Articles Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:01:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Council plans to use quality-of-life data to guide future budget decisions]]> PlanPhilly reporter Jared Brey contributed to this report

At a Tuesday press conference, City Council President Darrell Clarke and other members of Council revealed the Community Sustainability Initiative, a plan they…

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 16:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 30: University City crime rates dropping | $106M for The Gallery | Big win for NACTO | How to force a Sheriff's sale]]> Macerich Co, a California-based company with experience in urban mall development, will invest $106.8M in The Gallery. "Macerich will acquire a 50 percent interest in the Gallery under terms of the…

Wed, 30 Jul 2014 08:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Senator (and Mayoral candidate) Anthony Williams pens letter to LCB supporting pop-up beer gardens]]> Since the news first broke that four state lawmakers had written to the Liquor Control Board expressing "grave concern" that the 2012 catering permit regulations were being interpreted too loosely, other…

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 15:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Would a new pop-up "industry" be a bad thing for Philly?]]> One interesting wrinkle to watch in the debate over pop-up beer gardens is the disagreement between Rep. John Taylor and John Longacre of the Philadelphia Tavern Owners Association over how widespread…

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 29: Renaming 30th St. Station | Laura Sparks to head William Penn | Local impact of the downgrade | Bike share as transit]]> Chaka Fattah's bill to rename 30th Street Station is sailing through Congress, with the support of every member of the Pennsylvania delegation.

Peter J. Degnan is resigning from the William…

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 10:48:30 -0400
<![CDATA[Project Information Revelation]]>

Sometimes we’ve got to stop to recognize the small as significant. Today: Project information.

Walking down 12th Street late last week my heart skipped a nerdy beat at Chestnut. Here Brickstone…

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 09:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Opinion: New zoning classification has strings attached no one should want]]>

So there’s a large lot right in the middle of your otherwise nice rowhouse block. Fifty years ago it was a small factory, but now it’s a nuisance, full of trash…

Tue, 29 Jul 2014 07:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Tall ships, including a replica of Gen. Lafayette's, coming to the Delaware next summer]]>

Huge sailing ships will head into Philadelphia and Camden next summer for the first tall ship festival held here since 2000, and L'Hermione, a replica of the ship that brought General…

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 11:24:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Six ideas Boston should emulate, and Praxis in one of them]]> Cities crib from each other all the time. New York copied the idea for the High Line from Paris. London is growing upward, like New York. Lately Boston, too, has…

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 28: Local taxis embrace e-hailing | Wolf on state's education funding share | Clamors for transportation choice | Philly as blight fighting model]]>

In an interview with the Associated Press, Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf proposed increasing the state's share of education funding to 50%, up from 32%. (For context, the recent high was 44%…

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 09:33:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Councilman Jones under 'bizarre' eminent-domain fire in Germany Hill development lawsuit]]> A developer's nine-year attempt to construct housing on a strip of green space in Roxborough has devolved into a court battle over how much the city may have to pay for…

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 08:09:17 -0400
<![CDATA[How the Pop-Ups can actually prop up their neighbors]]>

This summer, beer gardens have been popping up like dandelions, causing some legislators to say they are ready to start pulling weeds. But most Philadelphians – including the folks who run…

Mon, 28 Jul 2014 07:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Drone photographer Matt Satell wants to create the go-to site for aerial images of Philly]]>
If you've been on our Facebook page recently, you'll see our new banner photo is an aerial shot of University City. 
The more obvious choice for a publication about Philadelphia's…
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 14:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[How Northern Liberties is curbing garage-fronted rowhouse development]]> Last month Ashley Hahn wrote an EOTS column about why the Zoning Board of Adjustment should stop approving variances for garage-fronted rowhouses. In response Northern Liberties Neighbors Association's Zoning Chair,…

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 10:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[July 25: Philly as car-free retirement colony | Radar gun fight | African-Americans and bike share | $10.5B in new transpo projects]]> Philadelphia made TheStreet's top 5 list of cities for people looking to retire without a car. We've been seeing a lot of Baby Boomers moving to Center City, in addition…

Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:56:59 -0400
<![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 11:05:00 -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