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    • Eastwick's neighbors expressed their needs at public planning meeting

Eastwick’s neighbors demand full inclusion in planning process for 189 vacant acres

The scars left by an urban renewal process gone sour made themselves visible at the first public planning meeting for a new initiative in Eastwick on Monday night at St. Paul's AME…

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Richard Florida on the new ‘Urban Crisis’: The feds will never save us again

Richard Florida is feeling reflective. He became the equivalent of an urban planning rock star with the publication of his book The Rise of the Creative Class 15 years ago. In…

    • Students at Cecil B. Moore Rec Center during the announcement of a $100 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to improve civic spaces in Philadelphia, November 2016 (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild team reveals specifics on site selections and nonprofit roles; Council skeptical

In the months before Jim Kenney became the mayor, the project that would become Rebuild started up as data-driven research, taking stock of the city’s universe of parks, rec centers, libraries,…

    • A and Lippincott streets | KSK

Fairhill neighborhood plan to mitigate Conrail line and bolster community

The no man’s land of decay and drugs that runs along the Conrail rail line in Kensington may have been a revelation to Philadelphia Inquirer readers, but it’s been at…

    • Forest Hills - Byberry proposed | Far Northeast District Plan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

District plan aims to make Far Northeast more pedestrian friendly

 At the February meeting of the Philadelphia Planning Commission, the draft district plan for the Far Northeast made its debut. The proposal focuses on making three key areas in the auto-centric…

    • Gregory Heller with Eastwick Planning Study Steering Committe

Eastwick starts community-oriented planning process hoping to rewrite the history of urban renewal

A new era started this Tuesday for neighbors in Eastwick. For the first time ever, representatives from the community sat at the same table with city planners and agencies to decide…

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Planning Commission celebrates citizen planners, equitable planning

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s annual progress report and celebration for Citizens Planning Institute participants held last week was themed “Planning Together Growing Together,” focusing on parks and the power of…

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Planning Commission weighs in on medical marijuana, Logan Triangle zoning

On Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Planning Commission voted to recommend a raft of remapping bills and two bigger changes to the zoning code. One would add a new “sustainability coordinator” position…

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Planning Commission denies four RCO appeals

At its October meeting, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission delayed the Schuylkill Yards project, approved a bill introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon to require more signage for projects requiring zoning variances,…

    • Catching up with food and tunes at First Friday on Race Street Pier
Eyes on the Street

Ten years later, five ways Philly should keep building on Civic Vision for Central Delaware

On this day in 2006 then-Mayor John Street signed an executive order to create a civic vision for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. That vision, led by PennPraxis, was…

    • New Route 2 extension during peak hours to Wayne Junction Station

SEPTA Board approves changes to Routes 2, 310

SEPTA considered 187 proposed changes to its transit routes this year, but just two made the final cut: Extending Route 2 to Wayne Junction Station, and splitting Route 310’s long loop…

    • Far Northeast District Planning meeting, September 2016 | Jake Blumgart, PlanPhilly

Far Northeast district planning kicks off in Somerton

On Wednesday night the district planning process for the Far Northeast launched in a nursing home on Roosevelt Boulevard. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s lead for the region, Greg Waldman, spoke…

    • Bridgeview, interior courtyard parking | JKR Partners

Proposal to increase parking minimums finds no support at Planning Commission

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission centered on Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill to double the amount of parking required at many forms of new development in the city. The bill would…

    • Upper North housing varies | Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Upper North District Plan focuses on Logan Triangle, boosting Broad, keeping neighborhoods stable

At the final community meeting for the Planning Commission’s Upper North District Plan, the fruits of the previous four and a half months’ work were arrayed on placards in a half…

    • Pennovation Center, August 2016
Eyes on the Street

Penn’s Lower Schuylkill innovation campus opens new center to incubate big ideas

When the University of Pennsylvania acquired DuPont’s old Marshall Labs site downriver from the main campus, the vision for this new turf quickly became clear. The 23-acre site could become…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair starts envisioning new futures for Frankford Avenue

On Thursday the Mayfair Business Improvement District (BID) held the first in a series of three community meetings to determine the nascent organization’ objectives. As the local youth team, The Holy…

    • DCS hosted a community meeting at Dixon House last week to discuss programs and planning in Point Breeze and to introduce a new community visioning process they've started with KSK.

City's crop of Registered Community Organizations grows

After months of back-and-forth over potential new regulations governing Philadelphia’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), it looks like the city will have slightly more groups registered than it did when the process…

    • PHA Headquarters: North Plaza perspective | BLTa, CDR presentation, Sept. 2016

Design Committee asks PHA to improve design for new headquarters but supports Cobbs Creek, East Market, and Winchester Park projects

The controversies surrounding the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) ambitious plans for the Sharswood neighborhood repeatedly interrupted Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review Committee review of the agency’s plans to build itself a…

    • Logan commercial corner, Photo by Phillytrax

Planning Commission approves neighborhood plan for Logan

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) voted unanimously last week to formally accept a comprehensive neighborhood plan for Logan in North Philadelphia. The neighborhood plan is the culmination of a nearly…

    • Glass headhouses provide an airy transition from transit to the plaza above

Philadelphia only county in Southeast PA seeing growth in prime working-age population

new analysis by Governing Magazine finds that Philadelphia and New Castle were the only two counties in the Philadelphia region to experience growth in their prime working-age populations between 2010…

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