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    • Phased improvements include plans to invigorate the land around Lovett Memorial Library and add new features to the library. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks, file)

Mt. Airy community prepares for two-year closure of Lovett library

The mood was heavy as members of the Mt. Airy community gathered Monday evening for the Friends of Lovett Memorial Library's meeting. In January, the nearly 130-year-old library will be closing…

    • 40th and Pine, November 2013

Commonwealth Court affirms Penn can demolish historic property at 40th & Pine

A panel of judges at the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled that the University of Pennsylvania has the right to tear down a historic building at 40th and Pine streets…

    • Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

Commercial real estate vacancies lower in Philly's center than the suburbs

The conventional wisdom about commercial real estate trends in the Philadelphia metro has been hardened for some time: the city loses office jobs to the suburban collar counties, partly thanks to…

    • Speak Easy event at WHYY | Ifanyi Bell

Neighborhoods in Flux: A Resource Kit

On Tuesday night, WHYY hosted a public conversation about Philadelphia's changing neighborhoods: how to improve them, how to stay in them, and how to treat your neighbors, whether they’re new to…

    • 12th and E. Passyunk sneckdown

April 22: Indego launches tomorrow | Suing the state for pothole damage | Sneckdown success

As Indego gets set to launch tomorrow, a reminder that many other cities are having a hard time reaching lower-income people with bike share. Philly has an explicit goal of charting…

    • Baltimore Crossing | courtesy of University City District
Eyes on the Street

Three reasons why walkability is essential to Philadelphia’s future

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed University City District’s Daniel Wolf argues that Philly deserves a more walkable future. To get there the Better Mobility Platform calls on the city to…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair pushes ahead with Business Improvement District

Business and civic leaders in Mayfair are doubling down on efforts to transform a two-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue into the commercial core of Northeast Philadelphia. A bill introduced in City…

    • Disney Hole

Helen Gym wants to increase the parking tax to pay for schools. Is that a good idea?

At a time when many of the 2015 candidates for office are casting about, with varying degrees of success, for credible funding ideas for Philadelphia's beleaguered public schools, At-Large City…

    • JanesWalk 2015
Eyes on the Street

May 1-3: Join us for Jane's Walk

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” - Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)…

    • Bladerunner

April 21: Seniors using SEPTA Key | Center City's density | Garage-fronted housing loophole

Center City "ranks second only to Midtown Manhattan when it comes to people living in the heart of a city," says Maria Panaritis, reporting on Center City District's new State…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Mt. Sinai hospital and Bok School, South Philly landmarks, to be rezoned

Two of the biggest properties in South Philadelphia are set to be rezoned by City Council in anticipation of major redevelopment projects. Earlier this month, First District Councilman Mark Squilla introduced…

    • 9th and Wharton

April 20: The biggest transpo problem in North America | Tax delinquents' rental licenses denied | All about that Basin

Here are the renderings of Paul Mirabello's proposed mixed-use project for 9th and Wharton that was the subject of great consternation last week. How do Council's district lines interplay with planning…

    • Rittenhouse West bike pilot

MOTU is piloting a buffered bike lane on Rittenhouse Square West

Yesterday in the Greater Philadelphia Planners, Urbanists, and Designers Facebook group (which you should all join), my friend Jake Liefer tipped us off that a new buffered bike lane had unexpectedly…

    • Washington Ave - where bike lanes have worn away
Eyes on the Street

For safer more complete streets, increase Streets Department budget

More than 30% of Philadelphia's streets are overdue for resurfacing but the Streets Department simply doesn't have the paving budget to keep up. A boosted Streets budget could do more than…

    • Melissa Murray Bailey holding Cricket

Q&A: Melissa Murray Bailey on fresh perspectives, jobs, L&I and vocabulary words

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with brand consulting executive Melissa Murray Bailey, the lone Republican candidate campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview held in the living…

    • Melissa Murray Bailey holding Cricket

Melissa Murray Bailey Q&A: Full Transcript

PlanPhilly: Thanks for taking the time to talk with me and PlanPhilly. We focus primarily on urbanism issues – the built environment and transportation. That being said, the first couple…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Fairmount Park advocates unite

After years of discussion, trips to Orphan’s Court, and hours of pro bono Pepper Hamilton legal work the Fairmount Park Conservancy and Fairmount Park Historic Preservation Trust are pleased to announce…

    • Navy Yard

Negotiations could finally unlock housing development at the Navy Yard

As Jim Saksa wrote last month in his update on efforts to extend the Broad Street Line south, the Navy Yard is growing at an astonishing clip. With 11,500 daily workers,…

    • Airdancer | Wikimedia Commons

Philly zoning code may soon contain the phrase "wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube persons"

This is going to be a short post. In City Council yesterday, 6th-District Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill amending the zoning code to provide regulations for “wacky-waving, inflatable arm-flailing tube…

    • Billboards

April 17: Billboard regulations passed | The Philly Shrug of infrastructure | Behind the co-working trend

City Council unanimously approved Bobby Henon and Bill Greenlee's billboard regulations which, among other things, allow billboard companies to create one new digital billboard for every two old ones they take…

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