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Civic Design Review wraps up 3600 Civic Center Blvd. and 1900 Arch St.

In the videos below (produced by Ryan Shaw), the Civic Design Review Committee discusses two projects, a Penn Medicine development at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard, and the expansion of an apartment…

    • Zoning Reform Commission

Explain That Term: Zoning Board of Adjustment

Explain That Term is a new feature we'll be rolling out with Blueprint2015 to demystify some of the jargon we inevitably use covering planning issues. See a term in one of…

    • The new zoning code wanted less of this, but the ZBA is still approving it.

July 10: ZBA Undermining Zoning Reform | Williams on Defense | Transportation Doomsday | Drivers Hate Philly | PPA Mobile Payments

It's an exciting day here at Plan Philly as we roll out our Blueprint2015 project with PennPraxis, covering the 2015 campaign. In case you missed it, here's a statement on the…

    • Farm 51, 2013 | Neal Santos
Eyes on the Street

Urban farms still struggle to put down legal roots

Which would you choose for your block: A weed-choked illegal dumping ground or a quasi-legal market farm growing everything from sunflowers to spinach? Turn the corner of 51st onto Chester and…

    • Home ownership rates by zipcode. Courtesy Pew

Pew study: Drop in Philadelphia's homeownership rate among highest in nation

Still, more Philadelphians own their homes than do residents of other major East Coast and Midwest cities. And more low-income Philadelphians are homeowners than in most other places, too. Home ownership…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

PlanPhilly will focus intently on the politics that impact design, planning and development in Philadelphia

Since 2007, PlanPhilly, has informed and engaged citizens in the design, planning and development processes in Philadelphia. As a professionally-staffed, non-partisan news watchdog we have worked hard to create transparency around…

    • City Hall

PennPraxis and PlanPhilly to launch planning and reporting project to establish an agenda for candidates for mayor and City Council in the 2015 races.

I’m writing to give you an early heads up on a visioning project you’ll be hearing about over the coming months. PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will be working to produce Blueprint2015: Building…

    • #SEPTA247

July 9: Cigarette Tax Ping-Pong | Late Night SEPTA Numbers Up | Power Lines Down | Basement-Dwelling Millennials

Good morning! Here's what we're reading this Wednesday. What stories are on your radar this morning? The local cigarette tax to fund Philly schools is in trouble as the state Senate…

    • Independence Beer Garden, July 8, 2014
Eyes on the Street

SPOTTED: Pop-up spaces sprout, tree seats, Wistar reveal, and night owls

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what we spotted this week: Pop Ups Crop Up Each year Philly adopts new pop-up public spaces and each year…

    • DUI Trends By Age

Coincidence? Philly's had fewer DUI arrests since ride-sharing apps arrived

Philadelphia has largely been left out of Pennsylvania's fight over e-hailing apps, and the story hasn't gotten too much coverage over on our side of the state, so here's the quick…

    • Amtrak Ridership

July 8: Preservation Tax Credit Saved | Cigarette Tax Still in Limbo | 30th St's High Amtrak Ridership | Another Building Collapse | Philly's Red Tape | Connecting the Circuit

While other advocacy groups across the state nervously wait for the budget minutiae to trickle out of Harrisburg, preservationists can unclench a bit - the PA Senate ended up rejecting a…

    • Jay R. Goldstein is chief executive officer, president and director of Valley Green Bank. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Northwest Philly's Valley Green Bank sold for $76 million, will retain name

Valley Green Bank, which takes its name from the verdant land that runs through its home turf in Northwest Philadelphia, will merge next year with Univest Corp., one of the…

    • Gray's Ferry Triangle | Graduate Hospital

July 7: Southwest Philly Rowhouse Fire | Urbanism Politics in Graduate Hospital | Gillen's Pitch to Millennials | Philly's Rising Rents | PUC vs. Uber

Hello. I'm Jon Geeting - Plan Philly's new engagement editor. We're making some exciting changes around here which we'll have more to say about soon. For now, I'll be bringing you…

    • Independence Square, August 11, 1927 | Aero Service Corp image #7635 | courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, Texas
Eyes on the Street

From Above: Independence Square, 1927

In honor of Independence Day we take this opportunity to see this historic view of Independence Hall and what would become its mall, from above. In this aerial view from…

    • Stormy sunset skyline, July 2, 2014
Eyes on the Street

July 3: SEPTA's late buses | Undercover to curb illegal dumping | Cigarette tax passes PA House | DRPA hires crisis communications pro | Chief Data Officer, Tim Wisniewski

Hot. Rain. (Again.) Arthur has been upgraded to a hurricane and will be swinging past us in one form or another. That could mean rain on our parade. For now, your…

    • The inside of the Penn Treaty Museum box.

National Museum of the American Indian treaty exhibition featuring Penn Treaty Museum artifact opens in September

This box, part of the Penn Treaty Museum Collection, will be on display as part of the National Museum of the American Indian's treaty exhibition. A box carved from the wood…

    • Lower Northwest PCPC meeting

Lower Northwest meeting highlights waterfront improvements

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) held a public meeting on June 27 to generate ideas for new developments and improvements to the Lower Northwest district’s areas along the East Falls,…

    • East Terrace Aerial Rendering | (c) Gehry Partners, LLP
Eyes on the Street

Frank Gehry's "quiet intervention" at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Renowned architect Frank Gehry was hired by the Philadelphia Museum of Art in 2006 to develop a master plan for the museum, part of the seismic effect of his highly sculptural…

    • Please Touch Museum, Memorial Hall | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group
    • Rendering of 1 Water Street. Varenhorst

Waterfront apartment project completes design review

One Water Street, the first major private, by-right development to be proposed for the Central Delaware Waterfront since a new zoning overlay intended to implement the master plan was enacted last…

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