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    • Interior, North Portal, City Hall | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
    • Garden advocates outside City Hall, September 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Urban agriculture leaders ask for citywide commitments to garden preservation and creation

More than one hundred urban farmers and food justice advocates, some of them with cardboard signs in the shape of carrots, tomatoes, and eggplants, attended the first Philadelphia City Council hearing…

    • Frank Schaffer, diamond cutter
Eyes on the Street

Lens: Inside FGS Gems on Jewelers' Row

It’s been about six weeks since news broke that the Toll Brothers wanted to build a 16-story story condo tower on Jewelers’ Row. Since then a few storeowners have been thrust…

    • Schuylkill River | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

September 23: Schuylkill gone green | Transfer tax loophole | Holdout houses | Blame the banks

Why is the Schuylkill glowing green? Elana Gordon reports it’s not slime, its duckweed, a small aquatic plant encouraged by this summer’s dry, warm weather. Most dams and canals along the…

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City to weigh 'social impact' of development proposals on public land

The Redevelopment Authority will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race streets on Friday morning. The parcel is 140,000 square feet, a vast…

    • New Route 2 extension during peak hours to Wayne Junction Station

SEPTA Board approves changes to Routes 2, 310

SEPTA considered 187 proposed changes to its transit routes this year, but just two made the final cut: Extending Route 2 to Wayne Junction Station, and splitting Route 310’s long loop…

    • Far Northeast District Planning meeting, September 2016 | Jake Blumgart, PlanPhilly

Far Northeast district planning kicks off in Somerton

On Wednesday night the district planning process for the Far Northeast launched in a nursing home on Roosevelt Boulevard. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission’s lead for the region, Greg Waldman, spoke…

    • Little Pete's, November 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group
    • 51st Shade of Grey, dirty window series | Al BeFranke

DRPA Dispatch: PATCO ridership rebounding after bridge work; DRPA finances rebounding after mismanagement work

After a year of constrained schedules due to maintenance work on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, ridership on PATCO trains has fully rebounded and may be growing past previous highs. PATCO ridership…

    • St. Laurentius zoning meeting vote, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

Fishtowners feud at community meeting over St. Laurentius reuse proposal

On Tuesday night the Fishtown Neighbors Association held a zoning meeting and nonbinding vote on the future of St. Laurentius church. Developer Leo Voloshin stood before the massive crowd and defended…

    • Ridge Avenue sign | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

September 21: Introducing Grapple | Clarke v. Saffron | Broad & Washington update

First things first: Our colleagues at Keystone Crossroads have been hard at work on a new podcast called Grapple – all about the struggles of Pennsylvania cities, with context and solutions.…

    • Bridgeview, interior courtyard parking | JKR Partners

Proposal to increase parking minimums finds no support at Planning Commission

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission centered on Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill to double the amount of parking required at many forms of new development in the city. The bill would…

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Three historic Baptist churches headed for historic designation

Three churches built by historic Baptist congregations were recommended for nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places last week by the Designation Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The churches…

    • Uber's self-driving cars are being tested in Pittsburgh, August 2016  (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

As PennDOT prepares for driverless vehicles, other state agencies stall

On Wednesday, Uber began publicly testing its autonomous vehicle technology, offering free rides to passengers in Pittsburgh who let a computer take the wheel. It’s a major achievement for Uber, which…

    • St. Laurentius nestled in tight rowhouse blocks | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

September 20: City services survey | Faithful Laurentians | Ice

Oral arguments in the 22nd and Market civil trial began, reports Aaron Moselle. The plaintiffs started by laying out a tale of incompetence, inexperience, and profit-motive that led to six people’s…

    • DVRPC-led study will look at improved public transit on Roosevelt Boulevard

House Committee hears emotional testimony in favor of speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Emotional testimony given at Friday’s hearing on speed cameras stirred up sad memories for Representative Ed Neilson. After listening to Angie Dellavella’s description of witnessing a pedestrian’s death first hand, and…

    • St. Laurentius, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

St. Laurentius: Seeking the Wisdom of Solomon in Fishtown

As Fishtowners mull the residential redevelopment proposed for St. Laurentius Church, Faithful Laurentians are hoping for a different plan that requires less alterations of the building. Community ContributorFishtown native,…

    • River Wards Coffee | Michael Bixler, Hidden City
    • Chester Arthur schoolyard, construction in progress

Schoolyard redesign at Chester Arthur to support inquiry-driven learning

As the students of Chester Arthur School started the new school year, they noticed orange safety barriers traversing their schoolyard and snaking around the parking lot. The schoolyard is under construction…

    • Groundswell - Park(ing) Day 2012

September 16: Park(ing) Day | Liberty on the River | American Street's identity crisis

It’s Philly’s 9th annual Park(ing) Day today. Go exploring in-street installations that put the park in parking spots. K4 is proposing a multi-tower development at the Sheet Metal Workers property called…

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