Articles Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:31:10 -0400 en <![CDATA[August 22: Philly has the most walkable and affordable neighborhoods | Density as the key to bicycle growth | Rt 10 Trolley service suspended | PNB letters]]> We heard mixed reactions from readers regarding the removal of the PNB letters from Philadelphia's skyline, it does seem like cause for concern that "no city regulatory agency had…

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 08:31:10 -0400
<![CDATA[Twofer: Starwood to bring new details on W and Element Hotel project at 15th and Chestnut]]>

Next month, developers will present their designs for the W and Element Hotels planned for 15th and Chestnut streets to the Center City Residents Association. The presentation is for information only:…

Fri, 22 Aug 2014 07:51:42 -0400
<![CDATA[Fate uncertain for tangled housing project in Point Breeze]]> Either Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is blocking a construction project proposed by developer Ori Feibush, who plans to challenge Johnson in next year’s City Council race, or Ori Feibush is refusing to…

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:55:01 -0400
<![CDATA[Construction finally set to begin at 8200 Germantown Ave. site]]> For now, it looks more like an urban meadow than a grocery store, but a sign has sprouted in front of the six-foot-high grasses announcing that The Fresh Market is coming…

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 08:46:32 -0400
<![CDATA[August 21: Our well-used bike lanes | 'This Old City' Mayoral platform | History of Taney | New Get Up street art]]> A new report from the International Transport Forum shows the United States slipping further behind other nations on street safety and reductions in traffic deaths. When American cities are confronted with…

Thu, 21 Aug 2014 07:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA["Protect our character!" Lower Northwest District Plan taking shape]]>

Community participants tell planners they want to sustain open space and housing styles and density, fill in the gap in the Schuylkill Trail, focus commercial development and move a transit center.…

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 17:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 20: Uber hires Obama campaign architect | Dilworth Plaza opens Sept 4th | Point Breeze homes more expensive with parking | Early signs of home building recovery]]> David Plouffe, the architect of Barack Obama's 2008 campaign, has been hired by ride-sharing company Uber as senior Vice President of policy and strategy, to head up "global policy and political activities,…

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Glimpses of Delaware Riverfront revival below Washington Avenue]]>

The Spruce Street Harbor Park may have stolen the waterfront thunder this year but big, more permanent, things are also happening along the Central Delaware waterfront. Perhaps nowhere is more exciting…

Wed, 20 Aug 2014 09:24:04 -0400
<![CDATA[August 19: School district cuts bus passes | Pat Deon's new powers | Philly's "concentrated gentrification" | Storefront challenge]]> Pete Saunders thinks Philly can afford to have a more productive conversation about gentrification than New York or San Francisco. Breaking gentrification down into four different types, he argues that…

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 10:55:55 -0400
<![CDATA[New Directions for Women's former leaders discuss recent closure, hopes for future]]> The recently announced closing of New Directions for Women, an organization that helped female offenders re-enter the community, has left a "huge void" in the criminal justice system, according to former…

Tue, 19 Aug 2014 08:08:00 -0400
<![CDATA[How do off-cycle elections impact Philly planning politics?]]> One reason PlanPhilly is shifting focus a bit to cover the political issues impacting city planning in the 2015 campaign is that accountability journalism done well can increase voter interest and…

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 16:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 18: SEPTA strike "very likely" | Ride-sharing hearings this week | Where Pennsylvanians were born | "Bicycle face"]]> Just as a SEPTA regional rail electrical workers strike appears less likely, Transport Workers Union 234 President Willie Brown tells Paul Nussbaum it's looking "very likely" that its 5,000 workers,…

Mon, 18 Aug 2014 10:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Postcard from Managua]]>

Whenever I travel, I try to make mental observations about the development of other cities and towns that might be interesting or relevant to readers here in Philadelphia. Usually these observations…

Sun, 17 Aug 2014 10:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Judge rejects city appeal of permit for Southwest Philly strip club]]> Southwest Philadelphia’s Vanity Grand Cabaret can remain open after the Dept. of Licenses and Inspections lost an appeal of a zoning board decision from last September.

Earlier this month, Judge Ellen…

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 13:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[New Pier 53 park opens on the Delaware, near Washington Ave.]]>

The pier where many Philadelphia families first arrived in this country now welcomes visitors from shore as the city's newest riverfront park.

Pier 53, located in Pennsport near the intersection of…

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 11:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[DNC + Philly: What's in it for the city?]]> Philly greeted about two dozen members of the Democratic National Committee with every cliché possible this week: cheesesteaks at Pat’s with “Rocky,” strumming Mummers, Eagles cheerleaders, historically costumed interpreters. The fountain…

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:23:54 -0400
<![CDATA[August 15: Worst South Philly intersection less bad | SEPTA strike less likely | Pop-up bike lanes | Real-time info and bus shelters]]> Despite its success in attracting about 50% higher ridership than the Night Owl buses, running the subways round the clock on weekends isn't bringing in enough money to cover costs, reports…

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 10:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[New date set for Queen Lane Apartments implosion]]> After community outcry, city officials announced a date change for the highly-anticipated demolition of a public-housing high-rise in Germantown. 

The Queen Lane Apartments tower, a vacant 16-story building in a residential…

Fri, 15 Aug 2014 08:08:00 -0400
<![CDATA[August 14: The case for free transfers | Dilworth Plaza opens soon | Important bird area | Cheesesteak Vegas |]]> Los Angeles Metro recently eliminated their transfer charge. Riders can now transfer between rail and bus transit for free for two hours. Such a move appears to be off the…

Thu, 14 Aug 2014 10:25:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Plans for 9-mile trail through Wissahickon stumble over section of Germantown Avenue]]> The Philadelphia region currently has several hundred miles of trails and spurs, where hikers, runners and bikers can travel along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the Wissahickon and its tributaries, and…

Wed, 13 Aug 2014 08:02:00 -0400