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    • The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine could become a boutique hotel.

Why there are 11 new hotels in the pipeline for Philly

SLS International recently  proposed a new Hyde Hotel on South Broad Street at Pine, just down the street from another SLS hotel currently under construction at Broad and Spruce. These are…

    • 1911 Walnut - Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Proposed Rittenhouse apartment tower design assumes a number of approvals

The sky’s the limit at 1911 Walnut Street, at least according to Southern Land Company. The development group presented preliminary plans for the vacant lot, which sits across the street from…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: CEO Hanson to get a pay raise; union wants one, too

On the day Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) CEO John Hanson was supposed to receive a raise, a union official asked for the same for his workers at this morning’s meeting…

    • Mayor Michael Nutter, 2011 | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly

Mayoral Mobility: How Philly got around, got along, and got by under Nutter

PlanPhilly is taking a look back at Philadelphia during the Nutter Years and down the road at what to expect from the Kenney administration. Jim Saksa offers the next installment in…

    • 1300 block of Spring Garden

January 20: Last call for Southport plans | L+I wants sidewalk fining powers | Development plans for Spring Garden lot

Linda Loyd reports the Port Authority board is requesting final proposals for the redevelopment of Southport on the eastern end of the Navy Yard. Among the competing proposals are "a traditional…

    • Proposed development at 2012-2020 Wharton Street, rendering from JKR Partners

Planning Commission called racist after voting to support Point Breeze housing development

Two members of Concerned Citizens of Point Breeze, a small community organization that has fought for years to stop high-end housing developments and residential rezonings in the South Philadelphia neighborhood, accused…

    • Light Mast

January 19: North Broad Street's retail future | Hard shoulders and first responders | Bicentennial shenanigans

Jason Laughlin talks to some experts about PennDOT's idea to open the shoulders on I-76 to traffic during certain times of the day. Michael Noda, author of the Sic Transit Philadelphia…

    • Bok School

January 15: PennDOT considers turning I-76 shoulder into drive lane | Bok's first floor leased | Domb, hoverboarder

PennDOT is considering turning the shoulder of I-76 into a temporary drive lane, reports Joe Hernandez. The idea is just one of many PennDOT is looking at for a study…

    • 3811 Main Street (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

After neighborhood pushback, residential development on Main Street nixed

A request for variances to build a 65-unit apartment complex on Manayunk's lower Main Street, a project that has been opposed by two neighboring civic groups, was denied by the Zoning…

    • Sharswood-Blumberg area | PHA

Parsing the Housing Authority's plans for Sharswood

Ten years and $675 million. That’s what the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) is planning to spend on transforming Sharswood, the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding the Norman Blumberg public-housing complex, according to…

    • Jim Kenney, January 13, 2016

Kenney strikes note of continuity at annual Planning Commission gathering

“The cynics will say that people don’t care about their neighborhoods or what’s going on in their neighborhoods, and they’re wrong, because look around this room,” said Mayor Jim Kenney,  speaking…

    • St. Charles Borromeo Roman Catholic Church

Archdiocese reminds parishes not to cooperate with external preservation efforts

Last week, Catholic parishes around Philadelphia received a note from Monsignor Daniel Kutys, the Moderator of the Curia, who coordinates administrative affairs for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The purpose of the…

    • SEPTA poster

January 14: SEPTA hears it from regional rail riders | Manayunk condo accepts Bitcoins | North Philly political crossfire

Powerful electrician's union leader John Dougherty stepped down as 1st Ward leader, reports Holly Otterbein, and committeepeople elected 20th division committeeman Tom Rumbaugh to take his place. This fall, Dougherty …

    • PATCO City Hall station

January 13: Bernie Sanders' property tax plan | LEED Gold for Goldtex | Abandoned PATCO

As of January 1, Philadelphia's building code began requiring all new residential construction to include in-sink garbage disposals, reports Laura Bliss. The reason? "More disposals directing pulverized food waste into…

    • 'A New Chapter' | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

2016 Civic Wish List

Each new year is full of unwritten promise. What will we collectively author for Philly in 2016? Here’s my annual civic wish list, with seven hopes for change in 2016. What’s…

    • Draft Tier 1 EIS Alternative 3 - Transform

FRA presents expensive, alternative futures for Amtrak's Northeast Corridor

Long train rides have an almost magical ability to free the rider’s thoughts from quotidian concerns, to let one’s mind wander unworried with the primary task at hand, arrival at some…

    • Bowie Forever

January 12: Lenfest donates Inquirer, Daily News to new non-profit | Kenney lauds open data | Plastic soul

Some major media news this morning as Jeff Gammage reports H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, sole owner of Philadelphia Media Network, which includes the Inquirer, Daily News, and Philly.com, has donated those news organizations…

    • Hoverboard

January 11: Water rate increase proposed | Yards expansion | Temple bans hoverboards

The Philadelphia Water Department is proposing an 11% rate increase, reports Pat Loeb. “The Water Rate Board will set a minimum of four hearings and once we have the public input…

    • Richards Medical Research Laboratories | Cliff Williams, via Flickr | Creative Commons License

January 8: Wilson Goode, Jr. back as senior policy advisor | Making housing vouchers an entitlement | Wheelmen's bicycle club

Former four-term City Council member Wilson Goode, Jr. was appointed to the new City Council staff position of senior policy advisor, reports Damon WIlliams. One takeaway from Jared Brey's profile of…

    • New Bus Shelter unveiled at Broad and Cecil B. Moore

City solicits feedback on new bus shelter locations

The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities is installing 600 new bus shelters and is looking for the public’s help in picking good locations for some of them. If you’re tired…

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