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    • Charge of the Green Umbrella Brigade, March 2014 | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

2014 in Photos: Faces

It is forever a pleasure to see Philadelphia through fresh eyes, which is one reason why it's always such a treat to look back at the year through the work of…

    • Where Philly runs

December 22: The #PHL2015 field | Reimagining the Athenaeum | Where Philly runs |

For those just tuning in to the 2015 campaign, Patrick Kerkstra has a helpful rundown on the candidates with some good insights on our political moment.  The market is betting on…

    • 40th and Pine, November 2013

Mansion at 40th and Pine goes before Historical Commission again

Last week, the financial hardship committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to approve a request from the University of Pennsylvania and developer Jonathan Weiss to amend its May 2012 approval…

    • jolly trolley interior

A Miracle on the 34 Line

Santa takes a flying reindeer sleigh, but most of us commute to work using something a bit more pedestrian, like SEPTA. But every holiday season, a handful of trolley operators and…

    • Zoning Remapping Progress | Philadelphia City Planning Commission
    • Market St

December 19: Casino appeal | Dynamic parking pricing in DC | Bike share and taxis

Bart Blatstein and Sugarhouse are appealing the state's decision to grant a second casino license. City government will partner with hyper-local social network NextDoor to help get the word out about…

    • Site of  $100 million velodrome at FDR Park

Presentation for proposed Velodrome at FDR Park leaves big questions unanswered

Over 150 neighborhood residents and cyclists packed into a hot basement room at the American Swedish Historical Museum to hear a presentation to the Philadelphia Park and Recreation Commission from the…

    • George Matysik

City Council candidate: Give the PPA back to Philly

At-large City Council candidate George Matysik recently released one of the first issue white papers of the 2015 campaign, introducing some outside-the-box education ideas. Matysik, 33, is currently the government relations…

    • Fergie Parking Lot

December 18: Fergie Tower | Family apartments | CyclePhilly time lapse | Uber co-op

Governor-elect Tom Wolf is reminding voters about the deep fiscal hole he's inheriting from the outgoing Governor Tom Corbett and his party, perhaps wary that the unpopular choices he'll have to…

    • Penns Landing Park by day,  © Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

DVRPC authorizes study for capping I-95, gets funding for bike trails from William Penn

A number of transportation projects, including the dream of capping part of I-95 to improve access to Penn’s Landing and the expansion of the Frankford Creek Greenway Section, took another step…

    • Philly Car Share

December 17: Next gen car share | Traffic enforcement slackening | Observation deck

Philly police are on pace to write about a quarter of the traffic tickets written in 1998, despite an increase in pedestrian injuries, and enforcement of traffic tickets is basically…

    • This small lot at 147 Gay Street — which offers spots for 30 vehicles — has become a flash point pitting residents against developers. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Parking issues pit residents vs. developers in pocket of Manayunk

Forget the Joni Mitchell song about paving Paradise. In Manayunk, the neighbors are fighting to save a parking lot.  In a section of the city where on- and off-street spaces are…

    • Pedestrian promenade

Center City District's dream of a street-level pedestrian promenade on the Schuylkill could become reality

Center City and University City are Philadelphia's two largest employment hubs, hosting 42% and 11.5% of the city's jobs, respectively, and the business communities on both sides of the river increasingly…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013

iPic expects to move forward soon on renovation of the Boyd

Lease negotiations are under way with new owner Pearl Properties   The long-suffering Boyd Theater is still waiting for its facelift, but the plans for its renovation seem to be getting…

    • South Philly

December 16: Traffic manuals gone wild | Vision Zero street changes | Delaware Generating Station

We already introduced you to the popular old-school traffic engineering manuals that try to apply highway design concepts to urban streets. Now meet the Trip Generation Manual, which appears to drastically…

    • Mayor Nutter, Planning chief Alan Greenberger, developer Ken Weinstein and council member Cindy Bass

Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter

Last week, city council shelved a piece of legislation designed to patch a loophole in the zoning code that was exploited by, of all entities, the Nutter administration. The bill, introduced…

    • screen shot 2014 12 15 at 9 34 31 am

December 15: Diaz in | Logan Square holes | Wage tax history | #ChangingCities

Nelson Diaz, a former city solicitor under Mayor John Street, says he'll definitely get in the Mayoral race this January. PennDOT will replace seven aging bridges over 676/Vine St starting in…

    • Blue glazed bricks on Waverly Street

Historical Commission: Paving the way for street preservation progress

If you ramble down Alter Street in Pennsport and look down, you'll notice wonderfully lustrous rectangles of blue glazed granite. You will also see patches of asphalt marking the street in front…

    • Chestnut Street

Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduces Vision Zero resolution, as report highlights street safety issues

Transportation planner Jarrett Walker wrote an interesting blog post this week about a problem he terms the "uncontrolled loss of altitude" in planning that happens sometimes when cities let small-ball issues…

    • Petty Island - Delaware Valley Foodworx

December 12: Pier 35 1/2 for sale | Dupree Studios triumphant | Reimagining Petty Island

Pier 35 1/2 - possibly a portal to Hogwart's and definitely the site of the proposed 45-story Trump tower which ultimately fell victim to the recession - up for sale again.…

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