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May 7: Korman Quadrangle upgrade | Trolley tracks paved | Much-discounted taxi medallions

The PPA finally had a successful auction of three taxi medallions for three wheelchair-accessible cabs. They sold for just $80,000. The original opening bid PPA set was $475,000, but…

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City to auction off nearly 200 properties in South Philly and Kensington

More than 185 properties owned by the City of Philadelphia, the Redevelopment Authority, and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation will be sold at private auction in June. The properties, clustered in…

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PPA calls enforcement against uberX and Lyft too costly to increase, despite hefty fines

Lyft and uberX operate illegally in Philadelphia. If you’re one of the nearly 455,000 who have used uberX in Philly since October, you might not have realized that the Philadelphia Parking…

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DVRPC releases new CyclePhilly data on which streets cyclists use most

Back in February we took a look at what the first six months of CyclePhilly data are telling us about which routes cyclists like best. CyclePhilly is an app produced…

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May 6: PMA coming to Passyunk | Designing for aging populations | The case against curbs

The Nutter administration clarifies they aren't against pay-by-phone curb parking, they just want an analysis of the revenue impact. Reproductions of artwork from the Philadelphia of Museum of Art are coming…

    • Night Kitchen | courtesy of Sustainable Business Network
Eyes on the Street

This election, let's take care of business

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Philadelphia's economic ecosystem. They account for 54% of local jobs and support healthy commercial corridors. By better serving the needs of small businesses, Philly's economy…

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City moves to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct

The city is moving to purchase a portion of the Reading Viaduct in anticipation of the development of an elevated park there. Last week, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that…

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May 5: Pay-by-phone parking app | Point Breeze pop-up beer garden | East Market proceeding

The Philadelphia Parking Authority wants to implement a new pay-by-phone app, one feature of which would allow people to rent more parking time remotely at a higher rate. The Nutter…

    • Greene Street Friends School | Google images

Greene Street Friends School prepares to expand

Greene Street Friends School, the Quaker school that’s been operating in Germantown since the 1850s, is in the beginning stages of its first construction project in a hundred years. Last week,…

    • RiverLink Ferry

RiverLink Schedule released; DRWC reiterates intentions to launch water taxis

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation released the RiverLink’s schedule in a press release today, and announced official plans to incorporate its small fleet of water taxis into “a comprehensive marine transportation…

    • Reyburn Plaza rendering

May 4: How to fix Reyburn Plaza | Callowhill's planning mistakes | Dilworth fountains as crowd control

Inga Saffron says the Dilworth Park fountains were used as a form of crowd control at the Philly is Baltimore protest. Duncan Black unpacks the South Philly parking psychology in Danya…

    • Spring Garden Street Greenway rendering

May 1: Jane's Walks weekend | A new Philly monument | Transit's value to business

Join PlanPhilly for Jane's Walks today and this weekend. Today's walk starts at 4 at University High School. You can also come along for another one on Baltimore Avenue right after,…

    • Holy Redeemer facility gets SPINS zoning relief

Holy Redeemer Lafayette facility gets zoning relief; capital budget update

The Holy Redeemer Lafayette retirement community in Fox Chase received approval from the Planning Commission Tuesday for SP-INS zoning relief that will allow the facility to create a three-story addition on…

    • HACE Caribe site | HACE
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia policy makers must boost affordable home investments and strategies

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed, HACE's Maria Gonzalez argues that by answering the need for decent affordable housing the city's residents will build more stable lives, and our neigborhoods will…

    • Concept rendering of LOVE Park, April 2015 | Hargreaves Associates

Designers show Saucer some LOVE

Exhale, Saucer Heads: Saucer Watch 2015 is over. When JFK Plaza / LOVE Park reopens in 2017 it will feature a refreshed version of the iconic Fairmount Park Welcome Center, the…

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April 30: Inky endorses Ori | Iffy oil train track inspections | Distracted driving citations up

The Inquirer editorial board endorsed developer Ori Feibush for 2nd District Councilman largely over the issue of Councilmanic Prerogative.  For Throwback Thursday, here again are Jared's interviews with Ori Feibush and…

    • Baltimore and Springfield Avenues

Meet the City Council candidates running on Vision Zero

Last fall, when we first wrote about Vision Zero, the aggressive new approach to reducing pedestrian and cyclist injuries being employed in New York, San Francisco and Seattle, there was an…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

As demolition nears, St. Laurentius supporters seek sanctuary through historic designation

St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown is inching closer toward demolition, though the final showdown is slated for this summer. Two developments spell bad news for supporters of the 133-year-old Polish building…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

Future still uncertain for apartment project at 43rd and Baltimore

This isn’t really a news story, because on Wednesday night, after a 90-minute hearing at the Zoning Board of Adjustment, which was scheduled to start at 4 p.m. but which didn’t…

    • 3201 Race St. site plan / Erdy McHenry

Apartment tower approved for 32nd and Race, near Drexel University

A new apartment tower is scheduled to rise at 32nd and Race streets near the campus of Drexel University after receiving approval from the Zoning Board of Adjustment on Wednesday. The…

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