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    • Yarnbombing Frank Rizzo

July 21: Johnson's non-non-profit pulls in $10K | "Grave concern" over pop-up gardens | Exciting federal water loan program | Yarnbomber returns | Perfect utility bike competition

Good morning! Here's the Philly planning and political news we're reading this Monday morning. What are you seeing out there? Jason Grant reports that 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson's fake non-profit…

    • Homeownership in 2012

Maps: Homeownership is declining in Philly. Is that a bad thing?

Last week Kellie Patrick Gates wrote about the new Pew Charitable Trusts report, Homeownership in Philadelphia: On the Decline, which included some maps visualizing 2012 homeownership, and homeownership changes since 2000, by…

    • 40th and Baltimore Ave Trolley Portal

July 18: New demolition signage | Local radar guns | Trolley portal redesign | Driverless Cars and Sprawl | PA's low energy bills

The Nutter administration revealed new signage requirements for demolition and construction sites, as a safety initiative in response to last summer's building collapse: "For buildings three stories or higher, contractors must…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department

New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business

A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD. As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

    • Median Age by Census Tract

Map: Find the median age in your area of Philly

This morning on Twitter, Aine Doley wanted to know the average age of people in her neighborhood: I wonder how you can find out the average age of people in the…

    • Bikes Are the Fastest Mode for Short Trips

Biking is the fastest way to get around Center City. Should cyclists get more right-of-way?

A fun, new web tool created by MIT's Social Computing Group called You Are Here has been making the rounds in the local blogosphere, and it purports to show the fastest…

    • Dilworth Park
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: 10 Dilworth Details

Last week I hopped on an AIA-organized hardhat tour of the construction site that will soon be known as Dilworth Park, which you may know better as City Hall’s Dilworth Plaza.…

    • Manayunk Bridge

July 17: Trolley Tunnel Blitz | Pop-up beer gardens' regulatory hack | Bikes in the center lane | Expensive affordable housing | Second life for Manayunk Bridge

Good morning! Did you go to the Oval last night? What did you think?  The Center City trolley tunnel will be closed for a 17-day maintenance blitz starting 9 p.m. on Friday,…

    • Stephen Goldner presents Manayunk Main Street plan

Opinions abound over development scheme for Manayunk's Lower Main Street

A 73-apartment development proposed for Manayunk's lower Main Street is pitting some community members' and city planners' hopes for a livelier streetscape against what others say is the present and future…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

Developers take another crack at 205 Race Street

Developers are pushing once again to build a mixed-use apartment complex at the long-vacant corner of 2nd and Race streets in Old City. The latest iteration of the project includes 148…

    • Level of Service

Explain That Term: Level of Service

California recently stopped using "level of service" as a metric to evaluate urban transportation and street changes, and several other states have been adopting an urban street design guide published by NACTO…

    • The $5m rehab project (upper left) will house a cluster of apartment dwellers, a non-profit-led residential program and a café. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Neighbors, developer discuss $5M Germantown Avenue project at community meeting

A vacant warehouse in Germantown will soon be home to a cluster of apartment dwellers, a non-profit-led residential program and a café. At a Monday night community meeting not far from…

    • Bikes Welcome

July 16: House passes transpo patch | Long wait for legal Uber | Mixed-use Moyamensing | UIL waits for Council | Business <3 Bike Infrastructure

The U.S. House voted 367-55 to pass an $11 billion stop-gap funding bill to avert the transportation funding cliff. House lawmakers paid for the bill by extending customs fees, and…

    • Rendering of proposed Orinoka Civic House, courtesy NKCDC and Jibe Design

Plan calls for apartments/office/retail at former Kensington mill, and new efforts to shut down nearby drug market

A former Kensington textile mill is set to become a mixed-use residential, office and commercial development called Orinoka Mills Civic House. It is part of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation's…

    • Diamond facets point to the Art Museum's collonnade
Eyes on the Street

Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction. That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

    • CBO - Federal Transportation Funding Cliff

Act 89 limits Pennsylvania's exposure to the transportation funding cliff - for now

The federal government is about to start cutting transportation funding for state and local governments unless Congress acts soon to fund the Highway Trust Fund - the main source of federal…

    • Cramp's aerial view 1919

I-95 archaeology exhibit in Kensington Thursday

The objects on display, and experts present, will tell stories of the neighborhoods' industrial, Colonial, and Native American past. Objects that tell stories from more than 5,000 years of Northern Liberties,…

    • Photo Credit: Warren Avert

July 15: State bill legalizes Philly Ride-Share | Obama board backs SEPTA management | NJ Transit won't speed up Atlantic City line | John Fry in Politico | Tim Wis speaks

Good morning! Here's what we're reading this morning. What are you seeing out there? State Senator Wayne Fontana's ride-sharing legislation would create new categories in the PA code for "transportation network…

    • Social Impact Bonds and the Future of Nonprofit Finance

Social Impact Bonds and the future of nonprofit finance

Venture philanthropy is a major emerging force today in nonprofit finance, the idea that socially conscious work can also realize a financial return, rather than relying solely on grants and charitable…

    • Renaissance Plaza rendering. Alesker&Dundon Architects

More parking - none of it visible - for Renaissance Plaza

An additional 96 parking spaces have been added to the proposed Renaissance Plaza residential/retail complex at 400 N. Columbus Boulevard, bringing the total to nearly 600 spaces. None of the parking,…

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