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    • South along the Schuylkill: Part of Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery as seen from the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.

September 12: Aramark move | Refinery stress | Flight 93 National Memorial | Campbell Square's fragile totem

Is Aramark moving its offices to 2400 Market? Gov. Tom Wolf and Aramark are holding a 1:30 p.m. press conference across from 2400 Market, the former Marketplace Design Center, which the…

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Mayfair starts envisioning new futures for Frankford Avenue

On Thursday the Mayfair Business Improvement District (BID) held the first in a series of three community meetings to determine the nascent organization’ objectives. As the local youth team, The Holy…

    • Produce will still be a priority for Italian Market stands.

September 9: Suburbanizing Ridge Avenue | 9th Street BID | energy insecurity

Inga Saffron takes issue with the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s suburban-style design mentality for Ridge Avenue in Sharswood, from its new headquarters to plans that leave not enough density to shore up…

    • DCS hosted a community meeting at Dixon House last week to discuss programs and planning in Point Breeze and to introduce a new community visioning process they've started with KSK.

City's crop of Registered Community Organizations grows

After months of back-and-forth over potential new regulations governing Philadelphia’s Registered Community Organizations (RCOs), it looks like the city will have slightly more groups registered than it did when the process…

    • Lit's lit | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

September 8: L&I inspector extortion | Reimagining Civic Commons grows | Digital signage control

Former L&I inspector John Wright plead guilty to extortion, reports the Inquirer. Wright extorted cash from individuals in exchange for permits and certificates of occupancy. This case comes “as the FBI…

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Eyes on the Street

What's your local landmark?

In a city of half a million buildings, what’s your local landmark? We all have places that matter to us. This month, PlanPhilly wants to hear about your favorite buildings in…

    • Digital sign on top of Lit Brothers building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr group

Philadelphia loses last bit of control over city’s billboards [updated]

The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) revoked Philadelphia’s last bit of control over billboards in the city, transferring jurisdiction for outdoor advertising in the Market Street East Advertising District (MSEAD) to PennDOT.…

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Eyes on the Street

Speak Easy: How to be hated on any city street in Philadelphia

I've used just about every mode of transportation that the city of Philadelphia has to offer. I've walked, run, driven cars, ridden motorcycles, and taken SEPTA, PATCO, taxis, the ferry, and…

    • PHA Headquarters: North Plaza perspective | BLTa, CDR presentation, Sept. 2016

Design Committee asks PHA to improve design for new headquarters but supports Cobbs Creek, East Market, and Winchester Park projects

The controversies surrounding the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s (PHA) ambitious plans for the Sharswood neighborhood repeatedly interrupted Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review Committee review of the agency’s plans to build itself a…

    • MaKen Studios North

September 7: FBI targets Local 98's "market recovery" funds | Jumpstart Kensington | Inside the Met

After years of rebuilding its credit rating, Moody’s warns that Philly’s rating could be downgraded. Claudia Vargas reports that Philadelphia’s outlook was lowered from “stable” to “negative” due to the…

    • Walking | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group
    • Lower Dublin Academy, 2016 | Joseph Menkevich

Researcher works with ghosts of history to save Lower Dublin Academy

A Revolutionary-era schoolhouse in an unexpected location has been nominated to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places by an unlikely researcher. Lower Dublin Academy, built in 1803, is surrounded by an…

    • City Hall | Jeremy Marshall, EOTS Flickr Group

Gov. Christie’s decision to pull out of PA-NJ tax reciprocity deal may cost Philly millions in lost wage tax revenues

On Friday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie announced his intention to pull New Jersey out of a tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania. If Christie does end the tax deal, it could prove…

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Philly ranked 6th for affordable middle-income housing in national survey

This week, the online real estate company Redfin released a report on the affordability of homeownership for families making the metropolitan area’s median income in America’s 40 largest cities. The research…

    • Goats on Stonehouse Lane, March 1953, Evening Bulletin | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

Lens: Finding Stonehouse Lane, South Philly's lost neighborhood

A trip through the Philadelphia Evening Bulletin archives reveals detail on the otherwise lost neighborhood Stonehouse Lane, in deepest southeast Philly, where residents lived on the fringe of city life in…

    • New equalizer bars headed for Silverliner Vs | Emma Lee / WHYY

September 2: Front Street turnaround | Vision Zero's blind spot | Silverliner V update

Inga Saffron checks in on Front Street’s unlikely turnaround in Fishtown and parts of Kensington, as a street that’s gone from the bleak shadow of the El to one bubbling with…

    • Mail delivery in the jungle | Michael Klusek
    • Washington Ave - where bike lanes have worn away

Broad coalition forms Vision Zero Alliance to push Kenney on street safety [updated]

Philadelphia should be number one in a race to number zero, says a newly formed coalition of runners, cyclists, motorists, health care providers, business leaders and environmentalists advocating for the implementation…

    • Paul Steinke

On the Record: Q&A with Paul Steinke on the state of preservation in Philly

Paul Steinke’s first few months at the helm of the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia have been more exciting than he, or anyone else, anticipated. After less than two months on…

    • Searching for Sharswood, Jane's Walk 2016
Eyes on the Street

Jane’s Walk microgrant awarded to support Sharswood advocacy work

On the first weekend of May every year, PlanPhilly is the local hub for Jane’s Walk, a global festival of citizen-led walking tours toward community-based urbanism. They’re inspired by the…

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