Articles Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:23:52 -0500 en <![CDATA[CDC Tax Credit is a transformative tool for neighborhoods]]> As City Council considers expanding the Philadelphia Commmunity Development Tax Credit Program to pre-recession levels, Community Contributor and Tacony CDC Manager Alex Balloon explains the program’s big impact in neighborhoods…

Thu, 29 Jan 2015 09:23:52 -0500
<![CDATA[January 28: How Wolf can help PA cities | Ward politics | Keeping Philly affordable]]> The US DOT is challenging city Mayors to prioritize pedestrian and bike safety. In Philly a lot of those decisions come down to Council members' decisions about right of way…

Wed, 28 Jan 2015 11:56:00 -0500
<![CDATA[JLL: Philly's commercial real estate market turned the corner in 2014]]>

Philadelphia's recovery from the Great Recession has come in fits and starts, but it looks like momentum has been picking up recently.

After decades of decline, the population is growing again.…

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 15:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[That time Councilman Kenney read every ingredient in a Primo Hoagie into the Council record]]> Anyone who attends Philadelphia City Council meetings with any regularity will know that there are periods of tedium so complete that you almost forget who you are.

But between the innumerable…

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 13:05:43 -0500
<![CDATA[#PHL2015: Councilman Jim Kenney resigning from City Council on Thursday]]> As was widely expected after last Friday's non-announcement by At-Large Councilman Jim Kenney that he would consider entering the Democratic primary  for Philadelphia Mayor, Kenney's team is officially announcing his resignation…

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 11:57:00 -0500
<![CDATA[January 27: Court rejects Washington apartments | Domain registration mayhem | South District survey]]> The blizzard was a dud, but it's actually good news for our #PHLsneckdowns project. Four to six inches of snow makes for better sneckdown accuracy than big snow mountains…

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 10:47:07 -0500
<![CDATA[City looks to expand tax credits for community development]]> Last week, a City Council committee voted to recommend a bill that would increase the city’s tax credit for Community Development Corporations, non-profit groups that invest in affordable housing and other…

Tue, 27 Jan 2015 07:46:14 -0500
<![CDATA[Readers: Brave the snow and send us your sneckdown photos]]>

If there's one upside to the looming blizzard, it's the opportunities that street snow reveals for traffic calming.

Say what? 

Check it out: When snow accumulates on the street, and cars…

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 12:26:00 -0500
<![CDATA[January 26: Trujillo backing Kenney? | Incumbents circle wagons around Johnson | Middling airport transit]]> After botching the Alba Martinez endorsement, Ken Trujillo is officially holding back on supporting another mayoral prospect for the moment, though it looks like he's preparing to move staff and money…

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 09:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA has largest percentage of female riders – 64% - among large transit agencies]]>

As Valentine’s Day approaches, lonelier Philadelphians will be riding the singles circuit around town, cruising the bars. But if you’re looking for the woman of your dreams, you might be better…

Mon, 26 Jan 2015 07:16:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Next to arrive on all SEPTA platforms: real time ETA data]]> If all goes according to plan, riders will barely recognize SEPTA in two years. Like the protagonist of a 90’s teen movie, SEPTA is in the midst of transforming itself…

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 11:23:00 -0500
<![CDATA[January 23: Political drama-thon | Mid-rise Washington Ave | Philly's Second Empire architecture]]> Lots of political drama this Friday morning. Northeast Democratic ward leaders made their picks for the special elections to fill the 170th house district seat being vacated by Congressman-elect Brendan Boyle,…

Fri, 23 Jan 2015 10:07:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Roadside Americana on Lancaster Avenue]]>

PennDesign student and community contributor Angelina Jones uncovered an interesting roadside relic in Mill Creek, which helps illuminate the history of both the Lincoln Highway and Americans falling hard for their…

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 13:10:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Claflen explains SkyPlane project and presents award for that work to Planning Commission]]> Skyplane is a 2012 Zoning Code-adopted way to measure the exposure to light in a street as indicated by the amount of access to the open sky. Skyplane calculation is intended…

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:19:00 -0500
<![CDATA[January 22: Katz for Mayor? | Uber data | Spoke Mag release | Lit Bros billboard]]> Patrick Kerkstra thinks Ken Trujillo's exit from the 2015 campaign has made a Sam Katz run more likely.

The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority's new report says Philadelphia has only 47…

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 11:01:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Clarke to send planning and development re-org plan back to committee for more discussion]]> Council President Darrell Clarke said on Thursday that he would send his proposal to restructure the city's planning and development agencies back to committee for more discussion and amendments.

The proposal, which would…

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 10:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Planning Commission hears South Philadelphia District update]]>

Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission heard about the research and civic engagement PCPC staff had conducted on planning and zoning goals for the South District, which is bounded, very roughly,…

Thu, 22 Jan 2015 07:32:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Civic groups ask Clarke to pull back charter change proposal]]> A group of civic associations from across the city has sent a letter to all members of City Council asking for a proposed charter change to be removed from Council’s agenda…

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 18:09:00 -0500
<![CDATA[DRPA doings: Board drops Johnny Doc, Riverlink Ferry; gains wifi and SEPTA Key access]]> This morning's Delaware River Port Authority board meeting was about as jam-packed and exciting as transportation authority board meetings can get, replete with (extremely respectful) demonstrators, (long-planned) approvals for major projects,…

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 16:44:00 -0500
<![CDATA[#PHL2015: Ken Trujillo abruptly cancels Mayoral bid]]> In a surprise move, former city Solicitor and Mayoral contender Ken Trujillo suddenly withdrew from the Philadelphia Mayoral race Wednesday, citing family issues. The official statement is below. We'll update this…

Wed, 21 Jan 2015 12:41:00 -0500