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    • Candidates Bailey, Kenney, Oliver and Street. Moderator Kerkstra

Platitudes fly at Better Mobility Mayoral Forum

Like vegetables and tuna, candidate statements are better when they aren’t canned. But at last night’s Better Mobility Mayoral Forum, hosted by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, almost all the…

    • Plans for Kelly Drive and Laurel Hill

PHS begins to plant plans for transformed spaces, including new Kelly Drive entrance for Laurel Hill

In 2013, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society identified seven areas across the city where its Civic Landscape Initiative would work to “transform the landscape” and create “memorable public art spaces.” While that…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Squilla claims wide neighborhood support for 3-D billboards

Councilman Mark Squilla said on Thursday that his office has received hundreds of letters of support from Center City residents who feel that three-dimensional structures displaying digital advertisements would liven up…

    • 11 Trolley

March 19: Ballot lottery winners | Upcoming planning forums | Johnson nixes 3-D billboards in 2nd District

A bipartisan bill is moving forward in Congress that would give local governments, rather than state DOTs, more control over how federal transportation dollars are spent. Incumbents fared pretty poorly…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Update: New “zipper” for Ben Franklin; New commissioners for Wolf; Nothing new for Franklin Square

There was a changing of the guard at today’s Delaware River Port Authority as Governor Tom Wolf’s five new appointees were sworn in, including new DRPA Chairman Ryan Boyer. Boyer takes…

    • Delaware Waterfront, Sheet Metal Workers Union site, South Philadelphia | Google

Waterfront corporation to obtain more South Philly land for river trail

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation continues to blaze a permanent trail along the South Philadelphia waterfront with the impending purchase of a strip of land behind the Sheet Metal Workers Union…

    • 4700 block of Sansom St | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Housing policy in Philadelphia: We can do better

In this op-ed architect and Design Advocacy Group chair Kiki Bolender makes the case for rowhouse preservation programs as a way to improve resident health and well-being while stabilizing rowhouse blocks.…

    • IRMX zoning classification

PCPC approves IRMX revisions

On Tuesday, the Planning Commission voted to approve changes to the IRMX zoning category, which is meant to encourage the mixed-use redevelopment of former industrial properties. The category is new…

    • horn and hardart

March 18: Everybody loves Vision Zero | Ballot position day | SEPTA cops not coming for your children

All of the Mayoral candidates support a Vision Zero approach to street safety, with varying degrees of enthusiasm and detail. A day after an opposition research site unearthed a trove of…

    • A pedestrian walks by a gated lot located along Washington Ave. in Southwest Center City. | Photo: Neal Santos

Planners endorse temporary zoning overlay for Washington Ave.

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to recommend a new zoning overlay for Washington Avenue west of Broad Street. The measure is intended as a temporary bulwark to keep…

    • Roundabout

Where should MOTU build modern roundabouts?

A few months ago we noted that PennDOT and the city were looking for some locations to install some modern roundabouts using Automated Red Light Enforcement camera revenue. The news was…

    • US Rt. 202

Planning continues for NHSL extension to King of Prussia

The lines at the King of Prussia Mall can wrap around counters and outside of shops on Black Fridays and the occasional no-special-color, just-busy Saturdays. The lines at the Auntie Anne’s…

    • Manny Morales

March 17: MQS's dream challenger | Reopening Franklin Square | New tactical urbanism book

Seventh District Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez scored quite the primary challenger in Manny Morales, who's been curating something of a dream opposition research dossier for her on his Facebook page.  To reach…

    • Phased improvements include plans to invigorate the land around Lovett Memorial Library and add new features to the library. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks, file)

Lovett Library renovation efforts boosted by additional $1.75 million

When Mayor Michael Nutter talks about his days growing up around 52nd and Larchwood he makes it clear that the local library was a sacred place that made a difference in…

    • Proposed UED globe at 12th and Arch streets in Philadelphia. (Image courtesy of Catalyst)

Revolving Door Chronicles: Former Councilman lobbies Council for billboard company

On a Tuesday morning late last month, Frank DiCicco was standing in front of an improvised press table in a City Hall courtroom that was in use, temporarily, as City Council…

    • One of Centennial Commons rustic play areas | Studio Bryan Hanes

$11 million in foundation grants announced for five parks

What can $11 million buy in park projects? A new collaborative initiative announced Monday by the John S. and James L. Knight and William Penn foundations hopes $11 million in new…

    • Paseo Verde
Eyes on the Street

Homegrown Middle Class: A Neighborhoods Policy for Philadelphia

To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer, an urban housing and development consultant and former city housing…

    • Rail Park

March 16: Rail Park construction this summer | Kenney gets teachers' nod | All-door bus boarding

The William Penn and Knight Foundations will fund $11 million worth of shovel-ready public space improvements in Philly, allowing construction on the Rail Park to begin this summer. Check back for…

    • Parklet

HUD's Harriet Tregoning sells good urbanism as a competitive edge at DVRPC conference

Jim Saksa and I were on site at the Union League last Thursday, helping the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission ring in its 50th anniversary at their Breaking Ground conference on…

    • The Legendary Blue Horizon, February 2015

Saving face: Commission votes to protect Blue Horizon facade, not interior

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Friday to add the front facade of the Legendary Blue Horizon boxing venue on North Broad Street to the local Register of Historic Places. At…

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