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    • The Fairmount Launch at the Oval, 2016

Fairmount Park Conservancy launches new guide for enjoying Fairmount Park

The Fairmount Park Conservancy has released a new guide of Fairmount Park, titled 50 Unique Experiences in Fairmount Park. Recognizing that the 2,050-acre park can be intimidating and overwhelming, the…

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016
Eyes on the Street

Taking a Toll on Jewelers Row

What kind of city do we want to be? That’s the question ringing in my ears reflecting on the news that Toll Brothers has plans to raze five adjacent properties on…

    • West Philly block parties

Mapping 10 years of Philadelphia block parties

Philadelphia is a block party city. Take a stroll around any Philly neighborhood on a weekend afternoon in the summer, and you'll probably spot more than one. The city offers residents…

    • Part of Jewelers' Row to be demolished by Toll Bros., August 2016

August 12: Toll Brothers to demolish part of Jewelers' Row | Moving Rizzo | PA leading on autonomous vehicles

A Toll Brothers subsidiary applied for a permit to demolish five buildings at the southeast corner of Jewelers' Row to make way for a 16-story, 80-unit residential building, Jacob Adelman reports.…

    • School District of Philadelphia

August 11: School District going after under-assessed properties | Palladian windows | Best bike commutes

The School District of Philadelphia will hire an outside firm to challenge inaccurate property assessments for properties believed to be underassessed by $1 million or more, Avi Wolfman-Arent reports. As PlanPhilly…

    • Mary Seton Corboy | credit: Jennifer Kourkounis
Eyes on the Street

Remembering Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy: Grower of food, flowers, neighborhoods

In the pantheon of urban agriculture, few stand taller here than Mary Seton Corboy, founder and Chief Idea Officer of Philadelphia’s Greensgrow, a 19-year old trailblazing urban farm on East…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Updated Greenworks plan for city sustainability targets coming this fall

The city’s sustainability work will take a slightly different approach when the updated Greenworks plan debuts this fall. At an open house Tuesday afternoon, Director of Sustainability Christine Knapp said that…

    • Frank Rizzo statue

August 10: Philly home prices reach all-time high | Rizzo statue | Delivery robots

Kevin Gillen's quarterly report on the Philadelphia housing market shows home prices and sales volumes have hit another all-time high, reports Melissa Romero. Housing prices increased 6.2% overall in the…

    • Franklin Institute

August 9: Modular mid-rise on Washington | Franklin Institute digital signage | Party transportation platforms

The sidelined Silverliner V trains are costing SEPTA more than $1 million per month, Tom MacDonald reports, although the cars are still under warranty.  A 5-story, 48-unit modular apartment building…

    • Olympia at Penn's Landing marina, 2016

Will new ways to experience Olympia keep the cruiser afloat?

Come hell or high water, she stays afloat. The cruiser Olympia, Philadelphia’s most historic ship, has survived wars, decommissioning, decades of neglect, a failed fundraising campaign, an unsuccessful search for…

    • Rittenhouse Coffee Shop

August 8: Councilman Johnson's no-bid city land sales | Plan B for S.S. United States | 1900 block of Sansom spared

William Bender has an important piece on some of Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's no-bid land sales in Point Breeze. There's a lot more to it, but the gist is that city-owned properties…

    • DVRPC presents Big Check for CMAQ projects

Green for green: $21 million in federal funds for clean air transportation projects

Big check in hand, the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) announced the award of $20.9 million in federal grants for green transportation infrastructure projects. The check itself was a bit…

    • Barbara Capozzi and Johnny Doc

August 5: FBI probing Doc | SDP retesting lead in schools | Parking lawyer robots

FBI investigators probed several locations this morning including labor leader John Dougherty's home in Pennsport, the IBEW Union Hall on Spring Garden, and Councilman Bobby Henon's office, CBS 3 reports. Pennsylvania…

    • Michael Nutter

August 4: Nutter's HUD dreams | Dumpster pool crackdown | Safer left turns

Michael Nutter is said to be one of the names under consideration for Secretary of Housing and Urban Development if Hillary Clinton becomes President, says Edward-Isaach Dovere. Nutter had been considered…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

Sidelined Silverliners: Repaired Regional Rail trains should rollout this month, normal service by October, says SEPTA

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” Benjamin Franklin wrote two centuries ago. The phrase has become axiomatic, but not automatic, as SEPTA has painfully learned this summer…

    • The Collins

August 3: Philly job growth picking up | Uber and union organizing | Halal cart boom

Steady job growth is driving the demand for apartment construction in Philadelphia, according to data from real estate services firm Marcus & Millichap. Alan Heavens writes that "the increase in jobs…

    • Outbound PATCO | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

PATCO designates electric car parking at five stations, considers charging stations

Parking could soon become easier for commuters who drive electric vehicles (EVs) to PATCO stations starting this month, whether they’re driving a Tesla or a Chevy Volt. On Tuesday, PATCO announced…

    • USciences residence hall courtyard facing woodland | August 2016 CDR | Design Collective

Woods Square and new buildings at Penn and USciences pass design review

August doldrums didn’t stop the Civic Design Review (CDR) board from grilling a return applicant on Tuesday. Although only four of seven members were in attendance — chair Nancy Rogo Trainer,…

    • Mormon Temple

August 2: Home sales boosting city budget | First look at Mormon Temple | Dean on Philly walkability

City revenues came in higher than expected this year, reports Claudia Vargas, with the biggest jump coming from the realty transfer tax. "The realty transfer collection went up 16 percent…

    • Morning playtime after breakfast before Summer at the Courtyard programs begin | Michael Bixler, Hidden City

Queen Villagers work toward neighborhood integration by organizing around kids

In Queen Village there’s a rare attempt to bridge community divides between affluent residents and tenants of an affordable housing complex through summer programs for neighborhood kids, support for public schools,…

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