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    • Cyclists form a

Volunteers count vehicles in the bike lanes as upgrade work on Pine and Spruce is delayed

The bike lanes on Pine and Spruce streets are Philly’s versions of the watched pot that never boils. While volunteers from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia engage in a week-long…

    • Customers often park in the bike lane while they run into the Wawa on 22nd Street, which opened a few months ago. | Jim Saksa/WHYY News

Frustrated by Philly politicians’ failure to upgrade bike lanes, cyclists turn to the courts

Outside Courtroom 426, a small shoal of bicycle-safety advocates gathered in a semicircle, seemingly dazed by their unexpected good fortune. “This is definitely a good outcome,” said Kyle Leach, a Point…

    • The 100 block of Mole Street -- virtually all of it -- in Center City.

An intimate rowhouse block holds its own as towers rise around it

The 100 block of North Mole Street looks like a lot of older rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia, but with more trees. The shaded street, with its neatly kept brick homes, feels…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.
Eyes on the Street

The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum

PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

    • LOVE in reverse / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Finding a new LOVE

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds plenty. Hear what Philadelphians using the park think about Center…

    • Robinson building, 1020 Market Street | Ashley Hahn, January 2018
Eyes on the Street

On Market East, an unusual fight in old battle pitting preservation against progress

By Ashley Hahn Market Street east of City Hall was one of Philly’s great shopping streets. After years of decline, the tide has shifted, bringing new development to parts of this…

    • Boyd Theater, 1956

Movie theaters strike back in downtown Philadelphia

In the first half of the 20th century, towering palaces to cinema were built in Center City Philadelphia. These massive buildings were ornately decorated with elaborate statues, gilded ceilings, and even orchestra…

    • Aerial view of 60 N. 23rd Street from 23rd & Arch Street

Developer of 23rd and Arch site asked to give double tower proposal a second look

PMC’s Property Group’s new mega-apartment project drew acrimony from the Civic Design Review (CDR) Tuesday, as the developer’s plans for a skybridge and an enormous parking garage proved unpopular. The committee…

    • Passengers kicked out windows to flee a stopped SEPTA train after hearing a loud bang and fearing the worst

Equipment failure and a “loud bang” cause SEPTA riders to flee stopped Regional Rail train, shutting down Center City service

During rush hour Wednesday evening, SEPTA stopped all Regional Rail trains through Center City after some passengers on a stopped train jumped from it after hearing a loud bang. According to…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Gallery redevelopers paint rosy picture for future of Fashion District Philadelphia and East Market

Everyone knows East Market Street is on the rise. This neglected stretch of prime Center City real estate long symbolized the untapped market potential of Philadelphia’s downtown, hosting a variety of…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

Art is compromising: Commission OKs city’s plan to replace, but reuse, Chestnut Street’s stained-glass bus shelters

At the beginning of the year, the City of Philadelphia attempted to replace Chestnut Street’s bus shelters with new ones, which would have meant the deaccessioning of stained-glass art installations that…

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

Cry me a River: Central Delaware advocates debate changes to waterfront zoning, height limits

Thursday night, the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) gathered to hear Mark Squilla explain his  proposal to allow the construction of  significantly taller buildings along the waterfront. In the Independence Seaport…

    • Vision Zero Action Plan: Current conditions of Philadelphia street safety

Council President Clarke calls for Vision Zero implementation plan, despite existence of city’s Vision Zero Action Plan

In response to the death of Peter Javsicas, a multimodal transportation advocate who was hit by a driver on Tuesday while walking on the sidewalk near 16th Street and John…

    • 16th and JFK Boulevard, June 14, 2017

Advocate for multimodal transportation killed in crash at 16th and JFK

Peter Javsicas, a beloved figure in Philadelphia’s small world of transportation engineers and planners and Mt. Airy resident, died Tuesday evening of injuries sustained after a motorist jumped the sidewalk curb…

    • Liberty Title and Trust building renovations, June 2017

Activists question public subsidies used for North Broad hotel project

Last year Realen Properties and HRI Properties, which specializes in the renovation of historic properties, announced it would be converting the historic Liberty Title and Trust building into a 179-room Starwood…

    • 500 Walnut Street, June 2017

View from the top: Two new luxury buildings welcome the wealthy – and why that matters for the rest of us

Tom Scannapieco is standing in the penthouse suite of 500 Walnut, his latest addition to the tippy-top of Philadelphia’s real estate market. The building is still under construction and the walls…

    • taxi philly city hall

PPA expands taxi flat rate zone for airport trips

On Wednesday morning, the PPA board authorized an expansion of the flat rate zone for taxi trips between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport. The PPA will need to change the…

    • Indego | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Indego Bike Share turns two, celebrates 1.2 million rides with new stations in Fishtown, South Philly and Center City

On Thursday, Indego celebrated its second birthday and was showered with a dozen new stations, 200 new bikes and a $930,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to support community outreach…

    • Buildings where Stateside and Black 'N Brew are located saw property tax assessments more than double for 2018. | Jared Brey for PlanPhilly

Property-tax hikes stir worries in East Passyunk, Chinatown, South Street District

Ever since the 2015 campaign, Mayor Jim Kenney has said that supporting commercial corridors is key to his vision for revitalizing the city’s neighborhoods. And while it hasn’t necessarily rolled out…

    • Discovery Center entrance, April 2017 Art Commisison presentation

Art Commission greenlights design for Discovery Center in Strawberry Mansion

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission glowingly approved designs for the 14,000-square-foot Discovery Center at the East Park Reservoir, a long-anticipated project that seeks to provide public access to a unique…

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