Articles Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:00 -0400 en <![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
<![CDATA[October 14: SEPTA strike averted | Bus driver stories | City Branch study | Eastern State Penitentiary grant | RACP funding | housing market improves | Nutter's planning pride]]> Good morning, Philly. Here’s what we’re reading:

The Inquirer reports that SEPTA and regional rail locomotive engineers have reached tentative agreement for new contract terms, likely averting the possibility of…

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Trumbauer-designed ceiling installed – and updated – a century later in the Union League]]>

For more than 100 years, the grand ballroom in the Union League hosted the organization’s most important events, from dinner-dances to major addresses by Republican leaders of the city and state,…

Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:38:44 -0400
<![CDATA[How the "boardwalk' creates new connectivity]]>

It's a glorious fall day and you have a breakfast meeting at 15th and Walnut. But your office is in the University of Pennsylvania Health complex. You usually count on the…

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Historical Commission approves plans for 40th and Pine]]>

On Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission unanimously voted to approve a proposal to redevelop the embattled historic property at 40th and Pine streets. The vote was a confirmation of the Commission’s…

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Oct. 13: Land bank hearing; CDAG awards; PCPC meeting coming up next week; trail opens!]]> Good morning 1492ers and those who wish they were! Here are some must-do event for the next couple weeks.

Last chance to be heard folks! The Philadelphia Land Bank will hold…

Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:25:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Bicycle Diary: Postcard from Amsterdam]]>

I’m in Amsterdam, in the bike shop equivalent to Pep Boys, picking out a souvenir Dutch bike bag when the “Streets of Philadelphia” comes on the store's radio. It was as…

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 13:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 10: Regional crime mapping | Baum's moves | Elections chair doesn't vote | DiCicco's hole | Ride share in slow lane]]> Happy Friday: It’s Philly Photo Day. Snap a picture somewhere in Philly today, send it to the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, and you’ve helped create a collective portrait of the city.…

Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Blackwell on proposal at 43rd and Baltimore: "Go to the zoning board"]]> In her Inquirer column last week, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Inga Saffron took 3rd-District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to task for supposedly holding up a proposed development at 43rd Street and Baltimore…

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:19:00 -0400
<![CDATA[LENS: Dilworth Park]]>

The keen-eyed members of our Flickr group seem captivated by the new Dilworth Park – from its swooping glassy transit entrances to the fountain’s effect on the smooth granite. Click through…

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 08:35:54 -0400
<![CDATA[October 9: Templetown landlord oversight | Germantown Town Hall conversations | DRPA funding PATCO work | SEPTA regional rail strained, overnight subway service to stay]]> Good morning, Philly. Here’s what you need to know to start off this Thursday:

Can the behavior of Temple students living off-campus be improved by tightening oversight of their landlords? That’s…

Thu, 09 Oct 2014 07:48:00 -0400