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    • Artwork covering one window of a blighted building on Market Street in Harrisburg, Pa. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Keystone Crossroads: What's happening in Harrisburg beyond the budget that could affect Pa. cities?

State lawmakers have moved some blight and revitalization bills, although pensions and the Commonwealth’s next fiscal plan dominate discussions in Harrisburg. One piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Wolf’s signature aims to…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

July 10: Jim Kenney: Streets blogger | Pope fence happening | Super TIF bill

The Pope fence around Center City is real. The only question is how big. Jim Kenney is envisioning an administration with weaker deputy Mayors and stronger commissioners. Kenney has also…

    • Boyd Theatre demolition in progress, May 2015 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Parsing the preservation record

The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas recently sat down with Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development and commerce and executive director of the planning commission, to reflect on his seven years with…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

While PRA seeks redevelopment of Logan Triangle, some residents have a vision of their own

Playgrounds, soccer fields, orchards, greenhouses, flower beds, compost piles, a free health clinic and 300 solar-powered cottages for veterans and former inmates, all on 40 acres of undeveloped land in a…

    • Point Breeze pop-up

How to run a pop-up beer garden without being shut down immediately

This week, a pair of pop-up beer gardens were shut down by the Department of Licenses & Inspections. First, the somewhat controversial Point Breeze Beer Garden, and then the Uptown…

    • Passyunk and Mifflin
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: New street furniture on 'King of Jeans' pedestrian plaza

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what caught our attention this week: Back in April, Taylor Farnsworth reported that the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) would…

    • Cosby mural

July 9: Ford hedging for car-lite future | World Heritage City | Cosby mural going away

Governor Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans are still worlds apart on the state budget. It's looking like another year without a long-term federal transportation funding bill. The Isle apartments on…

    • 1213 N. 5th | Harman Deutsch

Two new housing developments planned for North 5th Street

North 5th Street in Northern Liberties and South Kensington could see an influx of new residents if two proposals are approved by Philadelphia’s zoning board. The projects were subject to Civic…

    • Not a parking space

Councilmanic Prerogative, Broad Street median parking, and planning politics in the Kenney era

Dylan Purcell and Michelle Tranquilli have an excellent data visualization of the newly-released city parking ticket data at Philly.com, looking at which blocks get the most tickets.  Ticketing was flat citywide…

    • Bok High School sold for $1.75 million

Dreaming big, developer closes the deal on former South Philly tech school

Scout Ltd. now officially owns Bok Technical School, a massive city block of a building at 9th and Mifflin in South Philly. Lindsey Scannapieco said she had closed the deal on…

    • Wastewater pipeline infrastructure in Pennsylvania is old and in some cities pollutes rivers. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Keystone Crossroads: The state of sewer pipelines in Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is an old state, one where people settled and built infrastructure early. That means much of the infrastructure in the Commonwealth’s cities is breaking down with age, needs expensive maintenance,…

    • Rail Park

July 8: Major Obama desegregation order | Camping out for the Pope | Denser development near Rail Park

Under a new Obama initiative, HUD will require cities and towns across the country to review their housing policies and document their progress on desegregation. The owners of the lot…

    • The Royal was once the queen of west South Street.

Philadelphia Historical Commission Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, 10 July 2015

The Philadelphia Historical Commission is the city’s principal public steward of historic resources. Please be reminded that the Historical Commission will hold its 635th Stated Meeting at 9:00 a.m. on Friday,…

    • The corner of Ridge and Roxoborough avenues / Bas Slabbers

Roxborough residents watch Wendy's restaurant rise at historic neighborhood site

The corner of Ridge and Roxoborough avenues has been in question since December 2012, when the historic Bunting House, located at 5901 Ridge Ave., was razed in the face of community…

    • 401 Race Street | Barton Partners

At 4th and Race, design review committee wants a little gravitas

“You are on the most historic acre in the United States,” said Cecil Baker, pounding his hand against the conference table. “This is not a place for broken-down architecture.” Baker, an…

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    • A Google Maps image shows 1140 S. 24th St. before it was demolished. (Photo via GoogleMaps)

Philly L&I chief defends demolition without permit

Philadelphia Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Carlton Williams is defending his decision last year to allow a contractor to tear down a decaying South Philadelphia building without a demolition permit. New rules…

    • Bethlehem Greenway

July 6: Philly becomes largest US city to legalize AirBnB | Illegal demolition | Legacy of Rails to Trails

Everybody seemed fixated on the hotel tax aspect of this story, but the bigger issue is that Philly is now the largest US city to legalize AirBnB, and without much…

    • Wissahickon Valley Park

More woodlands to be added to Wissahickon Valley Park

Wissahickon Valley Park could grow by six acres this fall if City Council authorizes the city to accept a donation of undeveloped land from the Natural Lands Trust. A bill allowing…

    • El Corazón Cultural Center interior rendering | courtesy of WRT
Eyes on the Street

Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million cultural center in fall

Back when John Street was Philly’s mayor Taller Puertorriqueño received a $1.5 million Cultural Corridors grant. For the better part of the last decade, the 40-year old arts and education group…

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