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    • 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,…

    • Cameron Square: 19th and Wylie streets, March 2017 | ISA

Development proposal revived, revised for Francisville's largest vacant property

Redevelopment for Francisville's largest vacant property, a 1.5-acre site across from Francisville Rec Center where a paint factory once stood, could move ahead after a years-long wait. Last week the Philadelphia City…

    • North District Plan: focus area map, March 2017 | courtesy of Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Planning Commission updated on North District plan, supports West Poplar and TOD zoning changes

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission unfolded briskly, with all of the bills considered by the commission getting recommended—with the exception of an “urban topiary encroachment” on 3rd Street just north…

    • Brown Street, Francisville | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Francisville rezoning delayed, Fadullon sworn in as Planning Commission chair

Anne Fadullon, the city’s new Director of Planning and Development, was sworn in as a member of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Immediately after being sworn in, Fadullon was nominated…

    • Siddiq Thurman, Ayeashi Daniels and Eleni Zorn (L to R) agree the improvements make their pool more fun.
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: A poolside pop-up in Francisville

Built-in wooden deck loungers and palm trees overlook clear blue water, and patio sets grace the lawn. These are not the view of amenities at a luxury building but at Francisville…

    • May 12, 1954: Divine Lorraine, Broad and Fairmount | Parker and Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
    • UPDATED: The Imperative Divine Lorraine

New grant completes financing for Divine Lorraine

Eric Blumenfeld now has all the money he needs to revive the Divine Lorraine, the iconic former hotel that has towered over North Broad Street for years, vacant since 1999, collecting…

    • Giles
Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Francisville NDC's Penelope Giles

When Penelope Giles grew up in Francisville it was a bustling, middle-class neighborhood. Since she moved home to Francisville 15 years ago Giles has worked to turn the neighborhood back into…

    • 1501-1505 Fairmount Ave. / Ben Leech

Historical Commission approves designation for art deco garage

The Historical Commission Friday agreed with the recommendation made by its Committee on Historic Designation that an art deco garage on Fairmount Avenue be designated historic. The 85-year-old structure, designed by…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

District Council members assign targets for affordable housing

Five members of City Council introduced bills on Thursday designating certain portions of their districts as “opportunity zones,” areas that will be targeted by Council President Darrell Clarke’s 1,500 Affordable Housing…

    • Longtime community members and park-users posed in front of the new mural
Eyes on the Street

City unveils a spruced up Francisville Playground

Nestled in the zigzagging streets of Francisville is the bright, colorful and recently revamped Franscisville Playground – a playground that has offered longtime residents a place to both celebrate and mourn…

    • northwestern bank

Look Up! A survivor of Francisville’s rich history

The Northwestern National Bank building was the outgrowth of North Philadelphia’s 19th-century development spurt.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The…

    • Fairmount Ave bike lanes
Eyes on the Street

Fairmount's new bike lanes are painted, ready to ride

New bike lanes are in on Fairmount Ave, and they're already getting plenty of traffic. The lanes showed up last week and run the length of Fairmount from Ridge Avenue near…

    • What 8th and Race Street, near Franklin Square, could look like

Central, University/Southwest district plans adopted

Philadelphia now has long-range plans for future development within the Central and University/Southwest districts. The city planning commission adopted both comprehensive plans at its Tuesday (June 11) meeting. From now on,…

    • Site Perspective of proposed Soko Development

Planning Commission approves rezoning for Soko Lofts, six other sites

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of a bill on Tuesday that would rezone a thin strip of land on American Street between Master and Thompson from industrial to commercial…

    • SugarHouse expansion rendering | Cope Linder Architects

Casino hearing week in Philadelphia

For those with opinions on Philadelphia casinos – existing and proposed – the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board will be in town to hear them three days next week. SugarHouse's revamped plans…

    • Jimmy Cade, 65, advocated for PHL Local Gaming, in part for its location, in part because the ownership is local.

A day of casino testimony underway

Local officials urged the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board to think about more than slots and table game receipts when it considers six proposals for Philadelphia's second casino license. They said it…

    • Market8, the original rendering

Proposed casinos to get report card from Design Advocacy Group

The six Philadelphia casino proposals are about to get a report card from an organization of Philadelphia architects, urban planners and other design professionals. According to an analysis by the Philadelphia…

    • agreenberger

Deputy Mayor: Casinos haven't generated neighborhood development

Casinos have not stimulated economic development in their neighborhoods, said Philadelphia Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Director of Commerce Alan Greenberger. “Casinos are economic drivers in the sense that they…

    • What 8th and Race Street, near Franklin Square, could look like

Draft plan for Central District released

The draft comprehensive plan for Philadelphia's Central District calls for revitalizing civic spaces in Center City, encouraging more development along Ridge Avenue and North Broad Street in West Callowhill, and making…

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