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    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

Keystone Crossroads: Could NYC teach Pa. cities something about limiting the Council members' power in development decisions?

New York City's process for land use decisions brings in groups outside of Council to weigh in. Should Pennsylvania cities try this?  In 1975, the City of New York passed a…

    • 401 Race | Barton Partners

Design committee to review projects in South Philly, Old City, Kensington

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review Committee will consider three residential projects at its monthly meeting on Tuesday. Developers of a proposed apartment complex at 401 Race Street will present for the second…

    • Cherry Hill

Aug 3: Obama's Clean Power Plan | Hitchbot fails to survive Philly | The largest Indego station

With the Obama White House moving to introduce sweeping new rules for carbon emissions from existing power plants, the Washington Post delivers with some excellent infographics. Interestingly, coal accounts for…

    • The proposed location for the East Park  Leadership and Conservation Center—the  west basin of the East Park Reservoir and  surrounding grounds next to the Strawberry  Mansion neighborhood

Your PhillyPlans: ‘Bike-in movie,’ East Park Reservoir tour, How We Play exhibition

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important happenings from our events page, and you can sign up here to get…

    • Washington Square

July 31: The Secret Service speaks on Papal visit | Short-term transpo funding extension | PRA's first conservatorship

The Secret Service is denying responsibility for limiting SEPTA service or suggesting businesses close during Pope Francis's visit. The consultant who blew the lid on the push to close I-95 for…

    • Eugene, OR

DVRPC Loosies: Roosevelt Blvd. transit analysis, solar regulatory reform, regional LED streetlight procurement

Returning briefly to our regularly scheduled non-Papal programming, there were a few updates worth noting quickly from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting last Thursday that were overshadowed by ex…

    • NJ Transit Bus

NJ Transit cuts wound Philly, too

When NJ Transit announced service cuts and fare hikes, many, if not most, Philadelphians reacted with either indifference or schadenfreude. At most, it might have merited a mocking tweet…

    • Language Labs Mural

July 30: Removable parking lot | Papal bike sweep | Philly and LA 'Promise Zone' partnership

2nd District Congressman Chaka Fattah was officially indicted yesterday. Holly Otterbein games out some the political machinations that could follow. Frontier Airlines added non-stop flights from PHL to Fort Myers,…

    • Vanna Venturi House
Eyes on the Street

Venturi's Mother's House faces delicate transition

There are few buildings in Philadelphia that changed the landscape of American architecture. The Vanna Venturi House in Chestnut Hill is one. Architect Robert Venturi built the house for his…

    • 2010 Wharton Zoning Hearing

Dozens pack zoning board for hearing on Feibush project at 2010 Wharton

Ori Feibush must not be totally broke. On Wednesday, he was attempting to get zoning approvals for the last property that he owns outright, a former warehouse at 20th and…

    • Old City District installed new street lamp banners this week as part of a revamped marketing campaign for the district.

Old City residents and businesses weigh in on neighborhood growth in the Vision 2026 survey

Back in June, Old City District announced it would be facilitating a Vision 2026 master planning process with the RBA Group (2026 being the year of the nation's 250th birthday,) and…

    • e passyunk gateway

July 29: East Passyunk gateway update | Big win for Schuylkill River Trail | Lane width and safety

In line with what Jim Saksa reported last month, Patrick Kerkstra says sources in the Nutter administration would like to be more forthcoming with the public about the Papal visit security…

    • Japanese Bazaar stereograph, Centennial Exposition 1876 | Library of Congress
Eyes on the Street

Shofuso digging for its Centennial ancestor

Kim Andrews is standing on a busted up paved path, pointing at a patch of tamed weeds and poison ivy in West Fairmount Park. We are looking for the past. We…

    • (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Neighbors coming around to Chestnut Hill's towering 8200 Germantown Avenue project

They fought the zoning, the density, the size, and the impact of the construction process. But four years after the battles began over 8200 Germantown Avenue, the immediate neighbors are mainly…

    • DVNLRN, Photo by Jeremy Marshall

Committee OKs renovations for Divine Lorraine

Eric Blumenfeld visited City Hall on Tuesday to present his plans for renovating the former Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street to the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission. The…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Transit Papal Visit Map

SEPTA to hold online lottery for Papal Regional Rail passes Aug. 3rd

Should I pray to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, or Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of gamblers? That’s the question devout Catholics hoping to take SEPTA Regional Rail…

    • Pearl Properties | 1906 Chestnut Boyd

Committee approves designs for new building next to Boyd Theater

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architecture committee voted on Tuesday to approve plans for a new commercial building on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street in Center City, in between the former…

    • Goldtex

Philly is quickly gobbling up new apartment buildings

Last year, a lot of writers were wondering whether Philly was experiencing a multi-family construction bubble. There's been a lot of multi-family residential construction, mostly concentrated around greater Center City, over…

    • Play Space

July 28: Neighborhood Transformation Initiative endgame | Three traits of walkable neighborhoods | Point Breeze pop-up back again

What we know about the endgame for the unspent NTI money. Should we have a local neighborhood exchange program for the Pope visit? The House of Correction is falling apart in…

    • The Commission has placed the current fire house at 101 W. Highland Ave. on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, ensuring protection against future alterations.

Historic designation will bring new fire station to Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 will finally have a new parking spot, thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The Commission has placed the current fire house at…

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