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    • One of the new Amtrak Cities Sprinter ACS-64 locomotives, Photo courtesy of Amtrak

Amtrak, PennDOT to add a train and speed up another on Keystone service

PennDOT and Amtrak announced schedule changes to the Keystone service line that runs between Harrisburg and New York City with a major stop in Philadelphia. Amtrak will add a new eastbound…

    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

September 8: 22,888 hit-and-runs since 2014 | SEPTA doubling number of stations open for Pope

There were 22,888 hit-and-runs in Philadelphia since January 2014, according to an NBC investigation by Mitch Blacher. This has police and some City Council members looking at heightened enforcement and…

    • Flat Screen Display at 22nd Street Station/Photo courtesy of Amara Rockar

SEPTA piloting flat screen station displays for papal visit

The sight of new, dynamic information displays at a few SEPTA stations has some riders singing "Hallelujah," while a few others cast disparging glances for their fellow passenger's worship…

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More Saturday and evening service coming to West Philly trolleys

SEPTA's fall transit schedule will go into effect next week, which is good news for trolley fans. Starting Monday, Sept. 7th, SEPTA's Route 15, 101 and 102 trolleys will resume service,…

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Single-use residential properties make up 79% of Philly properties, and other things we learned from the new OPA data

The Office of Innovation and Technology has been upping the city's data visualization game for a while now, and the latest release of Office of Property Assessment data is everything a…

    • 2010 Wharton | OCF Realty

Councilman listed as plaintiff on appeal of Point Breeze project, swears it's a mistake

A handful of Point Breeze community groups have filed a notice of appeal of a zoning board decision allowing Ori Feibush to build a 22-unit housing project at 20th and Wharton…

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    • Traffic on the Parkway

Recent studies: Americans are definitely, maybe (not) driving less

The latest report out of the University of Michigan’s Transportation Research Institute shows that the U.S. hit peak car, or the apotheosis of American automobile dependency, a decade ago. This report…

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September 3: Philly's housing boom in context | Abated properties and land taxes | Giant state liquor store

Philly is near the top of the lists for volume of multi-family and single family home construction. I know y'all are glued to HBO's "Show Me a Hero" miniseries about housing…

    • Outdoor seating

Report: Huge growth for Center City outdoor seating

Every spring when the weather starts to warm up, it always seems like there are more restaurants with outdoor seating than the year before, and a new report confirms that's no…

    • 1300 Fairmount | Cope Linder Architects

Zoning board to consider project at 1300 Fairmount

Earlier this year, City Council passed an ordinance changing the zoning for a large vacant property at 1300 Fairmount Ave., behind the Divine Lorraine Hotel, which is being resurrected on North…

    • Official Papal Walking Map

Secret Service releases official Pope Map and banned item list

The Secret Service released a statement this afternoon listing the official pedestrian routes for all of the papal visit events, as well as a list of items that will be banned…

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Butkovitz reports businesses frustrated with papal visit logistics

City Controller Alan Butkovitz held a press conference today to criticize Mayor Michael Nutter’s communications with businesses in advance of the papal visit. Citing a survey of hospitality businesses located within…

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September 2: Displacement worries on 9th Street | Divine Lorraine pop-up shop | Charles Barkley's civic strategy

An Al Dia editorial worries about Mexican businesses being displaced when the Ice and Coal lot on 9th Street is redeveloped.  There's going to be a Divine Lorraine pop-up shop starting…

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Design committee has high praise for new Temple library

“Sophisticated poetry.” That’s what Cecil Baker, the bard of Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review Committee, had to say about the design of Temple University’s new library. “Where have you been?” he asked…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital, Pennsport | PhillyTrax on Flickr

Developers say Mt. Sinai demolition will start this month

Greg Hill said he expects to start doing asbestos remediation work inside the vacant Mt. Sinai hospital at 4th and Reed streets within a few weeks and demolishing the century-old structure…

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Riverlink Ferry to run extended service during papal visit

Jesus may have walked on water, but pilgrims will be able to do the next best thing on their way to Philadelphia to see Pope Francis later this month: stand on…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

September 1: Fairmount Park Conservancy gets ArtPlace grant | Second-rate stopover | Land sparing | What planners don't know

Fairmount Park Conservancy won a $3 million ArtPlace America grant. Holly Otterbein unloads the snark on that Washington Post piece asking whether the Papal plans will reinforce Philly's imagine as "a…

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August 31: Blackwell pulls food truck bill | PA's broken assessment system | PopeRide gains steam

PA, NJ, and DE are the only three states that don't require property reassessments on a regular timetable. Emily Previti at Keystone Crossroads says the average time period between county-initiated…

    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

Your PhillyPlans: Washington Ave restriping public meeting, Forgotten Chestnut Street walking tour, PennApps XII

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important events from our events page . Hosting an event? Submit it here and we’ll…

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