Articles Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:52:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Urban agriculture leaders ask for citywide commitments to garden preservation and creation]]>

More than one hundred urban farmers and food justice advocates, some of them with cardboard signs in the shape of carrots, tomatoes, and eggplants, attended the first Philadelphia City Council hearing…

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:52:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Lens: Inside FGS Gems on Jewelers' Row]]> It’s been about six weeks since news broke that the Toll Brothers wanted to build a 16-story story condo tower on Jewelers’ Row. Since then a few storeowners have been thrust…

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:09:53 -0400
<![CDATA[September 23: Schuylkill gone green | Transfer tax loophole | Holdout houses | Blame the banks]]> Why is the Schuylkill glowing green? Elana Gordon reports it’s not slime, its duckweed, a small aquatic plant encouraged by this summer’s dry, warm weather.

Most dams and canals along the…

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:01:25 -0400
<![CDATA[City to weigh 'social impact' of development proposals on public land]]> The Redevelopment Authority will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race streets on Friday morning. The parcel is 140,000 square feet, a vast…

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:34:42 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA Board approves changes to Routes 2, 310]]>

SEPTA considered 187 proposed changes to its transit routes this year, but just two made the final cut: Extending Route 2 to Wayne Junction Station, and splitting Route 310’s long loop…

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Far Northeast district planning kicks off in Somerton]]> On Wednesday night the district planning process for the Far Northeast launched in a nursing home on Roosevelt Boulevard. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s lead for the region, Greg Waldman, spoke…

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 11:54:00 -0400
<![CDATA[September 22: PPA looks the other way | Hyatt Centric replacing Little Pete's | Transportation demand management]]> Vince Fenerty, Jr., director of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, sexually harassed a female senior employee for two years. Mike Newall found that despite a damning investigation, the PPA board allowed Fenerty…

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 09:18:26 -0400
<![CDATA[DRPA Dispatch: PATCO ridership rebounding after bridge work; DRPA finances rebounding after mismanagement work]]> After a year of constrained schedules due to maintenance work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, ridership on PATCO trains has fully rebounded and may be growing past previous highs.

PATCO ridership…

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:48:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Fishtowners feud at community meeting over St. Laurentius reuse proposal]]>

On Tuesday night the Fishtown Neighbors Association held a zoning meeting and nonbinding vote on the future of St. Laurentius church. Developer Leo Voloshin stood before the massive crowd and defended…

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 10:43:31 -0400
<![CDATA[September 21: Introducing Grapple | Clarke v. Saffron | Broad & Washington update]]> First things first: Our colleagues at Keystone Crossroads have been hard at work on a new podcast called Grapple – all about the struggles of Pennsylvania cities, with context and solutions.…

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:10:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Proposal to increase parking minimums finds no support at Planning Commission]]> Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission centered on Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill to double the amount of parking required at many forms of new development in the city. The bill would…

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 18:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Three historic Baptist churches headed for historic designation]]> Three churches built by historic Baptist congregations were recommended for nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places last week by the Designation Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The churches…

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 15:05:00 -0400
<![CDATA[As PennDOT prepares for driverless vehicles, other state agencies stall]]>

On Wednesday, Uber began publicly testing its autonomous vehicle technology, offering free rides to passengers in Pittsburgh who let a computer take the wheel. It’s still a major achievement for Uber,…

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 12:09:29 -0400
<![CDATA[September 20: City services survey | Faithful Laurentians | Ice]]> Oral arguments in the 22nd and Market civil trial began, reports Aaron Moselle. The plaintiffs started by laying out a tale of incompetence, inexperience, and profit-motive that led to six people’s…

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 09:27:58 -0400
<![CDATA[House Committee hears emotional testimony in favor of speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard]]> Emotional testimony given at Friday’s hearing on speed cameras stirred up sad memories for Representative Ed Neilson.

After listening to Angie Dellavella’s description of witnessing a pedestrian’s death first hand, and…

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:48:06 -0400
<![CDATA[St. Laurentius: Seeking the Wisdom of Solomon in Fishtown]]> As Fishtowners mull the residential redevelopment proposed for St. Laurentius Church, Faithful Laurentians are hoping for a different plan that requires less alterations of the building. Community ContributorFishtown native,…

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 10:12:36 -0400
<![CDATA[September 19: Generational poverty in Philly | Richmond revival | Homicides rise]]> Steve Volk takes a long, hard look at generational poverty in Philly and a few solutions too.

Michael Bixler walks along Richmond Street, where new investment and businesses in old buildings…

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 08:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Schoolyard redesign at Chester Arthur to support inquiry-driven learning]]>

As the students of Chester Arthur School started the new school year, they noticed orange safety barriers traversing their schoolyard and snaking around the parking lot. The schoolyard is under construction…

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[September 16: Park(ing) Day | Liberty on the River | American Street's identity crisis]]> It’s Philly’s 9th annual Park(ing) Day today. Go exploring in-street installations that put the park in parking spots.

K4 is proposing a multi-tower development at the Sheet Metal Workers property called…

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 07:53:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Council supports Keystone Opportunity Zone expansions, called for greater transparency]]> Over the past week a bill to designate more than 80 properties as Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones raced through City Council. Introduced last Thursday by City Council president Darrell Clarke and…

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:25:00 -0400