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    • Open Streets
Eyes on the Street

No, Stu, Open Streets aren’t the enemy

The papal weekend was a real headache for a lot of Philadelphians. Street closures, truncated public transit services, and security fences all made getting through large parts of Center City more…

    • Automated Red Light Enforcement (ARLE)

Philly pols make cameos in PPA's new red light camera PSA videos

Wednesday’s Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board meeting saw local politicians taking star turns for red light cameras and saw a few sparks over shifts in the authority’s position on ride-hailing companies.…

    • Pearl properties

October 22: New design for Boyd site high-rise | Fergie's Tower | Home prices climbing citywide

Pearl Properties released a revamped design for the high-rise on the Boyd Theater property, reports Jacob Adelman. Rather than filing a lawsuit to get the changes they wanted, neighbors hired architect…

    • Roundabout

October 21: Nutter and Rendell endorse Stober | Who's right about roundabouts | Neighborhood Civics 101

Regular readers know RCOs and neighborhood civic associations play a big role in Philly development politics, and tonight's Neighborhood Civics 101 will explore what makes these organizations tick with neighborhood leaders…

    • Rendering of Midwood proposal for 9th and Washington

Planning Commission approves rezoning for Italian Market apartment project

The Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a 70-unit apartment complex to rise at 9th Street and Washington Avenue in the Italian Market. The project,…

    • Help Locator along Schuylkill River Trail

Streetsplainer: What to do in an emergency on the Schuylkill River Trail?

Reports of assaults along the Schuylkill River Trail and social media accounts of 911 dispatchers who did not know what callers meant by “Schuylkill River Trail”, have left some users worried…

    • Alex Doty

After 13 years, Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia Executive Director Alex Doty rides on

In an email to its membership today, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia announced that its executive director for the last 13 years, Alex Doty, will be leaving the organization to…

    • First African Baptist, 2015

First African Baptist church fined, City to brace dangerous wall

Municipal Court Judge David Shuter has fined First African Baptist Church $10,000 for failing to comply with a previous court order to brace an “imminently dangerous” parapet wall on the east…

    • Woody debris jam downstream Ogantz Ave.

October 20: Rectifying Eastwick's urban renewal disaster | Meet the trash boats | Sigma Sound Studios in line for demolition

Samantha Melamed reports the city may begin to rectify the disastrous experiment with urban renewal in Eastwick, in which 2,000 acres of private property were condemned and 8,636 people were evicted. With…

    • open streets pgh

October 19: Planetizen on Nutter's planning legacy | Cleaning strike averted | Bethlehem zoning for new downtown

Planetizen interviews Gary Jastrzab of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission about Philly's planning and zoning changes over the last seven years. These changes will all be familiar to PlanPhilly readers, but…

    • Grays Ferry Triangle

Committee proposes permanent redesign for Grays Ferry Triangle plaza at 23rd and South

Less than two years after successfully negotiating a three-year temporary street closure permit for the Grays Ferry Triangle pedestrian plaza at 23rd and South streets, the Grays Ferry Avenue Triangles Committee is already…

    • Amira Mohamed mural on the Friends Center

October 16: Philly Fed study on displacement | Saffron slams light masts | Protected intersections

Inga Saffron hates the new North Broad Street light masts, writing that they "could easily be mistaken for highway lighting." Aesthetic preferences aside, Linda Richardson of the Uptown Entertainment and Development…

    • 22nd & South | Steve Ives on Flickr

Council adopts zoning changes allowing more density in Center City

City Council voted on Thursday to approve a bill that allows slightly taller and denser buildings at key corner properties in Center City. The bill has been in the works for…

    • Boogie Down Booth
Eyes on the Street

Could the dank underbelly of the El be Philly's next great public space?

The recent spate of interest in repurposing Center City alleys as better public spaces has us thinking about which other underutilized spaces in Philly could use a touch-up, so it was…

    • NoMoCab

October 15: New free ride-hailing service | River Ward neighbors vs. drug dealers | Suspiciously large pilot houses

The Spirit of the River Wards is running a series on the places most affected by drug dealing and crime, many still in "nice" parts of the area. Here's the story…

    • Market Street Bridge looking west, October 2015
Eyes on the Street

Softening Market Street Bridge's sidewalks

More than six thousand people walk across the Market Street Bridge every day, going to work, going to school, heading in or out of 30th Street Station. In the last month…

    • 676 during the Papal visit

October 14: Air quality improved during Papal visit | Virtual Reality streetview | Vision Zero and Philly's next top cop

David Gambacorta's sources say Philadephia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey will announce his retirement today. He mentions Deputy Commissioner Richard Ross or SEPTA Police Chief Tom Nestel as possible replacements. From…

    • Lynn Alpert hangs a heart on the Hale Building, February 2015. | courtesy of Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance

Young Friends bring new meaning and tactics to preservation battles

A growing network of young people is challenging the perception that historic preservation is an old activist’s game. Incorporating new communication and promotional tactics, as well as their professional training, the …

    • Powelton Village

Landlords lose court challenge to Philadelphia's definition of 'family'

Eating all your meals together and living under the same roof doesn’t make you a family, the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled. Late last month, the court delivered an opinion…

    • Rainbow Love, North Broad Street | Theresa Stigale

October 13: Philly's stake in climate action | Lovable parking garage | North Broad restaurant wave

Michael Nutter was one of five outgoing Mayors interviewed by Governing Magazine about the lessons they learned in office. Nutter goes for the Mike Tyson quote: “Everybody’s got a plan till you…

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