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    • Two Flags | Michael Klusek, Flickr

Investor green card program that has greenlit Philly’s building boom faces uncertain future

Not all immigrants arrive tired, poor, or huddled in masses. Some are quite wealthy and rely on a program that trades green cards for massive investments—foreign dollars that have helped spark…

    • Vertical farming in South Philadelphia. | courtesy of Metropolis Farm

Advocates pitch vertical farming to a City Council ready to help

Jack Griffin, a former Wall Street executive and founder of Metropolis Farms, knows how to sell. In a 40-minute testimony in front of City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee…

    • Quaker City National Bank

December 9: Preservation crisis and solutions | Funds for street safety on South Street | Winter cycling tips

Do you believe in PlanPhilly's work? Help us raise $25,000 this month. Already more than 60 people have made tax-deductible gifts ranging from $5 to $2000, and we're so grateful! Please…

    • Accidental protected bike lane at East Market development

Bill seeks more protection for pedestrians during sidewalk closures

At the last City Council session of the year, Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced a bill, cosponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, to bolster pedestrian safety requirements at construction sites that impede sidewalks.…

    • St Laurentius Church

Historical Commission to consider designation of St. Laurentius' interior

Next Wednesday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation will consider a nomination of the interior of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius church. Developer and neighborhood resident Leo Voloshin has proposed…

    • Rendering of Richard Serra sculpture on the Rodin Museum grounds, presented at December 2016 Art Commission meeting

Art Commission approves Richard Serra sculpture for Parkway, redesign ahead for Holocaust Memorial

Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting opened with two major upgrades to established sites on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub, laid out a proposal…

    • Dilworth | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

December 8: Peirce school for sale | Barbershop lens | Safer DIY spaces

Come here often? If so, please consider making a donation in support of PlanPhilly’s public service journalism. We’re trying to raise $25,000 from 400 readers this month and already more than…

    • Taller Puertorriqueño's new cultural center at North 5th and Huntingdon streets. | Emma Lee / WHYY

Latino cultural center rises in North Philly as a beacon of connections, commerce

A cultural center has taken its place in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Fairhill, designed to be the inspiration for a financially depressed community. The new building is an expansion Taller…

    • Subway Rush Hour | Theresa Stigale

Jarrett Walker's philosophy of public transit as means to freedom

Philosophers have long struggled to make sense of human existence and the freedom (perhaps illusory) that it provides. “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains,” wrote…

    • Rendering of Trolley Car Station restaurant at 40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens

UCD breaks ground on Portal Gardens at 40th Street trolley stop

Soon, waiting for a trolley in University City won’t seem so bad. University City District (UCD), along with SEPTA, city officials, developers and neighborhood residents, broke ground on the Trolley Portal…

    • Camden waterfront rendering | Robert A.M. Stern Architects

December 7: Camden waterfront | Sleep and car crashes | Lowest bidders vs best value?

Is PlanPhilly part of your daily routine? If so, please consider making a donation in support of PlanPhilly’s public service journalism. We’re trying to raise $25,000 from 400 readers this month…

    • Route 47 en route | courtesy of Intersection

47 Stories: Connecting cultural communities via bus

Septa’s Route 47 bus runs the length of the city, from Whitman Plaza in South Philly to Olney in North Philadelphia, connecting immigrant and refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe,…

    • Kensington Avenue | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

December 6: Taller Toll on Jewelers' Row | Newkirk Viaduct Monument moved | Small business booster

Come here often? If so, please consider making a donation in support of PlanPhilly’s public service journalism. We’re trying to raise $25,000 from 400 readers this month and already more than…

    • Walnut Street, Philadelphia Photos

Center City report finds $1 billion in retail demand

Just in time for the holidays, the Center City District (CCD) released a 24-page glossy report on the state of retail its purview, finding downtown Philadelphia blossoming as a “24-hour downtown”…

    • Schuylkill River Trail | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

Sections of MLK Drive, Schuylkill River Trail to close for retaining wall rebuild

On Monday the City of Philadelphia announced that parts of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive and the Schuylkill River Trail will be closed for a few weeks while crews rebuild and…

    • 10th and Ridge and Callowhill | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

December 5: Kenney's first year | Joe DeFelice Q&A | Street's portrait

Happy December! We're out to raise $25,000 this month from 400 people. If you come here often, please consider a donation of any amount to support PlanPhilly’s public service journalism. Already…

    • Vacant lots that are maintained by PHS feature an open wood fence with openings narrow enough to prevent unwanted dumping.

What's at stake if Toomey and Trump cut funding to Philly?

On Wednesday night, Republican Senator Pat Toomey denounced the city of Philadelphia’s sanctuary city policy, which discourages law enforcement from working closely with federal immigration authorities. He then called on president-elect…

    • Rendering of proposed Orinoka Civic House, courtesy NKCDC and Jibe Design

December 2: Changing Kensington | SEPTA's regional rail plans | Food insecurity

Happy December! This month PlanPhilly is aiming to raise $25,000 from 400 people. Already 41 people have made donations ranging from $5 to $1000 and we're so grateful! If PlanPhilly is…

    • Willis Hale row at 17th and Jefferson | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Council considers permit fees to support Historical Commission

On Thursday morning, three City Council members introduced legislation to bolster funding for the city’s overburdened Historical Commission. The bill, backed by Blondell Reynolds Brown, Mark Squilla, and Al Taubenberger would…

    • A vacant lot maintained by PHS through the Vacant Lot Stabilization program located on 6th and Berks.

City seeking 'nuclear option' to reclaim land it sells to private developers

On Tuesday, City Council moved a bill forward that would make it easier to take back city land it sells to private developers. The bill would alter city code provisions regarding…

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