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    • Architect Cecil Baker in his office | Emma Lee / WHYY

Finding the form with Cecil Baker

Cecil Baker will often pause before he speaks. In meetings of the Civic Design Review Committee, he will sometimes lean back in his chair, further back than you’d expect, as though…

    • DCS hosted a community meeting at Dixon House last week to discuss programs and planning in Point Breeze and to introduce a new community visioning process they've started with KSK.

Commission adopts new rules for community groups, hearings to come

The Planning Commission has adopted a new set of departmental regulations governing the conduct of Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), and expects to hold a public hearing on the new rules sometime…

    • 29th and Girard streets in Brewerytown | Ifanyi Bell for WHYY

Commission votes against proposed down-zoning in Brewerytown

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted Tuesday not to support a bill that would rezone dozens of properties in Brewerytown to single-family residential, down from multi-family residential. The bill, introduced…

    • Courtesy of Greg Heller

On the Record: Q&A with Greg Heller, director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected Greg Heller, an author and community development professional, to serve as its executive director. Heller takes over for Brian Abernathy, who left the PRA…

    • Lincoln Square | Alterra Property Group

Johnson sponsors zoning change for Lincoln Square project at Broad & Washington

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced two bills on Thursday that would allow Alterra Property Group to build a nine-story, 356-unit apartment complex and grocery store at the northwest corner of Broad Street…

    • These garages on Lombard Street (an RM-1 district) provide residential parking, but came at a cost: one extra long curb cut that took away on-street parking and created a boring pedestrian environment

Parking rules questioned at City Council budget hearing

“I’m just concerned about the density, and I’m really concerned about the parking,” Council President Darrell Clarke said Tuesday morning, addressing Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during budget hearings. “It’s a…

    • St. Augustine Catholic Church, Interior, 2016 | Jared Brey

Catholic Church paintings added to historic register

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Friday morning to add a series of religious paintings inside St. Augustine Catholic Church at 4th and New streets in Old City to the local register…

    • Holmesburg billboard streetview | Google

Henon clearing a path for new digital billboard on Interstate 95.

Philadelphia is finally getting another billboard on Interstate 95. On Thursday, Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill that would rezone a small portion of land near Pennypack Creek in Holmesburg from…

    • Newkirk Monument at Bartram's Mile | Andropogon

Alan Greenberger chairs newly appointed Art Commission

A neglected, graffitied, 180-year-old marble obelisk called the Newkirk Monument will be relocated from its current hidden home along an Amtrak rail line in Southwest Philly to Bartram’s Mile on the…

    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Unimpressed but unempowered, design committee gets a final look at Broad & Washington project

It took Bart Blatstein less than two minutes to describe the changes he made to his proposed mixed-use megaproject at Broad & Washington since his first presentation left the Civic Design…

    • David Feldman

David Feldman to helm builders' lobby Development Workshop

David Feldman, an architect and founder of the development outfit Right-Sized Homes, has been named the new director of the Development Workshop, a lobbying group and consortium of builders, designers, attorneys,…

    • Amoroso's bakery in Southwest Philadelphia, 2015

After Nabisco and Amoroso's leave, Councilman wants tax break for food manufacturers

Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill on Thursday that would give new bakeries and other food manufacturing facilities a ten-year break on their Use & Occupancy taxes as an incentive to…

    • PPA garage

March 24: Slow metro growth | Race and park planning | Parking bubble? | Broad & Washington scorecard

The Philadelphia metro area is growing more slowly than other metro areas around the country, the Inquirer reports. The population continues to grow thanks to births and immigration, the metro…

    • N3RD Street sign | NewsWorks

To help tech startups grow, Keystone Innovation Zone expands to Old City

The University City Keystone Innovation Zone (KIZ) now stretches across Center City to the Delaware River.   On Tuesday, Mayor Jim Kenney and Stephen S. Tang, the CEO of University City…

    • 13th & Carpenter | Cope Linder

Blatstein's revised designs for Broad & Washington project

Developer Bart Blatstein has submitted new renderings of his proposed mixed-use apartment tower and rooftop village at Broad & Washington Avenue to the Civic Design Review Committee, which will see the…

    • Paul Steinke

Paul Steinke, former Reading Terminal manager, to lead Preservation Alliance

Paul Steinke, the former general manager of the Reading Terminal Market who ran an unsuccessful campaign for a City Council seat in 2015, will be the next director of the Preservation…

    • Liz Hersh | Emma Lee / WHYY

'Winning really matters.' Discussing homelessness with Liz Hersh, Office of Supportive Housing

Early in January, Mayor Jim Kenney announced that Liz Hersh would become director of the Office of Supportive Housing, which coordinates the City’s efforts to prevent and reduce homelessness. Prior to…

    • 1105 Frankford

Industrial properties on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown recommended for historic designation

Four industrial properties on the rapidly changing Frankford Avenue Commercial Corridor in Fishtown were recommended for historic protection Thursday. The Historical Commission’s committee on historic designation ruled that the former Morse…

    • Single family houses with ground floor garages on 200 block of Arch

Bill would limit urban 'McMansions'

City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill on Thursday that would prohibit single-family housing in areas zoned CMX-3, which is intended to be a relatively high-density commercial mixed-use zoning classification. The…

    • Finnegan's Wake

Finnigan's Wake redevelopment deal back from the dead

Tim Finnegan was a hod carrier with a weakness for strong spirits. One morning, after drinking some whiskey before work, he fell off a ladder and died. At his wake, his…

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