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    • Green roof

June 23: Green roof density bonus | Philly's monument ideas | The Squilla effect

Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown introduced a bill that would allow lower minimum lot sizes as a bonus for building green roofs. Meet the hot new "dark store" assessment appeal tactic that…

    • SEPTA Stations Providing Service During Papal Visit

Secret Service calling shots for (but saying little else about) Papal Visit

If you’ve been frustrated with the lack of details so far about road closures and other transportation disruptions to expect during the Papal Visit in September, there is one agency to…

    • Trail engineering: small logs help prevent erosion on a semi-steep climb on the Belmont Trails.

Into the woods: Fairmount Park groups aim to orient Belmont trail runners

This post was created in collaboration with Hidden City. Photos by Bradley Maule. Check out previous collaborations here. When I decided to make Philadelphia my permanent home, in 2005, I…

    • Chanticleer awash in color in June

Chill out in a Pleasure Garden that merits the highest praise

When you think about verdant public open space in Philadelphia, the 9,200 acre Fairmount Park system immediately springs to mind. Big, bold and beautiful it ranks right up near the top…

    • Baltimore Ave dollar stroll

This week: Baltimore Ave Dollar Stroll, Victorian architecture walking tour, 2015 planning law update

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important events from our events pageSign up here to get our events email…

    • market my frankford el

June 22: Kenney floats voluntary street-sweeping | The case for upzoning around parks | Vision Zero gift cards

Jim Kenney confirms to Ryan Briggs he wants to bring back citywide street-sweeping, except he wants to keep it voluntary and "maybe just clean the streets where people are willing to…

    • One Riverside

June 19: Center City tower critics architect up | Parking tax increase passes | Treehouse or accessory dwelling

Instead of lawyering up to fight the apartment tower on the Boyd site, Center City residents are pooling funds to hire architect Cecil Baker to improve the design.  Interesting news…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Bill would raise penalties for blocking bike lanes

Heads up, everybody on Spruce and Pine streets. Councilman David Oh introduced a bill on Thursday that would significantly increase the penalty for parking a car in a bike lane from…

    • A look at the updated renderings for Lovett. (Courtesy of J.R. Keller LLC)

Neighbors on board with renovation plans as Lovett Library prepares for 2-year closure

On Monday evening, the Friends of Lovett Memorial Library gathered in the library's 130-year-old meeting space. The matter foremost on their minds was if their concerns about the library's upcoming renovation…

    • Ray's Happy Birthday Bar

Philly liquor license prices doubled in three years. What does that mean for commercial corridors?

Michael Klein reports that Philadelphia's liquor license prices have doubled in the last three years: A side-effect of the ongoing restaurant boom in Philadelphia: The price of a liquor license…

    • 9th and Wharton

June 18: Kenney on street sweeping | Where Philly tap water comes from | Liquor license prices skyrocket

Despite the just-approved South District plan's recommendation to rezone the property next to Pat's Steaks at 9th and Wharton for mixed-use, the ZBA unanimously rejected developer Paul Mirabello's plan for a…

    • Rendering of 30th Street Station

From lowly rail yards to high-end real estate: Dreaming of a transformed 30th Street Station District

The 30th Street Station District planning team held an open house at their namesake station yesterday, showing off a series of design elements organized into three diagrams in the hopes of…

    • Kelly Pool
Eyes on the Street

Beginner's Guide to Philadelphia's Public Pools

Philly has more free, outdoor public pools than any city in the country and lucky for us pool season kicks off this week. To help you cool off this summer Community…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke addresses the concerns of Francisville residents who fear they will be priced out of their neighborhoods by developers. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Key part of Clarke’s affordable housing gambit appears scuttled by HUD - for now

City Council President Darrell Clarke organized a press conference a year ago in which developers, labor leaders and other elected officials endorsed his initiative to build thousands more affordable homes and…

    • Early renderings for Broad & Washington | Passyunk Post

Blatstein plans at Broad & Washington to get nudge in Council

This may sound ridiculous, but the lot at the corner of Broad Street and Washington Avenue is the marquee vacant property in South Philadelphia. On Thursday, City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson will…

    • Residential parking permit, Philadelphia Parking Authority

Center City has more parking permits than parking spaces, and other fun parking findings

Center City resident William West has been busy the past few months collecting information from the Philadelphia Parking Authority about the on-street parking system and blogging the results at his site…

    • Mayor Nutter at Papal Visit Transportation Conference

Is Philadelphia underestimating how many will come to see Pope Francis?

Donna Farrell, executive director of the World Meeting of the Families, described Pope Francis as comforting during today’s press conference on public transportation options when the Holy Father visits on September…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

Board approves apartment complex at 43rd and Baltimore

The Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a 132-unit, mixed-use apartment complex at 43rd and Baltimore, across the street from Clark Park, according to a number of sources. U3 Ventures and…

    • May 12, 1954: Divine Lorraine, Broad and Fairmount | Parker and Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
    • PHS Pops-Up Garden has taken over a vacant property on the 1900 block of Walnut Street.

City to sell off tax debt on commercial properties

Next week, Philadelphia will take a first crack at selling off tax liens on commercial properties, a move which City Council hopes will later expand and generate $30 million in revenue…

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