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    • Vacancy and Orinoka Mills, June 2014

Zoning board approves redevelopment of Orinoka Mills in Kensington

The Philadelphia zoning board voted on Tuesday to approve a 51-unit, mixed-use redevelopment of a former industrial property at the corner of East Somerset and Ruth streets in Kensington. The property…

    • NACTO intersection

November 25: Ride-sharing and paratransit | Delivery vehicles and street design | #blackfridayparking

Can the kinds of analytics advances gleaned from e-hailing apps like Uber be used to improve transit service? A new start-up called Bridj, run by ex-Chicago and Washington, DC transportation…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

November 24: Who parks on the City Hall apron | Neighborhood Index | Target goes urban

Who's parking on the City Hall apron and undercutting those expensive aesthetic upgrades to Dilworth Park? That would be Michael Nutter, Darrell Clarke, some other Council members, and a bunch…

    • family biking

Family bikers want "no-drop" street designs, representation on Nutter's Bicycle Advocacy Board

This open letter to Michael Nutter from cyclist moms Dena Driscoll and Marni Duffy asking him to appoint a family biking advocate to the new Philadelphia Bicycle Advocacy Board provides an…

    • The turnstiles will incorporate each of the station's unique design features, like the colored bricks at Market East Station
Eyes on the Street

Commuter Tunnel at 30: Legacy and Potential

Community Contributors Richard Voith and Peter Angelides of Econsult Solutions consider the legacy of the Commuter Rail Tunnel, which turned 30 this month, and the importance of capitalizing on its potential.…

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

Zoning board denies appeal for AAA on Columbus Boulevard

A proposal to build a AAA car repair and insurance office on a vacant lot on Columbus Boulevard is in trouble following a decision of the zoning board earlier this month.…

    • Dwight Evans

November 21: Evans 2015? | SEPTA and PATCO fare integration | Bike-share locations

Powerful state representative and 2007 Mayoral candidate Dwight Evans is contemplating a 2015 Mayoral bid. Huge transit news: SEPTA and PATCO are making the first step toward integrating their payment systems.…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

Council adopts bill amending daycare regulations

City Council adopted a bill on Thursday that will modify the regulations for opening new group daycare centers in certain areas of the city. The bill, which was introduced by Councilman…

    • Golden Triangle bike lane

November 20: Team Tony | Underpriced curb parking | How PGH builds bike lanes faster

Anthony Williams officially joined the 2015 campaign for Philadelphia Mayor, with the backing of US Congressman and Democratic City Committee head Bob Brady. Former DA Lynne Abraham also announced her candidacy…

    • A shot of Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy. (Jana Shea/for NewsWorks, file)

$1.1 million state grant aims to better connect Northwest Philly

Mt. Airy USA, a local community development corporation dedicated to neighborhood revitalization projects, is in the early stages of what it is calling the Connecting & Building Philadelphia's Safest Corridors project,…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

VIDEO: Planning Commission considers more zoning code tweaks

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission considered four bills that would tweak certain provisions of the zoning code on Tuesday. The Commission:  Recommended a bill that would limit the size of accessory…

    • Areas certified for redevelopment

VIDEO: Planning Commission approves North Philadelphia remapping bills

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted to approve to zoning bills for parts of North Philadelphia on Tuesday. The bills, developed as part of the Philadelphia2035 citywide planning process, were introduced…

    • Bellevue Garage could get an
Eyes on the Street

As digital signs encroach, public realm sold short

Imagine a three-dimensional globe of animated lunchmeat mixed with local news and weather displayed across from Reading Terminal Market or digital ads for H&M and Unclaimed Diamonds marching down Market Street…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Hudson Hotel proposal advances

The Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City. The hotel would…

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    • Central Roxborough NCO

Planning Commission hears about Central Roxborough conservation district

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the creation of the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, just the second neighborhood in Philadelphia to have regulations protecting its small-town character. The ordinance…

    • Will Universal sell the neglected Royal Theater and its two side lots? For the right price.

Planning Commission seeks more time to consider Royal Theater rezoning

Saying that developers and nearby residents could use more time to hash out potential issues with the proposed redevelopment of the historic Royal Theater on South Street, the City Planning Commission…

    • Live! Casino rendering, Darien street perspective

Breaking: South Philly to get city's second casino

After a week of speculation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has confirmed it will award Philadelphia's second casino license to Live! Casino and Hotel, for their proposal at 10th and Packer…

    • Alan Butkovitz

November 18: Butkovitz out | Blatstein's Washington Ave superblock | New LOVE Park

Controller Alan Butkovitz says he won't run for Mayor in 2015. Former Nutter spokesman Doug Oliver is forming an exploratory committee for a Mayoral run, possibly as a Republican. We now…

    • The effort to create the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay was sparked by the community's involvement surrounding the Bunting House demolition issue. (NewsWorks, file art)

Rare neighborhood-development overlay proposed for Roxborough

Legislation that would make Central Roxborough just the second neighborhood in Philadelphia to have regulations protecting its small-town character will be introduced in City Council on Dec. 2. While not as…

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