry Abello. In CRA-eligible census…

    • Bartram's Farm One Year Mark

July 17: Demolition delay | Phantom tollbooths | Less affordable future?

Councilwoman Quiñones-Sánchez’s proposed inclusionary zoning bill looks ahead to a less affordable future, writes Jared Brey for NextCity. Brey looks at a similar bill introduced to council in 2007, inclusionary zoning…

    • Kids splashed in the new Shissler Rec Center sprayground plant feature

July 14: Blatstein’s $40M tax credit | Rebuild prelim work | PPA’s TNC rules?

The city’s deal with Bart Blatstein for the former Inquirer Building allows the developer to retain $40 million in federal historic tax credits, Jacob Adelman reports. A city spokesperson says that…

    • Shalimar Thomas, director of North Broad Renaissance (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

July 13: An “unfortunate casualty” | 30 Philly walks | North Broad Renaissance

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s outgoing first president Tom Corcoran discusses the organization’s major accomplishments and challenges with NewsWorks Tonight’s Dave Heller. Corcoran speaks about the successes: Spruce Street Harbor Park,…

    • 30th Street Station Plaza rendering. Credit: Amtrak

July 12: Sunoco pays for water | EPA, DOT cuts | Augmented reality in parks

Sunoco will pay for public water for about 30 Chester County homes affected by the Mariner East 2 pipeline drilling, StateImpact PA’s Jon Hurdle reports. The company committed to supply residents…

    • 5th Street / Independence Hall station, July 2016

July 11: PennDOT safety improvements | Eric Blumenfeld’s dreams | Bedell mansion

The Divine Lorraine’s renovation is well underway, but will North Broad’s current state be enough to make the connection to Center City? Billy Penn’s Mike Dent tours work-in-progress with developer Eric…

    •  camp in Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

July 10: Comeback cities | Conrail cleanup delay | Collingswood architectural treasures

Cities making a comeback—Keystone Crossroads’ Naomi Starobin discusses economically distressed communities in small American cities with Atlantic magazine writers James and Deborah Fallows on the Grapple podcast. Looking to cities…

    • Vox building

July 7: Construction strike ends | North Philly Peace Park | Atlas: 19th century Facebook

The General Building Contractors Association and the local operating engineers union have reached a tentative agreement, ending the strike that halted construction last week, Curbed Philadelphia’s Melissa Romero reports. The two…

    • Rocky Map

July 6: Park prescriptions | First Rebuild contract | Navy Yard history

The Rebuild team awarded the initiative’s first contract to local minority-owned firm Talson Solutions LLC, the Inquirer’s Julia Terruso reports. The construction auditing, consulting, and project management firm will be tasked…

    • Work in progress at Norman Blumberg Apartments. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

July 5: SEPTA real-time data | Domus sues PHA | Southwest Gateway Housing design

SEPTA expects to begin rolling out cellular modems this month that provide riders with real-time data on vehicles’ location, Jason Laughlin reports. Location data on SEPTA’s 1,400 buses and 159 trolleys…

    • New Jersey shutdown; State Capitol in Trenton (Alan Tu/WHYY)

July 3: Christie shuts down NJ | Bones, cont’d | Foul odor app

Governor Chris Christie has shut down the state government after he and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement on a new budget, WHYY reports. The shutdown, which began July…

    • Vox building

June 30: “Near limitless supply of energy” | Vox artists hopeful | Lyft Lux Philly

Now that Vox Populi has been forcibly vacated following a stairway fire, some tenants worry the owner will turn the building into condos, writes NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins. Vox is one…

    • A volunteer uncovers a body at the former site of First Baptist church cemetery in early 2017. (Courtesy of the Mütter Museum)

June 29: NJ blocks PennEast permit | 676 canyon | More bones, no halt-work

PennDOT’s three-year, $75 million reconstruction of the Vine Street Expressway “was a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to mitigate the damage that disconnects Center City from its northern neighborhoods, and “Philadelphia blew it…

    • crane 1400 block of chestnut

July 28: Contract dispute halts construction | Affordable solar | A ‘preposterous pet project’

A contract dispute between the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) of Philadelphia and the union representing crane and heavy-equipment operators brings construction in the city to a halt, reports the…

    • Vanna Venturi House

June 27: Schuylkill Yards community benefits | Bike share equity | Happy 92nd Robert Venturi

Brandywine Realty Trust pledged  $5.6 million in community engagement initiatives for the Schuylkill Yards project on Monday to “build a stronger West Philadelphia through job creation, education and training, small…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

June 26: MOVE marker needs site | Furness jowls | Chester deindustrialization and racism

Pro-tax protesters seized audible control of the Local Government Committee hearing on Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, forcing committee chairman Senator Scott Wagner to cancel the hearing and reschedule in Harrisburg, the…

    • A new sprayground opened at the Shissler Rec Center Thursday

June 23: Transfer tax shortfall | Sin tax city | NJ $125M library bond

The expansion of digital slot machines in bars, airports, lounges and truck stops targets “some of the poorest and vulnerable demographics,” writes Charles D. Ellison for the Philadelphia Citizen. Ellison argues…

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