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    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

AAA claims vested rights in Columbus Boulevard property

At a zoning hearing Wednesday afternoon, attorneys for AAA argued that the group, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, has vested rights in a property at Columbus Boulevard and Tasker…

    • Hale
Eyes on the Street

Retrofitting Philadelphia: Five Takeaways

It is a classic Philadelphia problem: We’re an aged city, rich with old buildings ripe for new futures. Our stock of older, smaller buildings is an extraordinary, but undervalued, asset. So…

    • Transfer of Development Rights

September 24: Cig tax heads to Corbett | Rail park zoning | Density without height

The state Senate passed the local cigarette tax for Philly schools, and the bill now heads to Governor Corbett. This is being treated in some corners like a "huge victory" for…

    • Brownfields planning in Bridesburg

Bridesburg residents weigh in on brownfields planning

Bridesburg residents gathered at a catering hall Tuesday night to weigh in on the Lower Frankford Creek Watershed Brownfields Area-Wide Plan. The city was awarded a grant from the Environmental…

    • Park(ing) Day | Gilmore & Associates

Photos: Philly Park(ing) Day 2014 was more grown-up, but no less fun

Park(ing) Day - the one day each September when assorted fun-loving artists, advocates, and weirdos, and increasingly big-name design firms and city agencies, turn curb parking spaces into miniature parks -…

    • Azalea Gardens birds-eye rendering | Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Committee approves development plans for historic property at 40th & Pine

The Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Tuesday morning to approve the design plans for Azalea Gardens, a 122-unit apartment complex planned for the historic property at 40th and…

    • Finnegan's Wake

September 23: Tom Wolf on cities | Cigarette tax passes House | Philly rents flat | Uber introduces wheelchair-accessible vehicles

The two candidates for Pennsylvania governor sparred last night in the first debate of the general election. For some reason land use has failed to heat up as a major campaign…

    • Upper Merion, King of Prussia mixed use district

Zoning changes allow for mixed-use development in King of Prussia business park

New zone protects existing property owners while promoting high-quality redevelopment for underperforming assets With a 5-0 vote, the Upper Merion Township Board of Supervisors adopted an ordinance to permit mixed-use development…

    • Spring Garden Street pop-up greenway

Photos: Spring Garden St. pop-up greenway offers a glimpse of Spring Garden St.'s potential

Last week, Ashley brought us up to speed on the status of the Spring Garden St. greenway, and told us about an event organized this past Saturday by the Pennsylvania Environmental…

    • CDAG Volunteer Delaware River Waterfront Cleanup

CDAG volunteer Delaware River waterfront cleanup

Saturday, September 27 , 2014: 10 am to 2 pm: Pier 70 to Pier 53 Meet at the back of WalMart accessed via Pier 70 Boulevard off Christopher Columbus Boulevard. Parking at…

    • Spring Garden St pop-up greenway

Sept 22: Uber carve-out proposed for Philly | L (-) I | Mark Headd to Syracuse | History of Spring Garden St

Get ready for a good old-fashioned business vs. business political scrap. Paul Nussbaum reports that some (unnamed) lawmakers and Parking Authority officials want to carve Philadelphia out of the state bill…

    • 22nd st bike lane

Councilman Bill Greenlee still won't let Streets Dept. stripe bike lane planned for 22nd St.

When we last checked in on the 22nd St. bike lane saga, Councilman Bill Greenlee was opposing a bike lane for 22nd Street that is in the city's adopted Pedestrian and…

    • Is this a good spot for a Philly Bike Share Station? | photo via MOTU
Eyes on the Street

Speak Up: Help decide where Philly Bike Share stations should be

Wondering where the first round of Philly’s bike share stations might be? Look around and red dots mark the spots. The city has identified 100 possible bike share stations, and as…

    • Bok High School sold for $1.75 million

Fire Sale: School buildings sell for $11 per square foot

Last night, the School Reform Commission approved the sale of 11 shuttered school buildings in Philadelphia, part of the School District’s ongoing effort to raise money by selling off unused real…

    • Schuylkill River boardwalk

September 19: Schuylkill boardwalk opening | SRC sells 11 school buildings | TIGER grant for CHOP | Splitting L&I

Last August, City Council President Darrell Clarke projected that the 29 closed school district buildings were could fetch $200 million. Last night the SRC voted to sell 11 of those…

    • The wide, high-traffic Boulevard poses a challenge to pedestrians
Eyes on the Street

City gets $2.5 million to plan Roosevelt Boulevard bus rapid transit

The Roosevelt Boulevard works well for no one. It is a 12-lane nightmare replete with crashes, gnarled with rush hour traffic and inadequate transit options in an era of growing ridership.…

    • Center City | Central District Plan

September 18: #PHL2015 announcements galore | City Hall apron upgrade | How to be a mom biker | R5 says goodbye to First Unitarian

Yesterday was a big day for 2015 campaign news. former City Solicitor Ken Trujillo announced his campaign yesterday morning, followed by a pre-campaign announcement from long-time former judge and DA Lynne…

    • Idea board #newlovepark
Eyes on the Street

Ideas for the new LOVE Park

I spent much of Wednesday in LOVE Park while staffers from PennPraxis, Parks and Rec, and Fairmount Park Conservancy collected ideas for LOVE Park’s future redesign. My day started with my…

    • Councilman William Greenlee

Is "bikelash" on the decline in Philly because the bike-lashers are winning?

Streetfilms is out with a new video from last week's Project for Public Spaces conference in which I proclaim "bikelash" in Philly to be waning. I think that's generally true, at…

    • Ken Trujillo

Ken Trujillo calls for new direction in 2015 Mayoral campaign kick-off

Over the din of mid-morning traffic on the sunny, windswept gateway to the Philadelphia School District building on North Broad Street, Ken Trujillo announced his candidacy for Philadelphia Mayor in front…

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