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    • Nebinger school yard, May 2017

Bedlam over basketball and extended hours at Nebinger Elementary's schoolyard

Thursday night’s assembly about renovations of the schoolyard at George W. Nebinger Elementary School in Queen Village proves that any community meeting in Philadelphia, no matter the topic, can easily become…

    • Sharrows are symbols that remind drivers and cyclists to share the lane.

Council considering bills to cut taxes on affordable housing, add short 15th Street bike lane

The final City Council session in May proved to be a quiet affair, with multiple presentations and photo ops dominating the proceedings. Here are a few highlights from the otherwise quiescent…

    • The collapse site from above, from the RiverWest Condominium's rooftop.
    • Aerial view of SEPTA's Callowhill facility, 2017 | Google Maps

SEPTA sees the light, OKs solar panels on maintenance facility rooftops

The sky was dark and cloudy outside, but there was nothing but sunshine inside SEPTA’s board room Thursday as the agency approved a contract to install photovoltaic solar panels on the…

    • Portable feather signs hanging at an auto lot in Northeast Philadelphia | Google Street View, 2014

Henon bill aims to rid sidewalks of inflatable tube men, portable signs

Sidewalk advertisements are everywhere, blooming from the pavement and parking lots in colorful bursts. Fluttering flags in Center City hawk cell phones, while inflatable men of disquieting size billow on the…

    • The Philadelphia Police Department will someday leave the Roundhouse for a new headquarters in West Philly. 
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Architect Jeanne Gang on using design to strengthen community

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating a broad portfolio of work that isn’t unified by form…

    • Walter Smith School | Wikimedia Commons

May 24: Feibush to convert Walter Smith School | VW pays PA $118 million | ‘Feed the Barrel’

Developer Ori Feibush plans to convert Point Breeze's former Walter Smith School into 120 apartments, after the Commonwealth Court ordered Philadelphia Common Pleas judge Nina Wright-Padilla last week to clear…

    • Cycling Free Streets, 2016 | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

    • Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 fire station with addition, May 2017 | Cecil Baker + Partners

Chestnut Hill firehouse's contemporary addition supported by preservation committee

Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37 is finally getting a building that can accommodate contemporary fire-fighting vehicles. The oldest fire station in Philadelphia will remain in use, but its almost 125-year-old building will…

    • 30th Street station Regional Rail platform | A. Leonard Pundt

SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?

SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

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Brookings report calls for more local investment to unleash 'innovation district' potential

Before a room packed with Philadelphia’s business elites Thursday morning, Brookings Institution researchers described the city as standing on the precipice of greatness. All it will take is a little leap…

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May 22: The magic of Philly stoops | Post-preservation | Two new Amtrak stops?

Philly Mag’s Brian Howard pens an ode to the Philadelphia stoop, declaring the stoop the best spot for impromptu parties, block cleanup discussions, and neighborhood camaraderie. Referencing his experience living…

    • City Council Members Allan Domb, Bobby Henon and Helen Gym (L to R) at the start of the Bike Coalition's Bike to Work Day ride/Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

May 19: Amtrak engineer taken into custody | Philly housing prices up 22% | Bike to Work Day

Brandon Bostian, the engineer operating Amtrak 188 when it derailed in 2015 killing eight passengers and injuring 200 others, was taken into custody Thursday morning, the Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports.…

    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Squilla calls increased Delaware waterfront height limit ‘progressive’ – waterfront advocates say it would undercut plan

Harris Steinberg fears that Philadelphia’s Delaware waterfront may be returning to the bad old days. Almost 10 years ago, when Steinberg ran PennPraxis, he presented a civic vision for seven miles…

    • EFNC's Ramona Rousseau-Reid and Deborah Jefferson tell Italian students what they would like to see around Eastwick Station

Researchers and residents explore ways Eastwick floods and ideas for mitigation

Eastwick is literally in a vulnerable position, environmentally speaking. The neighborhood is located in part of Southwest Philadelphia with the lowest elevation in the city; in fact, it was historically a…

    • River Run, Photo by Phillytrax
    • Neighbors creating model of Mifflin Square Park.

How the Kenney administration aims to include neighbors in Rebuild

At a press briefing in March, a member of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild team described the ambitions of the $500-million project as “not just physical improvements” for the city’s universe of…

    • Powelton Village

Planning Commission weighs in on micro-apartments, RCO rule changes, and rezoning bills

The May meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission tackled 22 agenda items, including a raft of rezonings and the continuing evolution of rules for Registered Community Organizations. Redevelopment Agreement for…

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