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    • Community College of Philadelphia

June 8: Bass says Kenney has the soda votes | Community College housing development | Shaming the dumpers

Councilwoman Cindy Bass says Jim Kenney has the votes to pass a soda tax, likely at a rate of 1.5 cents per ounce, report Tricia Nadolny and Julia Terruso. Bass had…

    • Melon Street, Mantua | Ashley Hahn

Mantua residents want to rezone their neighborhood. Does their Councilwoman?

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church sits at the intersection of Haverford Avenue and 36th Street in West Philadelphia’s Mantua section. On June 2, over 75 people packed into the community room, with…

    • Noncompliant billboard on New State Road.

City Council advances pro-billboard legislation even after city stripped of authority to regulate highway billboards

Following a contentious hearing, a city council committee approved a trio of bills that would bring one longtime illegal billboard into local code compliance and pave the way for the construction…

    • Society Hill Playhouse, June 2016

New proposal surfaces to replace Society Hill Playhouse

Now that Toll Brothers has abandoned residential development plans for the site of the Society Hill Playhouse and the parking garage across the street, a new developer is moving on the…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Gov. Christie vetoes Port Authority union contracts minutes before deadline

UPDATE: After initial publication, a Christie spokesperson forwarded the letter. This article has been updated with details of the letter, which is available in its entirety below. In a quiet,…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

O’Neill bill to codify councilmanic prerogative amended, but opposition remains

Councilman Brian O’Neill’s bill requiring a district councilmember’s support for any proposed subdivision was amended during a Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, but the proposed changes failed to ameliorate the bill’s…

    • Spring Garden Connector: new pavers, metal panels
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Spring Garden connector installation underway

The part of Spring Garden Street below the Market-Frankford El station and I-95 is a long, unwelcoming gateway to Northern Liberties and does nothing to signal that there’s an increasingly accessible…

    • Mifflin Square vendors

June 7: CDCs want PMC to pay up | Street food vendors cleared from Mifflin Square | E-Z Pass scofflaws

The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) sent a letter to the Kenney administration calling on them to push PMC Property Group to either provide the reduced-rate units they agreed…

    • Frederick Street | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Northwest residents boo changes to ‘steep slope’ zoning code, RCO rules debated

In a public hearing Monday, community organizers from neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia expressed unanimous disapproval of the City Planning Commission’s proposed changes to the “steep slope” provisions in the zoning code,…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Local environmental group questions SEPTA proposal for natural gas plant in Nicetown

SEPTA enjoys a pretty good track record when it comes to bridges, maintaining over 350 that consistently deliver trains safely over rivers and highways across the region. Commuters sometimes grumble when…

    • One Water Street

City to withhold One Water Street’s certificate of occupancy over affordable housing units

The Department of Licenses and Inspections plans to withhold a certificate of occupancy for One Water Street unless its developers deliver the 25 affordable housing units that were a condition for…

    • Collapse zone

June 6: Unreformed L&I | Philadelphia as Real America | Sprawl tax

Three years after seven people were killed in the building collapse at 22nd and Market, is the Department of Licenses and Inspections any better prepared to prevent a repeat of the…

    • One Water Street

June 3: Philly sued over lead testing | One Water Street wants backsies on affordable housing | Free land

The law firm Hagens Berman filed a class action lawsuit against the city of Philadelphia, over water testing protocols that they argue "temporarily hide" lead contamination levels, The Guardian reports. They…

    • The Piazza

June 2: The Schmidt's Commons | Society Hill Playhouse in flux | Uber gets $3.5B

Donald Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, has a plan to make The Piazza great again, says Sharon Lurye, and it involves a more laid-back programming mix, and filling the high-turnover retail…

    • Mantua Greenway: Memorial Garden

Design concepts unveiled for Mantua Greenway

Spring was a season of progress for Mantua residents, who have been making plans for a green corridor and recreational trail along the neighborhood’s northern border. By late 2017, residents and…

    • MLK Drive trail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

MLK Drive Trail wins $500,000 grant for restoration

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) approved a $500,000 grant to restore nearly four miles of trail running along Martin Luther King Jr. Drive at its monthly board meeting Thursday.…

    • Ridge Flats, rendering looking north | May 2016

Ridge Flats gets okay from Civic Design Review

In offering two pages of detailed commentary, they did not go easily into that good night. Still, the Civic Design Review Board (CDR) eased the way for Ridge Flats, a mixed-use…

    • Public Safety Services Campus

June 1: Kenney exploring Inquirer building for PPD HQ | Bike fatalities up | Parking space and people space

Despite spending around $40 million so far to turn the Provident Mutual Insurance Building at 46th and Market into a Public Safety Services Campus for the Police Department, David Gambacorta reports…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

O'Neill bill would codify councilmanic prerogative in subdivision process

A new bill from 10th District Councilman Brian O’Neill could write councilmanic prerogative into the city’s routine planning procedures first time, by shifting power over property subdivisions that the city charter…

    • Parking Meters

City Council hearing on red light camera program and parking revenue sheds no new light

At a joint hearing of City Council’s streets and education committees Friday, councilmembers spent the better part of two-and-a-half hours asking officials from the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), the School District…

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