Articles Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:24:08 -0500 en <![CDATA[A rhyming trolley ride with the 'SEPTA Poet']]> Mike Fuller offers similes, rhymes, and jokes over the public address system of his SEPTA trolley. While Fuller mostly drives the 36, you can also occasionally find him on the 34…

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 12:24:08 -0500
<![CDATA[German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation]]> At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:23:15 -0500
<![CDATA[February 17: Forensic waste analysis | Bike ramp for Ben Franklin Bridge | Elkins Estate]]> In the U.S., consumers throw away 27 million tons of food waste a year. The Natural Resources Defense Council is digging through trash and recruiting households in different cities to log…

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 09:05:55 -0500
<![CDATA[Center City's housing boom slightly outpaces demand]]>

Center City is still booming, the Center City District (CCD) reports.

Housing is the subject of the latest report from Philadelphia’s premier business improvement district. The headline number is that 2,506…

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 18:45:34 -0500
<![CDATA[Giving arts a seat at the community development table]]> In December, the National Endowment for the Arts released a collection of essays titled How to Do Creative Peacemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. Jason Schupbach, the…

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 10:56:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 16: Urban renewal and patriotism | Seattle's community liaisons | Cycling survey]]> Many cities, Philadelphia included, have reached peak millennial. The immigrant population, however, has continued to grow and contribute to the city’s economic revitalization. The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians attest…

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 09:14:24 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA proposes new buses for University City, Roosevelt Blvd.]]>

SEPTA unveiled the name for its new express bus service coming to Roosevelt Boulevard: the Boulevard Direct Bus.

Technically, the Boulevard Direct Bus is a mere proposal—nothing set in stone—one of…

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:53:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 14: Uber subscription service l 136-acre Airport expansion | Paul Levy on Philly’s growth]]> Philadelphia has been immensely proud of the city’s recent population growth, the first upward trend since the 1960s. Center City District’s new report, Philadelphia: An Incomplete Revival, aims to tell…

Wed, 15 Feb 2017 10:02:06 -0500
<![CDATA[Little Wakefield and Wister House designated historic despite La Salle's protests]]> Jewelers’ Row wasn’t the only contentious case before the February Historical Commission meeting. Prior to the skirmish over Sansom Street, a series of nominations on La Salle University’s campus were sent…

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 11:39:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Praxis Dialogues: Old buildings anchor growth at the Navy Yard]]> On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice.…

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:24:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 14: Fair, affordable development l Kindergarten lottery concerns | Mussel mania]]> The High Line has had millions of visitors and is set to generate $1 billion in tax revenues over the next 20 years. The park’s smashing success highlights Manhattan’s rising inequality,…

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 09:14:04 -0500
<![CDATA[Chestnut Hill group broadens focus to integrate preservation and conservation]]> Community efforts to preserve the historic character of Chestnut Hill’s built environment are expanding this year to protect its natural assets as well.

The neighborhood’s historical society, founded in 1967, changed…

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 08:11:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 13: Unauthorized immigrant clusters l Trolley Portal Gardens l Common application for small business financing]]> Last week, PlanPhilly’s Jake Blumgart wrote about the role of immigrants in Philadelphia’s growing urban cores and neighborhoods. According to the Pew Research Center’s new census data analysis, the unauthorized immigrant…

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 06:57:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Historical Commission punts again on Jewelers Row]]> Once again, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission decided to punt on the contentious Jewelers’ Row case. On Friday, the commission tabled their decision on the historic significance of 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street…

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:40:00 -0500
<![CDATA[February 10, 2017: The science and engineering of welds l Nonprofits, businesses and foundations tackle food waste l California lawmakers debate cap-and-trade]]> Last year, ReFED, a collaboration of foundations, businesses, and government officials, came out with their Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent report. Waste 360 catches up with…

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 08:44:00 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA Key rollout so capricious, complicated and slow, even the transit authority’s spokesman left confused]]>

Yesterday, PlanPhilly reported on SEPTA Key’s latest incremental update, saying that riders could pick up a card without also purchasing a weekly or monthly Transpass at SEPTA’s headquarters at 1234 Market…

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 16:22:45 -0500
<![CDATA[February 9, 2017: Litter index l Mapping out informal transit networks l N.J. Mayors demand clarity on state transportation funds]]> The trash talk continues. The City’s newly formed Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will pilot a litter index in two neighborhoods this year, tracking every single piece of trash and plotting…

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 08:46:05 -0500
<![CDATA[College students document Sharswood’s ‘resilient voices’]]> On Oct. 25, 2015, representatives from the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) placed plywood signs reading “Declarations of Taking” in front of 500 properties in Sharswood. This spring, they’ll appear on…

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Bill to give local cops speedometers on Harrisburg's radar]]> In Pennsylvania, local cops are armed with all sorts of guns. The standard issue at many police departments includes both a .40 caliber Glock pistol and a stun gun. Members of…

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 16:23:04 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA continues to unlock Key: Riders can now replace tokens without buying a pass first, available at 69th Street]]> For SEPTA token lovers, winter is coming.

Just as a wintry snowstorm is expected to blanket the region and make getting around more difficult, SEPTA will take another step in its…

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 13:17:00 -0500