Articles Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:35:32 -0400 en <![CDATA[Perspective shifts along Pearl Street Passage]]>

Traverse two short blocks of tiny Pearl Street in Callowhill / Chinatown North this week and you have a chance to see this changing neighborhood in high relief.

The 1200 block…

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:35:32 -0400
<![CDATA[West Philly and Fishtown properties added to historic register]]> A flush row of late-19th century buildings at the corner of 36th Street and Lancaster Avenue in Powelton Village was added to Philadelphia’s register of historic places on Friday, but the…

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 16:07:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Stops consolidated on Frankford Avenue’s Trackless Trolley Route 66]]> SEPTA announced that it will consolidate 20 stops and relocate 7 more on its Trackless Trolley Route 66 that primarily runs on Frankford Avenue.

The changes to boarding and disembarking will…

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:40:20 -0400
<![CDATA[Over pastor's objections, Commission adds First African Baptist to historic register]]> The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Friday morning to add First African Baptist Church to the local register of historic places.

Immediately after the vote, the church’s pastor, Terrence Griffith, who…

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 15:13:43 -0400
<![CDATA[Rezonings pending to bolster Roxborough’s commercial corridors]]> Roxborough lost its years-long battle against a drive-through Wendy’s on the neighborhood’s main commercial drag at Ridge and Roxborough avenues this summer. But it’s hoping to win the war.

Last week,…

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 11:27:41 -0400
<![CDATA[October 9: Wooden street discovered in South Philly | The city's open streets survey | PlanPhilly's DesignPhila panel]]> The Streets Department discovered some original wooden street blocks while milling the 400 block of Reed Street in South Philly for repaving, reports James Jennings. The repaving project is paused until…

Fri, 09 Oct 2015 09:28:37 -0400
<![CDATA[Councilman Johnson introduces rezoning for South Philly casino]]> Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday morning that would allow Cordish Companies to build its proposed Live! Hotel and Casino at the sports complex in South Philadelphia.

The company,…

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 15:15:40 -0400
<![CDATA[October 8: A make-or-break month for the S.S. United States | 5th Street protected bike lane | Feds support road diets]]> The S.S. United States, parked across from Ikea in South Philly, has until the end of the month to to raise the money for a development plan created just last year, reports The…

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 10:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Are alleys the next frontier in Philly placemaking?]]>

William West has a grading scale for the filthiness of Center City’s narrow, often dumpster-choked alleys. His taxonomy of crud:

F - Functional. A place to stow cars or stash trash.…

Thu, 08 Oct 2015 08:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 7: Foreclosure notices on autopilot | Unblocking bike lanes | Flipping Levittown | Hoverboards]]> All eyes on Harrisburg today as Tom Wolf's revenue plan finally gets a full floor vote before the Republican-controlled legislature. David Hess has the full specs on the plan. 

Philly's mortgage…

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 09:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Toll Brothers pursuing condo project at Society Hill Playhouse]]>

Three groups of neighbors in the area surrounding 8th and Lombard streets in Washington Square West are staunchly opposed to a proposal that would see Society Hill Playhouse and a two-story…

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 08:13:33 -0400
<![CDATA[How is the rise of co-working spaces shaping Philly's real estate market?]]>

One of the big recent commercial real estate storylines has been the steady growth in the number of coworking offices opening in greater Center City.

Though the momentum seems to have…

Wed, 07 Oct 2015 06:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 16:37:00 -0400
<![CDATA[New labor agreement could jumpstart Land Bank]]> The Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation has reached a labor agreement with a bargaining unit representing 31 of its employees, the agency announced on Tuesday.

The agreement is the last of four…

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 12:14:33 -0400
<![CDATA[DesignPhiladelphia picks: October 8-16]]> The 11th annual DesignPhiladelphia Festival invites us to SHIFT our thinking about the design of our city and its design community. The festival, running from October 8-16, offers plenty of chances…

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 10:50:30 -0400
<![CDATA[October 6: Why national retailers like Chestnut Street | urban-suburban hybrid in Bensalem | Free bus wifi]]> This River Renaissance project in Bensalem, as described by Angelly Carrion, is an interesting example of the sort of hybrid urban-suburban “town center” development that’s becoming more common in the…

Tue, 06 Oct 2015 08:33:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Exit Interview: Outgoing SEPTA GM Joe Casey]]> After 34 years at SEPTA, the last (nearly) eight as General Manager, Joe Casey officially retired on September 30th. Not that he’s going anywhere far: Casey is just moving down the…

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:27:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Exit Interview: Outgoing SEPTA GM Joe Casey (Long Version)]]> After 34 years at SEPTA, the last (nearly) eight as General Manager, Joe Casey officially retired on September 30th. Not that he’s going anywhere far: Casey is just moving down the…

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 14:11:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Board approves supermarket and apartments behind Divine Lorraine]]>

Philadelphia’s zoning board voted last week to approve plans for a major development at 1300 Fairmount Avenue, behind the Divine Lorraine.

The project, from RAL Development Services of New York, would…

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 12:24:32 -0400
<![CDATA[October 5: Three cheers for the Broad Street Line | PA Turnpike at 75 | Chaka Fattah backs Open Streets]]> Sandy Smith says the Broad Street Line was the star of the Papal Visit, easily swallowing larger crowds than it had ever handled prior to the Pope visit. Check out…

Mon, 05 Oct 2015 10:20:06 -0400