Articles Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:26:57 -0400 en <![CDATA[Rina Cutler departing Nutter administration for senior job at Amtrak]]> Mayor Michael Nutter announced Friday afternoon that his Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, Rina Cutler, will be leaving to take a senior position at Amtrak. 

Cutler will become the Senior…

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:26:57 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA announces 2016 capital budget proposal]]> SEPTA quietly rebranded its capital infrastructure initiative a few months ago, replacing “Catching Up” to “Rebuilding for the Future.” The move reflected the agency’s newfound optimism following the passage of…

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 15:27:07 -0400
<![CDATA[March 27: A new way to measure affordability | Singer off the ballot | Urban experiential satire]]> At the metro level at least, Philly's wages are outpacing housing prices, keeping the area's housing affordable to local wage earners.

But it's not just houses that have to be…

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 11:49:41 -0400
<![CDATA[Streetviews: Q&A with architect James Timberlake, partner at KieranTimberlake]]> Architect James Timberlake makes no bones about the ways he hopes Philly can improve. He sat down with us for this Streerviews Q&A in KieranTimberlake’s new offices to talk about…

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 08:38:33 -0400
<![CDATA[PIDC charts a course for BSL extension to Navy Yard]]>

The Navy Yard is an island.

Sunlight glistens off the waters along its eastern, southern and western shores. And to its north lies a sea of asphalt and steel, where I-95…

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 07:14:01 -0400
<![CDATA[Addressing displacement: The business of community development]]> Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation's John Chin and Sarah Yeung make the case for devleopment without displacement in this op-ed. Chinatown and neigborhoods like it, they argue, should welcome private development while…

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:38:00 -0400
<![CDATA[How bicycle delivery keeps Wash Cycle Laundry's prices competitive]]> Philadelphia's bicycle-powered Wash Cycle Laundry service has been growing rapidly the past few years, expanding service locally as well as in Washington, DC and Austin, TX, and their combination of business…

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 16:37:00 -0400
<![CDATA[City Council approves 3-D billboards in Center City]]> Philadelphia City Council voted on Thursday to approve legislation that would allow two animated, digital, three-dimensional billboards to be placed at key corners in Center City.

Under the legislation, which was…

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 26: 3D billboard oversight watered down | Chestnut Hill West as city transit | Negadelphia no more]]> The latest twist in the Urban Experiential Displays saga is that Planning Commission and Art Commission oversight over the signs have been watered down in the latest version of Councilman Mark…

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 10:43:00 -0400
<![CDATA[The quest to designate Chestnut Street "commercial architecture"]]>

Update: The Designation Committee recommended approval for all of PAGP's nominations, including the 700 block of Chestnut St parcels; the Carnegie Branch Libraries at 3948-50 Walnut St., 8711 Germantown Ave. and 601 W. Lehigh Ave. 365 Green Lane,…

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 15:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Clarke makes a new push to clean up neighborhoods around Temple]]> City Council President Darrell Clarke has been trying to clean up after Temple University students, and the landlords who rent to them, for years. His last effort, a proposed Neighborhood Improvement…

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Group plans 32-story tower to replace parking lot at 7th and Chestnut]]> A development partnership involving Parkway Corporation, the parking-garage company run by Joseph and Robert Zuritsky, is planning to replace a surface parking lot at 7th and Chestnut streets with a 32-story…

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:16:29 -0400
<![CDATA[The BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum, April 8]]> The BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum

Date: April 8, 2015 Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am

ULI Philadelphia has joined with 20 other nonprofit land use groups to create BUILD Philly (…

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:54:07 -0400
<![CDATA[Conceptual designs for a lush LOVE Park]]>

Say farewell to the dyed geyser, clanky granite blocks, and foreboding edges. This year is the last for LOVE Park as we know it. Next summer, if a redesign project continues…

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:48:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 25: GOP wins NE special election | Waterfront tax credit bill | A revolution in public safety]]> 26-year-old Republican Martina White won the special election last night to fill Congressman Brendan Boyle's 170th district house seat, doubling Philly Republicans' reprentation in the General Assembly.

27 City Council candidates…

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:06:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Blighted East Poplar block to be built out with 'workforce housing']]> A drab block of North Marshall Street in East Poplar could be revitalized with “workforce housing” under a Redevelopment Authority agreement that’s heading to settlement.

Under the plan, BMK Properties would…

Wed, 25 Mar 2015 05:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Is Philadelphia in danger of losing affordable housing in high quality neighborhoods?]]>

In its recent ‘Equitable Development Policy Platform’, PACDC cites the ‘creation and preservation of quality, affordable home choices in every part of the city’ as one of its major…

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 22:23:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Ridge Flats development 'one step' closer to reality]]> Ridge Flats, the innovative and long-awaited residential development planned in East Falls, is apparently moving forward with a stronger financial foundation. 

Grasso Holdings, which partnered with the developer Onion Flats, purchased…

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:13:00 -0400
<![CDATA[March 24: Williams first on TV | Abraham opposes JFK bike lane | Kenney ethics paper]]> Jake Blumgart highlights that Lynne Abraham doesn't support a protected bike lane for JFK Blvd because lots of seniors live over there.

The JFK and Market protected lanes were piloted successfully…

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[What does an equitable city street look like?]]>

Bike safety advocacy has a problem. While a significant share of the growth in bicycle ridership in recent years has been coming from non-white, lower-income riders, the people elected officials most…

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 07:08:00 -0400