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Uber gets reprieve from judge's cease-and-desist, remains illegal, but now uncertain what PPA will do

Philadelphia's ride-hailing saga—starring Uber, Lyft, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA), and a greek chorus of taxi owners, cab drivers, and disability advocates—has had more twists and turns, back stabbings and double…

    • Kelvin Jeremiah | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

On the Record: Q&A with Philadelphia Housing Authority President and CEO Kelvin Jeremiah

Twice this fall PlanPhilly’s Jake Blumgart interviewed Kelvin Jeremiah, president and CEO of the Philadelphia Housing Authority, to discuss the Authority’s current work, how it made housing vouchers available to 3,800…

    • Illustration of 'Diligence' by Ben Volta, in remodeled main room of the Tacony Library

'Diligence' coming to Tacony Library as part of 21st Century Libraries Initiative

Five Philadelphia libraries are being overhauled thanks to a $25 million grant from the William Penn Foundation, and one bit of icing on the 21st Century Libraries Initiative cake is a…

    • Pennovation Center, August 2016

October 7: Saffron on Pennovation | Rezoning for Schuylkill Yards | NJ gas tax and light rail

Inga Saffron reviews the Pennovation Center, Penn’s new outpost on the Lower Schuylkill to house researchers and startups, finding the architecture successfully blends design and branding, and “announces the future”…

    • Best Overall: Winner - Neighborhood Potters (after) | courtesy of Community Design Collaborative
Eyes on the Street

2016 Storefront Design Challenge honors

When a business owner invests in new awnings or distinctive signage, fresh paint or new lighting, she’s telegraphing community pride, expressing her business’ identity, and offering a vote of confidence in…

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Philly judge orders Uber, Lyft to stop operating in city [updated]

A Philadelphia judge has ordered ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber to cease operations, which could potentially force the companies to shut down in the city.  An Uber spokesman said Thursday night…

    • Shells | Jukie Bot, EOTS Flickr Grou

Henon bill targets chronic problem property owners

On Thursday City Council will consider a bill introduced by 6th District Councilman Bobby Henon that would give the city’s property maintenance code some additional punch. The legislation would introduce a…

    • Fatal Duck Boat crash in Chinatown, 2015 | Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY

October 6: Working and Poor | Ride the Ducks ceases Philly tours | Feds talk Vision Zero

In the Philadelphia region 800,000 people live below the federal poverty line, making $24,300 or less to support a family of four. Presidential candidates aren’t talking much about poverty, but they…

    • 704 Sansom Street, Jewelers' Row, September 2016

Zoning Board rejects appeal of Jewelers' Row permits

On Wednesday afternoon the Zoning Board of Adjustment quickly, and unanimously, ruled to deny an appeal that sought to stymie Toll Brothers’ proposed development on Jewelers’ Row. The proposed condo tower…

    • 4th + Callowhill: view from north | Cecil Baker, Studio Bryan Hanes - CDR presentation Oct. 2016

Design committee disappointed in Housing Authority HQ, mixed reviews for Center City, East Falls, Packer Park developments

Tuesday’s Civic Design Review (CDR) committee marked the longest single session in the board’s history, clocking in at well over four hours. Of the seven projects considered three were asked to…

    • Who will it take to get Mifflin Square rebuilt? Park Powers poster | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Reimagining Mifflin Square Park in 21 languages

In Thoai Nguyen‘s dreams, Mifflin Square Park, a vibrant but tired park in Southeast Philadelphia, has a turf field for kids to play soccer, a rebuilt basketball court, new playground equipment…

    • Dusk skyline, July 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

October 5: Compare neighborhood prices per square foot | PPA's other scandal | Bye Tin Angel

Curbed shares a roundup of neighborhood real estate prices per square foot for “move-in ready” properties by NeighborhoodX. Center City West’s price range reached up to $1,301 per square foot while…

    • Drexel dorm | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Council eyes expansion of prevailing wage law for building service employees

Philadelphia is one of only a handful of municipalities in the country with a prevailing wage law for building services workers, which requires that janitors and security guards employed in large…

    • The crowd grew anxious when Stutzman, left, appeared to spend more time speaking with Alperstein than with others

PPA resuming enforcement against Uber/Lyft starting Friday, relaxes taxi regulations

In a statement released late Tuesday, Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) interim Deputy Executive Director Corinne O’Connor provided 48-hour-notice that the agency would resume enforcement actions against Uber and Lyft. The controversial…

    • Distracted driving | AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

Can Pennsylvania help drivers kick deadly cellphone addictions to the curb?

Christmas came in August to 6ABC, when two viewers sent in a video of a driver steering her car through I-76 traffic with her foot because her hands were busy tapping…

    • New construction, Sharswood. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY
    • Remains of the Poth Brewery, 2012 | Brett Sturm

October 3: PPA scandals past | Globe Dye for sale | Walnut Lane Bridge poetry

It's Rosh Hashanah today - Shana Tova!  Dave Davies looks back at the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s propensity for scandals, bred in part because it is still a bastion of political…

    • Soil testing day at 25th and Tasker garden | By Ali Marisa Photography

Free soil testing for city-owned gardens and lots through brownfields grant

About 20 community gardens on publicly-owned land could receive a free soil assessment from the City in the next two years, to find out if there are potential contaminants in the…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Full funding secured for phase one of Rail Park

Here’s a burst of sunshine on this otherwise dreary and wet Friday. The Pennsylvania Office of the Budget quietly released a list of Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program (RACP) grants, including one…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

Council passed Keystone Opportuntiy Zone expansion, splits in voting down Parking Authority audit

Thursday’s City Council session a slew of new legislation enacted, with the notable exception of a bill that called for an audit of the scandal-plagued Philadelphia Parking Authority. A majority of…

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