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    • 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…

    • Construction worker

Center City's housing boom slightly outpaces demand

Center City is still booming, the Center City District (CCD) reports. Housing is the subject of the latest report from Philadelphia’s premier business improvement district. The headline number is that 2,506…

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016

Jewelers' Row development up in the air (rights)

On Tuesday, Toll Brothers presented their proposed 29-story Jewelers Row skyscraper for Civic Design Review (CDR), but only for an informational discussion—not the actual review as initially intended. When Toll Brothers…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop| Ashley Hahn

Artist Speaks Out On City Proposal To Scrap His Work

At January’s Art Commission meeting, the city attempted to deaccession the eleven stained-glass decorated bus shelters that line Chestnut Street in Center City. The proposition stirred up a storm of opposition…

    • What is your vision for the future? January 17, 2017
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Philly gets its own sticky-note 'subway therapy' just before Inauguration Day

Just like in the New York City subway, sticky-note messages have started to accumulate on a tile wall in the concourse between Septa’s City Hall Station and Suburban Station. The…

    • Walnut Street, Philadelphia Photos

Center City report finds $1 billion in retail demand

Just in time for the holidays, the Center City District (CCD) released a 24-page glossy report on the state of retail its purview, finding downtown Philadelphia blossoming as a “24-hour downtown”…

    • Photo illustration of advertising, as proposed for 1515 Arch | Interstate Outdoor Advertising, Tantala Associates

Art Commission rejects proposal to use city office buildings as billboards

A proposal to use the city’s Municipal Services Building and One Parkway as advertising backdrops met with bitter opposition at the Art Commission’s Wednesday meeting. The proposal comes three years after…

    • Proposal for new entry signage on Lit Brothers building | Brickstone Realty

Digitally-enhanced entries proposed for Lit Brothers building

The Historical Commission's Architectural Committee weighed in on design concepts for additional digital signage on the historic Lit Brothers building at its meeting Tuesday. Consideration of alterations to the high profile…

    • Cyclists avoid construction on Bike Coalition's annual Bike to Work Day celebratory ride/Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

Center City District reports show cycling up, drivers and cyclists agree potholes and blocked lanes are the worst

Traffic seemed terrible this morning. Cars on the Ben Franklin Parkway were stopped from 22nd Street to 20th Street, where ongoing construction diverts drivers before they can reach Logan Circle. After…

    • Dumpster alley, EOTS Flickr Group

Squilla proposes banning new dumpsters in Center City

It’s been a big year for trash receptacles in Philadelphia. First came the nationally recognized dumpster pool phenomena that briefly won the city nationwide notoriety, which then was swiftly banned by…

    • Digital sign on top of Lit Brothers building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr group

Philadelphia loses last bit of control over city’s billboards [updated]

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) revoked Philadelphia’s last bit of control over billboards in the city, transferring jurisdiction for outdoor advertising in the Market Street East Advertising District (MSEAD) to PennDOT.…

    • Lee Cultural Center | Emma Lee / WHYY
    • Philadelphia poverty and transit access to downtown | Center City District, 2016

Center City District report highlights transit as competitive necessity for region’s economy

If everyone drove to work in Center City, how much parking would we need? According to a new report from the Center City District: 2.6 square miles of surface parking. The…

    • w hotel rendering
Eyes on the Street

Unanswered NID/TIF questions for hotel project at 15th and Chestnut

Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) typically assess an additional fee for income-producing properties in particular areas to pay for special services. Does it make sense to use the revenue stream from NID…

    • Light masts on North Broad (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

A tale of two Broad Streets: How Avenue of the Arts splintered

Five years ago, on Temple University’s campus, Avenue of the Arts CEO Karen Lewis stood beside a prototype of a “light mast,” the first of 41 metallic, illuminated poles that line…

    • President's House
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: President's House

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Center City

Takeaways from the 2016 State of Center City report

Center City District released their annual State of Center City report [PDF] Thursday, and while there are no major surprises about the trajectory of Philadelphia’s central business district—-up, up, and away!—-there…

    • Bus stop on a roof, closer still

What’s this SEPTA bus stop doing on the roof of 1529 Walnut?

There is a bus stop on top of a building in Center City. Specifically, there is a bus stop for SEPTA Routes 2, 9, 12, 21, and 42 on top of…

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