Articles Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:56:25 -0400 en <![CDATA[81 new tax-free sites OK'd by City Council committee]]> City Council’s Finance Committee has quickly and quietly approved a bill that would create 81 separately listed, tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs), many of them covering multiple parcels, spanning a total…

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 18:56:25 -0400
<![CDATA[Vision Zero panel hears stark stories of traffic-safety horror]]> Tales of horror and tragedy, of loved ones lost or grievously wounded by automobiles, rolled out in waves before a handful of City Council members.

At Tuesday’s hearing on Philadelphia’s Vision…

Wed, 20 Jun 2018 11:53:34 -0400
<![CDATA[The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum]]> PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Shh! This is a… jungle gym? Philly libraries remade for play]]> Seven-year-old Olivia Kinkel and her family visit the Whitman library in South Philadelphia a couple of times a week, enough to feed Olivia’s appetite for “chapter books.”

She already likes the…

Tue, 19 Jun 2018 12:14:13 -0400
<![CDATA[As Philadelphia considers scrapping tax abatement, new report provides debate fodder for both sides]]> As City Hall debates how best to find more money for Philadelphia’s schools, a new report from the real estate firm Houwzer aims to dissuade politicians from cutting the 10-year property-tax…

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:56:00 -0400
<![CDATA[It must finally be summer: City pools open starting Tuesday]]> Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council have yet to pass a budget for 2019. There’s more than $27 million missing from the city’s primary bank account, and the firm hired to…

Mon, 18 Jun 2018 12:35:56 -0400
<![CDATA[First step in plan to redevelop Logan Triangle: A $25m basketball complex]]> Philadelphia’s Redevelopment Authority has begun the process of transferring the southwest corner of the infamous Logan Triangle into private hands, a long-awaited step forward.

The 36 acres in North Philadelphia west…

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 17:33:06 -0400
<![CDATA[Race + Design: Weaving stories, empathy, and empirical observation to create inclusive spaces]]> Philadelphia has invested significantly in improving its public spaces for all citizens to enjoy. The benefits of a vibrant public realm and civic commons are clear: spaces to come together, get…

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 15:03:05 -0400
<![CDATA[Design Advocacy Group's views on the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force]]>

We applauded last year when Mayor Kenney created a Historic Preservation Task Force and asked it to recommend how to avoid losses like the Boyd Theater and the impending disfigurement of Jewelers Row.…

Fri, 15 Jun 2018 13:33:51 -0400
<![CDATA[Big bits of unfinished business get little adjustments by City Council]]> At its second-to-last meeting before the summer recess, City Council made minor amendments only to its budget proposal and to construction-tax legislation, two of the biggest pieces of unfinished business on…

Thu, 14 Jun 2018 18:47:56 -0400
<![CDATA[RCO insurance measure moves to next Council step; parking minimums hold]]> The array of controversial measures City Council will be considering before its summer recess has narrowed. 

Legislation boosting mandatory parking minimums was held in the Rules Committee on Tuesday, marking the…

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 10:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[In Common: Centennial Commons carves out space for East Parkside neighbors to connect]]>

Next up in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to Parkside Edge to see how this project aims to find new ways of connecting neighbors to West…

Wed, 13 Jun 2018 09:07:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Realtors association mailer attacks Kenney's budget plan]]> The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors is coming out hard against Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal, which seeks to raise $770 million over five years to boost funding to the city’s…

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 13:32:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Small post-fire rooming-house reforms advance in City Council]]> Since the rooming-house fire that killed four people in March, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been pushing for legislative reforms to change how the city regulates group living facilities.…

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:45:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Proposed new Delaware Avenue bike trail wins some early fans]]> The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to build a new bicycle trail along Delaware Avenue from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street was met with general assent from the small crowd…

Tue, 12 Jun 2018 11:02:06 -0400
<![CDATA[Whither the proposed Fishtown hotel now that its variance has lapsed?]]>

In the much-discussed -- and much-derided -- Forbes article christening Fishtown the “hottest new neighborhood in America,” developer Roland Kassis was a star character. The author rode with Kassis in his…

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 15:24:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say]]>

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

Mon, 11 Jun 2018 12:32:35 -0400
<![CDATA[Rebuild legislation passes City Council, this time quietly]]> On a day when those on the fourth floor of City Hall were deafened by the noise of protesters, a key piece of legislation tied to the mayor’s signature capital…

Fri, 08 Jun 2018 12:06:00 -0400
<![CDATA[PennDOT, Wolf announce a series of small tweaks to I-76 aimed at easing traffic]]> As Gov. Tom Wolf announced a multiyear, $8.6 million initiative to ease traffic on the notoriously gridlocked Schuylkill Expressway, he intimated a familiarity with the frustrations faced by area commuters.


Fri, 08 Jun 2018 10:29:08 -0400
<![CDATA[Numbers, criticism fly at a pair of contentious city budget briefings]]> Philadelphia's budget battle continued to rage Thursday, as City Council rolled out an audit of the Office of Property Assessment and the Kenney administration questioned the legislative body’s proposed alternative to…

Thu, 07 Jun 2018 21:18:00 -0400