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    • Neighborhood Gardens Trust

Neighborhood Gardens Trust names executive director

The rejuvenated Neighborhood Gardens Trust, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with a mission of preserving, protecting and increasing the number of gardens and open spaces across the city, announces…

    • springgardengreenwayrendering
Eyes on the Street

September 20: Greenway dreams come to life on Spring Garden

Like Brigadoon, a fleeting vision of the Spring Garden Street Greenway will appear along one block of Spring Garden for one day only. And while the pop-up greenway will last for…

    • Brush Factory apartments/Artisan Lofts - Courtesy Rufo Properties

151 apartments coming to South Philly's Brush Factory

Earlier this month, the Zoning Board of Adjustment unanimously approved a plan to convert an empty factory at 12th and Jackson streets in South Philadelphia into a 151-unit apartment complex. The…

    • Oil train blast zone

September 15: Ride-sharing bill likely to pass | Queen Lane implosion video | Net Philly population growth | Blast zone

Philadelphia is still experiencing net population growth, according to moving industry data. "United Van Lines found that Philadelphia saw 26 percent more inbound moves than outbound moves during this…

    • The Royal
Eyes on the Street

Royal redevelopment plans advancing, facadism and density ahead

We may never know what the Royal Theater could become. Redevelopment proposals, floated around for more than a year, do not envision a reuse for the deteriorating landmark on South Street.…

    • Citizens Planning Institute

Citizens Planning Institute is accepting applications for the Fall 2014 course series NOW until September 25.

Now in its fourth year, the Philadelphia CPI is the education and outreach arm of the City Planning Commission. Its mission is to empower citizens to take a more active role…

    • Pittsburgh

September 12: New LOVE Park | DesignPhiladelphia's 10th anniversary | Behind SEPTA's transit etiquette campaign

Our colleagues at PennPraxis are hosting two public events on the LOVE Park redesign on September 17 and 20th. Use the blank site map they created to show us what new features…

    • Pittsburgh protected bike lane

Live-blog: Why safety messages win bike-ped campaigns

One takeaway from several of this week's panels, here at the Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place conference, is the key role negative messaging plays in bike and pedestrian advocacy campaigns. It's nice to…

    • council 9 11 2014

New bills focus on housing affordability, zoning remapping

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday morning that would extend access to the city’s Longtime Owner Occupants Program (LOOP) to people who live in government-subsidized housing. Previously, the program, which…

    • Urban Street Design Guide

Live-blog: The high stakes battle of the urban street design manuals

Should cities be consulting highway design manuals for advice on designing city streets? The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) says no, and they're promoting an alternative manual - the…

    • City Hall south
Eyes on the Street

Will the Community Sustainability Initiative turn City Council into planners?

This week City Council returns for its fall session and something we’re likely to hear a lot about in the coming months is the “Community Sustainability Initiative” (CSI), a new program…

    • Magnolias for Pittsburgh

September 11: Christopher Sawyer's Sheriff primary platform | Policing the police on bike lanes | Insurance industry vs. Lyft

Christopher Sawyer of the Philadelinquency blog previews his platform for a possible run against Sheriff Jewell Williams next year: "Sheriff sales will increase to 1,500-2,000 a month and a prioritization scheme…

    • Michael Nutter and Bill Peduto

Live-blog: Nutter and Peduto talk politics of livable streets in Philly and Pittsburgh

The Mayors of Pennsylvania's two largest cities shared the stage on a lunch panel yesterday here at the Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place conference in Pittsburgh, offering some thoughts on the nature of…

    • Mellon Park

September 10: PUC endorses ride-share bill | Nutter on bike-ped | Gensler's Comcast designs | Dude It's Rude

Controller Alan Butkovitz endorses an item from This Old City's 2015 platform: combining the city's two marketing agencies. The report finds that Visit Philadelphia has been substantially more successful in…

    • Jimmie Reed (left) and Jimmy Duran stand in front of 26 Maplewood Mall, before it was transformed into a coffee shop, during happier times. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Little Jimmie's Coffee Co. owners split after realizing 'we wanted to do different things'

Jimmie and Jimmy have parted ways. The business partners who worked together to build Little Jimmie's Bakery Caféin Mt. Airy and Little Jimmie's Coffee Roasters on Maplewood Mall in Germantown…

    • Come Saturday, you won't be able to see the Queen Lane Apartments tower anymore. (Brad Larrison/for NewsWorks)

Why the 14-second Queen Lane Apartments implosion will sound like 'a thunderbolt'

Fourteen seconds. That's roughly how long it will take to reduce Queen Lane Apartments to a pile of rubble Saturday morning, to end its nearly 60-year stay in west Germantown. Only…

    • A tax-delinquent property on the 2100 block of North Ninth Street. (CLEM MURRAY / Staff Photographer)

City picking up the pace on property tax collection

For the first time since Mayor Nutter took office, the City of Philadelphia made significant, measurable progress over the past 18 months in its long running fight against the property tax…

    • Bill Peduto

Live-blog: Bill Peduto tells advocates to primary livable streets opponents

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was clearly with his people speaking before a crowd of livable streets advocates at last night's opening reception of the Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place conference hosted by Project…

    • Pittsburgh's Penn Ave protected bike lane

September 9: State money for 1100 Market | Columbus Square Park redesign | Bike shop map

Good morning! I'll be in Pittsburgh all week blogging the Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place conference hosted by Project for Public Spaces. Check back later for updates, and follow along on Twitter with…

    • Dilworth Park fountains meant for play on hot days
Eyes on the Street

Dilworth reopens refined: solid, smooth, and splashy

I recently heard an architect describe the old Dilworth Plaza as optimistic. Vincent Kling’s design, he said, was perhaps overly charitable in its estimation of how people would use the space.…

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