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    • Richards Medical Research Laboratories | Cliff Williams, via Flickr | Creative Commons License

January 8: Wilson Goode, Jr. back as senior policy advisor | Making housing vouchers an entitlement | Wheelmen's bicycle club

Former four-term City Council member Wilson Goode, Jr. was appointed to the new City Council staff position of senior policy advisor, reports Damon WIlliams. One takeaway from Jared Brey's profile of…

    • New Bus Shelter unveiled at Broad and Cecil B. Moore

City solicits feedback on new bus shelter locations

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is installing 600 new bus shelters and is looking for the public’s help in picking good locations for some of them. If you’re tired…

    • Triangle Park at 601 Christian Street was fenced by its owner, Stuart Schlaffman, last week.

Zoning board rejects apartment proposal at 6th & Christian

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted on Wednesday to deny a developer’s proposal to build a four-story apartment building and restaurant on a vacant triangle of land at 6th and Christian…

    • A sharrow on Spruce Street indicates that bikes and cars must share the lane.

January 7: Philly UberBlack drivers file misclassification suit | Frontier adds 10 new cities | Transit Explorer

Philly UberBlack drivers filed suit against Uber in Common Pleas court, reports Jane Von Bergen. The suit claims drivers are misclassified as independent contractors, and due to the introduction of the…

    • East Market construction site

January 6: Lost buildings of 2015 | Informal downzoning near Art Museum | Free-range kids

Alan Heavens thinks this is a feel-good story of compromise between a developer and near neighbors, but unless you completely discount the interests of future middle-class homebuyers who might want to…

    • Nichole Hines Townhomes | Women's Community Revitalization Project

Nutter leaves $13 million for affordable-housing projects on his way out the door

On New Year’s Eve, former Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the city had promised $13.4 million in grants for eight projects that will create or preserve 388 units of affordable housing.…

    • Unofficial SEPTA Frequent Service Map by Thomson Kao

What if SEPTA had a better bus map? A rider tried making one.

SEPTA’s bus maps leave something to be desired. A few somethings, really. First, good luck finding them. They are on the buses themselves, but that’s usually a little bit too late…

    • Kenney signs executive orders, Jan. 4, 2016

Kenney creates Office of Planning and Development

In one of his first official acts after being sworn in as mayor on Monday, Jim Kenney signed an executive order creating the Office of Planning and Development within the Mayor’s…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

January 5: RIP City Hall Parking Lot | Sanctuary City, again | Squilla wants a street-sweeping program

As he promised on the campaign trail, Jim Kenney officially ended the City Hall Parking Lot as one of his first acts as Mayor, Holly Otterbein reports. Mayors Ed Rendell…

    • Install team poses with newly installed bike corral in front of Bob & Barbara's (from L to R): Marcus Ferreria, Jack Prince, Steve Cobb

City says “OK, corral” for bikes at Bob and Barbara’s after two year wait

Stepping into Bob and Barbara’s Lounge on South Street can feel like taking a step back in time. On Friday and Saturday nights, you’ll hear the Crowd Pleasers rockin’ the joint…

    • Hyde Hotel rendering

January 4: The 99th Mayor | Leadership change at the Water Department | Tree house ruled accessory dwelling

Jim Kenney will be sworn in as Philadelphia's 99th Mayor this morning. Mark Fazlollah has the run-down of Kenney's schedule on his first day as Mayor. Over the holiday week, Kenney…

    • Center City, July 2015 | Justin Wolfe, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Rewind: 2015 Cheers and Jeers

It's the season to look back and hand out some laurels and darts for a few of the best and worst plannerly happenings this year. Here's a selection of things I…

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December 31: The Mummers planner | How Montgomery Ave explains Philly | PGH rental registry challenged

Happy holidays y'all! The PlanPhilly team is taking tomorrow off for New Year's Day. See you back here next Monday. And for those who've been meaning to support PlanPhilly's year-end fundraising…

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Study: Center City lost 7 percent of its public parking spaces in the last five years

The Center City development boom reduced the number of public parking spaces by 7.2 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the Planning Commission's 2015 update to the Center City Parking…

    • First African Baptist, 2015

Developers buy First African Baptist Church, plan to preserve it

A group of developers has purchased First African Baptist Church at 16th and Christian streets in South Philadelphia with plans to stabilize and preserve the building, which was added to the…

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December 30: L&I reform | The Kenney-Clarke show | Census figures on business growth

Ned Dunham and Michael Nadol, the two chairmen of Philadelphia’s Building Safety Oversight Board, have an op-ed in today’s Inquirer laying out some of their recommendations for reform at the…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

It's been a bumpy ride. Philly Transportation: A Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only natural to look back and reflect. Virtually every news story you’ll read this week, including this one, is some variant of “A Year…

    • Smith Playground renovation | Ambit Architecture

December 29: Smith Playground | Tax delinquency data | Tech companies in Center City

The Washington Post dives into the ethical quandaries posed by driverless cars. Should they swerve out of the way of a stray schoolbus or, even if it means sacrificing their own…

    • 1300 Fairmount Ave. | Cope Linder Architects

Holes in the ground, cranes in the sky: notable projects of 2015

2015 was a boom year for development in Philadelphia. Such a boom year that Alan Greenberger, the deputy mayor for economic development who’s been credited for much of the building momentum…

    • Anne Fadullon  (Photo credit: Albert Yee)

Anne Fadullon, Building Industry Association president, to lead Dept. of Planning and Development

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced on Monday that he has selected Anne Fadullon to serve as the Director of Planning and Development, a new position that was created when voters approved a…

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