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    • Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia signage proposal | Planning Commission, Sept. 2015

Commission approves digital sign scheme for Gallery on Market East

More digital advertising is coming to Market East. The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to approve PREIT’s plan to post digital billboards along the front of the renovated Gallery…

    • Van Pelt Street, Photo courtesy of Phillytrax

Center City group sees overreaction in proposed ban on student housing in Rittenhouse

The Center City Residents Association has questions about legislation that would ban several types of student housing in the area surrounding Rittenhouse Square. The bill was introduced last week on behalf…

    • Sharrows , like this one on Spruce Street, are meant to direct bicycle traffic and instruct drivers and cyclists to share the road.

September 15: Charter school real estate bonanza | Columbus Square redesign funded | Useless sharrows

The National Trust for Historic Preservation put out an RFP for Upsala in Mt. Airy. The building played a role in the Battle of Germantown, and is considered one of…

    • Zipcars Live Here

Zipcar will debut one-way trip service in Philly after successful trial-run in Boston

Ever wish car share worked more like bike share, where you can take out a vehicle in one place and drop it off in another, without having to worry about returning…

    • Rendering of 9th Street Station in Lansdale

New SEPTA station in Lansdale set to spur transit-oriented development

The opening of a new SEPTA station has developers and officials planning new high-density apartments over ground floor retail, full of new gastropubs, artisanal cafes and independent breweries attracting highly mobile…

    • Historic Places

September 14: Jim Kenney's tour lessons | Historic Places map | Urban river islands

What Jim Kenney learned on his learning tour to Pittsburgh and Boston. The Historical Commission released a new interactive map of the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on Friday. It's still…

    • 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue supports ground floor retail and apartments above
Eyes on the Street

Growing Pains in Powelton

As Lower Lancaster Avenue is surrounded with bigger, denser development the corridor itself is poised to become a stronger more vibrant place. But one of the most intact blocks, which supports…

    • Pope Francis

PopeBus to provide park-and-ride service to SEPTA regional rail stations for papal visit

Move over, Popemobile! The PopeBus is coming to town. More specifically, dozens of PopeBuses will be coming to over 50 towns across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland to pick up…

    • Walking to and from the park is often difficult

September 11: Surgeon General tells cities to #StepItUp on walkable development | Philly renters looking to buy | DC's Papal problems

The Surgeon General issued a rare call to action to planning and transportation professionals and local government leaders to design neighborhoods and streets for walkability and physical activity.  House Democrats are…

    • Philadelphia skyline

What percentage of Philly's land area do the different zoning categories cover?

In last week's write-up of the Office of Property Records data release, we noted that single-use residential properties make up about 78% of Philadelphia's properties, with mixed-use, commercial, and industrial…

    • City Council chambers.

Council back in action, moves to bolster Housing Trust Fund

Council’s first day back from summer recess started with a chant. It was the Development Without Displacement campaign, formed last year from the same group that had advocated for the city…

    • Philly Skyscrapers

Changing of the guard at PlanPhilly

PlanPhilly’s founding editor Matt Golas resigned from his post this week and has been replaced by Eyes on the Street Editor Ashley Hahn on an interim basis. Here’s what NewsWorks shared…

    • Vacant lot near Temple

Two largest land banks in Pennsylvania have been slow getting off the ground

There are some neighborhoods in Pennsylvania cities where half of the properties are blighted or tax-delinquent or both. Between Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, there are about 60,000 such properties. But getting them…

    • Radar Speed Sign

Streetsplainer: Do radar speed signs ever really slow drivers down?

You’ve seen them on trailers next to construction zones on the highway, permanently affixed to traffic poles near schools, and perhaps on the street next to the office. Radar speed…

    • Philly Pope Map

One Pope map to rule them all

Friend of the site Lauren Ancona, a data scientist at the city's Office of Innovation and Technology, had been waiting for someone else to come out with a Papal visit webmap…

    • Live! hotel casino philadelphia 10th street 1200xx3000 1688 0 188

September 10: Flat Papal AirBnB demand | Carl the Builder | Against entertainment districts

House transportation chair Bill Shuster thinks we're getting another short-term transportation funding extension, instead of a new bill. Ashley Hahn makes the case for more urgency on restriping Washington Avenue,…

    • Washington and Passyunk, August 2015
Eyes on the Street

Washington Avenue needs safety first

Washington Avenue is going through a well-documented public identity crisis as it transitions from a hard neighborhood boundary lined with commerce into an an even more mixed-use place. Questions of…

    • The view from Bok

September 9: Neighbors want quicker Washington Ave striping | Comparing PA's big city land banks | Ride-hailing and public transit

Anna Orso talked to some South Philly neighbors who were surprised to learn there's some Internet controversy over the temporary bar on the roof of Bok Technical High School. Alison Burdo…

    • Indego bike station usage patterns

Here are the daily usage patterns for every Indego bike share station

Since Indego first rolled out last spring, we've been intensely interested in the questions around how Philadelphians are using the new bike share service: how fast it's growing compared to our…

    • Paula Peebles and Deacon Matthew Smith, National Action Network

Civil rights group asks Council to delay zoning change for South Philly casino

A civil rights group says allegations of racial discrimination against a casino development company need a closer look. The Philadelphia chapter of the National Action Network wants City Council to hold…

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