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    • Zesoner

April 8: Helen Gym backs Vision Zero | Camden wins Golden Crater | Choice Neighborhoods update

Helen Gym became one of the first City Council candidates to publicly commit to a Vision Zero policy. I've heard Tom Wyatt and Paul Steinke commit to the policy at public…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

Design committee hears strong support for development at 43rd and Baltimore

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is now supporting the development of an apartment building at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philly, across the street from Clark Park. Blackwell had previously declined…

    • Christopher Sawyer

Q&A: Christopher Sawyer and John Kromer on blighted property activism, and the race for Sheriff

Back in 2011, Fels professor, former Director of Housing, and PlanPhilly community contributor John Kromer ran a grassroots campaign in the Democratic primary to be Philadelphia's last Sheriff, arguing that…

    • 2064 E Arizona Street

April 7: Walkability and CRE | Vine St. repairs coming | Rowhouse skins | BUILD Philly forum

William Bender analyzes the politics of prominent Northwest black political leaders endorsing Jim Kenney for Mayor. PennDOT is getting set to repair seven aging bridges over the Vine Street Expressway. Malcolm…

    • Four trolley routes (11, 13, 34 and 36) use the portal

New trolleys for SEPTA? Expect delays. But there's better news for bi-level Regional Rail cars

Recent reports that SEPTA would be replacing its old streetcars with sleek, modern trolleys created quite a buzz. Folks should be excited: new articulated trolleys would substantially increase passenger capacity on…

    • Rittenhouse Square lot

Land taxes: What they are, and why we're hearing more about them.

Tom Ferrick took the mayoral candidates to task this morning for running on increasing school funding while running away from Michael Nutter's proposed property tax increase, and reviewed some of the…

    • Edward Corner

April 6: Mayor's race dead heat | How to use bike share | The decline of walking to school

A PPP poll commissioned by Forward Philadelphia PAC, who are backing Jim Kenney, says the Mayoral race is a dead heat between Kenney and Anthony Williams. Take partisan polls with…

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April 3: Capozzi out | Parking placards unenforced | Onion Flats redeveloping Front and Norris

Some contract employees are striking at Philadelphia International Airport over wages. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says the Highway Trust Fund will run out of money in July. Commenter kclo3 alerted…

    • Doleys
Eyes on the Street

Streetviews Q&A: Aine & Emaleigh Doley, Germantown community organizers

This week’s Streetviews Q&A features sisters Aine and Emaleigh Doley, community organizers in Germantown. We sat down in a garden on their block to talk about some of Philly’s biggest challenges…

    • Market Street Memorial at dusk (simulation) / Hussam SH, Elkhrraz

Art Commission gets Market St. Memorial walk-through; approves City Hall and Septa plans

The Philadelphia Art Commission received an emotional, in-depth presentation Wednesday from the 22nd & Market Memorial Committee concerning progress the group is making in commemorating the site where six people died…

    • Preliminary draft system map

Pittsburgh's new bus maps show transit agencies a way forward

It may be hard to believe, but there was a time before Google Maps. A time before Garmin. A time before ubiquitous GPS. It was a time when maps were where…

    • Lehigh Avenue, Fairhill

Abraham wants to double the tax abatement in underdeveloped neighborhoods

Lynne Abraham says the city could simultaneously encourage growth and protect homeowners if it would double the length of the 10-year property-tax abatement in blighted and underdeveloped neighborhoods outside of Center…

    •  River Wards district planning meeting / PCPC

River Wards District Plan focuses on Lehigh Avenue, Richmond and Allegheny, and Aramingo

Earlier this week, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the second of its series of public district planning meetings in the River Wards. The area is roughly bounded by Frankford Street,…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Driving up, PATCO down, & nepotism policy tweaked

Delaware River Port Authority traffic counts and PATCO ridership for January were reported today, and the DRPA Board voted to approve a change to its nepotism policy to allow the hiring…

    • Pay by phone

April 1: PlanPhilly events list | ZBA undermining transit | Debating the flip tax | Pay-by-phone parking

We've been seeing more traffic on our events page recently, so we decided to pilot a new weekly events email. You can sign up here to get a list of the…

    • A pile of trash and parked vehicles on the former Helen Street basketball court
Eyes on the Street

Don't Trash Philly

Can Philly clean up it's act? The Next Great City Coalition argues that it's time for Philly to get serious about curbing our trash issues, from illegal dumping to mindless littering.…

    • Coalition for Affordable Communities calling for anti-speculation tax

Advocates for affordable communities call for anti-speculation tax

Are there ways to capture the rising tide that comes with new development while making sure it lifts more boats in the places changing most? Can the city do more to…

    • pop up pools

March 31: Bike share launch | Pop-up pools | Betting on South Street's future | Parkway bike lanes back

Bike share officially launches on April 23rd. You can sign up for a membership now online, and you can even pay cash at 7/11 or Family Dollar. Taylor Farnsworth wants…

    • The Taino Gardens, located on 6th and Dauphin streets, are rental developments as part of APM's developments.

Council to hold hearings on housing affordability in Philadelphia

Low-income households make up a full three quarters of Philadelphia’s population of renters, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. That statistic comes from a study on the affordability and…

    • Joggers on Kelly Drive | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Calling city runners to crowdsource run-ins and amenities

Alon Abramson wants to help Philly become the best running city possible - and runners, he wants your help. Abramson, who organizes the West Philly Runners club, lists trails and running…

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