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    • Panel at Speak Easy Forum

Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure: A recap and resource kit

Under pressure. So describes the state of Philadelphia’s streets, where the competing interests of drivers, cyclists, pedestrians and delivery trucks often boil over into shouting matches and recriminations. As with anything…

    • Mt. Airy planning group / (Courtesy of Kyasha Tyson)

Mt. Airy residents begin talks on 10-year plan

Where do you see your neighborhood in 10 years? That's what Mt. Airy residents discussed on Wednesday evening during the Mt. Airy 2025 Visioning Workshop, the first step in a project…

    • Rendering of 30th Street Station

From lowly rail yards to high-end real estate: Dreaming of a transformed 30th Street Station District

The 30th Street Station District planning team held an open house at their namesake station yesterday, showing off a series of design elements organized into three diagrams in the hopes of…

    • Three proposed

30th Street Station District Plan to reveal 3 bold diagrams for capping rail yards; seeks public feedback

On Wednesday, the 17-member organization team led by Amtrak, Brandywine Realty Trust, Drexel University, PennDOT and SEPTA that is developing a comprehensive plan for the 30th Street Station District will unveil…

    • Darrell Clarke

Council approves plan to restructure planning and development agencies

City Council voted on Thursday to approve Council President Darrell Clarke’s plan to create a Department of Planning and Development within the Mayor’s office, charged with coordinating various boards and commissions…

    • Holy Redeemer facility gets SPINS zoning relief

Holy Redeemer Lafayette facility gets zoning relief; capital budget update

The Holy Redeemer Lafayette retirement community in Fox Chase received approval from the Planning Commission Tuesday for SP-INS zoning relief that will allow the facility to create a three-story addition on…

    • South District planning process discussion

Planning Commission hears about South District public feedback

City planner Nicole Ozdemir presented the Planning Commissioners with a detailed look at the DRAFT Philadelphia2035 South District Plan Tuesday afternoon. The PCPC hosted three public meetings in the district…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair pushes ahead with Business Improvement District

Business and civic leaders in Mayfair are doubling down on efforts to transform a two-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue into the commercial core of Northeast Philadelphia. A bill introduced in City…

    • Maps at 30th Street Station. Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez

As planning continues for 30th Street Station, grand plans in D.C. offer vision of future

The Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan recently asked the public what they wanted to see in and around Philadelphia’s Amtrak station and the results are in. The survey of…

    •  River Wards district planning meeting / PCPC

River Wards District Plan focuses on Lehigh Avenue, Richmond and Allegheny, and Aramingo

Earlier this week, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the second of its series of public district planning meetings in the River Wards. The area is roughly bounded by Frankford Street,…

    • Plans for Kelly Drive and Laurel Hill

PHS begins to plant plans for transformed spaces, including new Kelly Drive entrance for Laurel Hill

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society identified seven areas across the city where its Civic Landscape Initiative would work to “transform the landscape” and create “memorable public art spaces.” While that…

    • A pedestrian walks by a gated lot located along Washington Ave. in Southwest Center City. | Photo: Neal Santos

Planners endorse temporary zoning overlay for Washington Ave.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a new zoning overlay for Washington Avenue west of Broad Street. The measure is intended as a temporary bulwark to keep…

    • US Rt. 202

Planning continues for NHSL extension to King of Prussia

The lines at the King of Prussia Mall can wrap around counters and outside of shops on Black Fridays and the occasional no-special-color, just-busy Saturdays. The lines at the Auntie Anne’s…

    • Traffic on the Parkway

SE Pennsylvania is driving less even as economy grows, bucking regional and national trends

A few weeks ago, I received a seemingly random email with the subject: “Interested in Test Driving a New GM Vehicle?” Assuming it was spam and not interested in buying a…

    • Nelson Diaz (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Q&A: Nelson Diaz on affordable housing, attracting new business, and expanding SEPTA

PlanPhilly sat down with former Common Pleas Judge, Department of Housing and Urban Development General Counsel, Exelon Director and current Mayoral contender Nelson Diaz last week for a wide-ranging conversation that…

    • Darrell Clarke

Committee delays vote on reorganization proposal, referendum pushed to November

City Council’s Committee on Law & Government amended a proposal Wednesday morning to restructure the local government and create a Department of Planning and Development responsible for coordinating permitting and review…

    • River Wards district plan

PCPC hears about River Wards district planning

Tuesday, Philadelphia City Planning Commission staffer Ashley Richards walked PCPC commissioners through the Philadelphia2035 River Wards District Plan update. The PCPC is halfway through the 10-month-long River Wards planning process.  The first…

    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

Clarke modifies charter proposal, seeks Council approval of new cabinet appointee

A modified version of City Council President Darrell Clarke’s proposal to amend the city charter and create a cabinet-level Department of Planning and Development will go before the Council’s Committee on…

    • 30th St. Station District Plan Open House. Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez

Will plans for 30th St. Station District include capping rail yards? That's up to you

A lot of people have a lot of big plans for 30th Street Station – capping the rail yard to its North, re-opening the tunnel between it and the Market-Frankford Line…

    • Darrell Clarke

Clarke to send planning and development re-org plan back to committee for more discussion

Council President Darrell Clarke said on Thursday that he would send his proposal to restructure the city's planning and development agencies back to committee for more discussion and amendments. The proposal, which would…

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