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    • Portable feather signs hanging at an auto lot in Northeast Philadelphia | Google Street View, 2014

Henon bill aims to rid sidewalks of inflatable tube men, portable signs

Sidewalk advertisements are everywhere, blooming from the pavement and parking lots in colorful bursts. Fluttering flags in Center City hawk cell phones, while inflatable men of disquieting size billow on the…

    • Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 fire station with addition, May 2017 | Cecil Baker + Partners

Chestnut Hill firehouse's contemporary addition supported by preservation committee

Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37 is finally getting a building that can accommodate contemporary fire-fighting vehicles. The oldest fire station in Philadelphia will remain in use, but its almost 125-year-old building will…

    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Squilla calls increased Delaware waterfront height limit ‘progressive’ – waterfront advocates say it would undercut plan

Harris Steinberg fears that Philadelphia’s Delaware waterfront may be returning to the bad old days. Almost 10 years ago, when Steinberg ran PennPraxis, he presented a civic vision for seven miles…

    • Powelton Village

Planning Commission weighs in on micro-apartments, RCO rule changes, and rezoning bills

The May meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission tackled 22 agenda items, including a raft of rezonings and the continuing evolution of rules for Registered Community Organizations. Redevelopment Agreement for…

    • City Hall, 2017 | Ken Van Pelt, EOTS Flickr Group

Ballot Question: Should city move to ‘best value’ from ‘lowest bid’ for contracts?

Councilman Bobby Henon, backed by the Kenney administration, thinks it’s time to update the city’s procurement policies. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether the city should change how it picks vendors…

    • Municipal Services Building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Ballot Question: Should Philadelphia have a Community Reinvestment Commission?

On Tuesday voters will decide whether they like the sound of amending the city’s charter to create the Philadelphia Community Reinvestment Commission. This new commission is the brainchild of City Council…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

In pitched fight over Germantown Boys and Girls Club, Historical Commission postpones decision as both sides dig in

It seemed as though half of Germantown turned out for Friday’s Historical Commission meeting to decide future of the Boys and Girls Club building on Penn Street. The room grew so…

    • Sidewalk bridging provides pedestrians a covered walkway

Council supports pedestrian protections, considers project information and tax relief

Thursday’s City Council session ranged widely, taking in such subjects as naming Broad Street between Christian to Carpenter “Boyz II Men Boulevard” and a lengthy public comment period on…

    • PPA lot at 1339 South 12th Street| Dena Driscoll

Parking Authority plan to put billboards on neighborhood parking lots contested

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) wants to make a little extra cash by selling advertising space in a handful of its parking lots and garages. Community activists, who don’t want billboards…

    • Rendering of Faith and Liberty Discovery Center, SaylorGregg. | May 2017 Art Commission

Faith and Liberty Discovery Center gets initial blessing from Art Commission

Independence Mall is beset by monstrously large buildings that offer no succor to tourists or to human beings of any description. Come for the Liberty Bell stay for, well, maybe the…

    • Royal Theater redevelopment: view from South Street | May 2017 Civic Design Review, JKRP

Royal Theater’s replacement passes design review

May’s Civic Design Review (CDR) was all sweetness and light, with both a new multi-family development on City Avenue and the redevelopment of the Royal Theater winning quick support from the…

    • RCO Map detail

Council still reworking rules for community orgs in development process

Friday’s Rules Committee hearing centered on two bills related to Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), neighborhood groups that are deeply embedded in Philadelphia’s development process. RCOs are geographically-specific organizations, created as part…

    • 6200 Osage Avenue | Will Herzog

Developers picked to rebuild at MOVE site face wary neighbors at project kickoff

Thirty-two years ago, the City of Philadelphia bombed itself. When it rebuilt the 6200 blocks of Osage and Pine, the developer hired to fix the mess used shoddy materials, and went…

    • 7th and Sansom - Jewelers' Row

Appeal of Jewelers' Row demolition permit denied by Board of L&I Review

*This story has been updated with responses from Toll Brothers and the City of Philadelphia.  On Tuesday, the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia faced another defeat in its months-long campaign to…

    • Frank DiCicco, 2017 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Q&A with Frank DiCicco, former councilman turned new zoning board chair

Through the last half of the 20th century, Philadelphia’s mid-century zoning code was Frankenstein-ed into an impenetrable tome, creating a convoluted development process, and empowering the local politicians who became its…

    • West Philadelphia Title & Trust | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Committee supports historic designation for Germantown Boys and Girls Club, West Philadelphia Title & Trust

The Committee on Historic Designation is one of the lower hurdles a nomination to the historic register must cross. The body is stocked with historians, an archaeologist, and a planner who…

    • Society Hill Acme

Council exempts Society Hill from green roof and grocery zoning bonuses

On Thursday, City Council passed a bill exempting Society Hill from the density bonuses offered in exchange for buildings that include fresh food markets and green roofs, under the zoning code’s…

    • Walking Uptown, 16th and Ridge

Francisville downzoning objections come to Council too late

The public comment period near the end of each City Council session is rarely a forum for reasoned criticisms of pending legislation. If a critic enjoys the clout or the know-how,…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

In Germantown, a fight over a century old building and the future of the Boys and Girls Club

Everyone agrees that the super-sized Boys and Girls Club slated for Germantown will do wonders for the neighborhood. But beneath that gauzy consensus a controversy is brewing about the design and…

    • No trash dumping

Would requiring waste management plans curb illegal dumping?

On Monday, City Council’s Committee on Licenses & Inspections will consider a bill that would require any building project over $10,000 to submit a detailed waste collection plan to the city.…

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