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    • Cobbs Creek | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Record turnout to kick off West District Plan

Last Thursday, at West Philadelphia High School, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission commenced its second to last district planning process. The commission began crafting district plans for every corner of the…

    • Rendering of Penn's Landing's marina | Hargreaves Associates and redsquare, June 2017

June 13: Soda tax revenue | Atlantic Sunrise Pipeline hearings | Penn's Landing as central park

The city is about $20 million short of its projected $46 million in soda tax revenue, reports Billy Penn's Mike Dent. The Mayor's Office's Mike Dunn says that the city…

    • Liberty Title and Trust building renovations, June 2017

Activists question public subsidies used for North Broad hotel project

Last year Realen Properties and HRI Properties, which specializes in the renovation of historic properties, announced it would be converting the historic Liberty Title and Trust building into a 179-room Starwood…

    • Miami Vice Blue, Fairhill | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Tax diversion bill would preserve homeownership and improve property-tax collection efforts

Community Legal Services says property-tax delinquency is the biggest reason people come to its office seeking assistance right now. But community contributors Catherine Martin and Jonathan Sgro, CLS attorneys who focus…

    • Penn's Landing from market street | Hargreaves and Associates, June 2017
    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Waterfront advocates push back on Squilla's plan to increase height limit for Central Delaware development

The Delaware Waterfront has seen more than its share of beautifully rendered glassy towers with sweeping waterfront views, and heard many promises of thousands of new residents. Back in 2007 PlanPhilly…

    • 33 new pedestrian-scale street lights were recently installed along North 3rd Street in Old City.

June 9: Delivery Economy | Evolving Main Streets | Levy-Sweeney bill

Center City District’s Paul Levy and Brandywine Realty Trust's Jerry Sweeney have proposed a bill to reform Philadelphia’s tax code to give the city the ability to increase commercial real estate…

    • City Council chambers.

Council seeking significant changes to legislation structuring Rebuild

Late Wednesday in City Council, the first public hearing devoted to legislation that would enable the Kenney administration’s plan to renovate parks, rec centers, and libraries, took center stage. The hearing on…

    • 500 Walnut Street, June 2017

View from the top: Two new luxury buildings welcome the wealthy – and why that matters for the rest of us

Tom Scannapieco is standing in the penthouse suite of 500 Walnut, his latest addition to the tippy-top of Philadelphia’s real estate market. The building is still under construction and the walls…

    • Rendering of Trolley Car Station restaurant at 40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens

June 8: "Resilient Tunnel Plug" | 40th Street Trolley Portal update | Coworking at the Hale Building

Dover-based engineering firm ILC Dover demonstrated for the press its "tunnel plug" designed to minimize flooding in subway systems, NewsWorks’ Alyssa Wesley reports. The firm, which specializes in aerospace soft…

    • Taxi | Emma Lee / WHYY

Taxicabs’ lawsuit against PPA survives legal challenge, seeks $558 million in damages

A lawsuit by more than 130 medallion taxicab companies against the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) alleging a violation of the companies’ constitutional rights survived a preliminary motion to dismiss on Monday.…

    • Rendering of Headhouse plaza looking north from parking (Art Commission, June 2017) | Ambit Architecture

Art Commission approves public space expansion at Headhouse Square

The long-awaited renovation of the Headhouse Plaza on 2nd Street inched closer to implementation Wednesday, receiving the approval of the Art Commission. There has been talk for decades of redesigning the…

    • Sign for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at Primos Station

SEPTA considering suicide prevention barriers for City Hall Station subway platforms

Thirteen. It’s a number to avoid. Thirteen is bad luck. For SEPTA, thirteen is worse than that. In five of the last six years, 13 people died after being hit by…

    • Blue lining | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

June 7: Provident Mutual Life building | Old City Design Guide | Bill to eliminate local school property tax

The Kenney administration hopes to recover some of the $50 million that the city sunk into old Provident Mutual Life Insurance building by selling the rehabbed building along with other city…

    • Isabel Slaughter, 8, paints a ceramic sculpture in Emily Coleman's ceramics class at Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

At Olney Rec, Rebuild stokes imagination about what a rec center can be

The playground at Olney Rec Center is bare bones. Its sprinkler, the site’s only water feature, backs up until liquid pools inside the building. When kids finish molding their clay-and-macaroni sculptures,…

    • 36th and Lancaster trolley bench installed by UCD.

Aiming for inclusive public spaces, University City District bucks defensive design trends

University City District covers one of the blessed corners of Philadelphia. There’s little blight or crime for the special services district to contend with. Job growth can fairly be described as…

    • John Dodds, of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, calls for reverse commute assistance for city residents during a press conference at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallies for more reverse commuting funds

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) held a City Hall rally Monday morning to urge City Council to supply more funds for it reverse commuting ride-share program. At the rally, Fourth District…

    • Rendering of South Quarter Plaza - a mixed-use redevelopment of Cedar Realty Trust's shopping center at 23rd Street and Oregon Avenue.

June 6: Shopping Center conversion | DeFelice to HUD | SustainPHL nominees

Would you live at the shopping center at 23rd and Oregon? Its owner, Cedar Realty Trust, wants to rework the center by adding low-rise buildings with ground-floor retail, topped with residential…

    • Large steel beams and exposed brick wall from the original structure are visible in the Fillmore's main lobby. (Bastiaan Slabbers for PlanPhilly)

Fillmore Philadelphia finds preservation and economic development working in concert

Among the projects to be honored this week by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a renovation that hits all the right chords: it preserved a 124-year-old building that speaks…

    • Cloud magnet - FMC from Cira Green | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

June 5: Planning Eastwick | Philly's newest skyline | Urban forestry

Jared Brey explores the planning process underway in Eastwick, which is seeking a community-driven vision for development that also balances the realities of climate change, and seeks to heal some…

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