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    • Anthony Williams

Senator (and Mayoral candidate) Anthony Williams pens letter to LCB supporting pop-up beer gardens

Since the news first broke that four state lawmakers had written to the Liquor Control Board expressing "grave concern" that the 2012 catering permit regulations were being interpreted too loosely, other…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park

Would a new pop-up "industry" be a bad thing for Philly?

One interesting wrinkle to watch in the debate over pop-up beer gardens is the disagreement between Rep. John Taylor and John Longacre of the Philadelphia Tavern Owners Association over how widespread…

    • Bikeshare PHL

July 29: Renaming 30th St. Station | Laura Sparks to head William Penn | Local impact of the downgrade | Bike share as transit

Chaka Fattah's bill to rename 30th Street Station is sailing through Congress, with the support of every member of the Pennsylvania delegation. Peter J. Degnan is resigning from the William…

    • 1112-1128 Chestnut Street - project and permit info prominently displayed
Eyes on the Street

Project Information Revelation

Sometimes we’ve got to stop to recognize the small as significant. Today: Project information. Walking down 12th Street late last week my heart skipped a nerdy beat at Chestnut. Here Brickstone…

    • ortliebs1

Opinion: New zoning classification has strings attached no one should want

So there’s a large lot right in the middle of your otherwise nice rowhouse block. Fifty years ago it was a small factory, but now it’s a nuisance, full of trash…

    • A photo of the Hermione replica, courtesy of the Friends of L' Hermione

Tall ships, including a replica of Gen. Lafayette's, coming to the Delaware next summer

Huge sailing ships will head into Philadelphia and Camden next summer for the first tall ship festival held here since 2000, and L'Hermione, a replica of the ship that brought General…

    • DAVID L. RYAN/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2013

Six ideas Boston should emulate, and Praxis in one of them

Cities crib from each other all the time. New York copied the idea for the High Line from Paris. London is growing upward, like New York. Lately Boston, too, has…

    • Rendering: 1100 Block of Chestnut

July 28: Local taxis embrace e-hailing | Wolf on state's education funding share | Clamors for transportation choice | Philly as blight fighting model

In an interview with the Associated Press, Democratic Gubernatorial nominee Tom Wolf proposed increasing the state's share of education funding to 50%, up from 32%. (For context, the recent high was 44%…

    • A developer's nine-year attempt to construct housing on this strip of green space in Roxborough has devolved into a court battle. (NewsWorks, file art)

Councilman Jones under 'bizarre' eminent-domain fire in Germany Hill development lawsuit

A developer's nine-year attempt to construct housing on a strip of green space in Roxborough has devolved into a court battle over how much the city may have to pay for…

    • South Street pop up / courtesy YIP

How the Pop-Ups can actually prop up their neighbors

This summer, beer gardens have been popping up like dandelions, causing some legislators to say they are ready to start pulling weeds. But most Philadelphians – including the folks who run…

    • DJI Phantom 2 Vision Quadcopter

Drone photographer Matt Satell wants to create the go-to site for aerial images of Philly

If you've been on our Facebook page recently, you'll see our new banner photo is an aerial shot of University City.    The more obvious choice for a publication about Philadelphia's…

    • New homes at New Market and Laurel streets will have rear garages through a single curb cut.
    • Philly Skyline from the Plateau

July 25: Philly as car-free retirement colony | Radar gun fight | African-Americans and bike share | $10.5B in new transpo projects

Philadelphia made TheStreet's top 5 list of cities for people looking to retire without a car. We've been seeing a lot of Baby Boomers moving to Center City, in addition…

    • Design Speed

Explain that Term: Operating Speed

Did you read the news about state government changing the posted speed limit for a segment of the PA Turnpike to 70 mph, and wonder if they were making the right…

    • Fairmount Park Conservancy Chairman John K. Binswanger at the dedication of the Grove of Champions. Photo byAlbert Yee for the Conservancy

Grove of trees dedicated in honor of park champions at Belmont Plateau

Should Will Smith spend part of this summertime at The Plateau, he'll find a new grove of trees, dedicated this week in honor of both a long-time Fairmount Park advocate and…

    • Rep. John Taylor

July 24: John Taylor on defense over pop-ups | SEPTA ridership down | Gathering of the block captains | Philly's high income tax

SEPTA ridership dipped 2% system-wide over the last 12 months, which officials are blaming on a harsh winter and a fare increase. To put it in perspective though, 2013-2014 was the…

    • Orinoka Mills, June 2014
Eyes on the Street

Pinning future for New Kensington on Orinoka Mills reuse

The story of Orinoka Mills is tangled in the many tired, typical Philly tropes about disinvestment, deindustrialization and decrepitude. Once known for producing fine textiles, Orinoka Mills’ more recent history is…

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July 23: Philly pols request ride-share exemption | Moody's downgrades PA | Pedestrianizing our alleys | Bike Coalition survey

Paul Nussbaum reports that Philadelphia-area lawmakers requested Philadelphia be exempt from the bill legalizing ride-sharing apps Uber X, Lyft, and Sidecar. If the bill passes, the services would be legal in…

    • Independence Beer Garden, July 8, 2014

The Prohibition-era policy driving the political scuffle over pop-up beer gardens

A quartet of state lawmakers are pushing back on Philly's pop-up gardens, taking issue with something called an off-premise catering permit that allows vendors to "cater" alcohol sales at these pop-up…

    • Looking down the Parkway, over the Magic Carpet

PennPraxis / PlanPhilly survey results

PennPraxis and PlanPhilly are focusing our efforts to help Philadelphians make informed choices over the next year as competitive elections for a new mayor and City Council approach in 2015.  These…

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