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    • Rendering of Logan Library's new reference desk and entrance atrium

November 22: Free Library, universal design | Worker-owned succession | OD mapping

Is there demand for solar? Solarize Philly, a joint initiative through the Philadelphia Energy Authority and Philadelphia-based company Solar States, has surpassed its 100-signup goal, Green Philly Blog shares. The incentive-based…

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Eyes on the Street

Mayor Rizzo’s discriminatory housing policies: confronting our past and present

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently announced that the statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo before the Municipal Services Building is to be relocated. Much of the discussion has centered on discrimination,…

    • A large crane looms over the 1400 block of Chestnut Avenue. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Inconclusive Zoning: Planning Commission not sold on changes to affordable housing bill

The inclusionary zoning bill that City Council spent all autumn crafting now appears to have morphed into what critics say would essentially be an impact fee on Center City development. In…

    • Andre Wright paints puts a new coat of paint on a window frame in the Sharswood Athletic Rec Center. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

As city waits on soda tax ruling, private sector pours on support for Rebuild

Given all the news stories that have described Rebuild as a “$500 million initiative,” you might have assumed that, at least by now, the project’s funding was set…

    • Sam Thomas discusses ways the Lehigh Viaduct is a boundary and barrier. | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

November 21: Convention Center sign | Brandywine Workshop | 4,500 proposals

Restoration, leveraging real estate holdings, and creative revenue streams: nonprofit organization Brandywine Workshop occupied one of the few 19th century firehouses left in the city for nearly 30 years. When…

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Blackwell proposes transit oriented development around Provident Mutual Life Insurance building

On Thursday, West Philadelphia’s Jannie Blackwell became the first City Council member to take advantage of new zoning language to promote transit oriented development (TOD). Blackwell introduced a bill to encourage…

    • Councilman Bobby Henon speaking at site of proposed park in Bridesburg

Final design phase begins for riverfront park in Bridesburg

Tucked away behind a parking lot filled with yellow school buses and a busy metal recycling facility along the Delaware River in Bridesburg, there is a rutted, weed-strewn 10-acre lot. It…

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In surprise reversal, Christian Street Baptist no longer protected from wrecking ball

When the Historical Commission met earlier this month, it seemed like the Christian Street Baptist Church was added to the local historic register, sparing it from a developer’s wrecking ball.…

    • The Bank at 38th and Lancaster, organized by People's Emergency Center and LoLa 38.

November 20: 'Blat Cave' | LA21 strategies | Transit riders unions

Jared Brey covers People’s Emergency Center (PEC)’s strategies to preserve longtime businesses and historic buildings while bolstering development on Lancaster Avenue. PEC’s community, economic, and real estate development director James Wright…

    • Philadelphia City Hall (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City selects first 21 nonprofit 'project users' to put the 'build' in Rebuild

A lot of the consternation surrounding Mayor Jim Kenney’s mega-project Rebuild has focused on the desired delivery structure for the project. From the start, it’s been the administration’s preference to utilize…

    • Police stand guard at the Frank Rizzo statue on the grounds of the Municipal Services Building. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)
Eyes on the Street

Our monuments are our continuation

Earlier this month in Philadelphia, years of protest — reignited by the August events in Charlottesville — culminated in an announcement by the city that it would be removing the statue…

    • As mitigation for the loss, developers John Buck Co. are supporting preservation projects, including one at the Evangelical Lutheran Church next door (seen behind bulldozer).

Kenney's Preservation Task Force readies report

During its opening months, Mayor Jim Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force established a collective understanding of the current state historic preservation in Philadelphia. So far it’s heard from the public,…

    • Sidewalk closed | Hammed Mu'min, EOTS Flickr Group

November 17: Enthused and confident | Affordable housing inventory | Open strollers op-eds

Econsult Solutions’ Philadelphia Housing Index this month looks at the city’s affordable housing inventory and its spatial distribution. The analysis used metrics such as down payment, property tax, and homeowner insurance…

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Eyes on the Street

As Philadelphia reflects on its monuments, some more questions to ask

Mural Arts' Monument Lab wants to know, “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” It’s a great question, but I want to suggest a few more to…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Home security? Some opposed to Domb’s bill to securitize liens on tax deadbeats

After almost two years in office, Councilmember-At-Large Allan Domb finally introduced the bill he ran his campaign on. At Thursday’s City Council session, he put forward tax-lien securitization legislation that…

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New, easier-to-use SEPTA App offers real-time ETAs

SEPTA released a new mobile app Wednesday night. Called SEPTA beta, it’s a major overhaul of SEPTA’s oft-derided old app. Users will notice some big changes: A brand new interface, the…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

November 16: New SEPTA app | Sanctuary City update | Mandating affordable housing

Good morning, SEPTA app! At 10pm Wednesday night, SEPTA rolled out the app’s first major update, “built with customer comments and feedback received in mind,” Technical.ly Philly’s Roberto Torres reports.…

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Eyes on the Street

Monumental matters in Philadelphia

Mural Arts Philadelphia’s temporary exhibition, Monument Lab: A Public Art and History Project, asks: “What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia?” In the wake of…

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Pew Report: Philly’s poor have been stuck in the inner city, separated from suburban job growth

On Wednesday, Pew Charitable Trusts released a new study exploring the city’s infamous status as America’s poorest big city. “We know that Philadelphia is the poorest big city in the United…

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November 15: Reform, reasonable ideas | NTSB: Amtrak at fault | Rethinking real estate

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) finds Amtrak at fault for the 2016 passenger train crash outside Chester that killed two maintenance workers, WHYY News’ Laura Benshoff reports. NTSB presented the…

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