Articles Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Explain that Term: Operating Speed]]>

Did you read the news about state government changing the posted speed limit for a segment of the PA Turnpike to 70 mph, and wonder if they were making the right…

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 13:44:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Grove of trees dedicated in honor of park champions at Belmont Plateau]]>

Should Will Smith spend part of this summertime at The Plateau, he'll find a new grove of trees, dedicated this week in honor of both a long-time Fairmount Park advocate and…

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 11:05:09 -0400
<![CDATA[July 24: John Taylor on defense over pop-ups | SEPTA ridership down | Gathering of the block captains | Philly's high income tax]]> SEPTA ridership dipped 2% system-wide over the last 12 months, which officials are blaming on a harsh winter and a fare increase. To put it in perspective though, 2013-2014 was the…

Thu, 24 Jul 2014 09:20:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Pinning future for New Kensington on Orinoka Mills reuse]]>

The story of Orinoka Mills is tangled in the many tired, typical Philly tropes about disinvestment, deindustrialization and decrepitude.

Once known for producing fine textiles, Orinoka Mills’ more recent history is…

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:53:04 -0400
<![CDATA[July 23: Philly pols request ride-share exemption | Moody's downgrades PA | Pedestrianizing our alleys | Bike Coalition survey]]> Paul Nussbaum reports that Philadelphia-area lawmakers requested Philadelphia be exempt from the bill legalizing ride-sharing apps Uber X, Lyft, and Sidecar. If the bill passes, the services would be legal in…

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 07:08:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The Prohibition-era policy driving the political scuffle over pop-up beer gardens]]> A quartet of state lawmakers are pushing back on Philly's pop-up gardens, taking issue with something called an off-premise catering permit that allows vendors to "cater" alcohol sales at these pop-up…

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[PennPraxis / PlanPhilly survey results]]> PennPraxis and PlanPhilly are focusing our efforts to help Philadelphians make informed choices over the next year as competitive elections for a new mayor and City Council approach in 2015.  These…

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 15:17:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[205 Race construction to begin next year, developer says]]> Construction on the long-vacant lot at the corner of 2nd and Race streets in Old City should begin by the first quarter of next year, according to Jeffrey Brown, one of…

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[SugarHouse begins $164 million expansion, will open interim poker room this fall]]>

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board hasn't picked a winner for the city's second casino license.  SugarHouse would prefer the PGCB fold.

SugarHouse Casino launched work on its $164 million expansion project…

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 22: Gillen on 2300 South | Uber and DUIs revisited | $1000 squarefoot milestone | Rental conversion bonanza]]> Mayoral candidate Terry Gillen is running on economic development, but that hasn't always been the case when it's in her own backyard. City Paper's Ryan Briggs looks at Gillen's involvement in…

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Report: Philly home sale prices on the rise]]> On the heels of a Pew report which showed that homeownership is declining overall in Philadelphia, Econsult has released a report showing that home prices rose in the last quarter more…

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 21: Johnson's non-non-profit pulls in $10K | "Grave concern" over pop-up gardens | Exciting federal water loan program | Yarnbomber returns | Perfect utility bike competition]]> Good morning! Here's the Philly planning and political news we're reading this Monday morning. What are you seeing out there?

Jason Grant reports that 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's fake non-profit…

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 09:28:58 -0400
<![CDATA[Maps: Homeownership is declining in Philly. Is that a bad thing?]]>

Last week Kellie Patrick Gates wrote about the new Pew Charitable Trusts report, Homeownership in Philadelphia: On the Decline, which included some maps visualizing 2012 homeownership, and homeownership changes since 2000, by…

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:42:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 18: New demolition signage | Local radar guns | Trolley portal redesign | Driverless Cars and Sprawl | PA's low energy bills]]> The Nutter administration revealed new signage requirements for demolition and construction sites, as a safety initiative in response to last summer's building collapse: "For buildings three stories or higher, contractors must…

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:14:00 -0400
<![CDATA[New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business]]> A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD.

As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Map: Find the median age in your area of Philly]]>

This morning on Twitter, Aine Doley wanted to know the average age of people in her neighborhood:

I wonder how you can find out the average age of people in the…

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:24:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Biking is the fastest way to get around Center City. Should cyclists get more right-of-way?]]>

A fun, new web tool created by MIT's Social Computing Group called You Are Here has been making the rounds in the local blogosphere, and it purports to show the fastest…

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: 10 Dilworth Details]]>

Last week I hopped on an AIA-organized hardhat tour of the construction site that will soon be known as Dilworth Park, which you may know better as City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.…

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 17: Trolley Tunnel Blitz | Pop-up beer gardens' regulatory hack | Bikes in the center lane | Expensive affordable housing | Second life for Manayunk Bridge]]>

Good morning! Did you go to the Oval last night? What did you think? 

The Center City trolley tunnel will be closed for a 17-day maintenance blitz starting 9 p.m. on Friday,…

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 09:03:41 -0400