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    • Yuri Zalzman, who has operated the Gun Range the past three years, wants to sell firearms from his shooting range / Bobby Allyn for PlanPhilly

Arguments continue over Spring Garden shooting range's right to supply and sell arms

Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustment didn’t make a decision today over whether a gun shop can open in a shooting range close to Spring Garden Street, but the debate previewed what…

    • The Gun Range is located at North Percy and Spring Garden streets. Neighbors have protested that the facility should not be allowed to sell guns. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Community groups push back against plan for gun shop in Spring Garden area

A proposal to open a gun shop near Philadelphia's Spring Garden Street is confronting a growing resistance from neighbors and community groups. The plan calls for selling weapons inside an existing…

    • Keystone Crossroads Special Report: Pa's Urban Waterfronts

A Keystone Crossroads Special Report: Pa.’s urban waterfronts; with industry gone, cities are cleaning up and inviting people in

The Keystone Crossroads staff wants to know what you see along the waterfront in your city or town. What changes have you noticed over the years? And what changes do you…

    • Bartram's Garden

August 12: Spike in hit-and-run crashes | Mapping PA's urban waterfronts | Bringing back public drinking fountains

What's behind the recent spike in hit-and-run crashes in Philly? It's hard to explain.  Rachel Dovey thinks the built environment community was successful in placing infrastructure and street safety on the…

    • Midwood proposal at 9th and Washington

Seventy apartments, 150 parking spaces planned for vacant lot at 9th and Washington

On Tuesday night, the owners of a vacant, boarded-off property on 9th Street just south of Washington Ave., in the Italian Market, presented their preliminary plans for a new development there…

    • Route 66 Trackless Trolley

Get your kicks on Route 66: Philly’s first line with transit signal prioritization also under consideration for stop consolidations

As SEPTA’s popular Route 66 trackless trolley runs up and down its six-mile stretch of Frankford Avenue, it stops dozens of times. At some points, the stops are less than 300…

    • 676 entrance

August 11: North Broad redevelopment after Divine Lorraine | Community land trusts and affordability | 676 bike ramp fixed

Free Internet in parks, and other items on City Council's wishlist for Comcast. Three crappy things Philly urbanist Twitter got fixed by alerting journalists, including that 24th Street "bike…

    • member robert sumwalt on the scene of the amtrak train 188 derailment in philadelphia pa flickr photo sharing

Unlike most railroads, SEPTA and Amtrak on pace to implement Positive Train Control by end of year deadline

The Federal Railroad Administration released a status report on implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC) safety technologies in advance of a December 31, 2015 deadline set by Congress. The status report…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Recently-approved East Falls civic group looks to improve commercial district

Residents and developers in need of a zoning variance in East Falls will now have to meet with two different civic groups. At the end of June, Philadelphia's Zoning Board of…

    • One of the remaining stone piers of the Stotesbury Gateway sustained considerable damage from a car crash months after the masonry was repointed. (Jana Shea/for Newsworks)

City grant to enable completion of Lincoln Drive gateway project

The final phase of an ongoing effort to restore a historic gateway on the border of Mt. Airy is set to commence thanks to modest funding from the city. A $15,000…

    • Starr catering

August 10: Security experts pan Papal strategy | Bringing Old Baldy to the Parkway | Higher speed Keystone Corridor

Paul Nussbaum talked to some security and counterterrorism experts who think the Papal security plans are "unnecessarily burdensome and might not be effective." How people in the suburbs will…

    • North Delaware District Plan

Your PhillyPlans: Women Bike PHL Coffee Club, ‘The Land’ screening, Paint Party at Dahlak

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important events from our events page . You can sign up here to get it…

    • Bloc23

Stacks on stacks on stacks: Lessons for Philly's public housing officials from Graduate Hospital's ultra-modern Bloc23 project

When the Bloc23 mixed-use project from developer Stephen Rodriguez was approved by the ZBA back in 2012, Rodriguez explained that he wasn’t just out to build any old building. “I…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Map for Papal Visit

Double Down: SEPTA to hold 2nd online papal pass lotto for NHSL and 101/102 trolleys

SEPTA is doubling down on 12. August 12th, to be exact: that’s when SEPTA will hold another online lottery for Papal visit passes. SEPTA held a lottery on Monday for its…

    • Golden hour, East Park Reservoir, August 2015
Eyes on the Street

East Park's hidden lake habitat, a site for Discovery

Walk up a drive paved with soft blue bricks, through a chain link fence, and up a hill tucked into East Fairmount Park, just off 33rd Street. At the top, a…

    • Le Bok Fin

August 7: Demo watch for Broad and Locust garage | Snap Kitchen expanding in Philly | Cutting trash imports

Inga Saffron says for Point Breeze to manage growth with affordability, the neighborhood needs some clearer thinking on the relationship between density, parking, home prices, and the market for neighborhood services.…

    • Indego

Indego Bike Share cruises to 180,000 rides in first 100 days

Barely a month since it surpassed 100,000 rides in record time, Philadelphia’s bike share system, Indego, shows no signs of slowing down. The new system dealt out over 180,000 rides…

    • Spoke Mag 3

August 6: Inky on Councilmanic Prerogative report | Vanishing Penn Ave bike lanes | #Popenstreets

The Inquirer reads the Councilmanic Prerogative report we worked on with Pew and calls for less Council influence over land use.  Kidical Mass is taking advantage of car-lite Center City during…

    • Children play at Kelly Pool in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Keystone Crossroads: Public pools in Pa. cities; how many are there, and how much does it cost to swim?

There are 71 outdoor public pools in Philadelphia. That's "one for almost every neighborhood in the city, and more than any other city in the nation," as Malcolm Burnley pointed out…

    • 1300 N. 2nd Street, SoKo Lofts - Barton Partners

At Design Review, Soko Lofts clears last hurdle

It was a “classic bait and switch,” said Leah Murphy. When City Council adopted the most recent zoning change for the huge vacant lot at 2nd and Master streets, South Kensington…

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