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    • Lansdale Station

In Lansdale, SEPTA's newest station now open for business

If you build it, they will come. At least, that's the idea behind SEPTA's first new train station in 18 years. The new Ninth Street station in Lansdale was built to…

    • Ben Franklin Parkway bike lane

November 17: Boom times for the Parkway | Greenworks emissions report | Unused city wireless equipment

The former Family Court building at 1801 Vine St will be redeveloped as a 199-room hotel, reports Alan Hughes. It will be the first major hotel owned by a black-owned…

    • Centennial Commons, neighborhood edge room | Studio Bryan Hanes
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: The importance of inclusive urban design, now

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • Green roof

Council approves density bonuses for green roofs, pumps brakes on student-housing ban

City Council’s Committee on Rules voted on Monday to approve a bill that would allow developers to build extra apartment units in certain zoning districts if they install qualifying green roofs…

    • IBEW 98 Business Manager John

Bipartisan group of politicians renew call for Broad Street Line extension to Navy Yard

A bipartisan group of state, local and federal politicians gathered at the Navy Yard today to rally support behind extending SEPTA’s Broad Street Subway Line (BSL) to the growing office park.…

    • Rendering of Navy Yard with potential subway location circled

November 16: Navy Yard BSL extension study | Monthly Indego passes and equity | Two-way Spruce and Callowhill

Dan Kelley reports federal, state, and local officials, along with local labor leaders, will release a new study today on the economic impact of extending the Broad Street Line to the Navy…

    • Hoover Mason Trestle Park

November 13: Kenney picks Mike D for Managing Director | $17M for the Papal visit | Cartoon Donald Shoup

Jim Kenney announced a few key hires in an email this morning. As rumored, Mike DiBerardinis,  currently Deputy Mayor for Environmental and Community Resources and Commissioner of Parks and Recreation will be appointed…

    • Independence Hall

Officials toast World Heritage City designation

City officials, business leaders, and local and foreign dignitaries gathered at the Independence Visitor Center Wednesday night to celebrate Philadelphia’s designation as a World Heritage City. Such designations are made by…

    • Friends of the Rail Park envisions Broad Street Bridge as a gateway into the proposed park

November 12: The Rail Park and private development | Post Brothers' West Philly play | Eat Chipotle for the Bicycle Coalition

Jacob Adelman surveys the evidence that the Rail Park is already attracting private investment to the surrounding neighborhoods, despite the fact that it's not even fully funded yet. Kevin McCorry tries…

    • NTSB IIC Mike Flanigon briefs Vice Chairman Dinh-Zarr on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA | NTSB, Creative Commons

Six months later, what has been done to prevent another Amtrak 188?

Thursday marks six months since Amtrak passenger train no. 188 derailed, killing eight passengers and seriously injuring more than 200. As it approached the Frankford Junction curve in North Philadelphia, Amtrak…

    • Demolition of the Boyd Theater, TargetExpress, 1900 block of Chestnut

Out with the old, in with the old: Will Mayor Kenney take a new approach to preservation?

Between now and the end of 2015 PlanPhilly is taking a look back at Philadelphia during the Nutter Years and down the road at what we might expect from the Kenney…

    • Girard Avenue

November 11: Vote for transit shelter locations | Energy hub politics after Keystone XL | Lancaster sprawl

Vote here to tell MOTU where you'd like to see the new transit shelters. Here's the back-story on the shelters from Jared Brey.  SEPTA spokeswoman Jerri Williams is resigning to pursue…

    • Walk on Walnut, 1971 | Credit: Joshua Bernstein, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.
Eyes on the Street

Back to the Future: Open Streets in Philly, 1971

During a segment on Marty Moss-Coane’s Radio Times show in October about the Open Streets Philly campaign*, a woman called in to remind listeners that Philly had done a few open…

    • South Street Bridge construction

Local impact of federal bill funding transportation, renewing Export-Import Bank

The House of Representatives passed a bill on Thursday providing federal transportation funds for at least three years, and reauthorizing the lapsed charter of the Export-Import Bank. Back in July, the…

    • Manayunk | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Housing trust funds bolstered at local, state levels

City Council’s committee on appropriations voted on Tuesday to approve a $2 million increase to the local Housing Trust Fund. As PlanPhilly reported earlier this year, the additional money is…

    • Community Design Collaborative charrette | Mark Garvin for the Community Design Collaborative
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Strengthening neighborhoods through public interest design

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • Passyunk Square by J. Fusco

November 10: Sam Sherman resigning from PARC | Another major mixed-use project for Washington Ave | First look at Cira Green

In a major shake-up for South Philly's most written-about restaurant row, Alex Tewfik at Eater reports Sam Sherman announced his resignation from the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation yesterday. These days, it's…

    • Walnut Lane Bridge

Rehab begins Wednesday on Wissahickon's Walnut Lane Bridge

What was once the world’s largest concrete bridge - just over 100 years ago - is set to see some rehab work starting Wednesday, PennDOT announced Monday. The $14.7 million rehabilitation…

    • Vernon Park

November 9: World Heritage City | Taubenberger bests O'Brien | Vernon Park as catalyst for Germantown Ave shopping

Philadelphia was officially selected as the first World Heritage City in the U.S., reports Tricia Nadolny. Philly joins cities like Paris, Florence, Jerusalem, St. Petersburg, and Prague who are recognized for…

    • On the South Street Bridge | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

DAGspace: The difference between a bridge and television

In this month's DAGspace, architect Timothy Kerner considers the South Street Bridge's LED lanterns and asks the city to do us one better than the photo-unrealistic dancer sihouettes and Eagles ads.…

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