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    • Winter steel moving | Al Be Franke, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Transit in 2016: No Mass Transformations (yet)

Ah, it’s the end of the year, that time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come, and things are no different here at…

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

2016 Rewind: Top 10 most-read stories

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    • St. Mary of the Assumption, Manayunk, 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks (file)

Redevelopment approach to St. Mary's site frustrates Manayunk neighbors

In a community as dense as Manayunk, any development proposal that will bring more housing units and fewer parking spaces faces a tough fight from longtime residents who feel the neighborhood…

    • Construction crews putting final touches on Manayunk Bridge | Lindsay Lazarski/Keystone Crossroads

December 23: Whither goes our withering bridges? | Underground raves adopt safety dance | Law of Ancient Lights

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    • Council President Clarke, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation, and Mayor Jim Kenney at Rebuild grant announcement in November 2016. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Council President Clarke airs concerns with Rebuild initiative's proposed structure

As the Kenney administration enters its second year, one big policy issue on the horizon will be the mayor’s $500 million commitment to reinvest in the city’s parks, libraries, and recreation…

    • SEPTA General Counsel Gino Benedetti. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA spent $423,000 on lawyers during labor negotiations

SEPTA spent $423,388 on outside labor counsel to handle negotiations with Transport Workers Union Local 234 (TWU) over the five-year contract agreed to after a six-day strike in November. The lead…

    • Packer Marine Terminal, Port of Philadelphia, 2013 | AP Photo/Matt Rourke

December 22: Trump inscrutable on infrastructure | Port's money ship comes in | Billboard bait-n-switch?

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Artful illuminations unveiled on Spring Garden Street, improving connection between Northern Liberties and waterfront

On a cold, December night, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) unveiled some hot new lights that have been a long time coming to the stretch of Spring Garden Street under…

    • Powel Elementary School (file) | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

December 21: $6 million to Promise Zone schools | Inside Divine Lorraine | Trusting Trump's infrastructure plan

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    • Don't trash the street. Don't be a pig. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

Philadelphia aiming to achieve zero waste goal by 2035

Imagining a clean Philadelphia is hard, but Mayor Jim Kenney is trying to tackle that challenge. He wants to reduce the 2.5 million tons of waste that the city generated in…

    • north 13th street

Philadelphia's disappearing low-cost rental housing revealed in Fed gentrification study

“Gentrification” is a perennial topic in Philadelphia. Community groups fear rising costs and displacement coming to their neighborhood. Academics discuss the extent to which we need to be concerned. Regional leaders…

    • from A Place to Live

Keystone Crossroads: A 1940s documentary about housing and poverty in Philadelphia, and progress since then

The 1941 Academy Awards were notable for several reasons. "Citizen Kane" failed to win Best Picture, which instead went to "How Green Was My Valley." There was great anticipation from the…

    • Former Weisbrod and Hess brewery complex | Andrew Fearon, used in nomiation

Nine properties recommended for historic designation to finish 2016

After the fireworks around St. Laurentius that kicked off the December 14 meeting of the historical designation committee, there were another 12 properties on the agenda. Some proved just as contentious…

    • Mummers Parade, Photo by Shrimpcracker

December 20: Valid soda tax | Diversifying Mummery | climate data hoarding

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    • Locust Street, east from 13th, 1959 | Department of Records via PhillyHistory.org

December 19: Lead dust | DNC supporting literacy program | The Lincoln and life on Locust

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    • SEPTA’s Comly district’s decorations were inspired by the Nigh Before Christmas. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA Festibus competition spreads joy to the (transit) world [photos]

The Callowhill Bus Depot in West Philly looked a lot like Santa’s workshop Tuesday afternoon—if Santa traded in eight flying reindeer (plus Rudolph) for eight decorated 40-foot buses (plus three decked-out…

    • Sunset on the Reading Viaduct | Bob Bruhin

December 16: Reopening Vaux High School | DIY bike lane | Conservatorship for Willow steam plant

If you read PlanPhilly how about contributing to support our work? It’s halfway through December and we are halfway to our goal of raising $25,000 this month. Already members of our…

    • Zoning map detail showing CMX 2.5 and CMX 2 zones in North Philadelphia

Planning Commission supports 36 changes to zoning code

2016’s final meeting of the Planning Commission centered on a year end zoning reform omnibus bill introduced by Councilman William Greenlee on behalf of City Council President Darrell Clarke. The bill…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Committee hesitant to recommend historic designation for St. Laurentius' interior

On Wednesday the Historical Commission’s Designation Committee ended up on the receiving end of a lecture about the wrongs suffered by Polish people in the modern era, in a nearly two-hour…

    • Sing me one of them pretty songs | Al BeFranke

December 15: Sanctuary history | 10,000 green jobs check-in | Stubbornly white neighborhoods

December is halfway done and PlanPhilly needs your help if we’re going to raise $25,000 this month from readers like you to support our journalism. We’ve raised a little more than…

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