Articles Fri, 22 May 2015 07:46:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[How will Kenney adopt and adapt Nutter's unfinished work? Six questions:]]> That sound you heard from City Hall today was mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Mayor Michael Nutter mending fences. Though relations between the St. Joe’s prep classmates and former council…

Fri, 22 May 2015 07:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[PPA okays pay-by-phone parking app, electric vehicle charging at PHL]]> The Philadelphia Parking Authority selected Pango USA as contractor for installing and implementing a pay-by-phone parking app.

The company already provides similar services in Phoenix, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre. Philadelphia will be…

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:48:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 21: Indego beating membership goals | Undercounting the transit constituency | 97% urban Philly]]> Why Philly's bikeable streets owe more to Thomas Holme than Michael Nutter. 

Daniel Hertz says the focus on commuting patterns means we're drastically undercounting the constituency for transit. His chart…

Thu, 21 May 2015 11:19:00 -0400
<![CDATA[DRPA Dispatch: Applying for Fed. cash to reopen Franklin Square; Refurbished cars finally here; Ben Franklin Bridge track work ahead of schedule]]> The Delaware River Port Authority board authorized an application for a federal TIGER VII grant to fund reopening of the Franklin Square PATCO Station. The project would cost an estimated $28…

Wed, 20 May 2015 20:54:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Why the Streets Department doesn't put utility boxes underground]]> One reaction people had to Monday's post on the artfully-decorated utility boxes in Washington Square West and Queen Village was that the dressed up boxes look nicer now, but why do…

Wed, 20 May 2015 16:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission approves Reading Viaduct acquisition]]> The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve a bill authorizing the city to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct for the development of a public park.

Can you imagine…

Wed, 20 May 2015 15:18:51 -0400
<![CDATA[Rancor rises over redevelopment of Mt. Sinai hospital]]> Will Collins says he’s never encountered something like this, not in his 25 years as a real estate developer. He’s disappointed. He’s hurt. Frankly, he feels betrayed.

And he says his…

Wed, 20 May 2015 15:15:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Cyclists, pedestrians lack a good crash reporting system]]> Jake Liefer was getting his morning workout in, bicycling down Gray’s Ferry Avenue towards 34th street, when it happened.

Liefer, 30, was heading straight past a gas station. Low on gas,…

Wed, 20 May 2015 15:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 20: Kenney wins | Philly's first protected bike lane | PlanMaryland | Fergie Tower update]]> Jim Kenney won the Democratic Mayoral primary, essentially ensuring he'll become Philadelphia's next Mayor. Patrick Kerkstra and Holly Otterbein have the Big Think piece you're looking for on what it all…

Wed, 20 May 2015 10:27:00 -0400
<![CDATA[UPDATED: Councilman delays vote on land purchase for prison replacement]]>

UPDATED, Thurs., May 21: 

On Thursday, Councilman Bobby Henon refrained from calling a vote on a bill he introduced that would authorize the city to negotiate for the purchase of a…

Tue, 19 May 2015 19:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Dilworth House can be partly demolished, Court says]]> It’s been almost eight years since the Philadelphia Historical Commission ruled that the owners of the Dilworth House on Washington Square could remove a portion of the building and replace it…

Tue, 19 May 2015 19:11:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Plans for BRT-lite along Roosevelt Boulevard taking shape]]>

According to a forthcoming study by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission and a Request for Proposal from the Mayor’s Office for Transportation and Utilities for a “Roosevelt Boulevard Multimodal…

Tue, 19 May 2015 09:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 19: Election Day!]]>

Happy Election Day! Here are all the PlanPhilly articles to read if you're making a last-minute voting decision as a planning voter, and our Mayoral matchmaker tool.

Here is Citified's voter…

Tue, 19 May 2015 08:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Center City's unsightly utility boxes are getting dressed up with public art]]>

I had never noticed the ugly brown utility boxes generously distributed around Center City until I started hanging around Geoff Thompson of the This Old City blog last year, and ever…

Mon, 18 May 2015 13:52:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 18: Amtrak service resumes | 33,000 Indego rides | Queen of Jeans]]> Amtrak Northeast Corridor service between Philly and New York has resumed, and SEPTA is running limited service to Trenton. 

Amtrak has been ordered to deploy Positive Train Control at the…

Mon, 18 May 2015 09:43:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Offices planned for Finnigan's Wake building at 3rd and Spring Garden]]>

Once ranked among the top 25 douchiest bars in Philadelphia, Finnigan’s Wake, at 3rd and Spring Garden streets in Northern Liberties, is set to be converted into offices.

On Thursday, Councilman…

Fri, 15 May 2015 13:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Toward a safe and thriving city]]> The next mayoral administration will inherit a revamped and strengthened planning and development environment, but architect and Design Advocacy Group Chair Kiki Bolender argues the work is only half done. In…

Fri, 15 May 2015 12:15:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Confession of a mad biker: From now on I’m taking the high road]]> Last night, I was biking home.

I was heading down Spruce, towards my turn at 17th, when a black Porsche decided waiting at the light at 15th wasn’t for him. Time…

Fri, 15 May 2015 10:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 15: NEC service could return Tuesday | Wolf's municipal pension ideas | What goes in Southport]]> Amtrak's CEO says he's looking at Tuesday, tentatively, for full restoration of Northeast Corridor service.

Our Newsworks colleague Carolyn Beeler talks to Penn professor Dr. Vukan Vuchic about why the…

Fri, 15 May 2015 07:33:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with LISC's Andy Frishkoff]]> For our last installment in our Agenda2015 Streetviews Q&A series, we sat down with Andy Fishkoff from Philadelphia LISC, a nonprofit that provides assistance to community development corporations citywide. We…

Thu, 14 May 2015 17:03:46 -0400