Articles Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:12:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[East Falls asks PennDOT for 'radical' changes to make Henry Avenue safer]]>

In East Falls, a long controversy around a very short stretch of road is reaching its crescendo.  

Back in 2012, PennDOT released an initial report for improving safety along the…

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 12:12:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 29: Out-of-towners investing in Philly | Panama Canal to Packer Ave | Terrace Hall]]> Jacob Adelman has a look at why out-of-town investors are increasingly finding opportunity in Center City. Philly still has the twin drawbacks of persistent poverty and a steep wage tax,…

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 09:00:55 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly goes TIGER grant-less for first time, Camden scores $16.2 million]]> Philadelphia’s TIGER win streak is over.

During the Nutter Administration, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities had an unparalleled run at winning Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, securing…

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 16:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 26: FBI probe includes Zoning Board Chair | Demolition Derby | Greylock to sheriff sale]]> Another day, a new detail about the FBI investigation into IBEW Local 98: The home and office of Jim Moylan, chair of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, was also served with…

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:15:57 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA announces extra buses to alleviate Regional Rail crunch]]> Beginning September 6, SEPTA will run supplemental express buses during the morning and evening rush hours on some of the Regional Rail lines hardest hit by the railcar shortage that has…

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 14:29:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 25: NPS at 100 | East Market's second tower | FBI and Local 98]]> Today marks the National Park Service’s 100th birthday. Cynthia MacLeod, superintendent of Independence National Historical Park has an op-ed in today’s Inquirer on the centennial and the work NPS is doing…

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 08:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission approves neighborhood plan for Logan]]>

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) voted unanimously last week to formally accept a comprehensive neighborhood plan for Logan in North Philadelphia.

The neighborhood plan is the culmination of a nearly…

Thu, 25 Aug 2016 07:49:20 -0400
<![CDATA[Is housing fair in Philly? Housing agencies need to know.]]> In the summer of 2015 the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) issued a new rule requiring that cities provide regular assessments of their ability to “affirmatively further fair…

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 13:25:34 -0400
<![CDATA[Office conversion of Corn Exchange / Real World house in Old City edging forward]]>

To a certain generation, the former bank at the corner of Arch and North 3rd streets is MTV’s Real World house. More recently it was an event space, but now plans…

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 12:49:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 24: Vision Zero speed bumps | Delaware River Heritage Trail | North Broad garage conversion]]> More American cities like are embracing Vision Zero, but there are plenty of speed bumps on the road to curbing traffic fatalities and serious crash injuries, and FastCo has an…

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 09:55:03 -0400
<![CDATA[Frustration, opposition from Jewelers’ Row at community meeting on Toll Bros. plan]]> On a good day, the Washington Square West Civic Association’s zoning meetings attract a crowd that just barely breaks into the double digits. Sometimes the zoning committee outnumbers the attendees.…

Wed, 24 Aug 2016 08:36:09 -0400
<![CDATA[August 23: South Broad Street parking divide | Poverty reduction strategy | Revolutions for Fishtown]]> If there’s something Philly can’t seem to agree on it’s parking down the middle of South Broad Street. A Philadelphia Citizen / Be Heard Philly poll found 49 percent of South…

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 08:16:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Past mistake: Preservationists hope city will learn from Jewelers Row threat]]> A developer’s proposal to replace five properties on Jewelers Row with a 16-story, 80-unit luxury condominium has Philadelphia’s small preservation community up in arms. While preservation advocates aren’t ready to concede…

Tue, 23 Aug 2016 07:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 22: Losing out on transfer tax revenue | SEPTA skewered | Fishtown Rec options |]]> Welcome to the working week, Philly. Here’s what we’re reading.

Jacob Adelman reports that in high-end commercial real estate transactions it’s all too common to see deals structured to avoid paying…

Mon, 22 Aug 2016 08:15:37 -0400
<![CDATA[August 19: Philly spends $200 million a year on biz tax breaks | CyclePhilly update | Zoning as opportunity hoarding]]> A new Pew report says Philadelphia leads the nation's largest cities in offering business tax breaks, reports Claudia Vargas. All told, the City forfeits over $200 million a year through tax…

Fri, 19 Aug 2016 12:10:14 -0400
<![CDATA[August 18: More details on Toll's Jewelers' Row plans | Self-driving cabs in Pittsburgh | Sign stump menace]]> In an entirely believable plot twist, L+I mistakenly issued a zoning permit to Toll Brothers for the Jewelers' Row project without requiring them to go through Civic Design Review--an advisory-only review…

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 11:53:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Pop-up programming in Chinatown enlivens a plaza for community]]>

A plaza over an expressway isn't the most intuitive or desirable place to spend time, and it can be easy to miss. This proved true for Ann Lee, who had never…

Thu, 18 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 17: Zoned hauling in NYC | New billboard sails through ZBA | UberEATS launches]]> New York City plans to introduce a zoned hauling framework for private waste hauling, Politico reports. New York's commercial trash system is similar to Philadelphia's in that the city provides residential…

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 10:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Drink Tap: Public water kiosks help Philly hydrate on Schuylkill River Trail]]> It's been nearly three months since the Philadelphia Water Department installed four new, blue water kiosks along the Schuylkill River Drive between the Water Works and East Falls. Each kiosk urges…

Wed, 17 Aug 2016 08:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 16: PRA wants 'social impact' development for 8th and Race | Speed cushions foiled | TOD at Frankford Transportation Center]]> The Redevelopment Authority put out a request for proposals for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race, next to the Broad-Ridge spur SEPTA station, and for the first time,…

Tue, 16 Aug 2016 09:57:00 -0400