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    • Starr catering

August 10: Security experts pan Papal strategy | Bringing Old Baldy to the Parkway | Higher speed Keystone Corridor

Paul Nussbaum talked to some security and counterterrorism experts who think the Papal security plans are "unnecessarily burdensome and might not be effective." How people in the suburbs will…

    • North Delaware District Plan

Your PhillyPlans: Women Bike PHL Coffee Club, ‘The Land’ screening, Paint Party at Dahlak

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

    • Bloc23

Stacks on stacks on stacks: Lessons for Philly's public housing officials from Graduate Hospital's ultra-modern Bloc23 project

When the Bloc23 mixed-use project from developer Stephen Rodriguez was approved by the ZBA back in 2012, Rodriguez explained that he wasn’t just out to build any old building. “I…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Map for Papal Visit

Double Down: SEPTA to hold 2nd online papal pass lotto for NHSL and 101/102 trolleys

SEPTA is doubling down on 12. August 12th, to be exact: that’s when SEPTA will hold another online lottery for Papal visit passes. SEPTA held a lottery on Monday for its…

    • Golden hour, East Park Reservoir, August 2015
Eyes on the Street

East Park's hidden lake habitat, a site for Discovery

Walk up a drive paved with soft blue bricks, through a chain link fence, and up a hill tucked into East Fairmount Park, just off 33rd Street. At the top, a…

    • Le Bok Fin

August 7: Demo watch for Broad and Locust garage | Snap Kitchen expanding in Philly | Cutting trash imports

Inga Saffron says for Point Breeze to manage growth with affordability, the neighborhood needs some clearer thinking on the relationship between density, parking, home prices, and the market for neighborhood services.…

    • Indego

Indego Bike Share cruises to 180,000 rides in first 100 days

Barely a month since it surpassed 100,000 rides in record time, Philadelphia’s bike share system, Indego, shows no signs of slowing down. The new system dealt out over 180,000 rides…

    • Spoke Mag 3

August 6: Inky on Councilmanic Prerogative report | Vanishing Penn Ave bike lanes | #Popenstreets

The Inquirer reads the Councilmanic Prerogative report we worked on with Pew and calls for less Council influence over land use.  Kidical Mass is taking advantage of car-lite Center City during…

    • Children play at Kelly Pool in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Keystone Crossroads: Public pools in Pa. cities; how many are there, and how much does it cost to swim?

There are 71 outdoor public pools in Philadelphia. That's "one for almost every neighborhood in the city, and more than any other city in the nation," as Malcolm Burnley pointed out…

    • 1300 N. 2nd Street, SoKo Lofts - Barton Partners

At Design Review, Soko Lofts clears last hurdle

It was a “classic bait and switch,” said Leah Murphy. When City Council adopted the most recent zoning change for the huge vacant lot at 2nd and Master streets, South Kensington…

    • Bridge at 205 Race Groundbreaking

Developers, officials break ground on new apartment tower at 205 Race

Gratitude was flying left and right at a groundbreaking ceremony for a years-in-the-making apartment tower at 2nd and Race on Wednesday morning. Greg Hill and Jeff Brown, the developers, thanked one…

    • Schuylkill River, Manayunk, December 1926 | (Image 7050) Aero Service Corp., courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
Eyes on the Street

From Above: Manayunk and Venice Island, 1926

For this installment of From Above, we head upriver to Manayunk for a look at what this manufacturing enclave looked like 90 years ago. This is the first summer that…

    • 2010 Wharton Zoning Hearing

New update: ZBA approves Feibush project at 2010 Wharton

UPDATE: Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 On Tuesday, the Zoning Board of Adjustment approved a proposal to build 22 homes at 20th and Wharton streets in Point Breeze, according to multiple sources.…

    • Christoph Mertz drives around Pittsburgh with a smart camera on his windshield.

August 5: Former SBN chief wins special election | Five tips for Open Streets | Reflective bike clothing bill

A 20-story modular high-rise could be back in play at South Broad Street and Fitzwater. James Jennings says it would be the tallest modular project in the country. Philly has some…

    • Street inspections: A sample city map (Image courtesy of Christoph Mertz)

Keystone Crossroads: New technology could help cities inspect and maintain streets more efficiently

Christoph Mertz spends his days looking at cracks in the street. “Once you’re involved in something like this, you see every crack in the road, every pothole, you say, ‘ohhh, this…

    • Italian Market Ice and Coal lot

Plans for Italian Market's biggest empty lot to be presented next week

Next week, the Passyunk Square Civic Association will get a preview of a proposal for a project on the biggest vacant lot in the Italian Market, between Washington and Federal streets…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital was demolished in 2016 (PhillyTrax/Flickr)

Committee asks Mt. Sinai developers to make design changes, return in a month

The developers who are hoping to tear down the vacant Mt. Sinai hospital in Dickinson Square West and replace it with 95 townhomes will have to wait another month before receiving…

    • Suburban Engagement

August 4: Wolf supports Clean Power Plan | VMT in the PA Senate race | Exurban engagement photos

It's a big day for a really nerdy issue as the NRSC targets Democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak over his support for a vehicle-miles traveled (VMT) tax to replace the…

    • 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…

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