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    • German kids bike

July 16: Philly housing market round-up | German ideas to steal | Toomey's transportation funding idea

Single-family housing sales and prices are up all over the city, and Kevin Gillen says the market saw "its best quarter in ten years this past spring." Citywide, one-bedroom rents…

    • Work zone

July 15: PA lawmakers debate work-zone cameras | Senate committee goes after TIGER | City-owned blight in Parkside

“What the Secret Service want to do is kill the city for at least two days, preserve it in amber while the Pope visits, and then return it to working…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge, PlanPhilly

Did limited largesse muddle DRPA's mission control?

At this morning’s meeting, the DRPA Board of Commissioners voted to approve an $18-per-month discount for drivers that cross its bridges at least 18 times in a given month. While…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Bridge Toll Discount OK'd; PATCO Pontiff Tix; Franklin Square Station a go?

The Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners applauded itself after voting to approve a frequent commuter discount for vehicles that cross its bridges 18 times a month. But those claps…

    • Alternative 2

East Passyunk Crossing neighbors weigh in on redesign plans for E. Passyunk "sneckdown" intersection

Back in May, we brought you an update on one of the "sneckdown" intersections where East Passyunk Avenue meets 12th and Morris. The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation and the Commerce and…

    • 676 ramp

How easy is it to accidentally ride your bike onto I-676?

Nobody seems to know yet why two Indego riders ended up on I-676, but one point of interest that arose out of the discussion on Twitter was the apparent ease…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

Allan Domb: From Condo King to Tax Collector?

Allan Domb wants to collect all the taxes, and he thinks New York can show Philadelphia how to do it. Domb, a high-end real estate broker who was among the top…

    • SLS International

July 14: Record hotel occupancy | Philly's unaffordable affordable housing strategy | The problem of parochialism

Holly Otterbein connects the new Convention Center work rules to the news that Philly hotel occupancy is hitting record highs, and I also thought it was interesting that leisure travel…

    • The Porch

Your PhillyPlans: Urban Geek Drinks at The Porch, Kenney DJing TGIFridays, Downtown Delivery Symposium

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important happenings from our events page, and you can sign up here to get…

    • The Oval is being remade in bold, bright geometries
Eyes on the Street

The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

    • Dilworth Park

July 13: Checking in on the Stober campaign | Measuring the success of public spaces | Ride 'n' Park

The Inquirer has an excellent multimedia package of stories and graphics on commuting in Philadelphia that's very much worth your time. One big issue raised here is the challenge of bridging…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? It’s complicated...

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? If you were like me, you would probably say, “Bruce Springsteen” and grin smugly, as though this wasn’t the millionth time someone made…

    • PSFS building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PSFS sign to flip from neon to LED

For 83 years the PSFS sign has glowed above 12th and Market streets in red neon, but we’ll soon see those letters in a new light. On Friday the Philadelphia Historical…

    • The Royal

Historical Commission approves facadectomy for Royal Theater

The unpermitted placement of a rowhouse air conditioning unit generated more discussion from Historical Commission members than the Royal Theater’s hardship proceeding. The Royal, once a landmark entertainment venue for black…

    • St Laurentius, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius designated historic, demolition plans stalled

St. Laurentius lives to fight another day. The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to designate the Fishtown church as historic, accepting a nomination prepared on behalf of a passionate community of former…

    • Broad and Spruce

Bully for you, Center City! PennDOT to resurface South Broad and Market Streets

Usually, a press releases sent at 5 P.M. on a Friday means bad news. Something embarrassing or sad, something you don't want anyone to notice. The stuff you want to bury…

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

Court hears arguments about AAA auto-repair facility on the Delaware waterfront

Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas heard arguments on Friday regarding the development of a controversial AAA auto-repair facility on the Delaware River waterfront. The proposal is controversial because the master plan…

    • Artwork covering one window of a blighted building on Market Street in Harrisburg, Pa. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Keystone Crossroads: What's happening in Harrisburg beyond the budget that could affect Pa. cities?

State lawmakers have moved some blight and revitalization bills, although pensions and the Commonwealth’s next fiscal plan dominate discussions in Harrisburg. One piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Wolf’s signature aims to…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

July 10: Jim Kenney: Streets blogger | Pope fence happening | Super TIF bill

The Pope fence around Center City is real. The only question is how big. Jim Kenney is envisioning an administration with weaker deputy Mayors and stronger commissioners. Kenney has also…

    • Boyd Theatre demolition in progress, May 2015 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Parsing the preservation record

The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas recently sat down with Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development and commerce and executive director of the planning commission, to reflect on his seven years with…

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