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    • 709 Chestnut | Roseland

Commission approves apartment tower at 7th and Chestnut

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted on Tuesday to approve a 32-story apartment tower on the 700 block of Chestnut Street, following the recommendation of its Architectural Committee. The tower would be…

    • Wexford Science & Technology Center

June 12: Science Center to break up the U City High superblock | Food truck seniority system | Underrated parks

University City Science Center's major expansion will include "pedestrian-friendly shopping streets, apartment towers, and a sprawling public plaza" that break up the University City High School superblock. Inga Saffron makes…

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Six ways to get more out of PlanPhilly, off of PlanPhilly

Philadelphia's planning and built environment community is an incredible resource for us as journalists, providing us with the news and ideas that keep this place ticking, and we want to make access…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

Updated: City Hall Parking Lot isn't dead yet. But it's all over in January.

Update: Bridget Collins-Greenwood, Commissioner of Public Property for the City of Philadelphia, confirmed the bubble-bursting news this morning that not only is the no-parking policy limited to the northwest half of…

    • Plastic bags

June 11: Setback for plastic bag tax | Ride-hailing without smartphones | Roxborough neighborhood plan

Councilman Mark Squilla is withdrawing his bill for a five-cent plastic bag fee for now. Uber is rolling out a beta version of TextBER, a ride-hailing platform for people without smartphones…

    • Helen Gym

Q&A: Helen Gym on Vision Zero, Council politics, and how the school funding debate ties into planning

Continuing our Agenda 2015 series, PlanPhilly will be publishing Q&A's with potential City Council newcomers talking about their views on a range of city planning and built environment topics. For the…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners
Eyes on the Street

Lord Norman Foster on urban infrastructure, technology, and design

Pritzker prize-winning architect Lord Norman Foster delivered his version of design theater-in-the-round at the rotunda auditorium in Penn’s Anthropology Museum on Tuesday evening, before Philadelphia’s design community. Lord Foster, whose firm…

    • UPDATED: The Imperative Divine Lorraine

New grant completes financing for Divine Lorraine

Eric Blumenfeld now has all the money he needs to revive the Divine Lorraine, the iconic former hotel that has towered over North Broad Street for years, vacant since 1999, collecting…

    • A publicly subsidized W Hotel is proposed for 15th and Chestnut streets in Center City

Plans to allow more density in Center City hit a roadblock

A bill meant to increase residential and commercial and density in Center City appears to be stalled after getting initial approval from a City Council committee last week. The Planning Commission…

    • Social seating

June 10: Two hit-and-runs in two days | Old City District neighborhood plan | Public space and social capital

Actor Michael Toner lost his leg after he was struck by a motorist in a hit-and-run at 11th and Market. 11th and Market is a repeat offender, as one of…

    • Reading Viaduct, October 2012 / Christine Fisher

Councilman Squilla announces City giving Reading Viaduct Rail Park another $1M

During a public presentation before the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation, at late-entering Councilman Mark Squilla announced that the City of Philadelphia was pledging an additional $1 million to the project to…

    • Blumberg Apartments | Nathaniel Hamilton, for NewsWorks

Committee approves Housing Authority plan to acquire 1,300 North Philly properties

City Council’s Committee on Rules approved a plan on Tuesday that would allow the Philadelphia Housing Authority to acquire 1,300 properties in the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding the Norman Blumberg Apartments,…

    • St. Laurentius, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Hail Mary to designate St. Laurentius historic makes headway

Supporters of St. Laurentius, a closed and deconsecrated Roman Catholic Church in Fishtown, have had the first of many prayers answered. On Tuesday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic…

    • Average loss per passenger ride

SEPTA loses less money on fares than most other metro transit agencies

Every single US metro transit agency loses some money on each passenger trip, but how much money they lose varies. This piece at City Lab shows that, on that score, SEPTA…

    • 2401 Washington rendering

Board approves 113 apartments and shops at 24th and Washington

The Zoning Board of Adjustment has approved a handful of zoning variances for a mixed-use apartment complex at 2401 Washington Avenue, an irregular polygon of a property that’s been sitting vacant…

    • slide the city

June 9: Chestnut Street road diet | Boot and Saddle sign restored | Planning for mobility on-demand

The FRA is issuing new train speed regulations, four weeks after the Philadelphia Amtrak crash. Philly will be one of the first cities to get Apple's new transit app. …

    • Vacant lot on Rittenhouse Square

New EPA report makes the case for land value taxes and other infill development policies

Back in April we took note of the recent boomlet of interest in the land value tax both locally and nationally. That's the idea that a city's tax base should rely…

    • Fairmount Indego station

June 8: Philly's top bike commuter neighborhoods | All-door bus boarding | Return of pop-up politics

The 30th Street Station District planners are holding another open house on June 17th from 4-7 at 30th Street Station. They recently released the results from their first round of public…

    • 1300 Fairmount | Cope Linder Architects

New York builders plan grocery store and apartments in Divine Lorraine's backyard

Clues have been popping up for months that something big may be coming to the large, long-vacant, fenced-off lot at 13th and Fairmount, behind the old Divine Lorraine Hotel. This week,…

    • Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut St./Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

Streetsplainer: What’s with those concrete pads in front of bus stops?

In front of some SEPTA bus stops, you might have a concrete pad in place of the usual stretch of potholes and asphalt. What are those things, and why are they…

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