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    • Center City, July 2015 | Justin Wolfe, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Rewind: 2015 Cheers and Jeers

It's the season to look back and hand out some laurels and darts for a few of the best and worst plannerly happenings this year. Here's a selection of things I…

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December 31: The Mummers planner | How Montgomery Ave explains Philly | PGH rental registry challenged

Happy holidays y'all! The PlanPhilly team is taking tomorrow off for New Year's Day. See you back here next Monday. And for those who've been meaning to support PlanPhilly's year-end fundraising…

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Study: Center City lost 7 percent of its public parking spaces in the last five years

The Center City development boom reduced the number of public parking spaces by 7.2 percent between 2010 and 2015, according to the Planning Commission's 2015 update to the Center City Parking…

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Developers buy First African Baptist Church, plan to preserve it

A group of developers has purchased First African Baptist Church at 16th and Christian streets in South Philadelphia with plans to stabilize and preserve the building, which was added to the…

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December 30: L&I reform | The Kenney-Clarke show | Census figures on business growth

Ned Dunham and Michael Nadol, the two chairmen of Philadelphia’s Building Safety Oversight Board, have an op-ed in today’s Inquirer laying out some of their recommendations for reform at the…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

It's been a bumpy ride. Philly Transportation: A Year in Review

As 2015 draws to a close, it’s only natural to look back and reflect. Virtually every news story you’ll read this week, including this one, is some variant of “A Year…

    • Smith Playground renovation | Ambit Architecture

December 29: Smith Playground | Tax delinquency data | Tech companies in Center City

The Washington Post dives into the ethical quandaries posed by driverless cars. Should they swerve out of the way of a stray schoolbus or, even if it means sacrificing their own…

    • 1300 Fairmount Ave. | Cope Linder Architects

Holes in the ground, cranes in the sky: notable projects of 2015

2015 was a boom year for development in Philadelphia. Such a boom year that Alan Greenberger, the deputy mayor for economic development who’s been credited for much of the building momentum…

    • Anne Fadullon | Photo by Albert Yee, Albert Yee Photo

Anne Fadullon, Building Industry Association president, to lead Dept. of Planning and Development

Mayor-elect Jim Kenney announced on Monday that he has selected Anne Fadullon to serve as the Director of Planning and Development, a new position that was created when voters approved a…

    • Ben Leech on Instagram

December 28: Lew Blum, auto reaper | Mt. Holly energy farm | Liberty Title Building conversion

Inga Saffron has the lowdown on Lew Blum, whose name you'll know if you've ever parked a car in Philadelphia. Blum is in fact not a bogeyman conjured by the…

    • Council to introduce waterfront setback ordinance at first meeting

2015 on the Delaware River waterfront

There’s something new at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Tasker Street. It caught my eye the other day as I was gassing up my car across the way: It’s bright,…

    • 73rd Street and Lindbergh Boulevard

December 24: PRA ends nation's largest urban renewal project | Big gains for Philly leisure travel | Nutter's small biz record

The largest urban renewal project in the nation's history is officially coming to a close, reports Samantha Melamed, as the PRA moved to take control of the last 135 acres of…

    • Soft Skyline | Eyes on the Street Flickr group
Eyes on the Street

Rewind: What you were reading on EOTS in 2015

What happened in 2015? At Eyes on the Street it was busy with special projects, sharing different voices and striking images, and at this point we're left looking in the rearview…

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Why is SEPTA Key arriving two years late?

SEPTA Key is the Philadelphia straphanger’s Godot: a tale of absurd waiting, punctuated by the occasional news that the long anticipated “won’t come this evening, but surely tomorrow.” If SEPTA does…

    • Broad and Pine

December 23: End in sight for PA budget | 23-story tower for South Broad | Cashless tolling

In an unexpected twist in the PA budget saga, a group of moderate House Republicans joined House Democrats in a parliamentary maneuver to advance the $30.8 billion budget framework supported by…

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December 22: Investors bullish on Philly apartment market | Falls bridge to close | Vision Zero in DC

Eli Rosen of Gebroe-Hammer Associates tells Inquirer real estate columnist Alan Heavens that he expects Philly's apartment market to keep going strong for the foreseeable future. "Investor appetite has been insatiable, and the…

    • Indego station

Indego popular for university commuters and joyriders, mixed results for low-income outreach

Unique among bike share programs, Philadelphia’s Indego attempts to serve lower income communities as an affordable, healthy, and green commuting option. Indego strives to be a model for other cities, a…

    • Broad and Callowhill rendering

December 21: North Broad gateway | Kenney as anti-Nutter | Fewer NoLibs zoning variances

Patrick Kerkstra thinks Jim Kenney is emerging as the anti-Nutter in many respects, and it's not just that he's to Nutter's left on policy. "More than policy or focus, though, what…

    • 1911 Walnut

December 18: Jefferson and Philadelphia University Merger | Speeding up SEPTA | Defending micro-apartments

In a surprise move, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University announced a preliminary agreement to merge yesterday. "The deal comes as many small colleges and universities are under financial pressure...In the…

    • Testing, testing for SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key should roll out by April 2016, despite latest project spec changes

Following today’s Board meeting, SEPTA Key Project Manager Kevin O’Brien said the agency hopes to begin rolling out SEPTA Key, the authority’s new fare payment technology system, by April 2016. The…

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