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    • Temple Student Health & Wellness Center - perspective from 15th and Montgomery | Temple University / Moody Nolan, July 2016

Mixed design reviews for Temple, East Kensington, Northern Liberties and Winchester Park projects

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review committee recommended approval of three of the five projects it heard in a lengthy meeting Tuesday afternoon: special purpose zoning for Philadelphia University’s campus, Temple’s new…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Abatements, assessments, and unanswered questions from land value shift in 2017 property taxes

Ever since the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) released the new 2017 property assessments, unanswered questions have lingered regarding whose tax liabilities increased and why. The 2017 assessments shifted more value…

    • Pat Toomey

July 6: Sanctuary cities take center stage in PA Senate race | Uber luring regional rail users | Commuting hacks

The U.S. Senate is set to vote today on PA Senator Pat Toomey's bill withholding Community Block Grant Funding from so-called 'sanctuary cities' like Philadelphia that decline to prosecute people solely…

    • Perry World House, from Locust Walk, June 2016
Eyes on the Street

History grafted into contemporary design at Penn’s new Perry World House

These days Penn’s campus is being remade in a new era of major construction projects, each with robust enough budgets to match the university’s high design aspirations. There are show stopping,…

    • Philadelphia University, Institutional Plan - NW aerial view | CDR presentation, July 2016

Design committee narrowly approves Philadelphia University rezoning

“It seems that there was a PR miscalculation,” architect Cecil Baker said woefully. At first, the Civic Design Review (CDR) committee was optimistic about Philadelphia University’s proposal to rezone its campus…

    • At the Ardmore Station passengers board a train going to Philadelphia. SEPTA trains are running on a modified Saturday schedule. (Jonathan Wilson for Newsworks)

SEPTA and Regional Rail commuters respond to reduced service, Hyundai Rotem silent on defect

Days after SEPTA pulled nearly every railroad car Hyundai Rotem built out of service, no one is picking up the phone at the company’s manufacturing facility in South Philadelphia. Not for…

    • Silverliner V | John Corbett, Creative Commons

July 5: Silverliner V reactions | Bike commuting from the burbs | Universal housing vouchers

Reactions to SEPTA's Silverliner V woes continue to roll in this morning. Emily Babay and Mari Schaefer hit the regional rail stations this morning to talk with frustrated commuters, some of…

    • Lee Cultural Center | Emma Lee / WHYY
    • SEPTA's new Silverliner V cars helped boost on-time performance

SEPTA to reduce regional rail service through August due to train defect

It may be hard for some regular riders to believe, but SEPTA’s regional rail service is about to get even more packed, thanks to a train defect that has taken nearly…

    • Rent Near SEPTA

July 1: Toomey 'sanctuary cities' bill | Rent near SEPTA | Uber bill punted

Senator Pat Toomey's bill that would cut off Community Development Block Grant funding from so-called "sanctuary cities" like Philadelphia--those who decline to prosecute people solely for being undocumented immigrants--is getting a…

    • Independence Hall

Next Stop: 5th Street/Independence Hall! SEPTA renames 5th Street Station, sorta

Good bye, 5th Street Station. To Philadelphians, your name might have made intuitive sense, but to hopelessly lost tourists so desperate to find the Birthplace of American Democracy that they couldn’t…

    • 5th Street Tunnel

June 30: State troopers and the transpo budget | Convention Center homeless refuge | SEPTA Key cards sold out

PennDOT and state lawmakers want to discuss moving the state troopers off of PennDOT's budget after this fiscal year, Jan Murphy reports. The state police budget has been growing at around…

    • Bikes, pedestrian | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group

June 29: Interstates at 60 | Where's OTIS at? | Construction diversity

On this day in 1956 President Eisenhower signed the Interstate highway system into law. A new report by TRIP – representing construction, engineering, and highway interests – finds the system at…

    • Philadelphia poverty and transit access to downtown | Center City District, 2016

Center City District report highlights transit as competitive necessity for region’s economy

If everyone drove to work in Center City, how much parking would we need? According to a new report from the Center City District: 2.6 square miles of surface parking. The…

    • Accessibility activists gather on July 2 to witness Philadelphia's introduction of new wheelchair accessible taxis. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Taxi medallion values hit new low as PPA sets minimum bid for upcoming auction

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) set the minimum bid for the sale of 41 new taxi medallions for wheelchair accessible vehicles (WAVs) at $10,000 at its monthly board meeting Tuesday morning.…

    • Dilworth Park fountain | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

June 28: Dilworth splash magic | Yards expansion | Peek inside Divine Lorraine apartments

On warm days Dilworth Park’s fountain is an irresistible interactive spot for the youngest Philadelphians and more than a few adults. In Hidden City Daily Thérèse d'Auria Ryley explores the urban…

    • One Water Street June 2016
Eyes on the Street

Don’t misunderstand One Water Street outcome: It’s a victory

PMC agreed to include 25 affordable housing units in its nearly finished waterfront development One Water Street, taking advantage of a density bonus allowing the project extra height in exchange for…

    • U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announces that Philadelphia is one of four cities to win his department’s “Every Place Counts” design challenge.

Philadelphia wins U.S. DOT design challenge to reduce impact of Vine Street Expressway on Chinatown/Callowhill

Flanked by local politicians, United States Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx announced on Monday that Philadelphia was one of four cities to win his Every Place Counts Challenge. Philly’s prize: a…

    • One Water Street, June 2016
    • Seymour Toll, June 2016 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

Learning from 'Zoned American'

2016 marks the 100th anniversary of New York City’s zoning code, the first time such a comprehensive policy was implemented in America. Over the course of the 1920s, the trend swept…

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