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    • TWU Local 234 striking at SEPTA's Southern District, Nov. 2, 2016
Eyes on the Street

What striking transit workers want

On Wednesday afternoon dozens of striking Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 members were gathered at a bus hub deep in South Philly at 20th and Johnson, SEPTA’s Southern District, picketing…

    • Parking on South Broad Street | Steve Ives, Flickr
Eyes on the Street

Dear PennDOT: Save us from ourselves and remove South Broad’s parking median, permanently

As Philly gets ready to host Democrats, the city is tidying up. On South Broad that means a mural and parking ban for the center median. PlanPhilly transportation reporter Jim Saksa…

    • Cascia Center rendering

Senior housing proposed for new St. Rita's center on South Broad

Back in 2014, church leaders at St. Rita of Cascia, on South Broad just below Washington Avenue, unveiled a proposal for a new conference center building on the large vacant lot…

    • Lincoln Square | Alterra Property Group

Johnson sponsors zoning change for Lincoln Square project at Broad & Washington

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced two bills on Thursday that would allow Alterra Property Group to build a nine-story, 356-unit apartment complex and grocery store at the northwest corner of Broad Street…

    • Rowhouses | Mix it up | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group

Pew study finds LOOP program in use around Center City

The Longtime Owner Occupants Program, a relief measure passed by City Council in 2013 to ease sudden tax spikes for some homeowners after a citywide reassessment of property values, is…

    • Bok High School sold for $1.75 million

Dreaming big, developer closes the deal on former South Philly tech school

Scout Ltd. now officially owns Bok Technical School, a massive city block of a building at 9th and Mifflin in South Philly. Lindsey Scannapieco said she had closed the deal on…

    • The Bearded Ladies will perform at PHS Pop Up parks

PHS Pop Ups host cabaret shows by Bearded Ladies

The PHS Pop Up Gardens, located at 15th and South Streets and 9th and Wharton Streets, will host a new cabaret created especially for the gardens by the Bearded Ladies theatrical troupe from July…

    • 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…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Squilla claims wide neighborhood support for 3-D billboards

Councilman Mark Squilla said on Thursday that his office has received hundreds of letters of support from Center City residents who feel that three-dimensional structures displaying digital advertisements would liven up…

    • 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…

    • Washington Ave

What makes Washington Avenue so dangerous?

As an addendum to Jim Saksa's update on the political mess around Washington Avenue lane restriping, here's what we know about the safety situation on that bustling main drag. There were…

    • A lone van parks in a turning lane

Johnson introduces temporary zoning rules for Washington Avenue

Washington Avenue west of Broad Street is in its own world. Its 10 blocks form the northern border of Point Breeze and the southern border of the Graduate Hospital and South…

    • 2401 Washington Avenue, SE corner rendering | Harman Deutsch

Plans shaping up for apartment house at 2401 Washington Ave

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review Committee reviewed plans for a 113-unit, mixed-use apartment complex at 24th Street and Washington Avenue on Tuesday ahead of a zoning board hearing at which the developers…

    • Eight homes once stood on the now vacant corner

Carpenter Green to be rezoned as parkland

Carpenter Green, a years-long labor of love for Lauren Vidas and the South of South Neighborhood Association to turn some vacant properties at the northwest corner of 17th and Carpenter streets…

    • South Philadelphia District plan meeting, Feb. 9, 2015

Planning Commission hears South Philadelphia District update

Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission heard about the research and civic engagement PCPC staff had conducted on planning and zoning goals for the South District, which is bounded, very roughly,…

    • Today the bike lanes that exist on portions of Washington Ave are faded almost beyond recognition

Checking in on the South District planning process

Last month, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the first in a series of community meetings to get input from residents on planning and zoning goals for the South District, which…

    • CDAG Volunteer Delaware River Waterfront Cleanup

CDAG volunteer Delaware River waterfront cleanup

Saturday, September 27 , 2014: 10 am to 2 pm: Pier 70 to Pier 53 Meet at the back of WalMart accessed via Pier 70 Boulevard off Christopher Columbus Boulevard. Parking at…

    • Brush Factory apartments/Artisan Lofts - Courtesy Rufo Properties

151 apartments coming to South Philly's Brush Factory

Earlier this month, the Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a plan to convert an empty factory at 12th and Jackson streets in South Philadelphia into a 151-unit apartment complex. The…

    • Econsult: Subregion House Prices Q2

Chart: South Philly home prices are taking off

One chart worth pulling out of the Econsult report Jared Brey covered yesterday is this one, with the price trends for different subregions. In the second quarter we saw the Lower…

    • A sharrow on Spruce Street indicates that bikes and cars must share the lane.
Eyes on the Street

$1.5 million in grants awarded for bike share and South Philly bikeway

Philly’s forthcoming bike share program and bike infrastructure improvements for South Philly were given a welcome boost thanks to grants approved by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) board this…

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