Articles Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:28:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[June 24: Inga on Ingels | DNC logistics | Camden's drive-in past]]> Happy Friday! Here's what we're reading this morning:

In Bjarke Ingels’ new building at the Navy Yard Inga Saffron sees a distilled version of his design philosophy, and it’s proof…

Fri, 24 Jun 2016 09:28:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 23: Ride-hailing failing disabled riders | Transit-oriented development in Warminster | Bike cops > tanks]]> Philly won't be buying an armored tank for the DNC, reports Claire Sasko. Instead, Jim Kenney wants bike cops to direct and protect convention-goers down near the stadiums. In other bike…

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 10:41:16 -0400
<![CDATA[Unanswered NID/TIF questions for hotel project at 15th and Chestnut]]> Neighborhood Improvement Districts (NID) typically assess an additional fee for income-producing properties in particular areas to pay for special services. Does it make sense to use the revenue stream from NID…

Thu, 23 Jun 2016 08:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[DRPA authorizes second round of union contracts following Christie veto]]> If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

Such is the motto of the DRPA board these days, which once again authorized labor agreements with three of its unions. The…

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 19:08:33 -0400
<![CDATA[SEPTA stumbles across $33 million in savings, socks it away for a rainy day]]> A picture is worth a thousand words, but for SEPTA, videos are worth even more. The transit authority credits new cameras on its vehicles for dramatically reducing its lawsuit payments last…

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 17:47:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Senior housing proposed for new St. Rita's center on South Broad]]>

Back in 2014, church leaders at St. Rita of Cascia, on South Broad just below Washington Avenue, unveiled a proposal for a new conference center building on the large vacant lot…

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 12:22:31 -0400
<![CDATA[June 22: PA House loosens PPA residency requirement | Trolley Tunnel Blitz | Bus map reform]]> Someone on the Philadelphia Parking Authority board doesn't want to live in Philadelphia anymore, reports Cassie Owens, and they persuaded Rep. Scott Petri in Harrisburg to introduce a bill exempting…

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 09:00:42 -0400
<![CDATA[Kenney transportation chief talks complete streets at Chamber forum]]> At Tuesday morning’s Roadmap for Growth forum on transportation and infrastructure policy, sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, Deputy Mayor Clarena Tolson delivered remarks that sounded like they could’ve…

Wed, 22 Jun 2016 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 21: Broad Street beautification for DNC | AirBnB collecting hotel tax | Private development, public ownership]]> South Broad Street is getting all tarted up for the DNC, reports Julia Terruso. Mural Arts will install a temporary mural on the Broad Street median between City Hall and Washington…

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 07:59:52 -0400
<![CDATA[‘The Oval’ pop-up park returns for a fourth year]]>

The surface parking lot at Eakins Oval on Benjamin Franklin Parkway will once again become “The Oval” pop-up park this summer, the Department of Parks & Recreation announced earlier this month.…

Tue, 21 Jun 2016 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[From 'Main Street Modernism' to common fabric: 19 sites considered for historic designation]]>

From prime examples of “Main Street Modernism” to common neighborhood rowhouse blocks, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on designation recommended last week that 19 properties be added to the Philadelphia Register…

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 17:02:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 20: Councilmembers pushing PPA audit | Eastwick homes sinking | State water usage fee]]> Councilmembers Helen Gym and David Oh introduced a motion asking Controller Alan Butkovitz to audit the PPA for the first time since 2009 in Council's last session, but a majority of…

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 10:28:27 -0400
<![CDATA[Planning Commission walks back changes for steep slopes, tweaks registered community organization regulations]]> Last Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted against new regulations—regulations the Commission staff itself proposed—which would have streamlined the approval process for smaller projects subject to special zoning requirements for…

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 09:59:00 -0400
<![CDATA[A tale of two Broad Streets: How Avenue of the Arts splintered]]>

Five years ago, on Temple University’s campus, Avenue of the Arts CEO Karen Lewis stood beside a prototype of a “light mast,” the first of 41 metallic, illuminated poles that line…

Mon, 20 Jun 2016 06:34:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Preservation fight over West Philly townhouses continues]]> A pair of Gilded Age-era townhomes in West Philadelphia had their death sentences stayed Friday morning, allowing preservationists a sigh of, perhaps temporary, relief.*

In a lengthy hearing Friday morning, Judge…

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 16:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 17: Revisiting the 10-year abatement | The Oval mural | Housing voucher reform]]> Inga Saffron makes the case that the time has come to amend the 10-year real estate tax abatement for more targeted policy goals like building in disinvested areas or preservation of…

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:07:32 -0400
<![CDATA[A bold vision for 30th Street Station District unveiled, but can reality meet the ambitions?]]>

“Go West, young man.”

So exhorted Horace Greeley 150 years ago, borrowing those words from another writer to embrace and celebrate American manifest destiny.

They are words the Pennsylvania Railroad took…

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 11:53:00 -0400
<![CDATA[PMC submits new zoning application for One Water Street, seeks alternative height bonuses]]> PMC Property Group has filed a new zoning permit application for One Water Street with the Department of Licenses and Inspections.

Rather than providing the 25 reduced-rate units they initially agreed…

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 10:57:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Street Dreams: How regular citizens beat bureaucracy to reshape Philadelphia]]> In Philadelphia, many of the pedestrian, bicycle, and recreational amenities we appreciate were born from resident-driven ideas. In this feature PlanPhilly and SPOKE explore what it takes for citizen-driven projects to…

Fri, 17 Jun 2016 08:38:00 -0400
<![CDATA[June 16: 30th Street Station plan finalized | Historic nominations galore | The Oslo standard]]> Ashley Hahn wrote about the PECO building's historic nomination yesterday, and there were a few other nominations of interest that will now be considered by the full Historical Commission: The Mutual…

Thu, 16 Jun 2016 11:37:34 -0400