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    • Emerald Street Urban Farm has taken root on five vacant lots in East Kensington.

Neighborhood Gardens Trust targets preservation for 28 more gardens

The preservation of community gardens and open spaces located in five areas of the city – Kensington, South Philadelphia, Mantua/Belmont, East Germantown/West Oak Lane and Tioga/Hunting Park/Fairhill – will be a…

    • New Jersey Transit, Hamilton | Evelyn Tu

October 13: NJ Transit in crisis | Bethlehem commits to Vision Zero | Pittsburgh rating projects for development incentives

In the wake of the recent New Jersey Transit crash at Hoboken, the New York Times takes a long look at the health of NJ Transit, once a model agency is…

    • Lyft | Josh Edelson/AP Images for Lyft

Illegal again, Uber and Lyft have stopped paying taxes to the School District. Here’s what they already paid.

When a law temporarily authorizing transportation network companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft to operate legally in Philadelphia sunset on September 30th, Lyft eagerly pointed towards a one percent tax on…

    • Bartram's Garden

October 12: Tolson to helm Parking Authority? | Kenney on Jewelers' Row | Brothers in botany | Dutch Reach to prevent dooring

Will Clarena Tolson be tapped to take over the Parking Authority? The Inquirer reports two knowledgeable sources say that could happen this Thursday, most likely on a one-year appointment with the…

    • Catching up with food and tunes at First Friday on Race Street Pier
Eyes on the Street

Ten years later, five ways Philly should keep building on Civic Vision for Central Delaware

On this day in 2006 then-Mayor John Street signed an executive order to create a civic vision for seven miles of Philadelphia’s Delaware River waterfront. That vision, led by PennPraxis, was…

    • Lower Schuylkill, looking north from Passyunk Avenue Bridge (file)

October 11: Cleaning North Broad | $3m for Schuylkill River Trail segement | Barwin's Civic Season

Today is the deadline to register to vote in Pennsylvania in time for the presidential election. It’s easy to register or update your registration online. North Broad Renaissance spent its…

    • The University Bike Collective hopes to encourage more cycling throughout University City

October 10: Art Museum overhaul nigh | Lead testing for school water | Bike commuting benefit

First, some housekeeping: It’s Columbus Day, a federal and state holiday, so remember that all city offices will be closed and trash pickup will come one day later than normal. Also,…

    • Riverside view of the Philadelphia Girls' Rowing Club. (Kimberly Paynter / WHYY)

Girls’ Rowing Club launches campaign to shore up its historic home

The oldest building along Boathouse Row is in need of preservation work to maintain its beautiful façade and structural integrity. The boathouse at 14 Kelly Drive is more than an historic…

    • Uber Ride Request

Uber gets reprieve from judge's cease-and-desist, remains illegal, but now uncertain what PPA will do

Philadelphia's ride-hailing saga—starring Uber, Lyft, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), and a greek chorus of taxi owners, cab drivers, and disability advocates—has had more twists and turns, back stabbings and double…

    • Kelvin Jeremiah | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

On the Record: Q&A with Philadelphia Housing Authority President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah

Twice this fall PlanPhilly’s Jake Blumgart interviewed Kelvin Jeremiah, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, to discuss the Authority’s current work, how it made housing vouchers available to 3,800…

    • Illustration of 'Diligence' by Ben Volta, in remodeled main room of the Tacony Library

'Diligence' coming to Tacony Library as part of 21st Century Libraries Initiative

Five Philadelphia libraries are being overhauled thanks to a $25 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, and one bit of icing on the 21st Century Libraries Initiative cake is a…

    • Pennovation Center, August 2016

October 7: Saffron on Pennovation | Rezoning for Schuylkill Yards | NJ gas tax and light rail

Inga Saffron reviews the Pennovation Center, Penn’s new outpost on the Lower Schuylkill to house researchers and startups, finding the architecture successfully blends design and branding, and “announces the future”…

    • Best Overall: Winner - Neighborhood Potters (after) | courtesy of Community Design Collaborative
Eyes on the Street

2016 Storefront Design Challenge honors

When a business owner invests in new awnings or distinctive signage, fresh paint or new lighting, she’s telegraphing community pride, expressing her business’ identity, and offering a vote of confidence in…

    • Uber driver

Philly judge orders Uber, Lyft to stop operating in city [updated]

A Philadelphia judge has ordered ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber to cease operations, which could potentially force the companies to shut down in the city.  An Uber spokesman said Thursday night…

    • Shells | Jukie Bot, EOTS Flickr Grou

Henon bill targets chronic problem property owners

On Thursday City Council will consider a bill introduced by 6th District Councilman Bobby Henon that would give the city’s property maintenance code some additional punch. The legislation would introduce a…

    • Fatal Duck Boat crash in Chinatown, 2015 | Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

October 6: Working and Poor | Ride the Ducks ceases Philly tours | Feds talk Vision Zero

In the Philadelphia region 800,000 people live below the federal poverty line, making $24,300 or less to support a family of four. Presidential candidates aren’t talking much about poverty, but they…

    • 704 Sansom Street, Jewelers' Row, September 2016

Zoning Board rejects appeal of Jewelers' Row permits

On Wednesday afternoon the Zoning Board of Adjustment quickly, and unanimously, ruled to deny an appeal that sought to stymie Toll Brothers’ proposed development on Jewelers’ Row. The proposed condo tower…

    • 4th + Callowhill: view from north | Cecil Baker, Studio Bryan Hanes - CDR presentation Oct. 2016

Design committee disappointed in Housing Authority HQ, mixed reviews for Center City, East Falls, Packer Park developments

Tuesday’s Civic Design Review (CDR) committee marked the longest single session in the board’s history, clocking in at well over four hours. Of the seven projects considered three were asked to…

    • Who will it take to get Mifflin Square rebuilt? Park Powers poster | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Reimagining Mifflin Square Park in 21 languages

In Thoai Nguyen‘s dreams, Mifflin Square Park, a vibrant but tired park in Southeast Philadelphia, has a turf field for kids to play soccer, a rebuilt basketball court, new playground equipment…

    • Dusk skyline, July 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

October 5: Compare neighborhood prices per square foot | PPA's other scandal | Bye Tin Angel

Curbed shares a roundup of neighborhood real estate prices per square foot for “move-in ready” properties by NeighborhoodX. Center City West’s price range reached up to $1,301 per square foot while…

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