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    • 1213 N. 5th | Harman Deutsch

Two new housing developments planned for North 5th Street

North 5th Street in Northern Liberties and South Kensington could see an influx of new residents if two proposals are approved by Philadelphia’s zoning board. The projects were subject to Civic…

    • Not a parking space

Councilmanic Prerogative, Broad Street median parking, and planning politics in the Kenney era

Dylan Purcell and Michelle Tranquilli have an excellent data visualization of the newly-released city parking ticket data at Philly.com, looking at which blocks get the most tickets.  Ticketing was flat citywide…

    • Bok High School sold for $1.75 million

Dreaming big, developer closes the deal on former South Philly tech school

Scout Ltd. now officially owns Bok Technical School, a massive city block of a building at 9th and Mifflin in South Philly. Lindsey Scannapieco said she had closed the deal on…

    • Wastewater pipeline infrastructure in Pennsylvania is old and in some cities pollutes rivers. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Keystone Crossroads: The state of sewer pipelines in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is an old state, one where people settled and built infrastructure early. That means much of the infrastructure in the Commonwealth’s cities is breaking down with age, needs expensive maintenance,…

    • Rail Park

July 8: Major Obama desegregation order | Camping out for the Pope | Denser development near Rail Park

Under a new Obama initiative, HUD will require cities and towns across the country to review their housing policies and document their progress on desegregation. The owners of the lot…

    • The Royal was once the queen of west South Street.

Philadelphia Historical Commission Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 10 July 2015

The Philadelphia Historical Commission is the city’s principal public steward of historic resources. Please be reminded that the Historical Commission will hold its 635th Stated Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday,…

    • The corner of Ridge and Roxoborough avenues / Bas Slabbers

Roxborough residents watch Wendy's restaurant rise at historic neighborhood site

The corner of Ridge and Roxoborough avenues has been in question since December 2012, when the historic Bunting House, located at 5901 Ridge Ave., was razed in the face of community…

    • 401 Race Street | Barton Partners

At 4th and Race, design review committee wants a little gravitas

“You are on the most historic acre in the United States,” said Cecil Baker, pounding his hand against the conference table. “This is not a place for broken-down architecture.” Baker, an…

    • Poltergeist
    • A Google Maps image shows 1140 S. 24th St. before it was demolished. (Photo via GoogleMaps)

Philly L&I chief defends demolition without permit

Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams is defending his decision last year to allow a contractor to tear down a decaying South Philadelphia building without a demolition permit. New rules…

    • Bethlehem Greenway

July 6: Philly becomes largest US city to legalize AirBnB | Illegal demolition | Legacy of Rails to Trails

Everybody seemed fixated on the hotel tax aspect of this story, but the bigger issue is that Philly is now the largest US city to legalize AirBnB, and without much…

    • Wissahickon Valley Park

More woodlands to be added to Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park could grow by six acres this fall if City Council authorizes the city to accept a donation of undeveloped land from the Natural Lands Trust. A bill allowing…

    • El Corazón Cultural Center interior rendering | courtesy of WRT
Eyes on the Street

Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of the last decade, the 40-year old arts and education group…

    • 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue

Your PhillyPlans: Design Advocacy Group on Lancaster Ave, Taxi Taco Tuesday, Nerd Nite turns 5

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important happenings from our events page, and you can sign up here to get…

    • Navy Yard

July 4: Officials deny Pope fence plan | Navy Yard Starchitecture | Designalizing Pittsburgh's Golden Triangle

Developing: NBC10's sources say Center City will be fenced off, with an 8-foot tall fence, during the Pope's visit, but officials are now denying that to Katie Colaneri. There…

    • SEPTA Route 23 and old trolley tracks. www.phillytrolley.org

Streetsplainer: There’s no trolley, so why the tracks?

Sometimes, bicycling around a city can make you feel a little like Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. What’s a rolling boulder compared to a Ford Excursion rolling…

    • Colossal hand and torch 'Liberty' | Philadelphia: Centennial Photographic Company, 1876. | Library Company of Philadelphia
Eyes on the Street

LENS: Liberty for Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, Streeters. We're taking a long weekend and to celebrate we close out this week with a dip into the Library Company of Philadelphia’s image collection for this…

    • Point Breeze pop-up

July 2: After the Point Breeze pop-up garden | Indego's inclusive advertising | PA's new outdoor recreation plan

Of the large US regions with over 250,000 people, Dallas, Philadelphia, and Baltimore have the highest disparities between neighborhoods, according to a new Urban Institute study. What actually happens when…

    • Ultrasonic device

Cheap ultrasonic device could help Philly police enforce PA's safe passing law

Bicycle advocacy groups have enjoyed a string of successes pushing state legislatures around the country to adopt safe passing laws, but getting those laws enforced is hard, both for political and…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

PennDOT to resurface 22 miles of Philly streets starting July 6

Summer construction season is in full swing around Philadelphia, and PennDOT is about to dive in. PennDOT announced Wednesday evening that  will start repairing and resurfacing 22 miles of Philadelphia interstate…

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