Articles Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:39:47 -0500 en <![CDATA[Interior nomination for St. Laurentius withdrawn]]>

Friday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission added the latest complication to the ongoing saga of St. Laurentius church. The Fishtown site took up an hour of debate and ended with…

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 17:39:47 -0500
<![CDATA[Proposal to transform base of Ben Franklin Bridge trips at the start]]>

A few years ago, planners from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) approached the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) with an idea: Monument Plaza, the barren concrete pedestal for Isamu Noguchi’s sometimes…

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:57:00 -0500
<![CDATA[January 13: Saffron on 1911 Walnut | Rittenhouse's wall sitting ban | Uber data]]> Rittenhouse’s most conspicuous vacant lot may finally have its most serious development proposal after more than 20 years of vacancy. Inga Saffron takes a look at the 565-foot tower planned by…

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 09:14:01 -0500
<![CDATA[January 12: Chao hearing | Pencoyd Bridge | Faith & Liberty]]> Streetsblog found Elaine Chao, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Transportation, vague at her confirmation hearing. Chao repeated that she would look in into continuation of current transit projects, recognizing that “passenger…

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 10:02:03 -0500
<![CDATA[What does unauthorized immigration and sanctuary mean for Philly’s revival?]]> Community Contributor Domenic Vitiello makes the case for why immigration of all sorts is important to Philadelphia’s revitalization and what believing in being a sanctuary city means. Vitiello studies immigration and…

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 09:50:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning]]>

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 12:28:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Mixed design review for projects in Brewerytown, Pennsport, Roxborough, South Kensington, and Logan Square]]>

January’s Civic Design Review kicked off 2017 with a bang. During the course of the almost three-and-a-half-hour meeting, the experts on the panel tried to shame a developer into building a…

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 10:33:00 -0500
<![CDATA[January 11: Carousel history | City compost | Street design and equity]]> GroJLart unearths the history of G.A. Dentzel Carousel Company at Broad Street, Erie and Germantown avenues. Dentzel, a German immigrant, hired master Italian and German sculptors and established what would…

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 09:02:00 -0500
<![CDATA[PennDOT gives 13 bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects in Greater Philadelphia $9.3M]]>

PennDOT announced the award of $33 million in federal grants to fund 51 transportation projects primarily aimed at initiatives improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure.

Southeastern Pennsylvania won 13 of those federal…

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 18:17:22 -0500
<![CDATA[January 10: Sinkhole aftermath | City overtime | How Copenhagen became a cycling mecca]]> Helen Ubiñas tells the story of how 19th District police officers have bonded with the family of an 8-year-old hit-and-run victim, Jayanna Powell. Jayanna was killed by a driver running…

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 09:23:27 -0500
<![CDATA[Will Philly's new fair housing plan advance without pressure from HUD?]]> In 2016 Philadelphia became one of the first major cities to implement Barack Obama’s groundbreaking fair housing regulation. After a sometimes-acrimonious public comment period, the city submitted its plan to…

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 14:26:53 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA bus and trolley ridership down, even before city transit strike]]> Like so many others, SEPTA had a rough 2016.

Fiscal Year 2016, that is, which ended June 30th—before the Silverliner V crisis sidelined a third of its Regional Rail fleet and…

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 10:31:10 -0500
<![CDATA[January 9: Hunting Park scrap yard frustration | Knights Crossing in Camden | Vanishing Philly]]> Welcome to the working week, readers. We've got a cold start to the week and the city has a Code Blue in effect through Tuesday. If you see someone experiencing homelessness…

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 08:16:21 -0500
<![CDATA[Kensington neighbors living by scrap yards want a future without salvage next door]]>

On Wednesday morning, Shawn Rowe and his wife were crossing East Silver Street in Kensington with their 3-year-old daughter and their newborn in a stroller. The block, near the intersection of…

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 16:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Reuse of the City Branch for transit or trails unlikely, but proposed development isn't to blame]]>

When plans for a new mixed-use development at 15th and Hamilton streets in Spring Garden were posted online in advance of this month’s Civic Design Review, the project caused a stir…

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 09:32:00 -0500
<![CDATA[January 6, mobility roundup: Trail delay, Market Street road diet, Turnpike tolls]]> The plastic delineator posts separating cyclists and drivers in the 5th Street tunnel were removed. What gives? The Delaware River Port Authority, which maintains the tunnel, opted to remove them for…

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 08:59:42 -0500
<![CDATA[Art Commission supports Don Quixote pedestrian plaza, library art, but not PPA lot billboard]]>

The Art Commission’s meeting Wednesday began the year with a bang. The contentious proposal to deaccession stained glass bus shelters on Chestnut Street consumed much of the energy, but the rest…

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 17:20:15 -0500
<![CDATA[January 5: $26m drop in cigarette tax revenue projected | Trolley crash | Coworking guide]]> The Controller’s office projects that Philly’s cigarette tax revenue will bring in $26 million less than anticipated this fiscal year, reports Anna Orso. “The figures could mean two things, both of…

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 09:41:50 -0500
<![CDATA[City withdraws proposal to scrap Chestnut Street's art bus shelters]]>

In 1999 the City of Philadelphia commissioned artist Pablo Tauler to adapt 11 bus shelters on Chestnut Street in Center City with site-specific designs. Tauler transformed the drab little pods with…

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 08:17:38 -0500
<![CDATA[Car-free in Philly: Living well without a car, with a baby]]>

In August 2015, Community Contributors Katy and Erik Johanson shared with us what their household gained by going car free. Now they're back with an update on what car-free living…

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 07:30:00 -0500