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    • Paschall Library | Studio Gang
Eyes on the Street

Architect Jeanne Gang on using design to strengthen community

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating a broad portfolio of work that isn’t unified by form…

    • Walter Smith School | Wikimedia Commons

May 24: Feibush to convert Walter Smith School | VW pays PA $118 million | ‘Feed the Barrel’

Developer Ori Feibush plans to convert Point Breeze's former Walter Smith School into 120 apartments, after the Commonwealth Court ordered Philadelphia Common Pleas judge Nina Wright-Padilla last week to clear…

    • Cycling Free Streets, 2016 | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

    • Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 fire station with addition, May 2017 | Cecil Baker + Partners

Chestnut Hill firehouse's contemporary addition supported by preservation committee

Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37 is finally getting a building that can accommodate contemporary fire-fighting vehicles. The oldest fire station in Philadelphia will remain in use, but its almost 125-year-old building will…

    • 30th Street station Regional Rail platform | A. Leonard Pundt

SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?

SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

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Brookings report calls for more local investment to unleash 'innovation district' potential

Before a room packed with Philadelphia’s business elites Thursday morning, Brookings Institution researchers described the city as standing on the precipice of greatness. All it will take is a little leap…

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May 22: The magic of Philly stoops | Post-preservation | Two new Amtrak stops?

Philly Mag’s Brian Howard pens an ode to the Philadelphia stoop, declaring the stoop the best spot for impromptu parties, block cleanup discussions, and neighborhood camaraderie. Referencing his experience living…

    • City Council Members Allan Domb, Bobby Henon and Helen Gym (L to R) at the start of the Bike Coalition's Bike to Work Day ride/Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

May 19: Amtrak engineer taken into custody | Philly housing prices up 22% | Bike to Work Day

Brandon Bostian, the engineer operating Amtrak 188 when it derailed in 2015 killing eight passengers and injuring 200 others, was taken into custody Thursday morning, the Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports.…

    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Squilla calls increased Delaware waterfront height limit ‘progressive’ – waterfront advocates say it would undercut plan

Harris Steinberg fears that Philadelphia’s Delaware waterfront may be returning to the bad old days. Almost 10 years ago, when Steinberg ran PennPraxis, he presented a civic vision for seven miles…

    • EFNC's Ramona Rousseau-Reid and Deborah Jefferson tell Italian students what they would like to see around Eastwick Station

Researchers and residents explore ways Eastwick floods and ideas for mitigation

Eastwick is literally in a vulnerable position, environmentally speaking. The neighborhood is located in part of Southwest Philadelphia with the lowest elevation in the city; in fact, it was historically a…

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    • Neighbors creating model of Mifflin Square Park.

How the Kenney administration aims to include neighbors in Rebuild

At a press briefing in March, a member of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild team described the ambitions of the $500-million project as “not just physical improvements” for the city’s universe of…

    • Powelton Village

Planning Commission weighs in on micro-apartments, RCO rule changes, and rezoning bills

The May meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission tackled 22 agenda items, including a raft of rezonings and the continuing evolution of rules for Registered Community Organizations. Redevelopment Agreement for…

    • East Market Wawa rendering

May 17: Ballot questions approved | Wawa joins East Market | Life, Unauthorized

On Tuesday Philadelphians voted yes on both ballot questions to amend the city’s Home Rule Charter, the Inquirer’s Tricia L. Nadolny reports. Ballot question #1 approves the bill introduced by Councilman…

    • Indego | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Indego Bike Share turns two, celebrates 1.2 million rides with new stations in Fishtown, South Philly and Center City

On Thursday, Indego celebrated its second birthday and was showered with a dozen new stations, 200 new bikes and a $930,000 grant from the William Penn Foundation to support community outreach…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

Council considers how to encourage electric vehicle ownership after suspending previous program

City Council held hearings Monday to solicit ideas for encouraging electric vehicle (EV) ownership in Philadelphia. The hearings came a month after Council pulled the plug on the city’s previous program…

    • One Water Street, June 2016

May 16: City sues Wells Fargo for discriminatory practices | Bill to bust Central Delaware Overlay height limits | Emerging City Champions

It's primary election day - don't forget to make time to vote. Polls are open until 8 p.m. and you can find your polling place here. Even if you're not…

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May 15: A/B stops on the El | Middle neighborhood racial disparities | PPA deleted comp time records

A person was struck and killed by a train on SEPTA's Lansdale/Doylestown Line early Monday morning, the Inquirer’s Emily Babay reports. No further details have been reported; service is suspended between…

    • City Hall, 2017 | Ken Van Pelt, EOTS Flickr Group

Ballot Question: Should city move to ‘best value’ from ‘lowest bid’ for contracts?

Councilman Bobby Henon, backed by the Kenney administration, thinks it’s time to update the city’s procurement policies. On Tuesday, voters will decide whether the city should change how it picks vendors…

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