Articles Tue, 24 May 2016 18:24:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[PPA lambasted by education advocates over recent amendments to UberX, Lyft legalization bill]]> If you go to Fairmount Park or Rittenhouse Square on one of these sunny afternoons, you’ll see some little children, running around, playing with nature’s toys—sticks and stones—and generally having a…

Tue, 24 May 2016 18:24:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Lancaster Mews redevelopment gets architectural committee support]]>

Lancaster Mews was designated historic in 2015 in response to a demolition threat. A developer was eyeing the block-sized lot, lined with late 19th century mixed-use buildings, and neighbors got wind…

Tue, 24 May 2016 17:35:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Remaking Sharswood: A garden, a redevelopment plan, and a battle over who owns a neighborhood]]>

Tommy Joshua was working in the garden when a guy from his neighborhood rode by on a bike and gave him some bad news.

"Some dude, some like arbitrary man," Joshua…

Tue, 24 May 2016 15:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 24: Gas utility legislation tied up in Harrisburg | Drueding Brothers renovation | Chickens victorious]]> Legislation to renew Pennsylvania's One Call System of gas utility regulations, which expires at the end of the year, is tied up in a political morass in Harrisburg, Andrew Maykuth reports.…

Tue, 24 May 2016 10:12:56 -0400
<![CDATA[Conservatorship approved to stabilize Chinese Cultural Center]]>

The Chinese Cultural Center’s richly ornamented, timeworn façade lords over 10th Street just north of the Friendship Gate. It is one of Chinatown’s most expressive buildings, but its wood balconies and…

Tue, 24 May 2016 08:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 23: Uber tax amended to stiff School District | Preserving The Gallery's inclusivity | Crash not accident]]> Matt Richtel at the New York Times looks at the increasingly successful campaign by street safety advocates to get state DOTs and journalists to use the word "crash" instead of "accident"…

Mon, 23 May 2016 11:06:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Years after eminent domain in Hawthorne trauma lingers for some]]>

Long before the Philadelphia Housing Authority set out to remake Sharswood, it rebuilt a section of Hawthorne, a neighborhood tucked just east of Broad below South Street. Hawthorne’s public housing…

Mon, 23 May 2016 08:17:00 -0400
<![CDATA['Blitz Build' gives Sharswood's 100 year old Athletic Rec Center a makeover]]>

A recreation center in North Philadelphia got an extreme makeover this week, thanks to a group of architects who were in town for an annual conference. 

Athletic Recreation Center was built…

Sat, 21 May 2016 13:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Building Stories: President's House]]>

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

Fri, 20 May 2016 15:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[At 22nd Annual Bike to Work Day, Council members express support for protected bike lanes]]>

A group of around 50 cyclists celebrated Bike to Work Day with a group ride organized by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia from the University of Pennsylvania to Dilworth Park…

Fri, 20 May 2016 13:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 20: Philly population growth beating estimates | State boards shoots down solar curbs | Toomey goes after CDBG funding]]> The latest Census population estimates for 2015 were released yesterday, showing Philly's population grew by 5,880 people, from 1,561,562 in 2014 to 1,567,442 in 2015. The Philadelphia 2035 plan [PDF] projected…

Fri, 20 May 2016 12:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Will your street get repaved? Check out this week’s resurfacing list]]> Every Friday, the Philadelphia Streets Department releases a list of roads it plans to resurface starting the next week. Usually, PlanPhilly tries to come up with some sort of lighthearted and…

Fri, 20 May 2016 12:19:22 -0400
<![CDATA[Pew: Four percent of Philadelphia census tracts gentrified from 2000-2014]]>

How much gentrification is really taking place in Philadelphia, and how much are residents worrying about this?

In neighborhoods surrounding Center City and University City, the sense of rapid change is…

Thu, 19 May 2016 17:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 19: 'Edge' headed for default | Uber testing self-driving cars in PGH | Questioning OPA land assessments]]> The 11th annual Ride of Silence was held last night, writes Taunya English, commemorating the ten cyclists killed in the Philadelphia area last year, most of them on city streets. Mayor…

Thu, 19 May 2016 11:29:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Port Authority unions get first raises since 2010, absent a Christie veto]]> After years of working without a raise, the Delaware River Port Authority’s (DRPA) unions are poised to sign new collective bargaining agreements. At their meeting Wednesday, the DRPA board voted to…

Thu, 19 May 2016 09:32:06 -0400
<![CDATA[170 monthly parking spots to open beneath Benjamin Franklin Bridge]]> The Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) board authorized a plan to build a 170-spot parking lot underneath the Benjamin Franklin Bridge.

The new lot could be open as soon as September,…

Thu, 19 May 2016 08:19:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Neighbors weigh in on Fishtown Rec redesign, ‘Swimmo’ up for 2017 renovation]]>

Fishtown is in store for more major public space improvements over the next few years, with redesigns slated for the Adaire Elementary schoolyard, the Fishtown Recreation Center, and the Lederer Pool,…

Thu, 19 May 2016 07:14:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Governor Wolf announces traffic safety grants using red light camera ticket funds]]> Earlier this week, Governor Tom Wolf announced the 6th round of Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE) funds: $5.5 million to 18 municipalities for 23 transportation enhancement projects.

Philadelphia received $2.8 million…

Wed, 18 May 2016 16:12:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Building Stories: Guild House]]>

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

Wed, 18 May 2016 11:40:41 -0400
<![CDATA[May 18: ZBA approves Broad and Washington | History of Philly Chinatown | 'Fourth era' of cities]]> The ZBA unanimously approved Bart Blatstein's project at Broad and Washington, despite pending litigation with the site's owner, reports Jared Brey. Jacob Adelman says the site's owner, Hudson Capital Realty LLC,…

Wed, 18 May 2016 10:58:45 -0400