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    • Chinese Community Center

August 19: Philly spends $200 million a year on biz tax breaks | CyclePhilly update | Zoning as opportunity hoarding

A new Pew report says Philadelphia leads the nation's largest cities in offering business tax breaks, reports Claudia Vargas. All told, the City forfeits over $200 million a year through tax…

    • Autonomous car, Pittsburgh

August 18: More details on Toll's Jewelers' Row plans | Self-driving cabs in Pittsburgh | Sign stump menace

In an entirely believable plot twist, L+I mistakenly issued a zoning permit to Toll Brothers for the Jewelers' Row project without requiring them to go through Civic Design Review--an advisory-only review…

    • McGillin's

August 17: Zoned hauling in NYC | New billboard sails through ZBA | UberEATS launches

New York City plans to introduce a zoned hauling framework for private waste hauling, Politico reports. New York's commercial trash system is similar to Philadelphia's in that the city provides residential…

    • 8th and Race

August 16: PRA wants 'social impact' development for 8th and Race | Speed cushions foiled | TOD at Frankford Transportation Center

The Redevelopment Authority put out a request for proposals for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race, next to the Broad-Ridge spur SEPTA station, and for the first time,…

    • Part of Jewelers' Row to be demolished by Toll Bros., August 2016

August 15: Toll Brothers don't own Jewelers' Row buildings yet | MeterUp expands | Speed cushions for N. 5th

City records show Toll Brothers hasn't purchased any of the five buildings on Jewelers' Row it plans to demolish, despite filing a demolition permit, reports Jacob Adelman.  Malcolm Burnley profiles one-man…

    • West Philly block parties

Mapping 10 years of Philadelphia block parties

Philadelphia is a block party city. Take a stroll around any Philly neighborhood on a weekend afternoon in the summer, and you'll probably spot more than one. The city offers residents…

    • Part of Jewelers' Row to be demolished by Toll Bros., August 2016

August 12: Toll Brothers to demolish part of Jewelers' Row | Moving Rizzo | PA leading on autonomous vehicles

A Toll Brothers subsidiary applied for a permit to demolish five buildings at the southeast corner of Jewelers' Row to make way for a 16-story, 80-unit residential building, Jacob Adelman reports.…

    • School District of Philadelphia

August 11: School District going after under-assessed properties | Palladian windows | Best bike commutes

The School District of Philadelphia will hire an outside firm to challenge inaccurate property assessments for properties believed to be underassessed by $1 million or more, Avi Wolfman-Arent reports. As PlanPhilly…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Updated Greenworks plan for city sustainability targets coming this fall

The city’s sustainability work will take a slightly different approach when the updated Greenworks plan debuts this fall. At an open house Tuesday afternoon, Director of Sustainability Christine Knapp said that…

    • Frank Rizzo statue

August 10: Philly home prices reach all-time high | Rizzo statue | Delivery robots

Kevin Gillen's quarterly report on the Philadelphia housing market shows home prices and sales volumes have hit another all-time high, reports Melissa Romero. Housing prices increased 6.2% overall in the…

    • Franklin Institute

August 9: Modular mid-rise on Washington | Franklin Institute digital signage | Party transportation platforms

The sidelined Silverliner V trains are costing SEPTA more than $1 million per month, Tom MacDonald reports, although the cars are still under warranty.  A 5-story, 48-unit modular apartment building…

    • Rittenhouse Coffee Shop

August 8: Councilman Johnson's no-bid city land sales | Plan B for S.S. United States | 1900 block of Sansom spared

William Bender has an important piece on some of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's no-bid land sales in Point Breeze. There's a lot more to it, but the gist is that city-owned properties…

    • Barbara Capozzi and Johnny Doc

August 5: FBI probing Doc | SDP retesting lead in schools | Parking lawyer robots

FBI investigators probed several locations this morning including labor leader John Dougherty's home in Pennsport, the IBEW Union Hall on Spring Garden, and Councilman Bobby Henon's office, CBS 3 reports. Pennsylvania…

    • Michael Nutter

August 4: Nutter's HUD dreams | Dumpster pool crackdown | Safer left turns

Michael Nutter is said to be one of the names under consideration for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development if Hillary Clinton becomes President, says Edward-Isaach Dovere. Nutter had been considered…

    • The Collins

August 3: Philly job growth picking up | Uber and union organizing | Halal cart boom

Steady job growth is driving the demand for apartment construction in Philadelphia, according to data from real estate services firm Marcus & Millichap. Alan Heavens writes that "the increase in jobs…

    • Mormon Temple

August 2: Home sales boosting city budget | First look at Mormon Temple | Dean on Philly walkability

City revenues came in higher than expected this year, reports Claudia Vargas, with the biggest jump coming from the realty transfer tax. "The realty transfer collection went up 16 percent…

    • Dumpster Pool

August 1: Speeding up Amtrak on the cheap | 100 years of zoning | Dumpster pool

Alon Levy offers some cheaper alternatives to some of the budget-busting proposals in Amtrak's NEC Futures plan. One idea: fixing Frankford Junction to cut travel times between New York and…

    • One of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 locomotives, Photo courtesy of Amtrak

July 29: Rethinking Philly's intercity bus hubs | Homeownership at a low | Philly's affordability in context

Amtrak passengers scored a win at the federal Surface Transportation Board yesterday when the Board moved to withdraw a proposal supported by freight rail companies challenging the priority status of passenger…

    • Crane Arts Building, Phillytrax

City advances redesign for North American Street, including 28-foot wide bioswale

North American Street could become the city’s premiere example of a green street, using the road’s expansive width to soak up stormwater with a 28-foot wide bioswale running up the center…

    • Girard Theater

July 22: No protest permits for Dilworth | Spring Arts District in Callowhill | Girard Avenue Theater

Jake Blumgart profiles Jim Kenney for The American Prospect, with observations on the tensions between some of the expectations Kenney set for modern governance during his campaign, and the reality of…

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