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    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Analysis: How SEPTA can turn Regional Rail in Philly into high-frequency rapid transit

Philadelphia has a bunch of passenger rail lines, but only a few fast and frequent enough to be considered “rapid”: PATCO and SEPTA’s Broad Street and the Market Frankford Elevated Lines.…

    • 30th Street Station is Amtrak's third busiest station

October 10: ‘Infuriating and bewildering’ | Azavea, Callowhill, HQ2 | Renaming 30th St Station

Philadelphia developer Paul Janaitis has taken it upon himself to rebrand parts of South Kensington and Norris Square as ‘Stonewall Heights,’ much to the fury of Kensington residents.…

    • Passengers kicked out windows to flee a stopped SEPTA train after hearing a loud bang and fearing the worst

October 9: SEPTA’s refund replacement | Amazon, U.S. manufacturing | Eastern Tower breaks ground

The replacement for SEPTA’s Service Guarantee program is more than a year away, WHYY News' Isobell Cristo reports. Passengers demanding refunds following the equipment failure and subsequent “loud bang”…

    • Gregory Heller, executive director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, told the resident the city will respect the outcomes of the study.

Ten months into planning process, Eastwick residents remain wary and divided

Eastwick’s Penrose Elementary School gym was packed and hot on last  Wednesday night, and it wasn’t because of a game. The school, located on 78th street, just two blocks from Cobbs…

    • Bobby Henon | Emma Lee, NewsWorks

Henon wants more transparency from landlords

Tenant protection bills dominated the agenda at this week’s otherwise sleepy City Council session. Curtis Jones introduced a bill to institute “just cause” eviction protection for renters while, Democratic Majority Leader…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

Just ‘cause: Jones introduces surprise bill aimed at preventing surprise evictions

Hardly anyone attended City Council weekly session this Thursday. The public seats were thinly populated, there were barely any reporters, and even the legislative body itself wasn’t at full strength. But…

    • Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church, at Grays Ferry and Fitzwater, was converted into the Sanctuary Lofts apartments.

Proactive preservation workshop comes to neighborhoods on the edge

In many areas on the periphery of Greater Center City, there has been little effort to identify – let alone protect – significant historic buildings. Some neighborhoods have fewer than five…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with the Vision Zero Task Force. Not pictured: A single member of City Council

October 6: Point Breeze fire | Beyond ‘hyperengaged urbanists’ | PA AG sues Navient

A vacant church at 21st and Reed Streets in Point Breeze went up in flames early Friday morning, CBS reports. Officials are investigating the cause of the fire, which broke out…

    • Rendering showing a 'Link

Art Commission gives preliminary OK to 100 digital ad “Links” connecting public to free WiFi

The Philadelphia Art Commission granted conceptual approval to a plan to bring advertising kiosks, called Links, to commercial corridors in the City of Philadelphia. The kiosks would include two LED screens…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Oct 5: Pier 25 sold | Wolf to balance books | Race, gender, DE DOT

Coalitions for statewide systems changes and infrastructure principles in today's news: Inga Saffron outlines seven ways that bike lanes benefits drivers and pedestrians, including reduced congestion, built-in traffic calming tools, and…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

City asks public for preservation perspectives

On Tuesday night a couple hundred Philadelphians squeezed into the upper floor of the Independence Visitor Center to ruminate collectively about historic preservation. The meeting is the work of the Kenney…

    • A new historical marker at 13th and Locust streets in Philadelphia commemorates Dr. John Fryer, aka Dr. Anonymous (Peter Crimmins/WHYY)

October 4: Made in PA | LGBT historical markers | Streets Dept Podcast

It’s Pennsylvania Manufacturing Week! WITF’s Scott LaMar discusses the industry’s economic impact today on Wednesday’s Smart Talk. A few Pennsylvania-made products include All-Clad cookware, Crayola art supplies, and Pyrex glassware.…

    • Aerial view of 60 N. 23rd Street from 23rd & Arch Street

Developer of 23rd and Arch site asked to give double tower proposal a second look

PMC’s Property Group’s new mega-apartment project drew acrimony from the Civic Design Review (CDR) Tuesday, as the developer’s plans for a skybridge and an enormous parking garage proved unpopular. The committee…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Renters’ advocates take aim at landlords’ lawyers in fight to reform eviction court

The Public Interest Law Center is trying to change Philadelphia’s Landlord-Tenant Court. As one of the busiest corners of the municipal court system, these courtrooms in the stately Widner Building…

    • Student trainees receive hands-on experience in solar installation under the supervision of practitioners provided by Philadelphia-based company Solar States.

October 3: PA’s infrastructure industry | Truth, Racial Healing and Transformation | Inclusionary zoning

Good morning. Loads on Philly’s energy, inclusion, and leadership development initiatives in the news today: Philadelphia is on the list of 15 cities participating in the inaugural National Municipal Learning Community…

    • As part of the Solarize Philly program, the city is training Philadelphia public school students for future jobs in the solar industry.

Environmentalists cheer Philadelphia’s plan for 100 percent clean energy by 2030

Energy experts and environmental advocates described the city’s new energy master plan for fulfilling Mayor Jim Kenney’s pledge to reduce city-wide greenhouse gas emissions  by 80 percent by 2050 as smart,…

    • Discovery Center entrance, April 2017 Art Commisison presentation

October 2: The future of malls | DesignPhiladelphia | Renaming 30th St Station

Retail industry executives are pushing back on the perilous perceptions of America’s malls, the Inquirer’s Suzette Parmley reports. The heads of commercial real estate giants Jones Lang LaSalle, Pennsylvania Real Estate…

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016

September 29: Preservation policy tools | DelDOT racial, gender disparities | Startup PHL winners

The Conkling-Armstrong house was once the most flamboyant and handsome mansion on West Tioga Avenue, writes Inga Saffron. Built in 1898 by the Conkling-Armstrong Terra Cotta Company, a major supplier of…

    • Darrell Clarke

Anti-foreclosure bill improved after summerlong simmer, officials say

On Thursday, City Council advanced amendments to legislation passed last June that would reduce tax foreclosures, but never was enacted due to a quirk of legislative timing. The bill, championed by…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with the Vision Zero Task Force. Not pictured: A single member of City Council

With Vision Zero Action Plan, city outlines strategy for making residents care enough about traffic safety to accept slower streets

At a press conference in the Mayor’s Reception Room in City Hall, the Vision Zero Task Force announced the release of its Action Plan, a three-year, multi-pronged approach to drive…

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