Articles Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:58:57 -0400 en <![CDATA[October 27: Retail rents rise | Kensington Community Food Co-Op gets shot in the arm | PA races to watch]]> Philadelphia’s retail rents are hitting new highs and the market is strengthening even outside of Center City, according to a new report from commercial real estate firm CBRE, Suzette Parmley reports.…

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 10:58:57 -0400
<![CDATA[Property owners vote down 9th Street Business Improvement District]]> The 9th Street Business Improvement District (BID), which would have covered the Italian Market and its surrounding blocks, was defeated by a vote of the affected property owners this week.


Wed, 26 Oct 2016 18:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA publishes Service Interruption Guide to ready transit riders for looming strike]]> With negotiations to avert a city-wide transit strike at an impasse, SEPTA has two words for you if you ride the bus, subway or trolley: Get ready.
With less than a…
Wed, 26 Oct 2016 16:05:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Digitally-enhanced entries proposed for Lit Brothers building]]>

The Historical Commission's Architectural Committee weighed in on design concepts for additional digital signage on the historic Lit Brothers building at its meeting Tuesday.

Consideration of alterations to the high profile…

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 13:59:41 -0400
<![CDATA[Pennsylvania gets same gubernatorial veto power over Delaware River Port Authority as New Jersey]]> A week after Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation aimed at reforming the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) Board of Commissioners, the General Assembly, perhaps clamoring for more legislative drama, gave…

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 11:35:39 -0400
<![CDATA[Q&A with Jane Jacobs biographer Robert Kanigel]]> This is the year of Jane Jacobs, or at least the year of books about her. 2016 is the 100th Anniversary of her birth and there has been a resultant…

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 10:44:50 -0400
<![CDATA[October 26: Royal Theater changes developers | Innovation architecture | Ghost tours]]> South Street’s Royal Theater waits again, reports Jacob Adelman. Carl Dranoff and Kenny Gamble recently sold the historic theater to Robert Roskamp, a developer who splits time between Florida and…

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 09:12:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Committee supports 6 historic nominations, from Lancaster Ave to La Salle’s campus, 6 requests for continuances]]> The nominations of two Jewelers’ Row buildings as historic took top billing at Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, which voted to support their designation. After hearing…

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 17:00:29 -0400
<![CDATA[As Harrisburg legalizes Uber/Lyft, Parking Authority contemplates how to regulate them]]> “The bottom line is: The regulation of taxi cabs is changing now, and it’s going to change forever.”

Dennis Weldon, general counsel to the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), made this declaration…

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 13:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Building women’s skills by helping low-income women repair their homes]]>

Summer Parham, 16, an 11th grader from A. Philip Randolph Career and Technical High School, thinks most women are afraid of grabbing power-tools to repair or renovate their own homes.…

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 11:18:39 -0400
<![CDATA[October 25: Ride-hailing bill awaits Wolf signature | Rittenhouse Square safety | Viva Minerva]]> A bill legalizing ride-hailing operations in Philadelphia awaits Governor Tom Wolf’s signature. As the Business Journal’s Alison Burdo writes the bill doesn’t grant transportation network companies (TNC) the ability to operate…

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 09:42:35 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA and transit union remain far apart on major issues, daily negotiations to avert a strike begin]]> SEPTA’s labor contract with its largest union expires at midnight on October 31st—Halloween— and if Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234 doesn’t get a new deal by then, November 1st will…

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 08:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 24: Frankford CDC's new HQ | $100k for Point Breeze Ave | Kenney on Big Soda]]> Frankford CDC is moving to the old Doral building at Frankford Avenue and Paul Street, near the Arrott Transportation Center, part of the CDC’s work to help anchor and improve the…

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:07:42 -0400
<![CDATA[Art project asks 9th Street Market vendors to get into each other’s business]]>

The relationship between Italians and Mexicans in the Italian Market, as described by Raúl Aguilar, owner of Los Amigos, a 7-year-old meat market in 9th and Montrose streets, goes like this:…

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 08:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Committee supports designation of two threatened Jewelers' Row buildings]]> On Friday morning the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation voted unanimously to recommend the nominations of 706 and 704 Sansom Street to the local historic register. The full Philadelphia…

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 16:24:42 -0400
<![CDATA[October 21: Whole Foods, architectural afterthought | Recycling misunderstandings | NoLibs remade]]> Inga Saffron finds everything at the new Whole Foods at 22nd and Hamilton, except good design. “The finished version demonstrates how far Philadelphia developers have come in understanding how cities work,…

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 08:13:49 -0400
<![CDATA[Hispanic and Asian communities frustrated by city's fair housing assessment process]]> This summer Philadelphia’s housing agencies began collecting data for a forthcoming plan to address segregation and fair housing in the city. The results of the federally-required initiative are not yet available,…

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:26:26 -0400
<![CDATA[October 20: Edward Corner reuse | Basciano on 22nd and Market | Redlining's roots]]> Legislation legalizing ride-hailing in Philly passed the Pennsylvania House on Wednesday afternoon, with a 1.4 percent tax on all rides. The Inquirer reports the Senate could vote on it next week.…

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 10:18:45 -0400
<![CDATA[Governor Wolf to veto DRPA reform bill over senate confirmation of appointees]]> Governor Tom Wolf will veto a bill passed Tuesday aimed at reforming the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) over a single provision that would give the Pennsylvania State Senate confirmation power…

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 16:44:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission denies four RCO appeals]]> At its October meeting, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission delayed the Schuylkill Yards project, approved a bill introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon to require more signage for projects requiring zoning variances,…

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 09:54:00 -0400