Articles http://planphilly.com/articles Thu, 05 May 2016 14:53:51 -0400 en <![CDATA[Councilman Johnson introduces bill to stop Bart Blatstein’s proposed Broad and Washington development]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19364 Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has listened to the critics and he’s doing something about it.

Not his critics, though: Bart Blatstein’s, who have lambasted the real estate developer’s plans for a massive…

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Thu, 05 May 2016 14:53:51 -0400
<![CDATA[With new pocket park along Ridge Avenue, high hopes for Roxborough's commercial corridor]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19363 When the first Night Market of the season converges on Ridge Avenue and Green Lane on May 12, the crowds coming for the food trucks will also find a new amenity…]]> Thu, 05 May 2016 14:47:00 -0400 <![CDATA[May 5: ZBA approves, then retracts, Broad and Washington variances | Wolf makes PUC appointment | How would Jane zone?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19357 Half of Pennsylvania municipalities don't pay for local police coverage, reports Eleanor Klibanoff, and instead rely fully on the state police for their local policing needs. The state police spend over…

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Thu, 05 May 2016 09:22:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Bill to legalize UberX and Lyft in all of Pennsylvania clears committee, expected to pass House next week]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19356 A bill to legalize the ride-hailing companies passed the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee today, clearing the way for a vote before the full House perhaps as soon as next week.…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 14:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Jane Jacobs and Philly's four original squares]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19349 When Jane Jacobs published “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in 1961, it was a self-aware indictment of the dominant thinking in city planning. Jacobs railed against top-down master…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 12:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[On Logan Square: From Square to Circle… and maybe back again?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19352 In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 12:37:00 -0400
<![CDATA[On Franklin Square: From 'Skid Row' to fun zone]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19351

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 12:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[On Washington Square: From 'pervert park' to classic cultural landscape]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19350

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 12:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[On Rittenhouse Square: Perfect from then on]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19353

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 12:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Uber attempts to block suit by Philly drivers over employment status]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19348 Ride-hailing service Uber recently settled a $100 million class-action lawsuit in California and Massachusetts, but one thing didn't change — drivers will remain independent contractors, not Uber employees. 
Observers say that's…
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Wed, 04 May 2016 10:24:46 -0400
<![CDATA[Checking in on the Kenney administration's commercial corridor plans]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19347 Philadelphia has around 265 commercial corridors, according to Commerce Department Director Harold Epps, but the Department’s programs are only reaching about a quarter of them.

Speaking at a Greater Philadelphia Chamber…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 10:19:46 -0400
<![CDATA[May 4: Debating the constitutionality of Philly's wage tax | Wolf wants Uber fine lowered | Downzoning Mantua]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19344 Michael S. Knoll and Ruth Mason argue in the Penn Law Review that, as currently constructed, the Philadelphia wage tax is unconstitutional and vulnerable to challenge. They propose tax reforms that…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 08:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Civic Design Review approves two South Broad projects]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19346

In a speedy meeting on Tuesday afternoon, members of the Civic Design Review Board heard presentations on two medium-sized projects — a boutique hotel and an apartment building — that promise to…

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Wed, 04 May 2016 07:10:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Council largely skips Streets Department budget hearing]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19341 City Council had few pointed questions for the Streets Department brass at yesterday’s budget hearing. Instead, two less critical questions of the same flavor dominated: How can my district get more…

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Tue, 03 May 2016 13:14:00 -0400
<![CDATA[May 3: Most abated properties see increase in tax liability | Shoup on Radio Times | Divine Lorraine pop-up]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19340 A analysis of OPA data from the City Controller Alan Butkovitz found that around 12,000 of the city's 15,000 abated properties will see a tax increase under the 2017 assessments, reports…

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Tue, 03 May 2016 09:52:33 -0400
<![CDATA[May 2: Strong suburban jobs forecast | Penn Treaty Tower site up for auction | Best neighborhoods for car owners]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19339 On the heels of last week's 2016 State of Center City report showing continued weak job growth in the city relative to the region and our peer cities, Harold Brubaker writes…

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Mon, 02 May 2016 10:46:55 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation at 50]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19289 There’s a vacant cultural center — but it faces a lively parklet. There’s plenty of dim sum — yet it’s possible to enjoy craft cocktails at a not-so-hidden location that’s been…

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Mon, 02 May 2016 10:03:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Is your street on the list? Paving season rolls on]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19338 In theory, it’s spring right now. Sure, it’s been cold and overcast all week, but as far as calendars are concerned: springtime. Spring is a time for renewal and remaking. It’s…

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 12:26:00 -0400
<![CDATA[As SEPTA Key rolls out, how will weekend TransPass rides work?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19337 At SEPTA’s operational budget hearings earlier this week, Douglas Diehl, a dedicated transit advocate familiar to those of us who frequent SEPTA’s sundry public meetings, asked a question that stumped…

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:51:44 -0400
<![CDATA[April 29: Privatizing Franklin Square | Spruce Street Harbor Park returns | The case for a new flag]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=19336 Should Philly consider replacing the city flag? Writing about a new flag proposal in Milwaukee, Linda Poon says flag redesign movements are sprouting up all over the U.S. to replace flags…

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Fri, 29 Apr 2016 11:45:52 -0400