Articles Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:10:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[What's at stake if Toomey and Trump cut funding to Philly?]]> On Wednesday night, Republican Senator Pat Toomey denounced the city of Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy, which discourages law enforcement from working closely with federal immigration authorities. He then called on president-elect…

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 15:10:00 -0500
<![CDATA[December 2: Changing Kensington | SEPTA's regional rail plans | Food insecurity]]>

Happy December! This month PlanPhilly is aiming to raise $25,000 from 400 people. Already 41 people have made donations ranging from $5 to $1000 and we're so grateful! If PlanPhilly is…

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 09:05:30 -0500
<![CDATA[Council considers permit fees to support Historical Commission]]> On Thursday morning, three City Council members introduced legislation to bolster funding for the city’s overburdened Historical Commission.

The bill, backed by Blondell Reynolds Brown, Mark Squilla, and Al Taubenberger would…

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 18:05:55 -0500
<![CDATA[City seeking 'nuclear option' to reclaim land it sells to private developers]]> On Tuesday, City Council moved a bill forward that would make it easier to take back city land it sells to private developers.

The bill would alter city code provisions regarding…

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:32:00 -0500
<![CDATA[December 1: Repave more, faster | Live! casino in court | Megaregions recast]]>

It's December and PlanPhilly is out to raise $25,000 this month from 400 people. If PlanPhilly is news you use, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support…

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 08:54:59 -0500
<![CDATA[Street Diplomacy: How Philadelphia’s first Complete Streets Director expects to get the job done]]> After years and years of talking about Complete Streets—the idea of designing roads for all users, not just cars—Philadelphia has finally hired someone to lead the charge of rethinking our streets.…

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 11:20:00 -0500
<![CDATA[November 30: Civic Design that works | Preservation and healthy cities | DOT under Elaine Chao]]> The city announced $700,000 for services and 50 more beds for young people, aged 18 to 24, experiencing homelessness. Julia Terruso reports that as of the most recent count, “527 unaccompanied…

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 09:44:25 -0500
<![CDATA[St. Rita Place & Cascia Center, Foster + Partners' new Penn hospital building pass design review]]>

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting was the last in 2016, ending a banner year where the board considered the merits of 45 projects. This record-setting total speaks to the…

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 08:47:28 -0500
<![CDATA[See your #PHLandmarks]]> In a city of 500,000 buildings, which ones sing to you?

This fall we asked you to share with us the buildings that matter to you – the ones that define your…

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 14:35:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Logan Square neighborhood rezoning awaits Council approval]]> The last few decades have seen enormous changes in the Logan Square neighborhood. Most recently the Whole Foods flagship landed there, complete with cocktail cart and butcher’s block. The Philadelphia Latter…

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:20:00 -0500
<![CDATA[November 29: On preventing frequent transit strikes | Harrisburg vs Philly | Northeast superstorms]]> Will the 2016 SEPTA strike be its last? Sandy Smith explores two options under discussion for preventing frequent transit strikes (outlawing transit union strikes, and adapting Federal Railway Labor Act procedures…

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 09:10:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Why is a nonprofit with Local 98 ties helping plan a Delaware waterfront plaza?]]> The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) is eying a major revamp for a poorly used public plaza at a key waterfront access point, in the shadow of the Society Hill…

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:46:12 -0500
<![CDATA[November 28: Carson and fair housing | Investigate crashes | Rebuild's inclusive workforce aspirations]]> Our Jake Blumgart has been following Philadelphia’s efforts to assess and address patterns of housing segregation, divided along racial and economic lines. The work to “affirmatively further fair housing” was bolstered…

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 09:02:53 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA already screens for suspected cause of deadly Hoboken train crash]]> In the wake of September’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, federal regulators want railroads to do more to keep engineers awake.

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered New Jersey Transit to…

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 09:19:08 -0500
<![CDATA[November 23: City design, parks and the brain | Looking change in the eye | Cities from space]]> Good morning! Just a note from PlanPhilly that we’ll be off for Thanksgiving and will be back in action on Monday. We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving – this year,…

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 08:42:40 -0500
<![CDATA[Gov. Wolf announces $292 million for Port of Philadelphia to expand container capacity]]> Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to double container capacity at the Port of Philadelphia via a $292 million capital investment from Harrisburg, promising 2,250 new jobs.

The announcement comes just weeks…

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 18:40:44 -0500
<![CDATA[Acknowledging MOVE bombing’s enduring trauma, city wants to rebuild again]]>

Philadelphia has the distinction of being one of the only cities in history to have bombed itself.  On May 13, 1985, the police dropped a satchel of explosives of 6221 Osage…

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:59:59 -0500
<![CDATA[November 22: Funding school maintenance backlog | Is a $1 trillion infrastructure plan worth it? | Refugee Thanksgiving]]> An analysis of Philadelphia’s school buildings reveals a $5 billion backlog in deferred maintenance. How could it ever catch up? Avi Wolfman-Arent explains a proposal that State Senator Vincent Hughes and…

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 09:06:35 -0500
<![CDATA[Rebuild gets $100 million grant and sharpens focus on equity, economic opportunity]]>

In a city of 1.5 million people, where’s our common ground? The most democratic places in cities can be those we share, the civic spaces that create points of interaction and…

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 11:17:00 -0500
<![CDATA[November 21: Feibush's partial win | Soda tax enforcement | Community cleanup guide]]> Ryan Briggs reports that developer Ori Feibush, and former City Council candidate, won a partial claim against a ward leader. Feibush contends 2nd Democratic Ward leader Ed Nesmith defrauded him of…

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 08:42:36 -0500