Articles Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:29:38 -0500 en <![CDATA[Zoning remapping reality check]]>

The Nutter Administration sees the planning and zoning reforms accomplished on its watch as a legacy achievement – from the citywide comprehensive plan and progress on individual district plans that chart…

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 14:29:38 -0500
<![CDATA[December 19: Casino appeal | Dynamic parking pricing in DC | Bike share and taxis]]> Bart Blatstein and Sugarhouse are appealing the state's decision to grant a second casino license.

City government will partner with hyper-local social network NextDoor to help get the word out about…

Fri, 19 Dec 2014 10:34:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Presentation for proposed Velodrome at FDR Park leaves big questions unanswered]]>

Over 150 neighborhood residents and cyclists packed into a hot basement room at the American Swedish Historical Museum to hear a presentation to the Philadelphia Park and Recreation Commission from the…

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:15:00 -0500
<![CDATA[City Council candidate: Give the PPA back to Philly]]> At-large City Council candidate George Matysik recently released one of the first issue white papers of the 2015 campaign, introducing some outside-the-box education ideas.

Matysik, 33, is currently the government relations…

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 14:48:00 -0500
<![CDATA[December 18: Fergie Tower | Family apartments | CyclePhilly time lapse | Uber co-op]]> Governor-elect Tom Wolf is reminding voters about the deep fiscal hole he's inheriting from the outgoing Governor Tom Corbett and his party, perhaps wary that the unpopular choices he'll have to…

Thu, 18 Dec 2014 07:45:00 -0500
<![CDATA[DVRPC authorizes study for capping I-95, gets funding for bike trails from William Penn]]> A number of transportation projects, including the dream of capping part of I-95 to improve access to Penn’s Landing and the expansion of the Frankford Creek Greenway Section, took another step…

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 14:23:00 -0500
<![CDATA[December 17: Next gen car share | Traffic enforcement slackening | Observation deck]]> Philly police are on pace to write about a quarter of the traffic tickets written in 1998, despite an increase in pedestrian injuries, and enforcement of traffic tickets is basically…

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 10:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Parking issues pit residents vs. developers in pocket of Manayunk]]> Forget the Joni Mitchell song about paving Paradise. In Manayunk, the neighbors are fighting to save a parking lot. 

In a section of the city where on- and off-street spaces are…

Wed, 17 Dec 2014 07:51:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Center City District's dream of a street-level pedestrian promenade on the Schuylkill could become reality]]>

Center City and University City are Philadelphia's two largest employment hubs, hosting 42% and 11.5% of the city's jobs, respectively, and the business communities on both sides of the river increasingly…

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 17:06:00 -0500
<![CDATA[iPic expects to move forward soon on renovation of the Boyd]]>
Lease negotiations are under way with new owner Pearl Properties
The long-suffering Boyd Theater is still waiting for its facelift, but the plans for its renovation seem to be getting…
Tue, 16 Dec 2014 13:13:00 -0500
<![CDATA[December 16: Traffic manuals gone wild | Vision Zero street changes | Delaware Generating Station]]> We already introduced you to the popular old-school traffic engineering manuals that try to apply highway design concepts to urban streets. Now meet the Trip Generation Manual, which appears to drastically…

Tue, 16 Dec 2014 07:56:00 -0500
<![CDATA[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…

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 13:22:00 -0500
<![CDATA[December 15: Diaz in | Logan Square holes | Wage tax history | #ChangingCities]]> Nelson Diaz, a former city solicitor under Mayor John Street, says he'll definitely get in the Mayoral race this January.

PennDOT will replace seven aging bridges over 676/Vine St starting in…

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 09:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Historical Commission: Paving the way for street preservation progress]]>

If you ramble down Alter Street in Pennsport and look down, you'll notice wonderfully lustrous rectangles of blue glazed granite. You will also see patches of asphalt marking the street in front…

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 13:37:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduces Vision Zero resolution, as report highlights street safety issues]]>

Transportation planner Jarrett Walker wrote an interesting blog post this week about a problem he terms the "uncontrolled loss of altitude" in planning that happens sometimes when cities let small-ball issues…

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 12:06:00 -0500
<![CDATA[December 12: Pier 35 1/2 for sale | Dupree Studios triumphant | Reimagining Petty Island]]> Pier 35 1/2 - possibly a portal to Hogwart's and definitely the site of the proposed 45-story Trump tower which ultimately fell victim to the recession - up for sale again.…

Fri, 12 Dec 2014 11:26:38 -0500
<![CDATA[Council ends year with action on Land Bank, Royal Theater, bus shelters]]> For Philadelphia City Council, the fall of 2014 is going to be remembered, in those circles where it’s remembered at all, for what didn’t happen. But during their last meeting…

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:15:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Councilman Jim Kenney's new resolution could bring the #cityhallparkinglot party to an end]]> Update: The resolution passed, but more interestingly, Kenney went at the City Hall parking lot more directly by introducing a bill to ban the practice outright. Read it hereCenter City…

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:24:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Frankford Arsenal receives amended zoning for 86-acre tract]]> A City Council bill introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon on Nov. 14, 2014, that would change the zoning designation of a section of the former Frankford Arsenal property that is currently…]]> Thu, 11 Dec 2014 11:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[PCPC approves Piazza garage in NoLibs]]> A four-story, 300-car parking garage will be built behind the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties after the proposal was approved on Tuesday by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. The PCPC…

Thu, 11 Dec 2014 10:20:29 -0500