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

Environmentalists boo as SEPTA Board OKs natural gas power plant in Nicetown

SEPTA’s monthly board meeting ended in contained chaos Thursday afternoon as a small cadre of environmental activists protested the board’s authorization of a proposed natural gas cogeneration plant near the Midvale…

    • A new view | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

City officials say election results won’t change Philly’s sustainability plans

Mayor Jim Kenney said last week’s presidential election results didn’t change the fact that carbon pollutants cause climate change and, because climate change is real, he said, the city relationship to…

    • University City, going up. | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Takeaways from the State of University City, 2016

The University City District wants you to know that Philadelphia is about to have two central business districts—if it doesn’t already. This year “State of University City” report is a data-filled,…

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    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

Planning Commission weighs in on medical marijuana, Logan Triangle zoning

On Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Planning Commission voted to recommend a raft of remapping bills and two bigger changes to the zoning code. One would add a new “sustainability coordinator” position…

    • Benjamin and Deborah Franklin's gravestone | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

November 16: City power | NJ Transit crisis | Fixing Franklin's gravestone

Nathaniel Popkin interviews Robert Schragger, author of “City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age”, on what cities can (and can’t) do to resist federal authority and policies they do not…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New housing nears completion, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: PHA celebrates 57 new rental units built at edge of Blumberg site

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) brass will join elected officials and residents in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of 57 new rental units. The brick townhomes represent the first…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Matthew Desmond on America's eviction epidemic and housing as a nonpartisan issue

On Monday evening Matthew Desmond, author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” spoke to an overflowing room at the University of Pennsylvania’s College Hall. The lecture…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

    • The ShopRite supermarket at 52nd and Jefferson streets opened in 2009. | Kara Savidge
    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key's ‘travel wallet' function starts phasing out tokens

SEPTA announced details Monday for the latest SEPTA Key expansion: the new “travel wallet” function, which will allow riders to retire their tokens. Tokens did not become obsolete overnight; so don’t…

    • Former Penn Fruit turned Thriftway, 2012 | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Venturi House, Frankford's Penn Fruit, and Northern Liberties row designated historic

While the commission kicked the can down the road on the case that excited the most attention—the controversial Jewelers’ Row case—several properties were added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic…

    • Mother Bethel Detail

November 14: Air Bridge | Trump's HUD | #NotMyAIA | Delaware Basin drought

Alfred Lubrano takes a deep dive into the pipeline of Puerto Rico’s heroin addicts being dropped into recovery houses in Kensington and Frankford, in a “pattern of exploitation from the Caribbean…

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At Last: SEPTA Key expected to begin replacing tokens next week, as seniors get new ID cards starting this week

Next week SEPTA plans to launch SEPTA Key’s “travel wallet” function, which replaces tokens with reloadable funds on the new fare cards. Current SEPTA Key “Early Adopters” who have used the…

    • Germantown YWCA, May 2016

Mixed-use development announced for vacant Germantown Y

After sitting vacant for more than a decade, the Germantown YWCA is now a small step away from becoming a mixed-used development.   The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) announced Thursday that its Board of…

    • All Wars Memorial to Colored Soldiers and Sailors, 1934

November 11: Energy lessons, crisis | Vine Street Expressway construction | On healing

Happy Veterans Day. We thank those who have served, as well as their families. Expect government offices to be closed today. And maybe give In Flanders Fields a read. As the…

    • Jewelers' Row, November 2016

Historical Commission kicks designation review for Jewelers' Row properties down the road 90 days

On Thursday morning, the Philadelphia Historical Commission decided to wait on the nomination for two Jewelers’ Row buildings to become historic because of demolition permits were issued for the properties the…

    • TWU Local 234 workers rallied at their union hall on Oct. 28 and distributed strike signs for the picket lines (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

New union contract will cost SEPTA $146 million more over 5 years in wages, pensions

Details on Transport Workers Union (TWU) Local 234’s new bargaining agreement with SEPTA were revealed Thursday in the union’s newsletter to membership. The new contract will cost SEPTA $146 million more…

    • Forces at Work | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

November 10: Trump and cities | Global urban inspiration | Strange weather

Inga Saffron takes a stab at what a Trump presidency will mean for cities, which have been the root of his business interests as well as places he variously referred…

    • The 1100 block of S. Wilton Street in Kingsessing has tidy twins with well-kept front yards and spotless sidewalks.

What will Philly do about barriers to fair housing?

On Thursday, October 27, the City of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Housing Authority released a draft of their “Assessment of Fair Housing.” The doorstopper of a document is the…

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