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    • A line of cars parked in the median on South Broad Street (Emma Lee/WHYY)

September 18: Open union negotiations | Median parking Philadelphia relic | Unlisted: Locust Theatre

Though the lawsuit challenging median parking on South Broad has come to an end, the fight for cultural dominance rages on. Joe Trinacria, contributing to Philly Magazine, makes the case for…

    • Spruce Hill | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Task force focuses first on state of preservation in Philly

Philadelphia created the Historic Preservation Task Force in April with a lofty charge: Think creatively about ways historic preservation can be a meaningful partner in the city’s growth. But its 18-month…

    • SEPTA Control Center: Market-Frankford El and Broad Street lines

Train derails on Market Frankford elevated line, few injuries reported

A SEPTA Market Frankford elevated line train derailed Saturday morning near Spring Garden Station. A SEPTA spokesman said around 30 passengers were on the train at the time it went off…

    • Alan Greenberger discusses the change in public space perception in Philly. Credit: Catalina Jaramillo/WHYY

Between Two Planters: Longtime practitioners discuss transforming urban spaces in Philadelphia

Planners, public utilities fans, and curious residents packed WHYY’s studios Wednesday to discuss the transformation of urban spaces in Philadelphia. PIDC's Prema Gupta, the Philadelphia Land Bank's Angel Rodriguez,…

    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

    • Benjamin Franklin High School

September 15: SLA + Ben Franklin | Bikelash, culture war | Selective property reassessment

Dissent over power, direction and allocation of resources, and the tensions of a changing city dominate today's news: The School Reform Commission (SRC) voted unanimously Thursday night to “co-locate”…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Four reasons why Philadelphia is gentrifying

Should the city’s politicians ever come to a consensus on what to do about gentrification, a new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia offers guidance on how to address…

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

September 14: Mixed-use library | Fingerprints in data | “Youthful vigor”

Philadelphia continues to use data to make sense of the city’s past, present, and potential future: On the continuing courtship with Amazon: Inga Saffron pens an open letter to the tech…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Negative on sex positive club in Tacony, ZBA revokes permit

On Wednesday evening, the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) voted to revoke the fraternal organization permit for the Philly Music Hall, a recently-opened, sex-positive community association located in the historic Tacony…

    • Pop-up ice rink at The Piazza

September 13: Afro pick, Rizzo | Amtrak derailment ruling | Once “barren,” now dining

Projects of varying ranges of permanence dominate the news today: A Philadelphia municipal court judge dismissed all counts against former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian Tuesday, Jason Laughlin reports. Judge Thomas Gehret…

    • Chinatown parklet

As Rebuild promises $500 million to rehab rec centers, Chinatown asks: What about us?

Last month, you shared with us your pressing questions about Rebuild, Philadelphia's $500 million plan to rehab the city's parks, libraries and rec centers. More than 400 of you voted on which…

    • Vacancy of Major Commercial Corridors and Centers, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

In North Philly, neighbors and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission look to the future

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its final public meeting about the North District, which covers many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The open house offered a glimpse…

    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Developers cheer as L+I adds offices plus inspectors to equal demand from Philly’s real estate boom

For years, Philadelphia’s developers have complained and fretted about staffing at the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L+I). In 2017, the agency may finally be able to come close to giving…

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Church In Grad Hospital hopes newly-planted Garden of Eden will turn new neighbors into new parishioners

In May, 1916, the members of Union Baptist Church assembled at 711 South 12th Street and proudly marched seven blocks to their new sanctuary. The historic congregation had outgrown its first…

    • On Thursday Night Market returns to Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy with more than 50 vendors.

September 12: Dark side, claw back | Post pop-up | ‘Gentrification tax’

Quite a bit on localizing economic development in today’s news:  “This is a dark side of our constitutional federalism, as it plays out in ‘economic development,’” cautions City Lab. As cities…

    • Packed bus | Ashley Hahn, PlanPhilly

September 11: Many thoughts on SEPTA | Houston’s bus redesign | Monument Lab

Transit’s the talk of the town in today’s news. Civic and cultural assets, too. The transportation secretary, agriculture secretary, fire commissioner, and PennDOT all voice concern over the GOP-backed House plan…

    • State Capitol building

SEPTA blasts alarm over GOP House budget proposal’s cuts to state transportation funds

SEPTA officials are all train whistles and bus horns this week, warning that Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget woes now threaten their budget and, therefore, your commute. This week, the Republicans in the…

    • Original parkway plans

September 8: Relatively unglamorous ghosts | Amazing, dangerous, and frightening | Amazon HQ2

Amazing, dangerous, and frightening: Stu Bykofsky writes about the intersection of youth and bike culture on Philly streets. Byko speaks with youth bicyclists and bewildered onlookers who are concerned that these…

    • Jewelers' Row, November 2016

Small increase in Historical Commission staff size precedes “big changes” in preservation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC) will soon expand its office staff by two, the first increase in the size of the regulatory agency in 13 years, and one of several signs…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

Art is compromising: Commission OKs city’s plan to replace, but reuse, Chestnut Street’s stained-glass bus shelters

At the beginning of the year, the City of Philadelphia attempted to replace Chestnut Street’s bus shelters with new ones, which would have meant the deaccessioning of stained-glass art installations that…

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