Articles Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:19:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike]]> Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities.

At the beginning of September , the community group received…

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:19:00 -0400
<![CDATA["Negadelphia" no more: In bid for Amazon's HQ2, city turns the page on an old narrative]]> Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 17: Butkovitz, soda tax | “Renter’s market?” | NJ backs Newark]]>

Realtors are throwing out all sorts of incentives like free parking spots and flat screen TVs to woo renters, Bobby Allyn reports. Thanks in part to a recent apartment building boom,…

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:39:13 -0400
<![CDATA[Not so Christian Street? Preservationists seek to save Bella Vista church from developer’s wrecking ball]]> Just a short walk west from the Italian Market, the Christian Street Baptist Church sits nestled mid-block among the surrounding three-story rowhouses. The church’s mix of terracotta, red sandstone, and red…

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:53:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 16: SEPTA Steffen steppin’ | Sharswood, Vaux HS | Geographic center]]>

Once upon a time, when William Penn first laid out the four quadrants of Philadelphia, City Hall was the geographic center. Harry Kyriakodis, contributing to Hidden City Philadelphia, traces Philadelphia’s…

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 10:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[City Council introduces home-repair loan bill]]> At Thursday’s City Council session, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced legislation that would create a $40 million housing repair loan program for homeowners and small landlords.

Introduced on behalf of Council President…

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 16:12:30 -0400
<![CDATA[October 13: Amazon, job diversity | LGBT Elders bill | Third best]]> As Philly races forward to ensnare Amazon, WHYY’s fellow public media station, KUOW in Seattle, has some observations to ponder on the equitable distribution of jobs and wealth. Tech and diversity…

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 09:24:36 -0400
<![CDATA[How excited should Philly be about its growing office market?]]>

In early 2016, the health care technology company IntegriChain moved to Center City from an office park near Princeton.

The suburban location had once made a lot of sense. In the…

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 23:52:00 -0400
<![CDATA[KOZs proposed, renewed to lure Amazon to University City]]> Philadelphia is preparing an incentive package for Amazon, in hopes of attracting the corporation to establish its second headquarters in the city. This week, legislation is advancing to help sweeten the…

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 10:17:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 12: Tracking Drexel’s commitments | ‘Urbanism sells’ | The View II]]>

Quite a bit on university construction and their role in communities in today’s news:

The Goldenberg Group has begun construction on the View II student housing project near Temple’s campus, the…

Thu, 12 Oct 2017 09:27:00 -0400
<![CDATA[October 11: Revoking clean power | Modern Trail Tour | Please and hello]]>

Systems designs, old school hellos, and PA energy in today’s news:

Missed connections: In 1912, there were millions of miles of telephone wires and nearly 12.5 million telephones in the world,…

Wed, 11 Oct 2017 09:06:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Analysis: How SEPTA can turn Regional Rail in Philly into high-frequency rapid transit]]> Philadelphia has a bunch of passenger rail lines, but only a few fast and frequent enough to be considered “rapid”: PATCO and SEPTA’s Broad Street and the Market Frankford Elevated Lines.…

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 10:13:19 -0400
<![CDATA[October 10: ‘Infuriating and bewildering’ | Azavea, Callowhill, HQ2 | Renaming 30th St Station]]> Philadelphia developer Paul Janaitis has taken it upon himself to rebrand parts of South Kensington and Norris Square as ‘Stonewall Heights,’ much to the fury of Kensington residents.…

Tue, 10 Oct 2017 09:31:11 -0400
<![CDATA[October 9: SEPTA’s refund replacement | Amazon, U.S. manufacturing | Eastern Tower breaks ground]]>

The replacement for SEPTA’s Service Guarantee program is more than a year away, WHYY News' Isobell Cristo reports. Passengers demanding refunds following the equipment failure and subsequent “loud bang”…

Mon, 09 Oct 2017 09:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Ten months into planning process, Eastwick residents remain wary and divided]]> Eastwick’s Penrose Elementary School gym was packed and hot on last  Wednesday night, and it wasn’t because of a game.

The school, located on 78th street, just two blocks from Cobbs…

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 17:55:11 -0400
<![CDATA[Henon wants more transparency from landlords]]> Tenant protection bills dominated the agenda at this week’s otherwise sleepy City Council session. Curtis Jones introduced a bill to institute “just cause” eviction protection for renters while, Democratic Majority Leader…

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 15:41:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Just ‘cause: Jones introduces surprise bill aimed at preventing surprise evictions]]> Hardly anyone attended City Council weekly session this Thursday. The public seats were thinly populated, there were barely any reporters, and even the legislative body itself wasn’t at full strength. But…

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 14:36:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Proactive preservation workshop comes to neighborhoods on the edge]]> In many areas on the periphery of Greater Center City, there has been little effort to identify – let alone protect – significant historic buildings. Some neighborhoods have fewer than five…

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 13:16:26 -0400
<![CDATA[October 6: Point Breeze fire | Beyond ‘hyperengaged urbanists’ | PA AG sues Navient]]>

A vacant church at 21st and Reed Streets in Point Breeze went up in flames early Friday morning, CBS reports. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which broke out…

Fri, 06 Oct 2017 09:15:32 -0400
<![CDATA[Art Commission gives preliminary OK to 100 digital ad “Links” connecting public to free WiFi]]> The Philadelphia Art Commission granted conceptual approval to a plan to bring advertising kiosks, called Links, to commercial corridors in the City of Philadelphia.

The kiosks would include two LED screens…

Thu, 05 Oct 2017 15:33:00 -0400