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    • 6th and Christian

Readers: Brave the snow and send us your sneckdown photos

If there's one upside to the looming blizzard, it's the opportunities that street snow reveals for traffic calming. Say what?  Check it out: When snow accumulates on the street, and cars…

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Next to arrive on all SEPTA platforms: real time ETA data

If all goes according to plan, riders will barely recognize SEPTA in two years. Like the protagonist of a 90’s teen movie, SEPTA is in the midst of transforming itself…

    • 5101 Rochelle Ave. in Oct. 2013. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Roxborough property owner faces conservatorship battle over once-neglected pizza shop

The dangerous conditions that resulted in Licenses & Inspections violations have been repaired. Delinquent taxes have been paid. And the owner of the property at 5101 Rochelle Avenue in Roxborough said…

    • A sea of emergency responders filled 22nd Street, as seen from the JFK Blvd. bridge.

Mayor creates board to oversee building safety

Mayor Michael Nutter announced on Tuesday that he has created a Building Safety Oversight Board to monitor implementation of the recommendations made by a Special Advisory Commission appointed in the wake…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Streetsplaining: Why resurfacing means a dozen days of dimpled roads

To bicyclists, road repaving feels a lot like pledging a fraternity: it’s a real pain in the ass for a bit and then three or four years of smooth sailing. And…

    • Mayor Nutter, Planning chief Alan Greenberger, developer Ken Weinstein and council member Cindy Bass

Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter

Last week, city council shelved a piece of legislation designed to patch a loophole in the zoning code that was exploited by, of all entities, the Nutter administration. The bill, introduced…

    • Protesters in front of 3342 Conrad St. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Abandoned-property owner tells East Falls protesters he'll demolish eyesore

The quintet of protestors from East Falls arrived on Black Walnut Lane in Plymouth Meeting just before noon Tuesday and immediately started distributing flyers to mailboxes and doorsteps along the mansion-lined…

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    • Civic groups from the area surrounding the EPPI site did not want to see the mid-century monolith turned into another social-services institution.(Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Agreement signed for state's $2M sale of EPPI site to NewCourtland

The next phase for the imposing building that had been Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute in East Falls is underway — and it is not what the surrounding communities had in mind. A…

    • Center City transit concourse

Not all those who wander are lost ... but most are: A wayfinding tour of City Hall

It didn’t take long for it to happen. If you spend any amount of time wandering around City Hall, it’ll happen. “Hi, do you need help finding something?” City Hall is…

    • Tool Library Executive Director Peter Foreman-Murray

Borrow a tool - and learn which one you need - at West Philly Tool Library

The eight-year-old institution is raising funds to buy more tools and host workshops. A researcher says it's helping tool libraries spring up elswhere. New West Philadelphia homeowner Ramon Rincon had no…

    • The Queen Lane Apartments tower, as reflected in the windows of nearby Mt. Moriah Church. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Queen Lane Apartments implosion part of PHA's ongoing citywide initiative [video]

The Sept. 13 demolition of the Queen Lane Apartments will be one in a long line of landscape-changing actions by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to replace an aging, obsolete, affordable-housing design.…

    • Illegal parking

Map: Which police districts issue the most sidewalk parking tickets

Parking on the sidewalk in the pedestrian right of way is illegal, but the practice is pretty common in places like South Philly and other areas where police don't enforce the…

    • University City Eastern Gateway

Can University City District and Gehl Studio turn eastern University City's institutional blight into a walkable neighborhood?

With about 8 million square feet of new development projects announced for eastern University City over the next few years, University City District sees an opportunity to bring the area’s pedestrian…

    • A 2012 photo of the property that housed New Directions for Women Inc. (NewsWorks, file art)

New Directions for Women's former leaders discuss recent closure, hopes for future

The recently announced closing of New Directions for Women, an organization that helped female offenders re-enter the community, has left a "huge void" in the criminal justice system, according to former…

    • Queen Lane Apartments tower. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

New date set for Queen Lane Apartments implosion

After community outcry, city officials announced a date change for the highly-anticipated demolition of a public-housing high-rise in Germantown.  The Queen Lane Apartments tower, a vacant 16-story building in a residential…

    • In five weeks, this hulking structure at Queen Lane and Pulaski Avenue will be a thing of the past. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

PHA schedules Queen Lane Apartments implosion for Sept. 14

Queen Lane Apartments, a 16-story public housing high-rise in Germantown, is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, Sept. 14. The highly anticipated date was revealed during a Thursday night community meeting…

    • Activity at the Queen Lane Apartments site now sees a crane standing taller than the high-rise building. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Crews clearing way for impending Queen Lane Apartments implosion

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is in the midst of prepping Queen Lane Apartments for a seconds-long implosion tentatively slated for the fall. The 16-story high-rise tower must be "hollow" before it…

    • car rental logo

Is Uber really driving down DUIs? Let's drill down to see what we can find

Last week, PlanPhilly ran an article suggesting that Uber and other would-be “transportation network companies” have reduced drunk driving in Philadelphia, based off of an analysis by Pittsburgh-based computer…

    • 7th at Washington Square | Theresa Stigale

Tough road ahead for improvement district in Washington Square West

A small group involved in floating a Neighborhood Improvement District in Washington Square West held its first community-wide meeting Tuesday night to discuss the proposal. Around 100 people showed up, and…

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