Articles Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:05:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Full video coverage of the Oct. 21 Philadelphia City Planning Commission meeting]]> October's meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission was one of its longest in recent memory. The Commission dealt with zoning remappings, property transfers, building designs, digital signage, and neighborhood plans.…

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 12:05:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 24: SEPTA strike looms | Office sales doubled in first half | The math of Park n' Rides]]> Michael Noda says there could be a SEPTA strike as soon as Monday.

The PR fight between ride-sharing companies, like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, and traditional taxi fleet owners is…

Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:25:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The draft Lower Northwest District Plan public review period has started]]> The DRAFT Lower Northwest District Plan is now available for public review. 
It can be accessed hereIt is a large file, so please have patience.
The Planning Commission…
Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:21:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Councilman proposes funding committee to register more historic buildings]]> Councilman Jim Kenney introduced a bill on Thursday aimed at stepping up the city’s efforts at historic preservation.

The measure would create a “Special Committee for Consideration of National Register of…

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:42:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mayfair overlay gets a thumbs-down from Planning Commission]]> The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to disapprove a proposed zoning overlay in the Northeast Philly neighborhood of Mayfair that would ban 15 separate business categories, including beauty parlors, laundromats, nail salons,…

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 13:45:14 -0400
<![CDATA[October 23: Tangled titles | Failed taxi auction | Century 21 opens | Automating SEPTA]]> Nobody bid on the new $475,000 medallions at PPA's first auction for wheelchair-accessible taxi licenses. Paul Nussbaum reminds us that taxi medallions (which ration the privilege to drive a for-hire vehicle…

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:39:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Build new LOVE upon old strengths]]>

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down the Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. JFK Plaza,…

Thu, 23 Oct 2014 11:38:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Digital billboards on East Market approved by Planning Commission]]> Here’s something you may know: the area of Market Street between Broad and 7th streets was designated as a special advertising district a few years ago, permitting developers to place large…

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 18:17:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 22: Sliding doors for SEPTA | Center City's Millennial migration boom | Peopledelphia | Milkman's return]]> Councilman David Oh says a Korean company, TIS, Inc, wants to use Philadelphia as a demonstration project for sliding glass doors in rail stations that open when the train arrives. This…

Wed, 22 Oct 2014 09:44:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission approves down-zoning in North Philadelphia]]> The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of three bills on Tuesday that would implement portions of the Lower North District Plan, one of 18 neighborhood plans being undertaken as part…

Tue, 21 Oct 2014 21:33:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Adopt Housing Trust Strategy to Preserve Neighborhood Balance]]> Community Contributor and former Philadelphia Housing Director John Kromer offers some ideas about how Philly can preserve housing affordability for low- and moderate-income families in ways other than inclusionary requirements for…

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 20: The week ahead: Big doings at Planning Commission; Take the Parks Alliance survey; Are you a friend of the Wissahickon?]]> Hey everyone, welcome to a new week. On Tuesday, look forward to a long day at the PCPC. PlanPhilly reporter Jared Brey and videographer Steve Metzger will be there for the…

Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mixed-use apartment complex proposed for historic Old City building]]>

A group of developers doing business as National Patriot LLC are hoping to redevelop a historic Old City building into a mixed-use apartment complex.

The building, formerly National Products, was certified…

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 15:28:39 -0400
<![CDATA[October 17: Non-resident ward leaders | Inclusionary zoning benefits | Cecil B. Moore Ave. tension | Manufacturing to residential in NoLibs | 22nd/Market trial | lives]]> Happy Friday. Here's what we're reading this morning:

How come three Democratic ward leaders don’t live in the wards they’re elected to represent? City Paper notes that City Controller (and likely…

Fri, 17 Oct 2014 09:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 16: Teacher protests draw paid opponents | Multi-modal millenials | Little Berlin Fairgrounds decamping | 1818 Market selling | Dilworth ice rink | VOTE]]> Happy Thursday, here's what's shakin: 

Before today’s School Reform Commission meeting, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is expected to lead a large outside district headquarters on North Broad. Don’t be fooled…

Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:13:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Land Bank holds hearing on strategic plan]]> The Philadelphia Land Bank held a hearing Wednesday afternoon to solicit public input on a draft of its strategic plan, which was developed by Interface Studio and a coalition of advocacy…

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Washington Avenue restriping plan aims for balance, offers minimal improvement for bikers]]> Washington Avenue is a rough street. Cars tango with trucks loading, people park in the median, pedestrians skirt forklifts, and cyclists have to weave through the chaos. Add to that badly…

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Fresh faced: 2014 Storefront Challenge honors]]>

A great storefront is a vote of confidence – in a quality business, in a block, in a community. Fresh paint, new awnings, and better lighting can give old businesses an…

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 11:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 15: Energy benchmarking report, challenge | Mt. Airy school diversity | Washington Avenue growing up? | Inside Bok | Elected school board? |]]> Good day, Philly. Here’s your Wednesday morning news fix:

The city released its second year of energy benchmarking data, measuring how Philly’s largest commercial and public buildings are faring in…

Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:06:45 -0400
<![CDATA[Advocates call to strengthen Land Bank Strategic Plan]]> The fledgling Philadelphia Land Bank is the city’s best chance to put the lion’s share of its vacant and tax-delinquent properties into responsible hands for new uses. The citywide effects could…

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 17:00:00 -0400