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    • Bellevue Garage could get an
Eyes on the Street

As digital signs encroach, public realm sold short

Imagine a three-dimensional globe of animated lunchmeat mixed with local news and weather displayed across from Reading Terminal Market or digital ads for H&M and Unclaimed Diamonds marching down Market Street…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Hudson Hotel proposal advances

The Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City. The hotel would…

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    • Central Roxborough NCO

Planning Commission hears about Central Roxborough conservation district

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the creation of the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay, just the second neighborhood in Philadelphia to have regulations protecting its small-town character. The ordinance…

    • Will Universal sell the neglected Royal Theater and its two side lots? For the right price.

Planning Commission seeks more time to consider Royal Theater rezoning

Saying that developers and nearby residents could use more time to hash out potential issues with the proposed redevelopment of the historic Royal Theater on South Street, the City Planning Commission…

    • Live! Casino rendering, Darien street perspective

Breaking: South Philly to get city's second casino

After a week of speculation, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has confirmed it will award Philadelphia's second casino license to Live! Casino and Hotel, for their proposal at 10th and Packer…

    • Alan Butkovitz

November 18: Butkovitz out | Blatstein's Washington Ave superblock | New LOVE Park

Controller Alan Butkovitz says he won't run for Mayor in 2015. Former Nutter spokesman Doug Oliver is forming an exploratory committee for a Mayoral run, possibly as a Republican. We now…

    • The effort to create the Central Roxborough Neighborhood Conservation Overlay was sparked by the community's involvement surrounding the Bunting House demolition issue. (NewsWorks, file art)

Rare neighborhood-development overlay proposed for Roxborough

Legislation that would make Central Roxborough just the second neighborhood in Philadelphia to have regulations protecting its small-town character will be introduced in City Council on Dec. 2. While not as…

    • StreetsPAC

Q&A: How StreetsPAC elected three-quarters of their endorsed City Council candidates

Proponents of bike and pedestrian-friendly right-of-way policies don't have too many champions on Philadelphia City Council who sound like NYC Councilmembers Brad Lander, Vanessa Gibson, or Ritchie Torres,…

    • Council to introduce waterfront setback ordinance at first meeting

Waterfront corporation goes 'mayor-proof', adds advocacy group to board

When the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation was formed in 2009, a year after Mayor Michael Nutter took office, the mission of the new agency was to help create and guide a…

    • New NYC Speed Limit

Liveblog: Four ways Vision Zero advocates changed the politics of traffic calming in NYC

Last Friday, Transportation Alternatives held a one-day symposium on Vision Zero in New York City, bringing in transportation advocates and practitioners from around the country, including representatives from the Bicycle Coalition…

    • Allentown

November 17: Papal excitement | Fed birthday | PNB letters removed | Allentown's turnaround

How many DNCs-worth of tourism activity will this Pope Francis visit bring in next fall? Area casinos are freaking out about the possibility of another casino entering what they believe is…

    • Philadelphia Taxi

PPA Deputy Director: Philly's taxi medallion system doesn't do what supporters say it does

One issue I wanted to understand better going into last Wednesday's meeting between Philadelphia Parking Authority regulators and bloggers covering the Uber X saga was whether Philadelphia's taxi medallion system is…

    • Architect Cecil Baker shows Historical Commission members design details

Historical Commission calls for 500 Walnut design approval

The Scannapieco Development Corporation's concept for a 26-story, multi-family, uber-luxury residential tower on a currently vacant lot at 500-05 Walnut Street came before the full Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday with the applicants…

    • St. Bonaventure | Photo by Bradley Maule

Nov. 14: Hidden City fundraiser | ThinkFest | Williams to announce | Foxwoods bankruptcy | Pa. deficit

The good folks at Hidden City have launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to support the reporting they publish on the Hidden City Daily. As you already know, that’s good reporting. Support…

    • The Royal

Why spot zoning is probably here to stay

When Comcast unveiled its plans for a new skyscraper earlier this year, Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a few bills adjusting the zoning rules for the parcel in question so that…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Bill could permit three-dimensional digital advertisements on Center City sidewalks

A bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla on Thursday would allow companies to construct digital, three-dimensional advertising structures in certain areas of Center City. The proposal was first reported by the…

    • Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street

From Blue Horizon to Catholic art: 2014's slate of historic nominations

From cobblestones to push pins, auto-oriented art deco to boxing, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation heard eight applications covering a broad spectrum of Philadelphiana on Wednesday morning,…

    • John Dougherty

November 13: Casino protest | Why SEPTA will continue 24/7 | Transpo platform ideas | Biking this Vortex

In response to rumors that the state is likely to award Philadelphia's second casino license to Live! in South Philly near the stadiums, over 300 people showed up to a community…

    • Vision Zero vs. Traditional thinking

Vision Zero: What it is, and why Philly Mayoral candidates will be talking about it

Sometimes the most powerful political innovations are born not because someone invents a brand new issue, but because someone invents a new story to tell about why some existing ideas fit…

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