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    • Light masts on North Broad (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

A tale of two Broad Streets: How Avenue of the Arts splintered

Five years ago, on Temple University’s campus, Avenue of the Arts CEO Karen Lewis stood beside a prototype of a “light mast,” the first of 41 metallic, illuminated poles that line…

    • 4046-48 Chestnut Street / Photo by Joe Kavanagh for PlanPhilly

Preservation fight over West Philly townhouses continues

A pair of Gilded Age-era townhomes in West Philadelphia had their death sentences stayed Friday morning, allowing preservationists a sigh of, perhaps temporary, relief.* In a lengthy hearing Friday morning, Judge…

    • Rhythm & Hues

June 17: Revisiting the 10-year abatement | The Oval mural | Housing voucher reform

Inga Saffron makes the case that the time has come to amend the 10-year real estate tax abatement for more targeted policy goals like building in disinvested areas or preservation of…

    • 30th Street Station Plaza view from east

A bold vision for 30th Street Station District unveiled, but can reality meet the ambitions?

“Go West, young man.” So exhorted Horace Greeley 150 years ago, borrowing those words from another writer to embrace and celebrate American manifest destiny. They are words the Pennsylvania Railroad took…

    • One Water Street

PMC submits new zoning application for One Water Street, seeks alternative height bonuses

PMC Property Group has filed a new zoning permit application for One Water Street with the Department of Licenses and Inspections. Rather than providing the 25 reduced-rate units they initially agreed…

    • Street Dreams

Street Dreams: How regular citizens beat bureaucracy to reshape Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, many of the pedestrian, bicycle, and recreational amenities we appreciate were born from resident-driven ideas. In this feature PlanPhilly and SPOKE explore what it takes for citizen-driven projects to…

    • Rendering of the new entrance to reopened tunnel between 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station

June 16: 30th Street Station plan finalized | Historic nominations galore | The Oslo standard

Ashley Hahn wrote about the PECO building's historic nomination yesterday, and there were a few other nominations of interest that will now be considered by the full Historical Commission: The Mutual…

    • Delaware Generating Station, Fishtown

Fishtown PECO plant to be considered for historic designation

In a marathon hearing of the Philadelphia Historical Commission's designation committee on Wednesday there was no disagreement as to whether the former PECO power station just north of Penn Treaty Park…

    • l row homes development philadelphia

Keystone Crossroads: Fixing federal financing for Main Street buildings

Back in March, we covered a report from the Regional Plan Association entitled "The Unintended Consequences of Housing Finance," which makes the case that federal housing finance rules are…

    • Stormwater tree trench near Columbus Square Park

June 15: A new record for Philly tourism | Chris Crockett leaves Water Dept | Fun with tax financing

Jared Brey uncovers a veritable Turducken of tax financing: An "NID-backed TIF" that Bruce Lenfest wants to use to raise more revenue for two Center City hotel projects currently underway. The…

    • 1722 Pine Street
Eyes on the Street

Radical retrofit on Pine Street aims to blend passive house with preservation

The four-story brick rowhouse at 1722 Pine Street sits mid-block on the south side of Pine. It shares a cornice line with its neighbors and dates from the mid-19th century. Long…

    • Elmwood Park

Lower Southwest District Plan adopted by commission

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to adopt the Lower Southwest District Plan--the 12th of 18 District Plans to be completed as part of the city’s Philadelphia 2035…

    • Among the advocates for better bike infrastructure: Kate Mundie and Dena Driscoll. June 14, 2016

1000 signatures call for better bike infrastructure, safe streets

Cycling and pedestrian safety advocates gathered Tuesday and delivered city representatives a petition in support of improving the city's bike infrastructure. The statistics in support of safer streets are as grim…

    • 'Titanic' - Delaware Generating Station, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall

June 14: Hit-and-run spree continues | Horse-trading returns | Eastern Lofts in Strawberry Mansion

The recent rash of hit-and-runs continues, with a horrific incident last night in the Crescentville section of Roosevelt Boulevard. A woman crossing the street at a green light was thrown 200-feet…

    • SEPTAKey, June 13, 2016

SEPTA: More than 1600 get new fare card in Key pilot launch

So far, so good. SEPTA reported smooth sailing during today’s launch of SEPTA Key, the authority’s new fare card. As of early Monday afternoon, 1,685 total cards were sold, said Andrew…

    • Jim Kenney

June 13: Kenney's nine friends | New digital billboard regs proposed | City Hall's newest statue

Labor powerhouse John Dougherty of IBEW Local 98 tells Ryan Briggs that Council President Darrell Clarke was lobbying against passing any type of soda tax until the very end, and Jim…

    • pop up phs

Keystone Crossroads Video: From parking lot to pop-up garden, tucked beneath the trestle

It's summertime in Philadelphia, which means you’re bound to come across one of the city's trendy beer gardens on a riverfront or rooftop.  One of the newest additions to the…

    • Temple library rendering

June 10: New Temple library renderings | K&T trail breaks ground | Housing Trilemma

The state Public Utility Commission voted to reconsider the record-setting $11.4 million fine they issued Uber for operating unlawfully in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports. Governor Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh-area officials…

    • Key ambassador Joannle Matos at a SEPTA Key kiosk.

SEPTA Key Pilot launches Monday, full transit version delayed until end of the year

After years of delays, SEPTA’s long-awaited new payment technology, SEPTA Key, will finally make its public debut on Monday. Well, kind of. Starting at 5:30 Monday morning, up to 10,000 riders…

    • Washington Avenue

June 9: Council advances soda tax | Montco's changing demographics | Mayfair protected bike lane

Philly's getting a soda tax, write Holly Otterbein and Jared Brey.  City Council's Committee of the Whole passed a 1.5 cent tax on sugary drinks and diet soda, which is…

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