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    • Mike Fuller: Septa poet

A rhyming trolley ride with the 'SEPTA Poet'

Mike Fuller offers similes, rhymes, and jokes over the public address system of his SEPTA trolley. While Fuller mostly drives the 36, you can also occasionally find him on the 34…

    • Christoper Columbus statue, Marconi Plaza, | Department of Records, 1959 - PhillyHistory.org

German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation

At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…

    • The Dirt Factory compost

February 17: Forensic waste analysis | Bike ramp for Ben Franklin Bridge | Elkins Estate

In the U.S., consumers throw away 27 million tons of food waste a year. The Natural Resources Defense Council is digging through trash and recruiting households in different cities to log…

    • Construction worker

Center City's housing boom slightly outpaces demand

Center City is still booming, the Center City District (CCD) reports. Housing is the subject of the latest report from Philadelphia’s premier business improvement district. The headline number is that 2,506…

    • Creative Placemaking event, Monday February 13, 2017 | courtesy of Steve Weinik, Mural Arts

Giving arts a seat at the community development table

In December, the National Endowment for the Arts released a collection of essays titled How to Do Creative Peacemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. Jason Schupbach, the…

    • Norman Blumberg Apartments model, 1969 | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

February 16: Urban renewal and patriotism | Seattle's community liaisons | Cycling survey

Many cities, Philadelphia included, have reached peak millennial. The immigrant population, however, has continued to grow and contribute to the city’s economic revitalization. The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians attest…

    • Poster for Boulevard Direct Bus

SEPTA proposes new buses for University City, Roosevelt Blvd.

SEPTA unveiled the name for its new express bus service coming to Roosevelt Boulevard: the Boulevard Direct Bus. Technically, the Boulevard Direct Bus is a mere proposal—nothing set in stone—one of…

    • Airport control tower

February 14: Uber subscription service l 136-acre Airport expansion | Paul Levy on Philly’s growth

Philadelphia has been immensely proud of the city’s recent population growth, the first upward trend since the 1960s. Center City District’s new report, Philadelphia: An Incomplete Revival, aims to tell…

    • Little Wakefield, a Quaker house on La Salle's campus | Oscar Biesert

Little Wakefield and Wister House designated historic despite La Salle's protests

Jewelers’ Row wasn’t the only contentious case before the February Historical Commission meeting. Prior to the skirmish over Sansom Street, a series of nominations on La Salle University’s campus were sent…

    •  Navy Yard | courtesy of PIDC
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Old buildings anchor growth at the Navy Yard

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice.…

    • William M Meredith Elementary School

February 14: Fair, affordable development l Kindergarten lottery concerns | Mussel mania

The High Line has had millions of visitors and is set to generate $1 billion in tax revenues over the next 20 years. The park’s smashing success highlights Manhattan’s rising inequality,…

    • Conservation easements on private properties in Chestnut Hill help manage development and protect the Wissahickon watershed  | Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Chestnut Hill group broadens focus to integrate preservation and conservation

Community efforts to preserve the historic character of Chestnut Hill’s built environment are expanding this year to protect its natural assets as well. The neighborhood’s historical society, founded in 1967, changed…

    • 40th Street Trolley Portal Concept Plan | courtesy of University City District

February 13: Unauthorized immigrant clusters l Trolley Portal Gardens l Common application for small business financing

Last week, PlanPhilly’s Jake Blumgart wrote about the role of immigrants in Philadelphia’s growing urban cores and neighborhoods. According to the Pew Research Center’s new census data analysis, the unauthorized immigrant…

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016

Historical Commission punts again on Jewelers Row

Once again, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission decided to punt on the contentious Jewelers’ Row case. On Friday, the commission tabled their decision on the historic significance of 704 and 706-08 Sansom Street…

    • The Food Recovery Network is run by college students. It has recovered 5,000 pounds of food in Philadelphia in two years. | courtesy of Food Recovery Network

February 10, 2017: The science and engineering of welds l Nonprofits, businesses and foundations tackle food waste l California lawmakers debate cap-and-trade

Last year, ReFED, a collaboration of foundations, businesses, and government officials, came out with their Roadmap to Reduce U.S. Food Waste by 20 Percent report. Waste 360 catches up with…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key rollout so capricious, complicated and slow, even the transit authority’s spokesman left confused

Yesterday, PlanPhilly reported on SEPTA Key’s latest incremental update, saying that riders could pick up a card without also purchasing a weekly or monthly Transpass at SEPTA’s headquarters at 1234 Market…

    • Please respect this litter free zone. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

February 9, 2017: Litter index l Mapping out informal transit networks l N.J. Mayors demand clarity on state transportation funds

The trash talk continues. The City’s newly formed Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will pilot a litter index in two neighborhoods this year, tracking every single piece of trash and plotting…

    • Vacant property condemnation by eminent domain, Sharswood, February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

College students document Sharswood’s ‘resilient voices’

On Oct. 25, 2015, representatives from the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) placed plywood signs reading “Declarations of Taking” in front of 500 properties in Sharswood. This spring, they’ll appear on…

    • Radar Speed Sign

Bill to give local cops speedometers on Harrisburg's radar

In Pennsylvania, local cops are armed with all sorts of guns. The standard issue at many police departments includes both a .40 caliber Glock pistol and a stun gun. Members of…

    • MFL Berks station

SEPTA continues to unlock Key: Riders can now replace tokens without buying a pass first, available at 69th Street

For SEPTA token lovers, winter is coming. Just as a wintry snowstorm is expected to blanket the region and make getting around more difficult, SEPTA will take another step in its…

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