Articles Wed, 24 May 2017 09:21:14 -0400 en <![CDATA[May 24: Feibush to convert Walter Smith School | VW pays PA $118 million | ‘Feed the Barrel’]]> Developer Ori Feibush plans to convert Point Breeze's former Walter Smith School into 120 apartments, after the Commonwealth Court ordered Philadelphia Common Pleas judge Nina Wright-Padilla last week to clear…

Wed, 24 May 2017 09:21:14 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another]]>

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

Wed, 24 May 2017 08:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Chestnut Hill firehouse's contemporary addition supported by preservation committee]]>

Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37 is finally getting a building that can accommodate contemporary fire-fighting vehicles. The oldest fire station in Philadelphia will remain in use, but its almost 125-year-old building will…

Tue, 23 May 2017 16:45:16 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?]]> SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 23: PHA buys Vaux High School | Growing Home | SEPTA token-eating squirrel mural genesis]]> The Philadelphia Housing Authority has purchased the former Roberts Vaux High School in North Philadelphia, WHYY’s Aaron Moselle reports. PHA bought the property, which was closed four years ago due declining…

Tue, 23 May 2017 09:02:04 -0400
<![CDATA[Brookings report calls for more local investment to unleash 'innovation district' potential]]>

Before a room packed with Philadelphia’s business elites Thursday morning, Brookings Institution researchers described the city as standing on the precipice of greatness. All it will take is a little leap…

Mon, 22 May 2017 17:39:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 22: The magic of Philly stoops | Post-preservation | Two new Amtrak stops?]]> Philly Mag’s Brian Howard pens an ode to the Philadelphia stoop, declaring the stoop the best spot for impromptu parties, block cleanup discussions, and neighborhood camaraderie. Referencing his experience living…

Mon, 22 May 2017 09:35:52 -0400
<![CDATA[May 19: Amtrak engineer taken into custody | Philly housing prices up 22% | Bike to Work Day]]> Brandon Bostian, the engineer operating Amtrak 188 when it derailed in 2015 killing eight passengers and injuring 200 others, was taken into custody Thursday morning, the Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports.…

Fri, 19 May 2017 10:34:23 -0400
<![CDATA[Squilla calls increased Delaware waterfront height limit ‘progressive’ – waterfront advocates say it would undercut plan]]> Harris Steinberg fears that Philadelphia’s Delaware waterfront may be returning to the bad old days.

Almost 10 years ago, when Steinberg ran PennPraxis, he presented a civic vision for seven miles…

Fri, 19 May 2017 09:27:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Researchers and residents explore ways Eastwick floods and ideas for mitigation]]>

Eastwick is literally in a vulnerable position, environmentally speaking. The neighborhood is located in part of Southwest Philadelphia with the lowest elevation in the city; in fact, it was historically a…

Fri, 19 May 2017 08:54:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 18: $100 million initiative for home repair, stabilization | Squilla undermining waterfront plan | Philly’s secret gardens]]> The City unveiled on Wednesday a $100 million initiative “designed to help prevent homelessness and displacement, preserve and stabilize city neighborhoods, and provide jobs for the city’s small builders and…

Thu, 18 May 2017 09:37:00 -0400
<![CDATA[How the Kenney administration aims to include neighbors in Rebuild]]> At a press briefing in March, a member of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild team described the ambitions of the $500-million project as “not just physical improvements” for the city’s universe of…

Thu, 18 May 2017 08:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission weighs in on micro-apartments, RCO rule changes, and rezoning bills]]> The May meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission tackled 22 agenda items, including a raft of rezonings and the continuing evolution of rules for Registered Community Organizations.

Redevelopment Agreement for…

Wed, 17 May 2017 16:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 17: Ballot questions approved | Wawa joins East Market | Life, Unauthorized]]> On Tuesday Philadelphians voted yes on both ballot questions to amend the city’s Home Rule Charter, the Inquirer’s Tricia L. Nadolny reports. Ballot question #1 approves the bill introduced by Councilman…

Wed, 17 May 2017 09:21:54 -0400
<![CDATA[Indego Bike Share turns two, celebrates 1.2 million rides with new stations in Fishtown, South Philly and Center City]]>

On Thursday, Indego celebrated its second birthday and was showered with a dozen new stations, 200 new bikes and a $930,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to support community outreach…

Tue, 16 May 2017 16:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Council considers how to encourage electric vehicle ownership after suspending previous program]]> City Council held hearings Monday to solicit ideas for encouraging electric vehicle (EV) ownership in Philadelphia. The hearings came a month after Council pulled the plug on the city’s previous program…

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:48:11 -0400
<![CDATA[May 16: City sues Wells Fargo for discriminatory practices | Bill to bust Central Delaware Overlay height limits | Emerging City Champions]]> It's primary election day - don't forget to make time to vote. Polls are open until 8 p.m. and you can find your polling place here. Even if you're not…

Tue, 16 May 2017 09:06:12 -0400
<![CDATA[May 15: A/B stops on the El | Middle neighborhood racial disparities | PPA deleted comp time records]]> A person was struck and killed by a train on SEPTA's Lansdale/Doylestown Line early Monday morning, the Inquirer’s Emily Babay reports. No further details have been reported; service is suspended between…

Mon, 15 May 2017 09:29:18 -0400
<![CDATA[Ballot Question: Should city move to ‘best value’ from ‘lowest bid’ for contracts?]]> Councilman Bobby Henon, backed by the Kenney administration, thinks it’s time to update the city’s procurement policies.

On Tuesday, voters will decide whether the city should change how it picks vendors…

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Ballot Question: Should Philadelphia have a Community Reinvestment Commission?]]> On Tuesday voters will decide whether they like the sound of amending the city’s charter to create the Philadelphia Community Reinvestment Commission.

This new commission is the brainchild of City Council…

Mon, 15 May 2017 08:24:00 -0400