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Philly zoning code may soon contain the phrase "wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube persons"

This is going to be a short post. In City Council yesterday, 6th-District Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill amending the zoning code to provide regulations for “wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube…

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April 17: Billboard regulations passed | The Philly Shrug of infrastructure | Behind the co-working trend

City Council unanimously approved Bobby Henon and Bill Greenlee's billboard regulations which, among other things, allow billboard companies to create one new digital billboard for every two old ones they take…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Azavea's Robert Cheetham

For this week’s Streetviews Q&A we sat down with Robert Cheetham, founder of the civic minded geospatial and software firm Azavea, about the big opportunities ahead in open data as an…

    • Maps at 30th Street Station. Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez

As planning continues for 30th Street Station, grand plans in D.C. offer vision of future

The Philadelphia 30th Street Station District Plan recently asked the public what they wanted to see in and around Philadelphia’s Amtrak station and the results are in. The survey of…

    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

SRC approves $55 million tax incentive for Gallery mall redevelopment

Philadelphia’s School Reform Commission voted on Thursday night to approve a tax-increment financing district for the area surrounding the Gallery mall on east Market Street that would save the mall’s owners…

    • NewCourtland campus in Mt. Airy / Bas Slabbers

NewCourtland turns to community for input on EPPI site

The new owners of the sprawling site at 3232 Henry Avenue — the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute – don't have a formal plan yet for its transition into a campus…

    • Fillmore unveiling, Ajax, 1000 Frankford Avenue

Fishtown music venue moving forward despite legal appeals

It’s been an up-and-down week for Michael Samschick. On Tuesday night, the developer saw his plans for 200 new apartments on North Delaware Avenue rejected by the Fishtown Neighbors Association by…

    • Uber X

Uber X hits the one million ride mark in Philly. Here's what they've learned.

Uber X, the ride-hailing platform that allows everyday drivers to rent seats in their cars to paying customers, announced yesterday that six months after (illegally) launching in Philadelphia, their 10,000 "driver-partners"…

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April 16: AAA waterfront building resumes | Fishtown LiveNation venues | Council 2.0

AAA appears to be moving forward with construction of the non-conforming building on the waterfront that is currently tied up in appeals. L&I issued an over-the-counter permit for the building, which…

    • The Philadelphia Demolition Commission | Illustration by Michael Bencik
Eyes on the Street

The Boyd's Demise and the Philadelphia Demolition Commission

As wrecking crews reduce Boyd Theatre's once-grand auditorium to rubble, Community Contributor Michael Bencik offers this rumination on the Boyd's demise and the layered failings of the city's historic preservation community…

    • 27th and Wharton | Google

Neighbors to oppose veterans center on vacant school property at 27th & Wharton

A group of residents living near 27th and Wharton streets in Grays Ferry is planning to attend a hearing in City Hall Friday morning to oppose the sale of a vacant…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Still waiting on refurbished cars, but Battleship NJ is a guaranteed thing

To the long list of descriptive collective nouns – a murder of crows, a parliament of owls, a wake of buzzards – might we add a Godot of PATCO refurbished cars?…

    • Vehicle Access

Infographics: Who drives in Philadelphia, and who doesn't?

Making continuous progress on the Nutter administration's goal of reducing driving in Philadelphia is going to be tricky for the next mayor and council members, not only because improving the relative…

    • Awareness Cones

April 15: Doug Oliver courting SEPTA voters | New E. Passyunk gateway renderings | In defense of Awareness Cone

PennFuture says the state of Pennsylvania subsidizes fossil fuel industries to the tune of $3.2 billion annually, mostly as tax expenditures in the tax code. The exemption of gasoline from…

    • Seger Park Playground
Eyes on the Street

Funding Common Ground: Parks, programming and unfulfilled potential

Philadelphia has amazing park and recreation resources, yet the city consistently under-commits funds to maintain and plan for improving these assets. As part of our Agenda 2015 op-ed series Lauren Bornfriend,…

    • Edward Corner

Fishtown group rejects two development proposals on Delaware Ave.

The Fishtown Neighbors Association voted on Tuesday night to oppose two development projects proposed for North Delaware Avenue near Penn Treaty Park. Developer Michael Samschick of Core Realty is proposing to…

    • PennDOT has announced 86 new and increased bridge weight restrictions in the five-county region

PennDOT launches public outreach for 2017 12-Year Program

PennDOT is kicking off its biannual update to its Twelve Year Program, which is not to be confused with a twelve-step program. While the TYP and the similarly named, much…

    • 418-420 Wood Street

Historical Commission approves Wood Street redo; Race St. condos and Chestnut St. designations

Last Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission granted final approval for property owner William Nadu and applicant Logan Dry of Abitare Design Studio to modify a property at 418-420 Wood St., that…

    • philly bike share

As Indego gets in gear, bike-share entrepreneur says Philly learned from other cities' trials

On an overcast morning, a trio of bike mechanics stands in a cluster at the back of a mostly vacant, brick warehouse in Kensington. Mostly vacant, because behind the group sits…

    • New Norman Foster designed Comcast tower currently under construction pursued a

Campaigning for more benefits from Comcast ahead of next franchise agreement

Later this year, City Council will begin a series of hearings on the city’s next 15-year franchise agreement with Comcast. The agreement, which expires this year, gives the company access to…

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