Articles Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:11:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[Amazon-New York HQ2 breakup has lessons for Philadelphia]]> Amazon’s New York City HQ2 plans unraveled in spectacular fashion last week—a fitting end for a spectacle of a location selection process.

It is tempting to see the deal’s dissolution as…

Tue, 19 Feb 2019 15:11:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Justin DiBerardinis runs for Philadelphia City Council on a good government platform]]>

Justin DiBerardinis wants to change Philadelphia’s government, and not just by winning a seat on City Council.

At this early stage in the 2019 municipal elections, DiBerardinis is one of the…

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 16:27:03 -0500
<![CDATA[Rebel Ventures pitch youth-powered corner store at Full City Challenge]]>

Jarrett Stein kept apologizing to the crowd for his public speaking.

On a cold rainy Tuesday morning, the Rebel Ventures co-executive director told a roomful of food justice advocates and advisors…

Mon, 18 Feb 2019 00:01:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Fishtown building collapse inspires construction enforcement bill]]> Philadelphia City Council wants to finance a crackdown on unsafe construction.

A building collapse last week in Fishtown and another recent collapse in Germantown has inspired Councilmember Cindy Bass to introduce…

Fri, 15 Feb 2019 12:30:30 -0500
<![CDATA[Landlords must exterminate bed bugs under City Council bill]]> Philadelphia landlords who go soft on bedbugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla.

Philadelphia is currently the only big city that does not…

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 14:51:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Tell us how you use PlanPhilly]]> Dear reader,

Big things are afoot here at PlanPhilly. You’ve seen our fresh new logo and we’ve got plenty more in store for 2019. 

Please do us a solid and fill out this survey…

Thu, 14 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly City Council votes to ban cashless stores]]> Philadelphia City Council approved a bill Thursday that would ban most city stores from going cashless.

Businesses like Sweetgreen, a salad chain that only takes plastic, could face fines up to…

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 18:04:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Buddhist monks cash out with ‘secret’ sale of historic South Philly church]]>

A 150-year-old Queen Village church turned Buddhist temple is on a path toward residential reincarnation.

The pending metamorphosis is no shocker from a real estate perspective — sacred spaces across the…

Wed, 13 Feb 2019 12:52:26 -0500
<![CDATA[Fishtown's St. Laurentius church cleared for redevelopment]]> A Pennsylvania judge issued an opinion on Tuesday that could bring an end to an acrimonious two-and-a-half year struggle over the redevelopment of St. Laurentius, a crumbling Catholic church in Philadelphia’s…

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 15:14:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Strollers pose safety problems for Philly families riding SEPTA]]> When a mother fell down the stairs and died in the New York subway two weeks ago, parents in Philadelphia reacted with a combination of horror and recognition. Malaysia Goodson’s fall…

Tue, 12 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia councilwoman delayed major city land deal to help a developer]]> The city’s stalled redevelopment of 4601 Market Street finally advanced on Thursday after West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell reversed her opposition.

A document obtained by PlanPhilly indicates Blackwell’s reservations stemmed from…

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 19:01:07 -0500
<![CDATA[Parkway condo opposed by Rodin Museum, Rail Park wins key city approval]]> A condo building that opponents say could disrupt plans to extend the Rail Park and endanger Rodin Museum holdings has won the final city approval needed to break ground.

The Philadelphia…

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 14:42:49 -0500
<![CDATA[Councilman Domb drops $32,000 on poll as 2019 mayors race heats up]]> It’s been rumored for some time that real estate magnate and Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb has been eying a run for mayor this year.

Domb has been on the outs…

Fri, 08 Feb 2019 12:23:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Gretz Brewery redevelopment in Kensington returns to drawing board]]> The sprawling former Gretz Brewery stands as a hunkering symbol of industrial blight. The impressive red brick structure went vacant almost 60 years ago and Kensington residents have worried for years…

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 06:36:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Developers, unions fill City Council war chests ahead of 2019 elections]]> Who runs Philadelphia City Council? If campaign spending is any indication, the answer is labor unions and the real estate industry.

With 2019 reelections just around the bend, campaign finance reports…

Thu, 07 Feb 2019 05:41:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Why your neighborhood school probably doesn't have a playground]]>

Join the conversation about Philadelphia school playgrounds on Friday, Feb, 8 at a dinner and discussion hosted by WHYY. Register here.

It was the shortest day of the year: the…

Wed, 06 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Society Hill residents lose anti-high rise fight at ZBA, may challenge in court]]>

Society Hill residents came out in force Tuesday to oppose plans for a 31-story apartment tower at the edge of their neighborhood.

Dozens of opponents attended a Philadelphia Zoning Board of…

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 20:07:54 -0500
<![CDATA[Provident Mutual building redevelopment to move forward with Blackwell’s support]]> A developer’s plan to transform the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building into a sprawling health campus will move forward with the support of West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell,…

Tue, 05 Feb 2019 17:56:52 -0500
<![CDATA[Councilman indicted on union corruption charges introduces contractor review bill]]> Indicted Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon introduced bills that would strengthen City Hall’s power over building contractors on Thursday. The legislation was introduced just hours before the embattled representative of the lower…

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 17:33:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Henon pleads not guilty to federal corruption charges]]> Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon pleaded “not guilty” Thursday to a string of criminal charges outlined in a sweeping federal indictment, including bribery, conspiracy, and fraud.

He was released on $50,000…

Thu, 31 Jan 2019 16:39:00 -0500