Articles Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:09:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[Eyes on the Trail: Officials respond to Schuylkill River crime with lighting and town watch]]>

Emil Nunez liked to walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. During the day, he could admire the trail’s handful of landscaped gardens, the silty river’s languid tranquility, and the statues dotted…

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 14:09:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Kenney appoints labor representative to the zoning board]]> Mayor Jim Kenney has selected Confesor Plaza, a field representative with the Laborers’ Union Local 57, to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the independent board that decides when to…

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 12:06:13 -0500
<![CDATA[February 12: Setting the Complete Streets agenda | Endangered Fishtown church up for sale | Parking ticket amnesty]]> Andrew Stober, former chief of staff at MOTU and current VP of planning and economic development at University City District, is out with an op-ed making the case that pedestrian injuries…

Fri, 12 Feb 2016 10:29:09 -0500
<![CDATA[Developer pursues apartment conversion at St. Laurentius in Fishtown]]> Fishtowners rejoiced last summer when St. Laurentius, a 130-year old church that was deconsecrated in 2014, was added to the local register of historic places, giving it at least some…

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 17:15:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Amtrak revenues declining, CEO calls for cuts in letter to employees]]> After years of slow and steady uphill revenue gains, Amtrak appears to be heading downhill, fast.

That’s the gist of a letter Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman sent to employees on Tuesday.…

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 12:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 11: Pop-up beer gardens coming to city parks | PennDOT phasing out stickers | Tacony-Disston National Register District]]> The Department of Parks and Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy are working on a Mobile Food and Beverage Garden Program that would bring true pop-up beer gardens (as in, open for…

Thu, 11 Feb 2016 10:41:27 -0500
<![CDATA[LOVE Park renovation breaks ground, skateboarding ban temporarily lifted]]>

LOVE Park’s long-anticipated renovation was celebrated Wednesday morning with a ceremonial groundbreaking, and an announcement that the city would lift the park’s skateboarding ban through Presidents’ Day.

“Between now and February…

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 14:52:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 10: Why housing vouchers are concentrated | NYC's more neighborly neighbor | Meet the King of Prussia rail opponents]]> Jake Blumgart has a new longform piece at the American Prospect investigating why housing vouchers are so concentrated in some places within the Philadelphia region, and nearly absent from others. "The…

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 12:14:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Obama budget proposal includes funds to finish Delaware River dredging project]]>

A project to deepen the Delaware River’s navigable channel is now full steam ahead, according to Senator Bob Casey.

Sen. Casey’s office announced today that the large, multiyear project is set…

Wed, 10 Feb 2016 07:24:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Officials unveil new LED street lamps for Fabric Row]]>

Officials from the South Street Headhouse District and the city gathered at 4th and Bainbridge Monday evening to unveil a host of completed streetscape improvements along Fabric Row in Queen Village.…

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:49:52 -0500
<![CDATA[Vacant properties in Point Breeze transferred for affordable housing]]> The Women’s Community Revitalization Project announced on Tuesday that it has secured two publicly-owned vacant properties in Point Breeze and is planning to build around 30 affordable houses in the neighborhood,…

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 16:42:33 -0500
<![CDATA[New zoning introduced for hotel at Broad and Pine]]> Councilman Mark Squilla is hoping to remove some obstacles for developer Carl Dranoff’s proposed SLS-brand Hyde Hotel at the corner of Broad & Pine streets in Center City. Last week, Squilla…

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 14:48:46 -0500
<![CDATA[February 9: Clarke goes big, vague on jobs plan | National jump in road fatalities | Changing up El seating]]> Fatalities on the nation's roads increased 9.3 percent through the first nine months of 2015 compared to the previous year, said the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration in a Friday news…

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 10:38:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Franklin Institute getting new bus loading zone, plaza in Winter Street realignment]]>

The mention of winter usually conjures up images, cold and colorless, of a city depressed: gray, bare trees, lumps of dirty snow, drab coats trudging by with downcast eyes on the…

Tue, 09 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 8: PA lawmakers siphoning transpo funding for troopers | Brandywine's big sell-off | BID 3.0]]> State lawmakers keep siphoning off the new dedicated transportation revenue from Act 89 to increase funding for state troopers, reports Mary Wilson. Robert Latham with the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors tells Wilson…

Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:15:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Engineering consultant sues Port Authority for $2 million in back pay on PATCO refurbishment project]]>

LTK Consulting Services is suing the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) for over $2 million, alleging the authority breached its contract with the engineering firm. The lawsuit, filed in Montgomery County,…

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 11:00:06 -0500
<![CDATA[February 5: Accidental Open Streets | PA cities' high lead counts | Pearl Properties building 14-story by-right tower]]> Jonas Maciūnas and Victoria Harris-Maciūnas have a fun blog post up about an accidental Open Streets day that happened over the weekend, when a truck broke down at 20th and Spruce and…

Fri, 05 Feb 2016 10:15:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Ordinance would deliver earlier public notice for demolitions]]> Is the problem with Philadelphia demolitions that the approval process is too slow?

That is one of the underlying assumptions behind changes to the city’s demolition practices being considered in City…

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:39:25 -0500
<![CDATA[February 4: Waterfront advocates blast Blatstein | Coryell out as Carpenter's union head | O'Neill opposes twin-home grocery]]> Delaware waterfront advocates are blasting the inclusion of strip mall retail, surface parking, and a gas station in Bart Blatstein's proposal for the Foxwoods site on the Delaware waterfront, reports Jacob…

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 09:57:00 -0500
<![CDATA[After the storm: what to do with the 'sneckdown' intersections]]>

Another snowstorm, another flurry of stories about "sneckdowns"—the horrible-sounding portmanteau of "snow" and "neckdown."

Our colleague Marielle Segarra at Keystone Crossroads published an explainer on the phenomenon Monday, noting…

Thu, 04 Feb 2016 07:00:00 -0500