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    • Sidecar

Kenney introduces bill calling for hearings on legalizing ride-sharing apps in Philly

As the debate in Harrisburg proceeds as to whether Pennsylvania should legalize smartphone-based "transportation network company" platforms like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, and whether Philadelphia should be the only county in…

    • Petty Island

October 2: New Love Park priorities | Petty Island redesign | Schuylkill River boardwalk opens | Primary primers

PennPraxis created a wordcloud of the features most important to people who volunteered ideas for the new Love park. Huge transit news for the mega-region: to repair the damage from Hurricane…

    • Industrial sunset, South Philly. Photos by Philadelphia Photos

Councilman calls for hearing on preservation of industrial land

Councilman Bobby Henon will introduce a resolution Thursday morning calling for City Council to hold hearings on industrial land preservation in Philadelphia. “A public hearing on these issues will enable the…

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October 1: Market East construction starting | Clark Park zoning fight | Driving trending down

Construction kicks off on the 1100 block of Market East tomorrow morning, reports Natalie Kostelni. "The 4.3-acre site takes up an entire city block bound by Market, Chestnut, 11th and 12th…

    • Andrew Langsam's three-story, 19th-century twins represent the flash point between the owner and the local civic group. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Roxborough curb-cut controversy riles community group

It all comes down to a curb cut and a paved-over yard, but this story is really about how things get done in the city of Philadelphia. On a steep block…

    • north 9th 3

Philadelphia Land Bank releases plan to tackle vacancy

The Philadelphia Land Bank, a nascent agency organized to streamline the redevelopment of thousands of Philadelphia’s vacant and tax-delinquent properties, released a draft of a strategic plan on Wednesday recommending a…

    • St Laurentius Church

September 30: Economists on Uber | Millennials and the housing market | Lombard station infill | St. Laurentius decertified

For those following the policy debate over "transportation network companies, " the IGM Economic Experts Panel, a regular poll of 40 well-known academic economists from across the political spectrum, found that…

    • 22nd St now
    • DVRPC roads, rails and region

DVRPC okays trail, bike plans for Montco

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) last week approved $266,000 in grants to five Montgomery County projects, according to County Commissioner Leslie Richards, who also serves as chair of DVRPC.…

    • Schuylkill River boardwalk

September 29: Metro Philly's carbon emissions fall | Market East LED signage | Looking back on Eraserhood | Effective bike junket

Big win for mixed-use development at the PA Supreme Court last week. Supremes upheld the state's planned residential development (PRD) law, which allows mixed-use development in municipalities, and rejected National Realty Corp's…

    • Center City transit concourse

Not all those who wander are lost ... but most are: A wayfinding tour of City Hall

It didn’t take long for it to happen. If you spend any amount of time wandering around City Hall, it’ll happen. “Hi, do you need help finding something?” City Hall is…

    • Delaware River cleanup at Pier 68

CDAG, United By Blue and citizens who believe in a better environment tackle Delaware River piers cleanup

On a powder blue skyed, perfect fall Saturday an army of 50 right-minded volunteers fell in behind the Central Delaware Advocacy Group and the environmentally aware apparel company United By Blue…

    • Montreal bike lane

September 26: PUC vs Uber | Cedar Park business district | 22nd St bike lane pilot | P3s at PennDOT

Two administrative law judges advised the state Public Utility Commission against granting Uber X a license to operate in Pennsylvania. The matter now goes to the five-member PUC for a vote,…

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Proposals would dismantle enforcement agency, centralize planning and development

City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that would make sweeping changes to the structure of the municipal government by creating a new cabinet-level Office of Planning and…

    • Tom Wolf

Tom Wolf issues statement supporting Uber bill as ride-share debate looms in 2015

With just three days left in the state legislative session, it seems increasingly unlikely that Senator Wayne Fontana's bill legalizing "transportation network companies" (TNCs) like Uber X and Lyft will become…

    • Where the 2015 candidates live

Map: Where the 2015 Philadelphia Mayoral candidates live

Since Ryan Debold is still cranking out geospatial data maps for PennPraxis for a few more days, we asked him for a map of where all the 2015 Mayoral candidates and…

    • Philadelphia | Mario Zucca

September 25: Clarke to propose new Department of Planning and Development | Kerkstra on PIDC | Traffic calming for tourism

Chris Hepp reports that City Council President Darrell Clarke is releasing a plan today, which he says has been in the works for over a year, for a new Department of…

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

AAA claims vested rights in Columbus Boulevard property

At a zoning hearing Wednesday afternoon, attorneys for AAA argued that the group, formerly known as the American Automobile Association, has vested rights in a property at Columbus Boulevard and Tasker…

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Eyes on the Street

Retrofitting Philadelphia: Five Takeaways

It is a classic Philadelphia problem: We’re an aged city, rich with old buildings ripe for new futures. Our stock of older, smaller buildings is an extraordinary, but undervalued, asset. So…

    • Transfer of Development Rights

September 24: Cig tax heads to Corbett | Rail park zoning | Density without height

The state Senate passed the local cigarette tax for Philly schools, and the bill now heads to Governor Corbett. This is being treated in some corners like a "huge victory" for…

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