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    • Gentrification Typology

August 19: School district cuts bus passes | Pat Deon's new powers | Philly's "concentrated gentrification" | Storefront challenge

Pete Saunders thinks Philly can afford to have a more productive conversation about gentrification than New York or San Francisco. Breaking gentrification down into four different types, he argues that…

    • A 2012 photo of the property that housed New Directions for Women Inc. (NewsWorks, file art)

New Directions for Women's former leaders discuss recent closure, hopes for future

The recently announced closing of New Directions for Women, an organization that helped female offenders re-enter the community, has left a "huge void" in the criminal justice system, according to former…

    • I Voted Today

How do off-cycle elections impact Philly planning politics?

One reason PlanPhilly is shifting focus a bit to cover the political issues impacting city planning in the 2015 campaign is that accountability journalism done well can increase voter interest and…

    • Where Pennsylvanians were born

August 18: SEPTA strike "very likely" | Ride-sharing hearings this week | Where Pennsylvanians were born | "Bicycle face"

Just as a SEPTA regional rail electrical workers strike appears less likely, Transport Workers Union 234 President Willie Brown tells Paul Nussbaum it's looking "very likely" that its 5,000 workers,…

    • Managua, old town - Photo by Brittany Root

Postcard from Managua

Whenever I travel, I try to make mental observations about the development of other cities and towns that might be interesting or relevant to readers here in Philadelphia. Usually these observations…

    • Vanity Grand Cabaret

Judge rejects city appeal of permit for Southwest Philly strip club

Southwest Philadelphia’s Vanity Grand Cabaret can remain open after the Dept. of Licenses and Inspections lost an appeal of a zoning board decision from last September. Earlier this month, Judge Ellen…

    • The path toward the land buoy and a chart of birds that might be spotted. Photo by Douglas Bovitt for DRWC.

New Pier 53 park opens on the Delaware, near Washington Ave.

The pier where many Philadelphia families first arrived in this country now welcomes visitors from shore as the city's newest riverfront park. Pier 53, located in Pennsport near the intersection of…

    • hillary08 | Kelly DeLay, cc
Eyes on the Street

DNC + Philly: What's in it for the city?

Philly greeted about two dozen members of the Democratic National Committee with every cliché possible this week: cheesesteaks at Pat’s with “Rocky,” strumming Mummers, Eagles cheerleaders, historically costumed interpreters. The fountain…

    • Sneckdown

August 15: Worst South Philly intersection less bad | SEPTA strike less likely | Pop-up bike lanes | Real-time info and bus shelters

Despite its success in attracting about 50% higher ridership than the Night Owl buses, running the subways round the clock on weekends isn't bringing in enough money to cover costs, reports…

    • Queen Lane Apartments tower. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

New date set for Queen Lane Apartments implosion

After community outcry, city officials announced a date change for the highly-anticipated demolition of a public-housing high-rise in Germantown.  The Queen Lane Apartments tower, a vacant 16-story building in a residential…

    • Pioneer & Originator of the Steak Sandwich

August 14: The case for free transfers | Dilworth Plaza opens soon | Important bird area | Cheesesteak Vegas |

Los Angeles Metro recently eliminated their transfer charge. Riders can now transfer between rail and bus transit for free for two hours. Such a move appears to be off the…

    • Susan Dannenberg, board chair of the Friends of the Cresheim Trail, points out the nine-mile project already many years in the planning and building stages / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Plans for 9-mile trail through Wissahickon stumble over section of Germantown Avenue

The Philadelphia region currently has several hundred miles of trails and spurs, where hikers, runners and bikers can travel along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the Wissahickon and its tributaries, and…

    • Woodland Green pedestrian plaza

August 13: Permanent Woodland Green ped plaza | Bull case for Philly multifamily | Revel Casino's lesson for community development | What Philly really offers the DNC

Reality check on the apartment "overbuilding" talking point that pops up from time to time on local real estate blogs: Daniel Kline of Delancey Street Capital says he's not investing in…

    • 2012 Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan

August 12: 22nd St bike lane vs. ward politics | Pop-up realism | 7th cheapest state for car ownership | Still-affordable Philly

The city's 2012 Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan says that 22nd Street's bike lane is supposed to be extended north of Spring Garden to Fairmount when the street is restriped, but ward…

    • Bike Cloud near Sister Cities Park on Logan Circle
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Bike Clouds, Green Zones

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here are two bits of larger bike infrastructure improvements I spotted at Logan Circle last week: I’ve been excited about the…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

205 Race first Philly development to offer affordable units in exchange for more density

An Old City apartment building can get bigger because rent for 15 of its 148 apartments will be smaller. A provision in the city's new zoning code offers developers a density…

    • Wendy's now has clearance to build a restaurant with a drive-thru at this intersection in Roxborough

Court overturns ZBA ban on proposed Roxborough Wendy's drive-thru

After an appeal, a fast-food restaurant won the highly-contested right to include a drive-thru in their Roxborough building plans. In June, attorneys for developers Anthony and Frank Giovannone presented an appeal…

    • Baltimore bus stop

August 11: New Camden waterfront park | Pedestrian death map | Wm Penn High School sale blocked | Direct Tesla sales in PA

Governing Magazine stays on on the pedestrian deaths issue with an interactive map of pedestrian deaths across the United States. Notice how there are more pedestrian deaths in the more suburban…

    • In five weeks, this hulking structure at Queen Lane and Pulaski Avenue will be a thing of the past. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

PHA schedules Queen Lane Apartments implosion for Sept. 14

Queen Lane Apartments, a 16-story public housing high-rise in Germantown, is scheduled to be demolished on Sunday, Sept. 14. The highly anticipated date was revealed during a Thursday night community meeting…

    • Graffiti Pier

August 8: Connor Barwin on urbanism | Uber's new cheap paratransit | Soft pretzels on-demand | 99% of parking tickets accurate

Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin talks about why urbanism matters, why he likes riding his bike in the city, and how he got involved in the Ralph Brooks Park restoration effort.…

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