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Philly taxi medallion values still searching for the bottom

Monday, Tom MacDonald at Newsworks reported that the Philadelphia Parking Authority has radically reduced the minimum bid for new taxi medallions to just $50,000.  For those who need a refresher, at its first…

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Appeals to zoning board trending downward

In a possible sign that Philadelphia’s rewritten zoning code is having its intended effect, the number of cases heard by the Zoning Board of Adjustment continues to decline even as development…

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March 10: Here come the petition fights | Arrival info and transit ridership | How 19th St Baptist church was saved

Today is the last day for candidates to file nominating petitions, and now we enter the ballot challenge phase of the campaign. Some new evidence bolsters the case that real-time arrival…

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Zoning code changes would help guide redevelopment of former industrial sites

Two members of City Council are proposing changes to a new zoning classification that’s meant to encourage the redevelopment of former industrial sites into mixed-use residential projects. The category, Industrial Residential…

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New Payment Tech: SEPTA's Key to going green

For most riders, the best part of SEPTA finally scrapping its token, ticket and transfer system for the single SEPTA Key fare card system will be the great leap into the…

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March 9: Market East revival | Domb eyes Council | School bus cameras | Suspicious homesteaders

Jeff Gammage has an excellent, long piece on Market East's difficulties since the 1960's, and the exciting prospects for a big comeback. What do readers think? Will the Gallery's design and…

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What makes Washington Avenue so dangerous?

As an addendum to Jim Saksa's update on the political mess around Washington Avenue lane restriping, here's what we know about the safety situation on that bustling main drag. There were…

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March 6: Nutter budget round-up | Defining neighborhood boundaries | High cost of sprawl

Philadelphia 3.0, the new SuperPAC funded in part by parking magnates Robert and Joe Zuritsky, is denying formally pushing for lower parking taxes. Deputy Executive Director TJ Hurst says "as an…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Kiki Bolender, architect and Design Advocacy Group chair

We continue our Streetviews video series with architect Kiki Bolender, talking about rowhouse strength, the need to invest in democratic spaces like parks and libraries, the woeful pettiness of our politics,…

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Washington Avenue restriping project stalled, perhaps indefinitely

“This situation stinks right now.” Tom Donatucci isn't actually talking about right now. He's describing Washington Avenue, not too long ago. The avenue has been a mess for years, an inchoate…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

Nutter budget would bolster L&I, expand vacant property unit

In his final budget proposal as mayor, Michael Nutter is recommending a $5.5 million increase for the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the agency responsible for enforcing the building and zoning…

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Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Rowhouses that replaced St. Boniface and Ruffin Nichols AME churches

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. In the course of one day I spotted two sets of rowhouses that replaced historic churches in Poplar and Norris Square.…

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March 5: Nutter's last tax hike | NTI's last payout | Italian Market survey | Widening Richmond Street

There's a 9.3% property tax increase proposed in Michael Nutter's last budget. Wendy Ruderman helps you calculate what that means for your property. The last of the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative money…

    • Doug Oliver

Q&A with Doug Oliver: Full Version

PlanPhilly: Your campaign has focused a lot on the idea of engaging more Millennials in civic life. What’s your vision? What is the Philadelphia that you want to sell to younger…

Art Commission grants conceptual approval to Zoo360 plans and rec center work

Nina Bisbee, the Philadelphia Zoo's VP for Facilities, transported the Philadephia Art Commission to the African Plains Wednesday as she sought conceptual approval for a novel approach to enhancing the relationship…

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Q&A: Doug Oliver on the 10-year tax abatement, Vision Zero, and Philly's waterfront

We spoke with mayoral candidate Doug Oliver at his campaign office in the Bellevue earlier this week about a wide range of topics, including the role of city planning in retaining…

    • Tom Wolf

March 4: What Wolf's budget means for Philly | The #PHL2015 candidates on streetsweeping | Inequality and land taxes

Emily Previti at Keystone Crossroads says Governor Tom Wolf's first budget proposal has a lot for cities to like, with a huge proposed funding increase for the Department of Community…

    • Nicetown Court I, 2012 | courtesy of Nicetown CDC
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Advisory Committees: First responders in the fight against poverty

For this installment of our election season op-ed seriesMajeedah Rashid makes the case for increasing the resources dedicated to Neighborhood Advisory Committees. NACs are one-stop-shops serving neighborhoods with…

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CPI Spring 2015 Course: Application period now open

The Citizens Planning Institute has been envisioned by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission to be its official education and outreach arm. The focus of the Institute is to educate citizens about the…

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New University City District report makes the case for neighborhood parklets

Parklets, those temporary little spots that repurpose curb parking spaces for street seating or other miniature public spaces, have flourished in University City in recent years due to strong support from…

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