Articles Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:05:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[July 31: The Secret Service speaks on Papal visit | Short-term transpo funding extension | PRA's first conservatorship]]> The Secret Service is denying responsibility for limiting SEPTA service or suggesting businesses close during Pope Francis's visit.

The consultant who blew the lid on the push to close I-95 for…

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 12:05:00 -0400
<![CDATA[DVRPC Loosies: Roosevelt Blvd. transit analysis, solar regulatory reform, regional LED streetlight procurement]]> Returning briefly to our regularly scheduled non-Papal programming, there were a few updates worth noting quickly from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting last Thursday that were overshadowed by ex…

Fri, 31 Jul 2015 09:21:00 -0400
<![CDATA[NJ Transit cuts wound Philly, too]]> When NJ Transit announced service cuts and fare hikes, many, if not most, Philadelphians reacted with either indifference or schadenfreude. At most, it might have merited a mocking tweet…

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 16:52:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 30: Removable parking lot | Papal bike sweep | Philly and LA 'Promise Zone' partnership]]> 2nd District Congressman Chaka Fattah was officially indicted yesterday. Holly Otterbein games out some the political machinations that could follow.

Frontier Airlines added non-stop flights from PHL to Fort Myers,…

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 14:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Venturi's Mother's House faces delicate transition]]>

There are few buildings in Philadelphia that changed the landscape of American architecture. The Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill is one.

Architect Robert Venturi built the house for his…

Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:03:29 -0400
<![CDATA[Dozens pack zoning board for hearing on Feibush project at 2010 Wharton]]> Ori Feibush must not be totally broke.

On Wednesday, he was attempting to get zoning approvals for the last property that he owns outright, a former warehouse at 20th and…

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 16:37:21 -0400
<![CDATA[Old City residents and businesses weigh in on neighborhood growth in the Vision 2026 survey]]>

Back in June, Old City District announced it would be facilitating a Vision 2026 master planning process with the RBA Group (2026 being the year of the nation's 250th birthday,) and…

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 14:31:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 29: East Passyunk gateway update | Big win for Schuylkill River Trail | Lane width and safety]]> In line with what Jim Saksa reported last month, Patrick Kerkstra says sources in the Nutter administration would like to be more forthcoming with the public about the Papal visit security…

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 10:31:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Shofuso digging for its Centennial ancestor]]> Kim Andrews is standing on a busted up paved path, pointing at a patch of tamed weeds and poison ivy in West Fairmount Park. We are looking for the past.


Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Neighbors coming around to Chestnut Hill's towering 8200 Germantown Avenue project]]> They fought the zoning, the density, the size, and the impact of the construction process. But four years after the battles began over 8200 Germantown Avenue, the immediate neighbors are mainly…

Wed, 29 Jul 2015 07:05:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Committee OKs renovations for Divine Lorraine]]>

Eric Blumenfeld visited City Hall on Tuesday to present his plans for renovating the former Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street to the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission.


Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA to hold online lottery for Papal Regional Rail passes Aug. 3rd]]>

Should I pray to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, or Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of gamblers?

That’s the question devout Catholics hoping to take SEPTA Regional Rail…

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 16:26:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Committee approves designs for new building next to Boyd Theater]]> The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architecture committee voted on Tuesday to approve plans for a new commercial building on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street in Center City, in between the former…

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 13:12:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly is quickly gobbling up new apartment buildings]]>

Last year, a lot of writers were wondering whether Philly was experiencing a multi-family construction bubble. There's been a lot of multi-family residential construction, mostly concentrated around greater Center City, over…

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 28: Neighborhood Transformation Initiative endgame | Three traits of walkable neighborhoods | Point Breeze pop-up back again]]> What we know about the endgame for the unspent NTI money.

Should we have a local neighborhood exchange program for the Pope visit?

The House of Correction is falling apart in…

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 11:06:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Historic designation will bring new fire station to Chestnut Hill]]> Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 will finally have a new parking spot, thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Philadelphia Historical Commission.

The Commission has placed the current fire house at…

Tue, 28 Jul 2015 07:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Nutter: Papal security maps on internet are false]]> Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference today denying the validity of maps circulating on social media that purported to show security zone plans for the Papal visit September 26th and…

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 17:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 27: Momentarily accurate #PopeFence map | Williams fooled by mortgage scam | 25 years of ADA]]> Are Bill Green and Sam Katz going to run as a slate for City Council's two minority party At-Large seats?

Ryan Briggs reports Anthony Williams was the victim of a sophisticated…

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 10:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission takes a small stand for the sidewalk]]> “Sidewalks, their bordering uses, and their users, are active participants in the drama of civilization versus barbarism in cities.” - Jane Jacobs

Expeditious but inviting, leaderly but democratic, and with a…

Mon, 27 Jul 2015 06:43:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Parking Authority pushes for more wheelchair accessible cabs, taxis push back]]> When George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago, it was a watershed moment for anyone with mobility issues.

Before the ADA, society everywhere…

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 16:17:00 -0400