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    • A corner of seating inside City Hall's courtyard

City Hall courtyard receives Project for Public Spaces placemaking grant

Philadelphia City Hall’s courtyard looks a little dumpy next to the newly-renovated Dilworth Park, but that’s about to change thanks to a new ‘Heart of the Community’ placemaking grant from Southwest…

    • Tacony Creek Trail, Four neighborhood gateways provide access to the trail

April 13: Tacony waterfront trail | Developers revaluing public space | Hope for La Finquita

With Election Day right around the corner, the Inquirer editorial board says Philly's Harrisburg delegation could use more competitive primaries. "These races could shake up the delegation a little, but…

    • These garages on Lombard Street (an RM-1 district) provide residential parking, but came at a cost: one extra long curb cut that took away on-street parking and created a boring pedestrian environment

Parking rules questioned at City Council budget hearing

“I’m just concerned about the density, and I’m really concerned about the parking,” Council President Darrell Clarke said Tuesday morning, addressing Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during budget hearings. “It’s a…

    • The store is beneath the Market-Frankford El, and close to Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts

April 12: Skepticism on Temple stadium costs | DAG on Blatstein | The case for Harrowgate

Jay McCalla, a former deputy managing director under Mayor John Street, who helped manage the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) worries Jim Kenney's plan to fix up parks and recreation centers may…

    • St. Augustine Catholic Church, Interior, 2016 | Jared Brey

Catholic Church paintings added to historic register

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Friday morning to add a series of religious paintings inside St. Augustine Catholic Church at 4th and New streets in Old City to the local register…

    • Milled road reveals trolley track and cobblestone street buried below the asphalt.

Philadelphia Streets Department announces second round of road resurfacing

As the weather heats up, so too does construction on all manner of projects. Not least of which is street resurfacing. As PlanPhilly reported last week, Philadelphia Streets Department restarted…

    • Paseo Verde

Philly's affordable housing developments also rank high on transportation affordability

A new national study by two planning professors finds that Philadelphia ranks highly in terms of location affordability of housing units receiving federal rental assistance. In recent years, the idea that…

    • Neighborhood Time Exchange | Steve Weinik, Mural Arts Program
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Public art and urbanism

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. We're sharing…

    • New 19-bike Indego station on South Street West | Marcus Ferreira
Eyes on the Street

How South Street West became a bike-ped haven

A handful of in-street parking spaces on South Street West have been converted to support bike and pedestrian amenities instead of cars. Community Contributor Marcus Ferreira of the South Street West…

    • Bus stop on a roof, closer still

What’s this SEPTA bus stop doing on the roof of 1529 Walnut?

There is a bus stop on top of a building in Center City. Specifically, there is a bus stop for SEPTA Routes 2, 9, 12, 21, and 42 on top of…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Philadelphia’s getting new protected bike lanes. Here’s where.

Thanks to $300,000 in federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds recently awarded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and another $200,000 expected to come from PennDOT, the Philadelphia Streets…

    • Welcome Aboard

SEPTA Capital Budget hints at even more delays for SEPTA Key, shorter wait for real-time ETA technology

SEPTA released its proposed capital budget for Fiscal Year 2017* last week, which roughly sketches the transportation authority’s construction, rehabilitation and vehicle purchase plans for the upcoming year. At 86 pages,…

    • Holmesburg billboard streetview | Google

Henon clearing a path for new digital billboard on Interstate 95.

Philadelphia is finally getting another billboard on Interstate 95. On Thursday, Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill that would rezone a small portion of land near Pennypack Creek in Holmesburg from…

    • Graffiti in Whitman

April 7: Remembering the Whitman Plaza backlash | Trolley Portal sails through zoning | Market St Memorial

HBO's Show Me a Hero miniseries is an excellent portrayal of white backlash politics against public housing in 1980's Yonkers, but it can't match the drama of the 1971 effort to…

    • Map of Roosevelt Boulevard and surrounding area

Mayor Kenney kicks off latest round of Roosevelt Boulevard planning. Will it be the last?

Jim Kenney invited the press to the Mayor’s Reception Room Wednesday afternoon to announce the launch of a 3 year, $5 million “Route for Change” study to make Roosevelt Boulevard a…

    • Newkirk Monument at Bartram's Mile | Andropogon

Alan Greenberger chairs newly appointed Art Commission

A neglected, graffitied, 180-year-old marble obelisk called the Newkirk Monument will be relocated from its current hidden home along an Amtrak rail line in Southwest Philly to Bartram’s Mile on the…

    • Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building & William Penn Annex Post Office, 9th Street side
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building and William Penn Annex Post Office

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Central Green's seating choices and the

April 6: How the property tax abatement works | National Housing Trust Fund | Making sense of PA local government

Jeffrey Spivak at Urban Land has a long piece on Philadelphia's successful redevelopment of the Navy Yard, and the role of placemaking in that effort. "The Navy Yard’s momentum and…

    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Unimpressed but unempowered, design committee gets a final look at Broad & Washington project

It took Bart Blatstein less than two minutes to describe the changes he made to his proposed mixed-use megaproject at Broad & Washington since his first presentation left the Civic Design…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Is your street on the list? Street paving season kicks off this week

Despite Tuesday’s unseasonable cold, spring is here and with it comes street paving season. The Philadelphia Streets Department released its first set of targets for resurfacing late last week. Work will…

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