Articles http://planphilly.com/articles Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:56:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21756 The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.  

The scale of the project…

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 16:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 26: MOVE marker needs site | Furness jowls | Chester deindustrialization and racism]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21758 Pro-tax protesters seized audible control of the Local Government Committee hearing on Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, forcing committee chairman Senator Scott Wagner to cancel the hearing and reschedule in Harrisburg, the…

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Mon, 26 Jun 2017 09:24:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 23: Transfer tax shortfall | Sin tax city | NJ $125M library bond]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21754 The expansion of digital slot machines in bars, airports, lounges and truck stops targets “some of the poorest and vulnerable demographics,” writes Charles D. Ellison for the Philadelphia Citizen. Ellison argues…

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 09:22:28 -0400
<![CDATA[Council wants to make developers build inclusive, affordable housing]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21753 At Thursday’s City Council meeting, the last before the summer recess, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill that would require many private developers to build permanently affordable housing units. The legislation…

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Fri, 23 Jun 2017 08:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 22: 100% clean energy by 2035 | Cherry Street Pier | lead information]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21737 The City of Philadelphia announced Wednesday that it has committed to using 100 percent clean energy by 2035, NewsWorks’ Tom MacDonald reports. The pledge makes Philadelphia the 100th city to…

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 09:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[StateImpact PA: How one Philadelphia neighborhood battles rising tides]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21736 Joining dozens of communities across the country Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday he has committed the city to the goal of using 100 percent clean energy. It’s part of a…

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Thu, 22 Jun 2017 07:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 21: Brady slams hotel's tax credits | West Trenton line | On rowhouses]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21734 State Rep Bob Brady has written the U.S. Treasury that he is “deeply troubled” that conversion of the Liberty Title and Trust building received $15 million in New Market Tax Credit…

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Wed, 21 Jun 2017 09:33:03 -0400
<![CDATA[Council hears fears of outlying "middle" neighborhoods' decline]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21733 On Tuesday afternoon, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker held a marathon hearing on “Middle Neighborhoods,” the kind of stable, working-to-middle class areas that kept Philadelphia afloat in the worst years of…

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 23:34:11 -0400
<![CDATA[June 20: Income-based water bills | Old City preservation audio tour | LGBT Census data]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21726 The Kenney administration announced that the Water Department will launch a low-income assistance program that offers payments starting at $12-per-month and debt forgiveness after two years of on-time payments, the…

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Tue, 20 Jun 2017 09:55:34 -0400
<![CDATA[June 19: Lead soil legacy | Global Cities Initiative | Flash flood warning]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21708 If you read nothing else today, don't miss the latest installment of Toxic City by the investigative team of Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, and Dylan Purcell. In Fishtown, Kensington, and Port…

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Mon, 19 Jun 2017 09:31:09 -0400
<![CDATA[Council renegotiates financing and project diversity goals for new police headquarters]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21705 City Hall is a whirlwind of activity as City Council nears its summer recess, which begins after next week’s session. Amid furious last-minute negotiations about the Kenney administration’s Rebuild initiative, substantial…

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 15:59:12 -0400
<![CDATA[June 16: Mrs. K’s Koffee | Public pool schedule | 607 Bainbridge Street]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21706 There are still few remaining classic diners in Center City, writes Inga Saffron. Following the closure and citywide lament for Little Pete’s, Saffron highlights Mrs. K’s Koffee at 325 Chestnut Street,…

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 09:31:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Rebuild one step closer to final vote]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21704 City Council is making a habit of letting the clock run down to zero. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the final passage of Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, Mayor…

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Fri, 16 Jun 2017 08:41:29 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia’s historic neighborhoods named ‘National Treasure’]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21702 Philadelphia has been named the newest National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, in a campaign intended to bring fresh attention and new resources to the city’s thorniest preservation…

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:49:19 -0400
<![CDATA[Council President Clarke calls for Vision Zero implementation plan, despite existence of city’s Vision Zero Action Plan]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21703 In response to the death of Peter Javsicas, a multimodal transportation advocate who was hit by a driver on Tuesday while walking on the sidewalk near 16th Street and John…

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 17:37:20 -0400
<![CDATA[June 15: PA bans plastic bag bans | Trauma-informed community engagement | Inside the Bridge]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21697 The state Senate passed on Wednesday legislation making it unlawful for any county, city or town in Pennsylvania to impose a ban or tax on recyclable plastic bags, PennLive’s Charles…

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 09:26:06 -0400
<![CDATA[Plan to install replicas of early Water Works sculptures approved by Art Commission]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21696

A visitor to the Philadelphia Water Works today observes a different landscape than visitors did in the early 19th century. Although the gritty working waterfront is gone forever, a new preservation…

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Thu, 15 Jun 2017 07:31:29 -0400
<![CDATA[Rebuild's workforce diversity remains sticking point for Council]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21692 Two months ago, at the end of April, the entire body of City Council — all 17 members — huddled around the dais in City Hall’s Room 400 for a photo…

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 16:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Advocate for multimodal transportation killed in crash at 16th and JFK]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21687 Peter Javsicas, a beloved figure in Philadelphia’s small world of transportation engineers and planners and Mt. Airy resident, died Tuesday evening of injuries sustained after a motorist jumped the sidewalk curb…

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 14:33:00 -0400
<![CDATA[1911 Walnut tower plans updated as project nears final legislative approval]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=21685

The Southern Land Company’s final plan for the development at 1911 Walnut Street came into clear focus at Tuesday’s meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission.

The project will fill in…

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Wed, 14 Jun 2017 11:07:00 -0400