Articles http://planphilly.com/articles Mon, 20 Oct 2014 11:57:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Adopt Housing Trust Strategy to Preserve Neighborhood Balance]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15788 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…

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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?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15787 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…

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Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Mixed-use apartment complex proposed for historic Old City building]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15791

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…

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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 | Philly.com lives]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15790 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…

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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]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15786 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…

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Thu, 16 Oct 2014 09:13:50 -0400
<![CDATA[Land Bank holds hearing on strategic plan]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15785 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…

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 22:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Washington Avenue restriping plan aims for balance, offers minimal improvement for bikers]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15779 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…

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 14:36:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Fresh faced: 2014 Storefront Challenge honors]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15745

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…

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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? |]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15771 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…

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Wed, 15 Oct 2014 09:06:45 -0400
<![CDATA[Advocates call to strengthen Land Bank Strategic Plan]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15766 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…

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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]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15765 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…

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:47:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Trumbauer-designed ceiling installed – and updated – a century later in the Union League]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15744

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,…

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Tue, 14 Oct 2014 07:38:44 -0400
<![CDATA[How the "boardwalk' creates new connectivity]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15738

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…

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 11:01:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Historical Commission approves plans for 40th and Pine]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15739

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…

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 10:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Oct. 13: Land bank hearing; CDAG awards; PCPC meeting coming up next week; trail opens!]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15737 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…

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Mon, 13 Oct 2014 08:25:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Bicycle Diary: Postcard from Amsterdam]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15730

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…

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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]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15736 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.…

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Fri, 10 Oct 2014 08:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Blackwell on proposal at 43rd and Baltimore: "Go to the zoning board"]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15735 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…

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Thu, 09 Oct 2014 15:19:00 -0400
<![CDATA[LENS: Dilworth Park]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15732

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…

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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]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=15731 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…

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