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Residents discuss capping Vine Street Expressway, other remedies at U.S. DOT forum

Barrier. Obstacle. Divider. Nobody at last week’s Every Place Counts meeting had anything nice to say about the Vine Street Expressway when asked for one-word descriptions of the submerged highway. But…

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July 19: Walter Smith school deal | Bertoia sculpture moving to Woodmere | Free electric bus ride

Harry Bertoia’s sculpture “Free Interpretation of Plant Forms,” will move to the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, Jon Hurdle reports. The sculpture was once on display at the Civic Center, and…

    • 205 Race under construction, July 2016

Density bonus for mixed-income housing at work around the corner from One Water Street

PMC’s 11th-hour jockeying with the city over how to meet the density bonus it was granted for One Water Street made waves after the company chose not to include the promised…

    • BIG's 1200 Intrepid Avenue under construction

July 18: Progress at L&I | Yardley votes down Transit-Oriented District | Germantown YWCA RFP

Danya Henninger talks to developers and neighborhood advocates who say the much-maligned Department of Licenses & Inspections has noticeably changed for the better under Dave Perri's leadership, just seven months into…

    • Lardner's Point Park | Claire Schmidt / PlanPhilly

Living shoreline at Lardner's Point a model project

The shoreline at Lardner’s Point Park is tidy—kind of. The rows of willows on the slope leading away from the water are neatly maintained, and a manicured dirt path leads from…

    • Parking on South Broad Street | Steve Ives, Flickr
Eyes on the Street

Dear PennDOT: Save us from ourselves and remove South Broad’s parking median, permanently

As Philly gets ready to host Democrats, the city is tidying up. On South Broad that means a mural and parking ban for the center median. PlanPhilly transportation reporter Jim Saksa…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

SEPTA leases ten more railcars, new schedule begins Monday

Late Friday afternoon, SEPTA announced that ten more railcars have been leased from the Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) transportation authority. Five of the trains will arrive on Monday, and the…

    • Window washers in York, PA | Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

Keystone Crossroads: Wolf directs state planning board to consider policies to help older cities

At the Keystone Crossroads conference in May, Governor Tom Wolf called out a long list of state policies he believes put Pennsylvania's older cities at a disadvantage, along with some potential…

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July 15: Water Department updating lead testing methods | PGW eyes LNG expansion | Pokémon GOTV

The Philadelphia Water Department is updating its lead testing methods to comply with the EPA's guidelines, reports Jared Brey. PWD had recently come under criticism as one of several US city…

    • The Ben Franklin Bridge was built with room to accomodate bicycles and pedestrians, Photo by Neal Santos

July 14: Ride-hailing temporarily legal in Philly | Where people move after Philly | New Ben Franklin Bridge ramp

A bill legalizing ride-hailing in Philadelphia until at least September 30 passed as part of the Fiscal Code yesterday, reports Colt Shaw. Companies like Uber X and Lyft will pay a…

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Anti-uber coalition will get its day in court, but will it matter?

They came. They saw. They conquered. They lost. The coalition of taxis, limos, and accessibility advocates who filed a lawsuit to stop the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) decision to ignore Uber’s…

    • Lead muralist Brad Carney jumps in the air amidst interns and students painting 'Rhythm & Hues' at Eakins Oval. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: The Oval striking musical tone for 2016

Every year the parking lot in the middle of Eakins Oval is painted with a mural, setting the theme for the seasonal park space.  It’s had a touch of the shore…

    • 5th Street / Independence Hall: Platform rendering | courtesy of SEPTA

Art Commission approves rehab of 5th Street El station, denies digital displays at SEPTA entrances

SEPTA is not only renaming the 5th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line, it’s giving the tired station its first major overhaul since the Bicentennial. The project team presented revised conceptual…

    • Looking south at the Tacony fishing and boat launch toward the Betsy Ross and Delair Bridges.

DRCC gets $125,000 to update plan for North Delaware Greenway

Philadelphia’s North Delaware riverfront is evolving after years of work from the Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) and its partners to advance the cause of a new recreational greenway and public…

    • Italian Market barrel fire, Photo by Theresa Stigale

July 13: Counting cars in the Italian Market | Neighbors sue to halt Blatstein tower | What transit riders want

Does the Italian Market really need car access on weekends? Jonas Maciunas, a planner at RBA Group, did some simple traffic counts last Saturday during peak business hours and found that…

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Open Streets announced for South Street and MLK Drive on Sept. 24

A slightly coy Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson spilled the beans about the city’s Open Streets plan to the Bella Vista Neighborhoods Association Tuesday evening. Tolson, who didn’t want to reveal…

    • Illustration of proposed Skyspace at Philadelphia Museum of Art | KSK

New Turrell 'Skyspace' planned by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, overlooking the falls and Fairmount Water Works below, there are two gazebos. Now the museum is proposing installation of a third, 21st century addition to…

    • 676 during the Papal visit

July 12: Vine Street cap workshop this week | Airport workers consider DNC strike | Casa Farnese

U.S. DOT's public workshop on capping the Vine Street Expressway is this Thursday evening at 1101 Vine Street, and the concept unveiling will be held on Friday. As Jim Saksa reported…

    • New parklet at The Quick Fixx, 1511 South Street

L+I letters demanding removal of “street furniture” during DNC scare restaurants in miscommunication

When Matt Levinson returned from an out-of-town trip, the manager of his Graduate Hospital restaurant, The Quick Fixx, handed him the kind of letter no owner wants to see: demands from…

    • Taxi driver protest, 2014 | Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Taxis, limos, and disabled activists to file lawsuit seeking injunction of PPA’s agreement to effectively legalize Uber

A coalition of taxi drivers, limousine drivers, and advocates for the disabled announced, calling itself Fair Ride Philly, plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas seeking…

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