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    • The Family Court Building (right) and Free Library help define Logan Square's civic architecture.

Requiem for a new urbanist dream

When PennDOT announced that it was replacing seven bridges over the Vine Street Expressway without taking the opportunity to also cap all four of the ventilation openings amongst them, a Greek…

    • Traffic Playground

January 5: Gillen out | MQS makes land bank deposit | Traffic playground | Citified

Former Redevelopment Authority head Terry Gillen ended her campaign for Mayor, due in part to a difficulty raising money.  Councilwoman Maria Quiñones Sánchez is setting an example for City Council, transferring…

    • River Walk | 4224 Baltimore | Broad and Washington | W Hotel
Eyes on the Street

2015 Predictions: You call it

If you believe Back to the Future II, 2015 is the future. So let’s use our hoverboards to zip through the mists of a new year to make a few predictions.…

    • Untitled, Jhonte Haskins, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

2014: Cheers and Jeers

As we put 2014 to bed, I offer this short list of cheers and jeers for the year that was: CHEERS Citizen-Driven Win of the Year: SEPTA 24/7 The most inspiring…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Streetsplaining: Why resurfacing means a dozen days of dimpled roads

To bicyclists, road repaving feels a lot like pledging a fraternity: it’s a real pain in the ass for a bit and then three or four years of smooth sailing. And…

    • Proposed development at 2012-2020 Wharton Street, rendering from JKR Partners

The top five Philly planning politics fights of 2014

2010 WHARTON (AND THE WHOLE SLEW OF OCF REALTY DEVELOPMENTS IN POINT BREEZE) Let’s take the most obvious one first. The 2nd District City Council primary contest between the incumbent Councilman…

    • Francisville, September 2014 | Theresa Stigale
Eyes on the Street

Do wishes come true? 2014 review

December’s days dwindle, and I’m looking back at my 2014 wish list to see which of my hopes edged toward reality and what we’ll still be waiting on in the coming…

    • After 40th Street Bridge construction ends, work on the 41st Street Bridge will begin in late 2013

Year-end update on Streets Dept. capital projects

Broad Street – Avenue of the Arts North:  This $8.7 million project to install around 50 light towers on Broad Street’s median from Spring Garden to Temple’s campus is moving…

    • New Norman Foster designed Comcast tower currently under construction pursued a

2014: A healthy year for public-aided development in Philadelphia

We’re always being reminded, this time of year, that what we give is more important than what we receive. And while it’s good to be grateful for the many unearned privileges…

    • The property at 365 Green Lane has been purchased by local business owner Roger Ross. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Neighbors win struggle with developer over historic Roxborough property

After a 12-month battle, members of the Roxborough community and neighbors of 365 Green Lane are breathing a little easier as they head into 2015. The historic property has been mired…

    • Two Sides to the Story, March 2014 | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

2014 in Photos: Places

This week we're looking back at 2014 through the eyes of our faithful Flickr Group photographers who shared some picks of their favorite pics from the year. We already shared their…

    • Garage conversion - San Francisco

December 23: Residential garage conversions | Pine Barrens and climate change | Where to see the fireworks

The PlanPhilly team is going to be taking a few days off over the holidays to regroup for an exciting new year. To tide you over until January 2, when we're…

    • Charge of the Green Umbrella Brigade, March 2014 | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

2014 in Photos: Faces

It is forever a pleasure to see Philadelphia through fresh eyes, which is one reason why it's always such a treat to look back at the year through the work of…

    • Where Philly runs

December 22: The #PHL2015 field | Reimagining the Athenaeum | Where Philly runs |

For those just tuning in to the 2015 campaign, Patrick Kerkstra has a helpful rundown on the candidates with some good insights on our political moment.  The market is betting on…

    • 40th and Pine, November 2013

Mansion at 40th and Pine goes before Historical Commission again

Last week, the financial hardship committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to approve a request from the University of Pennsylvania and developer Jonathan Weiss to amend its May 2012 approval…

    • jolly trolley interior

A Miracle on the 34 Line

Santa takes a flying reindeer sleigh, but most of us commute to work using something a bit more pedestrian, like SEPTA. But every holiday season, a handful of trolley operators and…

    • Zoning Remapping Progress | Philadelphia City Planning Commission
    • Market St

December 19: Casino appeal | Dynamic parking pricing in DC | Bike share and taxis

Bart Blatstein and Sugarhouse are appealing the state's decision to grant a second casino license. City government will partner with hyper-local social network NextDoor to help get the word out about…

    • Site of  $100 million velodrome at FDR Park

Presentation for proposed Velodrome at FDR Park leaves big questions unanswered

Over 150 neighborhood residents and cyclists packed into a hot basement room at the American Swedish Historical Museum to hear a presentation to the Philadelphia Park and Recreation Commission from the…

    • George Matysik

City Council candidate: Give the PPA back to Philly

At-large City Council candidate George Matysik recently released one of the first issue white papers of the 2015 campaign, introducing some outside-the-box education ideas. Matysik, 33, is currently the government relations…

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