Articles Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:05:31 -0400 en <![CDATA[SEPTA previews new bus route to link University City with Brewerytown, Fairmount and Grays Ferry]]>

Bathrooms. It always begins and ends with bathrooms.

A SEPTA bus route, that is—they all must have a bathroom at the end of the route for drivers to use during their…

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:05:31 -0400
<![CDATA[Temple wants a skyway over Liacouras Walk, Architectural Committee does not]]>

Temple University’s continuous expansion is butting up against one of Philadelphia’s historic districts. At Tuesday’s Architectural Committee meeting, the university unveiled its plans for expanding the Fox Business School and, in…

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 11:19:33 -0400
<![CDATA[March 29: Digging I-95 | Metropolitan Opera House LED signs | Bridgegate sentencing]]> The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architectural committee has voted to approve plans to install multiple LED signs on the Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House, Curbed Philly reports. The Committee expressed concerns over…

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 09:50:34 -0400
<![CDATA[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,…

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 07:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 28: NY developer buys 4 Central Delaware piers | PA DEP okays injection wells | Diversity, Innovation and Technology Summit]]> Prominent New York real estate firm the Durst Organization has purchased four Delaware River piers just north of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge from Brandywine Realty Trust for $21.4 million, Jacob…

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 09:39:44 -0400
<![CDATA[Development proposal revived, revised for Francisville's largest vacant property]]>

Redevelopment for Francisville's largest vacant property, a 1.5-acre site across from Francisville Rec Center where a paint factory once stood, could move ahead after a years-long wait.

Last week the Philadelphia City…

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:18:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Combatting opioids with paint: Mural Arts sets up shop in heart of epidemic]]>

It has been all hands on deck as Philadelphia wrestles with a worsening opioid drug crisis, one that has caused more than 900 overdose deaths last year. The escalating situation has…

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 12:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 27: DiCicco could run Zoning Board | PA casino tax | El end to end]]> Mayor Kenney is considering former First District Councilman Frank DiCicco to head the Zoning Board. Inga Saffron looks into civic leaders’ responses to the potential choice, considering DiCicco’s long history…

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 09:28:44 -0400
<![CDATA[Amid angry protest songs, SEPTA board approves Nicetown gas plant, again]]> For a second time, SEPTA’s board authorized the construction of gas and heat cogeneration gas plant next to Roberts Rail Yard and the Midvale Bus Depot in Nicetown on Thursday.


Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:43:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Proposed 'sex-positive community center' gets fair hearing from Tacony residents]]> Thursday night’s community meeting in Tacony went better than anyone could have expected.

A proposal to open a private sex-positive club in the midst of a residential neighborhood would likely stir…

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 24: Ed Bacon’s “Market East” | NKCDC’s new director | Game of Zones]]> Ed Bacon took on the wicked quest in 1961 to bring suburbanites back into the city by building combination mall and transportation center named “Market East.” While the design of The…

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 09:26:15 -0400
<![CDATA[Council supportive of higher city permit fees, funds to support L&I, Historical Commission]]> The Philadelphia City Council is considering increasing fees across the board for most licenses and permits. That might seem like a potentially contentious proposition, inspiring pushback from the business community. Instead,…

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 07:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Councilman Henon proposes changes to RCO requirements and zoning notice]]> On Thursday Councilman Bobby Henon introduced legislation to tweak the regulations governing the city’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs).

A product of the 2012 zoning code, RCOs are geographically-specific organizations that developers…

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 18:17:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Environmental leaders urge City Council to put climate change on ‘front burner']]> “Climate is already changing,” said Liz Robinson, executive director Energy Coordination Agency of Philadelphia (ECA), at a Philadelphia City Council hearing held this Wednesday. “As we can all see from the…

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 23: Wilmington right-on-red refund | Walking while black | Anti-SLAPP bill]]> The City of Wilmington has to refund more than $800,000 to 6,700 drivers who received tickets for turning on red under the red light camera program. NewsWorks’ Mark Eichmann covers…

Thu, 23 Mar 2017 09:34:33 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission updated on North District plan, supports West Poplar and TOD zoning changes]]>

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission unfolded briskly, with all of the bills considered by the commission getting recommended—with the exception of an “urban topiary encroachment” on 3rd Street just north…

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 22: PA legislators on self-driving cars | gender-neutral bathrooms | post-LIHTC equity]]> Yesterday Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams was charged by federal authorities on 23 counts of public corruption. NewsWorks has the details on the indictment and an Inquirer editorial says the…

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 09:47:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Rebuild Initiative’s launch slowed by financial puzzle, hinging on soda tax]]> The gargantuan, highly anticipated city project known as Rebuild — Mayor Jim Kenney’s $500-million investment in parks, recreation centers, and libraries — is beginning to resemble an elaborate domino setup. As…

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 07:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Council hearing examines evictions, substandard housing, and possible solutions]]> William Church didn’t look at ease in City Council’s high-ceilinged chambers. The 65-year-old former Marine experiences what he calls “extreme anxiety,” he informed the gathered politicians deliberately. Church also needs an…

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 21: Westmoreland Coal Company building | Energy-efficient school investments | Neuroscience and urban design]]> Hidden City uncovers the life, times, and new life of former Westmoreland Coal Company at 3rd Street and Willing’s Alley, a historically designated building that “lends distinction, density, and a dash of mystery…

Tue, 21 Mar 2017 09:21:40 -0400