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    • Sharswood-Blumberg area | PHA

Parsing the Housing Authority's plans for Sharswood

Ten years and $675 million. That’s what the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is planning to spend on transforming Sharswood, the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding the Norman Blumberg public-housing complex, according to…

    • Jim Kenney, January 13, 2016

Kenney strikes note of continuity at annual Planning Commission gathering

“The cynics will say that people don’t care about their neighborhoods or what’s going on in their neighborhoods, and they’re wrong, because look around this room,” said Mayor Jim Kenney,  speaking…

    • Draft Tier 1 EIS Alternative 3 - Transform

FRA presents expensive, alternative futures for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

Long train rides have an almost magical ability to free the rider’s thoughts from quotidian concerns, to let one’s mind wander unworried with the primary task at hand, arrival at some…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

It's been a bumpy ride. Philly Transportation: A Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only natural to look back and reflect. Virtually every news story you’ll read this week, including this one, is some variant of “A Year…

    • Anne Fadullon | Photo by Albert Yee, Albert Yee Photo

Anne Fadullon, Building Industry Association president, to lead Dept. of Planning and Development

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced on Monday that he has selected Anne Fadullon to serve as the Director of Planning and Development, a new position that was created when voters approved a…

    • pcpc file

Planning Commission considers zoning bills, broadcasts live, bids farewell

Next month, or the month after, or the month after that, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney will appoint a new group of people to serve on the City Planning Commission. Maybe he’ll retain…

    • Public Safety Services Campus | Ballinger

City commissioning new public art at 46th and Market

The long-anticipated conversion of the huge the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building will also recast the relationship of the 13-acre site to the neighborhood. Designers showed plans for the historic building…

    • An access trail leads from Orthodox Street to the Delaware River through the former Coke Company site. | Bradley Maule

Recommendations made for key North Delaware brownfields sites

The former Philadelphia Coke Co. site in Bridesburg should be redeveloped as a mix of industrial, commercial, residential, and open-space uses, a new report concludes. The site, a 67-acre parcel that’s…

    • callowhill2

Commission approves new zoning maps for Chinatown North, west Market Street, Roxborough

The area surrounding the Reading Viaduct, which is slowly being converted into an elevated park, is preparing for an influx of development interest. On Tuesday, the Planning Commission recommended approval of…

    • Live! Hotel and Casino, 10th Street Parking Lot | BLT Architects

Commission approves master plan for South Philly casino

The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to approve a master plan for the proposed Live! Hotel and Casino planned for the sports complex in South Philadelphia. The Commission’s approval was…

    • Traffic on the Parkway

Recent studies: Americans are definitely, maybe (not) driving less

The latest report out of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute shows that the U.S. hit peak car, or the apotheosis of American automobile dependency, a decade ago. This report…

    • Alan Butkovitz

Butkovitz reports businesses frustrated with papal visit logistics

City Controller Alan Butkovitz held a press conference today to criticize Mayor Michael Nutter’s communications with businesses in advance of the papal visit. Citing a survey of hospitality businesses located within…

    • The study will look at light rail as well as improvements to current transit systems

Here's an update on every major transportation project in the city

When planning your city’s future, the first step, obviously, is to sort your priorities into a series of categories and subcategories. That’s what Philadelphia’s Planning Commission has done with the Philadelphia2035…

    • Live! Hotel and Casino | BLT Architects

Commission reviews plans for Live! Hotel and Casino

Early plans for the Live! Hotel and Casino at the sports complex in South Philadelphia include an 18-story hotel, restaurants, two casino floors and a seven-story parking garage, according to a…

    • 401 Race | Barton Partners

Commission recommends development proposal at 401 Race

The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to support developer Priderock Capital Group’s proposal to build a 4-story, 216-unit apartment complex at 4th and Race streets in Old City. The project,…

    • 401 Race | Barton Partners

Planners to review housing proposal at 401 Race

On Tuesday, the City Planning Commission will review a proposal for a 216-unit mixed-use project on the block bounded by 4th, 5th, Race, and Florist streets, just off of Independence Mall.…

    • 1300 N. 2nd Street, SoKo Lofts - Barton Partners

At Design Review, Soko Lofts clears last hurdle

It was a “classic bait and switch,” said Leah Murphy. When City Council adopted the most recent zoning change for the huge vacant lot at 2nd and Master streets, South Kensington…

    • Eugene, OR

DVRPC Loosies: Roosevelt Blvd. transit analysis, solar regulatory reform, regional LED streetlight procurement

Returning briefly to our regularly scheduled non-Papal programming, there were a few updates worth noting quickly from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting last Thursday that were overshadowed by ex…

    • Old City District installed new street lamp banners this week as part of a revamped marketing campaign for the district.

Old City residents and businesses weigh in on neighborhood growth in the Vision 2026 survey

Back in June, Old City District announced it would be facilitating a Vision 2026 master planning process with the RBA Group (2026 being the year of the nation's 250th birthday,) and…

    • The redesigned Walnut Street Bridge has wider sidewalks, better pedestrian lighting, and (soon) a buffered bike lane. Construction will be finished this week.

Planning Commission takes a small stand for the sidewalk

“Sidewalks, their bordering uses, and their users, are active participants in the drama of civilization versus barbarism in cities.” - Jane Jacobs Expeditious but inviting, leaderly but democratic, and with a…

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