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    • 420 Row | Historic district nomination, Justin McDaniel

420 Row and a way forward for historic districts

This January, Justin McDaniel may have found a new way forward for Philadelphia preservationists. The last few months, even the last few years, haven’t been kind to their cause. As the…

    • Deportation protest | Emma Lee / WHYY

January 26: Decoding immigration executive orders | Expert infrastructure priorities | Maskid Makkah

Skies are cloudy this morning; with a chance of rain and a high chance infrastructure discussion, federal immigration policy, and protests as the GOP retreat comes to Philadelphia. Whether you’re trying…

    • SEPTA fare kiosks, Cecil B. Moore Station

SEPTA shows off projects in the works at capital budget open house

Curious SEPTA aficionados were offered a sneak peek at what the authority plans to build and buy in the coming years at a pair of open houses Tuesday, part of SEPTA’s…

    • Under I-95 | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

January 25: Trump infrastructure priorities, financing advice | GOP in Philly

The Nor’easter winds have tamed down today, with partial clouds and warmish weather in the 50s. The outlook for today: Trump’s team has compiled a list of 50 infrastructure projects nationwide…

    • 702 Sansom Street - looking southwest| SCLE Architects | January 2017

Renderings of Jewelers' Row tower presented to Washington Square West

On Tuesday Toll Brothers released renderings of the condo tower it has planned for Jewelers’ Row. The 29-story, 115-unit building will tower over the surrounding storefronts, which comprise one of the…

    • The Royal | January 2017 | JKRP

Revised design for Royal Theater redevelopment requires Historical Commission approval

South Street’s Royal Theater came before the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee again this Tuesday. The venerable old theater served as a hub of African-American nightlife for the better part of a…

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    • Clarena Tolson (left), Michael Carroll (center) and Carlton Williams (right, AP)

City announces familiar faces to leadership posts at Streets and OTIS

The Mayor’s Office announced the appointment of a handful of familiar faces to new leadership positions at the City’s Streets Department and Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) on Monday.…

    • Village of Arts and Humanities | Eugene Kim (creative commons license)

Land Bank revises targets in 2017 strategic plan

“We are seeing first hand why the land bank may not be as efficient as it could be,” Aviva Kapust, executive director of the Village of Arts and Humanities, told the…

    • Women's March, Philadelphia, January 21, 2017 | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

January 23: Women's Marches | Rittenhouse Hotel | "Gentrification"

There’s a Nor’easter blowing through this morning, so expect blustery and wet weather through the day and a few challenges getting around. This morning’s regional rail commute was complicated by…

    • 5th and Bainbridge | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

January 20: Inauguration Day events | Immigration action | Data archiving

Today is Inauguration Day for Donald Trump. Barack Obama inherited a very different America in 2008. NPR shares dozens of stats on unemployment, wage gaps, GDP, confidence, and more for a…

    • Natalie Nixon | Emma Lee / WHYY

Speaking for the public: Natalie Nixon's emerging voice on the Art Commission

At an Art Commission meeting last November, the assembled appointees were considering a school district proposal to expand the overburdened Mayfair Elementary school in the lower Northeast. There are 1,400…

    • New College House | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

January 19: Bike lane tickets | NJ must provide affordable housing | 2016 was hottest

Motorists continue to use Philadelphia’s 230 miles of bike lanes as parking lanes, loading zones, and other unauthorized stops. Philly Voice reports PPA and the Philadelphia Police have issued an increasing…

    • PATCO entrance

What's behind PATCO’s recent spate of train cancellations?

It has been a rough couple of weeks for PATCO riders. On Tuesday, five trains were cancelled or had their trips shortened due to equipment problems, plus another canceled thanks to…

    • Conceputual rendering of Drexel Square at Schuylkill Yards

Planning Commission hears community concerns, supports rezoning for first phase of Schuylkill Yards

Jerry Sweeney breezed through a presentation he’s given dozens of times before: Brandywine Realty Trust’s vision for a new 14-acre, $3.5 billion “innovation district” just west of 30th Street Station: Schuylkill…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Philly joining private-led initiative to reduce commercial building energy use 50% by 2030

In a policy framework for advancing green building in Philadelphia published in January, the Delaware Valley Green Building Council (DVGBC) announced that it’s leading the formation of Philadelphia 2030 District, a…

    • University City District's popular Porch would see continued improvements under the 30th Street Station District Plan

January 18: 30th Street Station plan wins AIA award | Society Hill Acme rumble | Knight Cities Challenge finalists

More than 4,500 applicants proposed civic innovation projects that encouraged either talent, engagement, or opportunity for the Knight Cities Challenge this year. Of the 144 challenge finalists, 20 of the selected…

    •  Christ Methodist Episcopal Church / Mt. Pleasant Primitive Baptist | Amy Lambert

Handful of West Philly properties designated historic, including wee district

Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission opened with the latest twist in the ongoing St. Laurentius saga, but otherwise the meeting proceeded in a fairly breezy fashion. Which is not…

    • What is your vision for the future? January 17, 2017
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Philly gets its own sticky-note 'subway therapy' just before Inauguration Day

Just like in the New York City subway, sticky-note messages have started to accumulate on a tile wall in the concourse between Septa’s City Hall Station and Suburban Station. The…

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Planning Commission celebrates citizen planners, equitable planning

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s annual progress report and celebration for Citizens Planning Institute participants held last week was themed “Planning Together Growing Together,” focusing on parks and the power of…

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