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    • Rendering of Trolley Car Station restaurant at 40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens

UCD breaks ground on Portal Gardens at 40th Street trolley stop

Soon, waiting for a trolley in University City won’t seem so bad. University City District (UCD), along with SEPTA, city officials, developers and neighborhood residents, broke ground on the Trolley Portal…

    • Camden waterfront rendering | Robert A.M. Stern Architects

December 7: Camden waterfront | Sleep and car crashes | Lowest bidders vs best value?

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    • Route 47 en route | courtesy of Intersection

47 Stories: Connecting cultural communities via bus

Septa’s Route 47 bus runs the length of the city, from Whitman Plaza in South Philly to Olney in North Philadelphia, connecting immigrant and refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe,…

    • Kensington Avenue | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

December 6: Taller Toll on Jewelers' Row | Newkirk Viaduct Monument moved | Small business booster

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Center City report finds $1 billion in retail demand

Just in time for the holidays, the Center City District (CCD) released a 24-page glossy report on the state of retail its purview, finding downtown Philadelphia blossoming as a “24-hour downtown”…

    • Schuylkill River Trail | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Sections of MLK Drive, Schuylkill River Trail to close for retaining wall rebuild

On Monday the City of Philadelphia announced that parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed for a few weeks while crews rebuild and…

    • 10th and Ridge and Callowhill | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

December 5: Kenney's first year | Joe DeFelice Q&A | Street's portrait

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    • Vacant lots that are maintained by PHS feature an open wood fence with openings narrow enough to prevent unwanted dumping.

What's at stake if Toomey and Trump cut funding to Philly?

On Wednesday night, Republican Senator Pat Toomey denounced the city of Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy, which discourages law enforcement from working closely with federal immigration authorities. He then called on president-elect…

    • Rendering of proposed Orinoka Civic House, courtesy NKCDC and Jibe Design

December 2: Changing Kensington | SEPTA's regional rail plans | Food insecurity

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    • Willis Hale row at 17th and Jefferson | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Council considers permit fees to support Historical Commission

On Thursday morning, three City Council members introduced legislation to bolster funding for the city’s overburdened Historical Commission. The bill, backed by Blondell Reynolds Brown, Mark Squilla, and Al Taubenberger would…

    • A vacant lot maintained by PHS through the Vacant Lot Stabilization program located on 6th and Berks.

City seeking 'nuclear option' to reclaim land it sells to private developers

On Tuesday, City Council moved a bill forward that would make it easier to take back city land it sells to private developers. The bill would alter city code provisions regarding…

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December 1: Repave more, faster | Live! casino in court | Megaregions recast

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    • Kelley Yemen, Philadelphia's first Complete Streets Director |  Credit: Phillip Hussong

Street Diplomacy: How Philadelphia’s first Complete Streets Director expects to get the job done

After years and years of talking about Complete Streets—the idea of designing roads for all users, not just cars—Philadelphia has finally hired someone to lead the charge of rethinking our streets.…

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    • Penn Medicine new patient pavilion - from 34th St, Foster + Partners, HDR | CDR Nov 2016

St. Rita Place & Cascia Center, Foster + Partners' new Penn hospital building pass design review

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting was the last in 2016, ending a banner year where the board considered the merits of 45 projects. This record-setting total speaks to the…

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Eyes on the Street

See your #PHLandmarks

In a city of 500,000 buildings, which ones sing to you? This fall we asked you to share with us the buildings that matter to you – the ones that define your…

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Logan Square neighborhood rezoning awaits Council approval

The last few decades have seen enormous changes in the Logan Square neighborhood. Most recently the Whole Foods flagship landed there, complete with cocktail cart and butcher’s block. The Philadelphia Latter…

    • Trolley entrance locked during SEPTA strike, November 1, 2016 | Naomi Starobin / WHYY

November 29: On preventing frequent transit strikes | Harrisburg vs Philly | Northeast superstorms

Will the 2016 SEPTA strike be its last? Sandy Smith explores two options under discussion for preventing frequent transit strikes (outlawing transit union strikes, and adapting Federal Railway Labor Act procedures…

    • Foglietta Plaza view from Korean War Memorial, November 2016 | 6 Emma Lee / WHYY
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November 28: Carson and fair housing | Investigate crashes | Rebuild's inclusive workforce aspirations

Our Jake Blumgart has been following Philadelphia’s efforts to assess and address patterns of housing segregation, divided along racial and economic lines. The work to “affirmatively further fair housing” was bolstered…

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