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    • Illustration of proposed Skyspace at Philadelphia Museum of Art | KSK

New Turrell 'Skyspace' planned by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, overlooking the falls and Fairmount Water Works below, there are two gazebos. Now the museum is proposing installation of a third, 21st century addition to…

    • 676 during the Papal visit

July 12: Vine Street cap workshop this week | Airport workers consider DNC strike | Casa Farnese

U.S. DOT's public workshop on capping the Vine Street Expressway is this Thursday evening at 1101 Vine Street, and the concept unveiling will be held on Friday. As Jim Saksa reported…

    • New parklet at The Quick Fixx, 1511 South Street

L+I letters demanding removal of “street furniture” during DNC scare restaurants in miscommunication

When Matt Levinson returned from an out-of-town trip, the manager of his Graduate Hospital restaurant, The Quick Fixx, handed him the kind of letter no owner wants to see: demands from…

    • Taxi driver protest, 2014 | Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Taxis, limos, and disabled activists to file lawsuit seeking injunction of PPA’s agreement to effectively legalize Uber

A coalition of taxi drivers, limousine drivers, and advocates for the disabled announced, calling itself Fair Ride Philly, plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas seeking…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

July 11: Viaduct tax delinquency | Protesting in the street | Falls Bridge Lofts

Good morning, Philly. Let’s make this a better week, and for you regional rail commuters, here’s to a new contingency schedule for SEPTA. If money is among the most significant obstacles…

    • neighborhood potters 3

Fairmount Ave filling in, growing up, searches for identity

The changes are coming fast, if not furious, on Fairmount Avenue from the scaffold-clad Divine Lorraine at Broad, to construction projects on the corridor and restaurants westward toward Parkway. Though this…

    • Passengers at the Ardmore Station look up the tracks as a SEPTA train approaches. (Jonathan Wilson for Newsworks)

Silverliner silver lining: SEPTA leases trains to ease Regional Rail crunch, which will last past Labor Day

It’s great to have good neighbors, someone whose door you can knock on unexpectedly to borrow a cup of sugar. Thankfully for SEPTA and its Regional Rail riders, SEPTA has some…

    • The view from Bok

July 8: DNC Fence | Silencing Thunder Road | Bok is Back | Loose Booze Blues | Hugs!

The United States Secret Service released a map of road closures for the DNC, and Katie Colaneri has the details. It’s no Pope Fence, but may still be a bit…

    • Taxi regulation

After PPA gives Uber 90-day pass, taxis promise “chaos” during the DNC, and lawsuits

If you were worried that the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia later this month wouldn’t be as interesting as the protest-filled Republican National Convention in 2000 or the cluster jam…

    • 4046-4048 Chestnut, next to 4050 Chestnut

Pending demolition and designation on Chestnut Street in Spruce Hill

The wall clock in Judge Linda Carpenter’s City Hall courtroom is stopped. But in preservation questions, as in life, timing is everything. Time is the elemental issue in a case before…

    • Camac Street's oak block pavers were getting chewed up. (October 9, 2012)

July 7: Senate rejects 'sanctuary cities' bill | Uber truce | Maintaining Camac |

The U.S. Senate again rejected Senator Pat Toomey's bill blocking federal Community Development Block Grants from sanctuary cities like Philadelphia, the Associated Press reports.  The Philadelphia Parking Authority is temporarily allowing…

    • One Water Street, June 2016

Kenney administration considering enforcement change in response to One Water Street

Last week on WHYY’s Radio Times, Mayor Jim Kenney addressed the recent controversy over One Water Street, where PMC Property Group backed away from including 25 reduced-rate units in their…

    • Evening rush hour at Suburban Station, July 5, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Silverliner Playbook: What SEPTA's contract with Hyundai Rotem means for fixing the regional rail mess

The defect that has sidelined a third of SEPTA’s regional rail fleet will cost someone a lot of money. Just how that bill gets split up, though, remains to be seen.…

    • Temple Student Health & Wellness Center - perspective from 15th and Montgomery | Temple University / Moody Nolan, July 2016

Mixed design reviews for Temple, East Kensington, Northern Liberties and Winchester Park projects

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review committee recommended approval of three of the five projects it heard in a lengthy meeting Tuesday afternoon: special purpose zoning for Philadelphia University’s campus, Temple’s new…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Abatements, assessments, and unanswered questions from land value shift in 2017 property taxes

Ever since the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) released the new 2017 property assessments, unanswered questions have lingered regarding whose tax liabilities increased and why. The 2017 assessments shifted more value…

    • Pat Toomey

July 6: Sanctuary cities take center stage in PA Senate race | Uber luring regional rail users | Commuting hacks

The U.S. Senate is set to vote today on PA Senator Pat Toomey's bill withholding Community Block Grant Funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities' like Philadelphia that decline to prosecute people solely…

    • Perry World House, from Locust Walk, June 2016
Eyes on the Street

History grafted into contemporary design at Penn’s new Perry World House

These days Penn’s campus is being remade in a new era of major construction projects, each with robust enough budgets to match the university’s high design aspirations. There are show stopping,…

    • Philadelphia University, Institutional Plan - NW aerial view | CDR presentation, July 2016

Design committee narrowly approves Philadelphia University rezoning

“It seems that there was a PR miscalculation,” architect Cecil Baker said woefully. At first, the Civic Design Review (CDR) committee was optimistic about Philadelphia University’s proposal to rezone its campus…

    • At the Ardmore Station passengers board a train going to Philadelphia. SEPTA trains are running on a modified Saturday schedule. (Jonathan Wilson for Newsworks)

SEPTA and Regional Rail commuters respond to reduced service, Hyundai Rotem silent on defect

Days after SEPTA pulled nearly every railroad car Hyundai Rotem built out of service, no one is picking up the phone at the company’s manufacturing facility in South Philadelphia. Not for…

    • Silverliner V | John Corbett, Creative Commons

July 5: Silverliner V reactions | Bike commuting from the burbs | Universal housing vouchers

Reactions to SEPTA's Silverliner V woes continue to roll in this morning. Emily Babay and Mari Schaefer hit the regional rail stations this morning to talk with frustrated commuters, some of…

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