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    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Unimpressed but unempowered, design committee gets a final look at Broad & Washington project

It took Bart Blatstein less than two minutes to describe the changes he made to his proposed mixed-use megaproject at Broad & Washington since his first presentation left the Civic Design…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Is your street on the list? Street paving season kicks off this week

Despite Tuesday’s unseasonable cold, spring is here and with it comes street paving season. The Philadelphia Streets Department released its first set of targets for resurfacing late last week. Work will…

    • East Passyunk's Singing Fountain

April 5: Bryan Fenstermaker taking over PARC | Roosevelt Blvd public forms | Chelten-Greene plaza

Amy Laura Cahn thinks it's time to stop thinking about community gardens as temporary uses. "Even after more than 30 years of vibrant activity, many gardens have never had the…

    • David Feldman

David Feldman to helm builders' lobby Development Workshop

David Feldman, an architect and founder of the development outfit Right-Sized Homes, has been named the new director of the Development Workshop, a lobbying group and consortium of builders, designers, attorneys,…

    • FringeArts beer garden | Johanna Austin, courtesy of FringeArts
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Does Philadelphia need a Culture Plan?

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. We're sharing…

    • Fairmount Indego station

April 4: Amtrak train derailment in Chester | Why bike share is safer | Distracted driving citations up

An Amtrak train derailed near Chester on Sunday morning, after slamming into a backhoe on the tracks, the AP reports. The crash killed two Amtrak maintenance workers, outside the train,…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Three big ideas from Old City District's Vision 2026 plan

Old City District unveiled the results of its Vision 2026 plan Wednesday night, which aims to provide a blueprint for urban growth in Philadelphia’s historic center, and the easternmost section of…

    • The Piazza

April 1: State of the City | Lessons from the Piazza | PA's green building funds

Despite recent population growth, driven mostly by young adults and foreign-born residents, Philadelphia's poverty rate remains high, and job growth is weak, writes Aubrey Whelan, in a summary of the…

    • Mount Moriah Gatehouse | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Resurrecting Mount Moriah Cemetery's gatehouse

For more than five years, a group of volunteers and preservationists has been slowly bringing the historic Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia back from oblivion. Established in 1855, the then-rural…

    • Amoroso's bakery in Southwest Philadelphia, 2015

After Nabisco and Amoroso's leave, Councilman wants tax break for food manufacturers

Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill on Thursday that would give new bakeries and other food manufacturing facilities a ten-year break on their Use & Occupancy taxes as an incentive to…

    • Milkboy

March 31: Philly Planning wins national award | PA community land trusts join forces | Philly napkin sketches

As national housing inventory reaches historic lows, new research from Pew Charitable Trusts confirms that lower-income Americans are experiencing a dramatic hike in their housing costs. "Lower-income renters are spending…

    • Design Matters - Greenberger & Fadullon - March 29, 2016

Design Matters: Anne Fadullon and Alan Greenberger

Tuesday evening PlanPhilly and the Design Advocacy Group hosted the first in a series of conversations we're presenting this year called Design Matters. PlanPhilly reporter Jared Brey interviewed Alan Greenberger…

    • Skirkanich Hall
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: Skirkanich Hall

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Former Blumberg resident James Norcome at his new Queen's Row. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Seniors not itching to return to Blumberg apartments in North Philly

All but one building at the Norman Blumberg Apartments will be erased: the Senior Tower. Like everyone who lived at Blumberg, these elder residents were relocated to make way for the…

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March 30: Energy hub boosters mount pipeline campaign | Medicaid and supportive housing | Night Mayor

Energy hub proponents are in full campaign mode, with a new "quasi-political primer" making the case for tri-state public investment in a natural gas pipeline to Philadelphia, reports Andrew Maykuth. "[Philadelphia…

    • Proposed stations for new enhanced bus service along Roosevelt Boulevard

Bridled enthusiasm for new bus service proposals around University City and Roosevelt Boulevard

The small crowd that gathered at SEPTA’s headquarters in Center City to get an upclose look at the transit agency’s proposed service changes for next year murmured with cautious excitement Monday…

    • taxi philly city hall

Taxi Driver Union President: Strike threats are nonsense

Taxi Workers Alliance of Pennsylvania President Ronald Blount said his union has no plans to curtail service during the Democratic National Convention, as threatened in a statement last night by a group claiming…

    • Pittsburgh protected bike lane

March 29: Washington Ave mixed-use projects | Transforming Moyer Street | Quick buillds for street redesign

While the political buy-in for a new Temple football stadium is still far from settled business, Temple is already pushing forward with their plans, hiring an architect for the project. …

    • Sunday Breakfast Farm | photo by Sang Cun
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Collaborative works by Asian Arts Initiative and Sunday Breakfast Rescue Mission

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. We're sharing…

    • Taxi regulation

Philadelphia taxi and limo drivers threaten strike during Democratic National Convention [updated]

Philadelphia's taxi and limousine drivers are threatening to strike when Philadelphia hosts the Democratic National Convention in July unless officials do something to stop UberX and Lyft from operating in the…

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