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    •  1601 Vine Street

Latter Day Saints meeting house and associated residential tower pass muster at CDR, without public art details

After reviewing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints' plans for an apartment tower, townhouses, retail space and a meeting house at 1601 Vine Street, the planning commission's design…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park hammock grove | Matt Stanley, courtesy of DRWC
Eyes on the Street

Pop-up lessons in adaptation and magic

Philly has taken the pop-up bait hook, line and sinker. Or maybe hammock, lantern, and shipping container. We’re hopelessly into these low-cost but high-impact temporary “placemaking” projects that turn underused spots…

    • Honest Tom's

August 7: Philly's most exciting parking garage | Cash advance for schools | US DOT wants to give directly to cities

US DOT head Anthony Foxx continued his advocacy for more local control of transportation funds and more bike and pedestrian safety funding at a virtual town hall. The political context is…

    • Girard Station
    • Pedestrian crash hotspots 2008-2012

Maps: Pedestrian death rates are higher in poorer areas of Philadelphia

One interesting theme from City Council's rollout of the CSI initiative was the recognition that some interest groups and constituents speak louder than others, which can distort Council members' sense of…

    • New skyline

August 5: No action on school funding | Pier 53 could open soon | Suburban poverty on the rise | What's next for Destination Maternity building?

Governor Tom Corbett and top Republican leaders met yesterday to try to save the enabling legislation that would allow Philadelphia to raise the cigarette tax to fund schools, and they came…

    • Renaissance Plaza rendering. Alesker&Dundon Architects

August 4: Our new $70M budget hole | More parking variances from ZBA | Useless sharrows | PUC wants to curb rooftop solar

A new contract award for police has opened up a $70 million hole in the city budget. For context, Philadelphia's budget is about $4.5 billion, but only a small part of…

    • The 104-year-old house at 415 W. Moreland Ave. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

'Beyond repair' home at heart of historic-preservation battle in Chestnut Hill

The proposed demolition of a historically significant house and the subdivision of the lot for the construction of two new homes would set a dangerous precedent for Chestnut Hill, according to…

    • Automat sign, 818 Chestnut Street
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Automat Americana

One of Philly’s finest Art Deco storefronts is 818 Chestnut Street, where the first Horn & Hardart Automat opened in 1902. Passing by the other day I noticed that the facade's…

    • Planning's man for all seasons

City can be remapped in 3 years for $3 million, Planning Commission says

Out-of-date zoning maps are bad for everybody. On the one hand, they slow down the pace of development by forcing builders to get extra approvals for projects that are appropriate for…

    • Innovation Lab

August 1: Cigarette tax session cancelled | Zoning fix for multi-generational housing | City government's Innovation Lab | Highway funding gimmicks

Philly school funding is imperiled once again. Lawmakers were supposed to meet August 15th to pass state enabling legislation for a local cigarette tax, but House Republicans have been unable…

    • Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez stands in front of 2432 N. 4th Street, a blighted, tax delinquent property in her district March 1, 2013. (David Swanson / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

Philadelphia Land Bank holds its first meeting

It took more than ten years of conversations for Philadelphia to form a land bank, but the first public meeting of the agency’s board was over in about ten minutes. On…

    • Pennsylvania casino map

Closing of AC casinos won't influence PA gaming board decision

There's no longer an estimate of when PGCB commissioners will announce their Philadelphia license decision. The closing and prospective shuttering of several Atlantic City casinos legally can't influence the gaming board's…

    • Activity at the Queen Lane Apartments site now sees a crane standing taller than the high-rise building. (Brian Hickey/WHYY)

Crews clearing way for impending Queen Lane Apartments implosion

The Philadelphia Housing Authority is in the midst of prepping Queen Lane Apartments for a seconds-long implosion tentatively slated for the fall. The 16-story high-rise tower must be "hollow" before it…

    • Hoverboarding prohibited

July 31: Johnson and Farnese back pop-ups | Cig tax in trouble | New Kid Hazo | Capturing transit land values

Is the local cigarette tax to fund Philadelphia schools in jeopardy again? Angela Couloumbis and Troy Graham report that House Republicans in Harrisburg are having trouble whipping Republican votes for the…

    • Council President Clarke describes Community Sustainability Initiative

Council plans to use quality-of-life data to guide future budget decisions

PlanPhilly reporter Jared Brey contributed to this report At a Tuesday press conference, City Council President Darrell Clarke and other members of Council revealed the Community Sustainability Initiative, a plan they…

    • NACTO street design

July 30: University City crime rates dropping | $106M for The Gallery | Big win for NACTO | How to force a Sheriff's sale

Macerich Co, a California-based company with experience in urban mall development, will invest $106.8M in The Gallery. "Macerich will acquire a 50 percent interest in the Gallery under terms of the…

    • Anthony Williams

Senator (and Mayoral candidate) Anthony Williams pens letter to LCB supporting pop-up beer gardens

Since the news first broke that four state lawmakers had written to the Liquor Control Board expressing "grave concern" that the 2012 catering permit regulations were being interpreted too loosely, other…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park

Would a new pop-up "industry" be a bad thing for Philly?

One interesting wrinkle to watch in the debate over pop-up beer gardens is the disagreement between Rep. John Taylor and John Longacre of the Philadelphia Tavern Owners Association over how widespread…

    • Bikeshare PHL

July 29: Renaming 30th St. Station | Laura Sparks to head William Penn | Local impact of the downgrade | Bike share as transit

Chaka Fattah's bill to rename 30th Street Station is sailing through Congress, with the support of every member of the Pennsylvania delegation. Peter J. Degnan is resigning from the William…

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