Articles http://planphilly.com/articles Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:34:41 -0400 en <![CDATA[October 31: Delaware Power Station's future | Road diets and safety | Philly ride-share carve-out | Street map wood cuts]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15853 The race for the PA Supreme Court vacancy is all set to heat up after Election Day on Tuesday, in the wake of Seamus McCaffrey's resignation. Nine judges are vying for…

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Fri, 31 Oct 2014 08:34:41 -0400
<![CDATA[Updated: Center City diner to be torn down, replaced by luxury hotel]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15856

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday that would rezone a narrow block in Center City to allow for the development of a boutique 12-story Hudson Hotel.

The block is…

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 18:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia land bank board approves proposed strategic plan]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15855 Plan to be submitted to City Council for consideration

The Philadelphia Land Bank Board today approved the Land Bank’s Proposed Strategic Plan. The Plan is a blueprint for returning vacant and…

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:44:36 -0400
<![CDATA[$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15854

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 15:40:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 30: Squaring Logan Circle | IRS ped plaza | Philly's "European style" | Monkey Parking fight]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15852 Is it time to square Logan Circle? Greg Heller argues that we should celebrate the Ben Franklin Parkway's 100th birthday by rescuing Logan Circle from its current status as a traffic…

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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 10:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Interview: PPA's James Ney on Uber X, the insurance bankruptcy, and Philly taxi politics]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15851
After Tuesday morning's PPA board meeting we caught up with James Ney, the director of PPA's Taxicab & Limousine Division, to discuss the various controversies that have embroiled Philly's taxi market…
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Thu, 30 Oct 2014 08:58:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Spotted: CHOP demolitions, expansions underway]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15848

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. We spotted progress on two CHOP projects this week:


CHOP on the Schuylkill

At the base of the South Street Bridge,…

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Audio: PA Taxi Association president compares Uber X to ISIS terrorists]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15850 Yesterday morning's Philadelphia Parking Authority board meeting - the first since Uber X began operating in defiance of Philly's taxi regulator last Friday - was a pretty staid affair after some…

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 14:05:47 -0400
<![CDATA[October 29: Abraham in | Wolf promises Smart Growth office | Philly multimodal projects get funding]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15847 After publicly exploring the possibility of a run, long-time former District Attorney Lynne Abraham is officially in the Democratic primary for Mayor in 2015.

With a little under a week to…

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 08:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Center City District report finds big jump in bike commuting since 2012]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15846

Corroborating the Bicycle Coalition's report from August, which reported a marked increase in bike commuting rates during the Nutter years, a new survey from Center City District found that "morning rush…

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Wed, 29 Oct 2014 07:37:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Want to preserve more of Philly's history? Start with a survey.]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15842 Philly has roughly half a million buildings. Just 2% of those buildings are designated historic through listing in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. About 4% are listed in the National…

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:50:56 -0400
<![CDATA[Committee reviews 26-story glass condo tower proposed for 5th and Walnut]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15843 “What we’re selling to is a market that wants floor-to-ceiling glass,” said architect Cecil Baker, explaining his design for a 26-story residential tower at 5th and Walnut streets to the architecture…

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 13:43:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 28: Council spikes PGW sale | Nutter wants Uber X legalized | "Block party rules" for ped plazas]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15841 City Council President Darrell Clarke announced yesterday that City Council won't even introduce a bill to sell Philadelphia Gas Works - the nation's largest remaining publicly-owned utility - effectively ending the…

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 11:43:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Market East will be a proving ground for a new kind of Center City street]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15821

The digital billboards planned for the large mixed-use development at 1100 East Market Street have captured the most public attention, but the more interesting feature of that project is arguably its…

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Tue, 28 Oct 2014 06:50:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Advertising firm will build new bus shelters and street furniture]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15840 Philadelphia is finalizing a contract with the national transit advertising company Titan that will result in the replacement of all 300 of the city’s existing bus shelters. The contract will also…

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 17:59:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 27: SEPTA strike vote | Uber X launches | Traffic circles and Streets Dept traffic calming]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15829 TWU Local 234 voted to authorize their leaders to call a strike Sunday, but no work stoppages have been called. Michael Noda games out what might happen next.

Ride-sharing firm Uber…

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Mon, 27 Oct 2014 10:29:45 -0400
<![CDATA[Restructuring plan would replace Office of Housing and Community Development]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15828 Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development turns 38 this year, and City Council President Darrell Clarke is celebrating by proposing an amendment to the Home Rule Charter that would eliminate…

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Sun, 26 Oct 2014 18:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Full video coverage of the Oct. 21 Philadelphia City Planning Commission meeting]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15818 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.…

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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]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15813 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…

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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:25:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The draft Lower Northwest District Plan public review period has started]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15816 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…
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Fri, 24 Oct 2014 09:21:00 -0400