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    • Kiki
Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Kiki Bolender, architect and Design Advocacy Group chair

We continue our Streetviews video series with architect Kiki Bolender, talking about rowhouse strength, the need to invest in democratic spaces like parks and libraries, the woeful pettiness of our politics,…

    • Traffic on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, one of the corridors targeted for improvements in new city plan.

Washington Avenue restriping project stalled, perhaps indefinitely

“This situation stinks right now.” Tom Donatucci isn't actually talking about right now. He's describing Washington Avenue, not too long ago. The avenue has been a mess for years, an inchoate…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

Nutter budget would bolster L&I, expand vacant property unit

In his final budget proposal as mayor, Michael Nutter is recommending a $5.5 million increase for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the agency responsible for enforcing the building and zoning…

    • rowhouses that replaced St. Boniface church on Diamond Street
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Rowhouses that replaced St. Boniface and Ruffin Nichols AME churches

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. In the course of one day I spotted two sets of rowhouses that replaced historic churches in Poplar and Norris Square.…

    • Italian Market

March 5: Nutter's last tax hike | NTI's last payout | Italian Market survey | Widening Richmond Street

There's a 9.3% property tax increase proposed in Michael Nutter's last budget. Wendy Ruderman helps you calculate what that means for your property. The last of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative money…

    • Doug Oliver

Q&A with Doug Oliver: Full Version

PlanPhilly: Your campaign has focused a lot on the idea of engaging more Millennials in civic life. What’s your vision? What is the Philadelphia that you want to sell to younger…

Art Commission grants conceptual approval to Zoo360 plans and rec center work

Nina Bisbee, the Philadelphia Zoo's VP for Facilities, transported the Philadephia Art Commission to the African Plains Wednesday as she sought conceptual approval for a novel approach to enhancing the relationship…

    • Doug Oliver

Q&A: Doug Oliver on the 10-year tax abatement, Vision Zero, and Philly's waterfront

We spoke with mayoral candidate Doug Oliver at his campaign office in the Bellevue earlier this week about a wide range of topics, including the role of city planning in retaining…

    • Tom Wolf

March 4: What Wolf's budget means for Philly | The #PHL2015 candidates on streetsweeping | Inequality and land taxes

Emily Previti at Keystone Crossroads says Governor Tom Wolf's first budget proposal has a lot for cities to like, with a huge proposed funding increase for the Department of Community…

    • Nicetown Court I, 2012 | courtesy of Nicetown CDC
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Advisory Committees: First responders in the fight against poverty

For this installment of our election season op-ed seriesMajeedah Rashid makes the case for increasing the resources dedicated to Neighborhood Advisory Committees. NACs are one-stop-shops serving neighborhoods with…

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CPI Spring 2015 Course: Application period now open

The Citizens Planning Institute has been envisioned by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to be its official education and outreach arm. The focus of the Institute is to educate citizens about the…

    • University City District parklet | University City District

New University City District report makes the case for neighborhood parklets

Parklets, those temporary little spots that repurpose curb parking spaces for street seating or other miniature public spaces, have flourished in University City in recent years due to strong support from…

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

SEPTA proposes 15 service and route changes for 2016, seeks public input

SEPTA officials discussed formal proposals to alter over a dozen bus routes with members of the public at an open house today, beginning the fiscal year 2016 Annual Service Plan review.…

    • The 550-foot stone-masonry retaining wall that separates the rear alley of houses along West Penn Street

$500K in repairs needed on East Falls retaining wall reflects citywide problem

Sections of a 550-foot-long retaining wall in East Falls built in the late 1920s are leaning, cracked, and unsafe, affecting the owners of 65 homes on either side of the wall.…

    • Albion Mills, Hagert and Jasper

Developers seek zoning change for mill redevelopment in Kensington

Last month, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a zoning bill that would allow for an abandoned mill building in Kensington to be redeveloped into apartments and commercial space. The property, formerly Albion…

    • Festival Pier site, courtesy of DRWC
Eyes on the Street

In Festival Pier a chance to set new course for waterfront development

This May I’ll go see The Replacements play at Festival Pier – one of many seasonal concerts that will bring the drab slab at the end of Spring Garden Street fleetingly…

    • Union leader John Dougherty strongly opposed the construction tax.

March 3: Capozzi for At-Large Council | Whiskey and floor area ratios | Squiggletecture | The case for congestion

South Philly realtor and activist Barbara Capozzi is running for an At-Large City Council seat. The Inquirer editorial board calls Darrell Clarke's government reorganization bill a power grab designed to…

    • Nelson Diaz (Photo courtesy of Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

At HUD, Diaz opinion marked shift in public housing development

By the time Nelson Diaz was appointed general counsel for the Department of Housing and Urban Development in the early 1990s, the federal government was about ready to give up on…

    • Bok School

March 2: Oil train danger zone | PPA's plan to save traditional cabs | $42M from school sales

An analysis from PublicSource in Pittsburgh says about 1.5 million Pennsylvanians are potentially in the blast zone in the event of a crude oil train derailment. The PPA has "no expectation…

    • Wharton student Zachary Woods

From the Editor: Pedestrians need safer streets. Now!

I think of Zach Woods almost every day. The multiple car crash that took his life happened just seconds before I arrived at the intersection of Walnut Street and 30th Street…

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