Articles Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:23:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Del. River Waterfront Corp. advances Race Street, Spruce Street connection projects]]>

Just in time for summer, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is starting, re-starting, or advancing a handful of construction, infrastructure and transportation projects to help connect Penn’s Landing to the rest…

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 13:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[April 24: Streetfilms does Philly bike share | The Gallery's retail economics | Buying stock in distressed cities]]> Streetfilms is out with a new video on the Philly bike share launch yesterday. Here's a bonus Streetfilm on the Salt Lake City bike share system I referenced in there. …

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 09:57:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with Francisville NDC's Penelope Giles]]> When Penelope Giles grew up in Francisville it was a bustling, middle-class neighborhood. Since she moved home to Francisville 15 years ago Giles has worked to turn the neighborhood back into…

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:59:58 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Bike Share hits the streets and so does Jim Saksa's GoPro video]]>

“Happy Bike Share Day!”

That was the popular, improvised greeting at Thursday’s launch of Indego, Philadelphia’s Bike Share program.

For most there, the event was a celebration, the culmination of…

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:52:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Squilla introduces stack of bills for Gallery redevelopment]]> Councilman Mark Squilla introduced 10 separate measures in City Council on Thursday meant to grease the wheels for the planned renovation of The Gallery on East Market Street.

The biggest city…

Fri, 24 Apr 2015 06:55:16 -0400
<![CDATA[Blighted East Falls house, once the cause of protest, now being torn down]]> A deteriorating house in East Falls that sparked a protest last year — and many years of neighbors' discontent — is finally, if slowly, being razed by its owner.

The house…

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:27:57 -0400
<![CDATA[April 23: PlanPhilly Jane's Walks | Squilla introduces bag tax | Strange bedfellows for Levy-Sweeney tax reform]]> Ashley Hahn and PlanPhilly are hosting nine Jane's Walks this year.  Come out and meet other PlanPhilly readers, and share your observations about city planning and architecture.

1st District Councilman…

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mt. Airy community prepares for two-year closure of Lovett library]]> The mood was heavy as members of the Mt. Airy community gathered Monday evening for the Friends of Lovett Memorial Library's meeting.

In January, the nearly 130-year-old library will be closing…

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 07:09:52 -0400
<![CDATA[Commonwealth Court affirms Penn can demolish historic property at 40th & Pine]]> A panel of judges at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that the University of Pennsylvania has the right to tear down a historic building at 40th and Pine streets…

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:55:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Commercial real estate vacancies lower in Philly's center than the suburbs]]>

The conventional wisdom about commercial real estate trends in the Philadelphia metro has been hardened for some time: the city loses office jobs to the suburban collar counties, partly thanks to…

Thu, 23 Apr 2015 06:53:12 -0400
<![CDATA[Neighborhoods in Flux: A Resource Kit]]> On Tuesday night, WHYY hosted a public conversation about Philadelphia's changing neighborhoods: how to improve them, how to stay in them, and how to treat your neighbors, whether they’re new to…

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 12:54:00 -0400
<![CDATA[April 22: Indego launches tomorrow | Suing the state for pothole damage | Sneckdown success]]> As Indego gets set to launch tomorrow, a reminder that many other cities are having a hard time reaching lower-income people with bike share. Philly has an explicit goal of charting…

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 09:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Three reasons why walkability is essential to Philadelphia’s future]]>

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed University City District’s Daniel Wolf argues that Philly deserves a more walkable future. To get there the Better Mobility Platform calls on the city to…

Wed, 22 Apr 2015 08:27:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Mayfair pushes ahead with Business Improvement District]]>

Business and civic leaders in Mayfair are doubling down on efforts to transform a two-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue into the commercial core of Northeast Philadelphia. A bill introduced in City…

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:52:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Helen Gym wants to increase the parking tax to pay for schools. Is that a good idea?]]>

At a time when many of the 2015 candidates for office are casting about, with varying degrees of success, for credible funding ideas for Philadelphia's beleaguered public schools, At-Large City…

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 14:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 1-3: Join us for Jane's Walk]]>

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)…

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 11:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[April 21: Seniors using SEPTA Key | Center City's density | Garage-fronted housing loophole]]> Center City "ranks second only to Midtown Manhattan when it comes to people living in the heart of a city," says Maria Panaritis, reporting on Center City District's new State…

Tue, 21 Apr 2015 10:06:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mt. Sinai hospital and Bok School, South Philly landmarks, to be rezoned]]>

Two of the biggest properties in South Philadelphia are set to be rezoned by City Council in anticipation of major redevelopment projects.

Earlier this month, First District Councilman Mark Squilla introduced…

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 15:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[April 20: The biggest transpo problem in North America | Tax delinquents' rental licenses denied | All about that Basin]]> Here are the renderings of Paul Mirabello's proposed mixed-use project for 9th and Wharton that was the subject of great consternation last week.

How do Council's district lines interplay with planning…

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:37:00 -0400
<![CDATA[MOTU is piloting a buffered bike lane on Rittenhouse Square West]]>

Yesterday in the Greater Philadelphia Planners, Urbanists, and Designers Facebook group (which you should all join), my friend Jake Liefer tipped us off that a new buffered bike lane had unexpectedly…

Mon, 20 Apr 2015 11:06:00 -0400