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    • American democracy on display at Historical Society of Pennsylvania

For DNC Philadelphia archive showcases evolving American democracy, from founding fathers to fights for equality

If you stop by the Historical Society of Pennsylvania (HSP) this week, you’ll see a collection of prized treasures—with a strong civil rights theme. The display is a part of PoliticalFest…

    • Protesters march down Broad Street, July 26, 2016 | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

July 27: Public art seeks Common Ground at convention | Keeping peace | Why affordable housing is unaffordable to build

It's DNC Day 3, Philly, and we’re halfway there. Stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week. What makes the good life? What is truth? Artists are…

    • Crane Arts Building, Phillytrax

City advances redesign for North American Street, including 28-foot wide bioswale

North American Street could become the city’s premiere example of a green street, using the road’s expansive width to soak up stormwater with a 28-foot wide bioswale running up the center…

    • Riding Through Under the El | Theresa Stigale

July 26: Know-Nothings of today | Reality tour of Kensington | Homeless outreach

DNC Day 2, Philly. Stay cool and stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week -- from street protests to politics in the hall.  Speaking at the…

    • A very long line of uberX cars dropping off delegates and journalists at the DNC

Subway was the best way to DNC on Monday, until security shut it down

For most of Monday, the subway was the best way to get down to the Democratic National Convention. Delegates reported taxi and uberX trips to the Wells Fargo Center from Center…

    • Democratic Donkey greeted at 1936 convention as it eats information desk paperwork. | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA
Eyes on the Street

Conventions past: Democrats in Philly, 1936

Once again Philadelphia is the happy host for to a national political convention, and we're taking a look back at conventions held in the city via the Evening Bulletin's photo archives.…

    • South Broad, convention ready | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

July 25: Tim Kaine, urbanist | Silverliner stress tests | South Street embezzlement

It's time to welcome the DNC, Philly. Stay tuned to NewsWorks’ Decision 2016 page for all things convention week. Wondering who Tim Kaine is? An urbanist. CityLab lays out Hillary Clinton’s…

    • Center City skyline, Photo by David Swift

A different city, then: Looking back at Philadelphia's transformation for the 2000 RNC as it readies for the DNC

In Republican circles, the “Warehouse Party” is legendary. During every Republican National Convention (RNC), John Boehner throws a four-day party in a secret location somewhere in the host city. It began…

    • SEPTA Welcome the DNC

PlanPhilly’s guide to getting around during the DNC

As you might have heard, Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention this coming week. Officially it’s Monday through Thursday, but Hillary Clinton has tacked on a rally on Independence Mall Friday…

    • Taxi driver protest | file | Emma Lee/WHYY

Judge postpones day of reckoning for Uber in Philly while taxis promise not to strike

Philadelphia taxi drivers and disabled activists went to court today with high hopes. The groups weren't happy with a deal struck between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and Uber allowing the ride-hailing…

    • Girard Theater

July 22: No protest permits for Dilworth | Spring Arts District in Callowhill | Girard Avenue Theater

Jake Blumgart profiles Jim Kenney for The American Prospect, with observations on the tensions between some of the expectations Kenney set for modern governance during his campaign, and the reality of…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA to end Key card’s 10,000 cap starting August 1st as rollout continues

As Elvis famously sang, only fools rush in. SEPTA’s taking that to heart with its rollout of its new payment technology, the SEPTA Key fare card. When it first debuted…

    • Glass headhouses provide an airy transition from transit to the plaza above

Philadelphia only county in Southeast PA seeing growth in prime working-age population

new analysis by Governing Magazine finds that Philadelphia and New Castle were the only two counties in the Philadelphia region to experience growth in their prime working-age populations between 2010…

    • Germantown YWCA, May 2016

Redevelopment Authority seeking proposals for Germantown YWCA, again

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the Germantown YWCA on Monday, seeking a developer to rehab the unoccupied property on Germantown Avenue, which has sat…

    • Ridge Flats, from Kelly Drive and Calumet | May 2016

Philadelphia University rezoning, Ridge Flats development approved by Planning Commission

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) unanimously approved a zoning change supporting Philadelphia University’s master plan for expansion at its meeting on Tuesday. The Civic Design Review committee narrowly approved the…

    • Broad and Olney station

Planning Commission updated on Upper North District Plan, accepts Walnut Hill Neighborhood Plan

At Tuesday’s meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) Matt Wysong, a district planner for the Upper Northwest and Lower Northwest, gave an update on the Upper North District planning…

    • Mega lot

July 21: Kensington pop-up landfill | Self-gerrymandering in Philly and Cleveland | Awesometown gets LEED Platinum

Ptah Gabrie at The Spirit of the Riverwards looks into the vicious cycle of illegal dumping on the Kensington "mega lots" formerly partly occupied by the Buck Hosiery building, which burned…

    • 4046-48 Chestnut Street / Photo by Joe Kavanagh for PlanPhilly

Stay of demolition in place for 4046-48 Chestnut until October, pending appeal and designation hearings

In an opinion issued July 20, Court of Common Pleas Judge Linda Carpenter ordered that the stay of demolition for 4046-4048 Chestnut Street is to remain in effect until October 15,…

    • Uber Ride Request

Uber, but for VIPs: DNC bigwigs get a special ride-hailing platform

At the Democratic National Convention (DNC) next week, some Very Important People won’t have to slum it on the same Uber platform everyone else uses—they’ll get their own special ride-hailing service…

    • SEPTA and DVARP are working to crowd source Silverliner V rider feedback

July 20: Estimating SEPTA's ridership loss | Complete Streets Commissioner interviews begin | Turnpike toll increase

SEPTA will replace, not repair, the broken equalizer beams on the Silverliner V cars, CBS reports. “There are too many cracks and you really cannot be sure about how long…

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