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    • James Turrell's proposed Skyspace, situated directly in front of the Art Museum's columns

Art Critics: Proposed “Skyspace” behind Art Museum provokes controversy at Historical Commission

For a moment Friday morning, it looked as though the Historical Commission might have a problem with world-renowned artist James Turrell and his plans to grace Philadelphia with one of his…

    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Cry me a River: Central Delaware advocates debate changes to waterfront zoning, height limits

Thursday night, the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) gathered to hear Mark Squilla explain his  proposal to allow the construction of  significantly taller buildings along the waterfront. In the Independence Seaport…

    • Kids splashed in the new Shissler Rec Center sprayground plant feature

July 14: Blatstein’s $40M tax credit | Rebuild prelim work | PPA’s TNC rules?

The city’s deal with Bart Blatstein for the former Inquirer Building allows the developer to retain $40 million in federal historic tax credits, Jacob Adelman reports. A city spokesperson says that…

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Clarke Park: Council President wants builders to make more space for cars

In the last City Council session before summer recess, City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill that might reopen the battle over parking in Philadelphia. The proposed legislation would double…

    • Shalimar Thomas, director of North Broad Renaissance (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

July 13: An “unfortunate casualty” | 30 Philly walks | North Broad Renaissance

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s outgoing first president Tom Corcoran discusses the organization’s major accomplishments and challenges with NewsWorks Tonight’s Dave Heller. Corcoran speaks about the successes: Spruce Street Harbor Park,…

    • 30th Street Station Plaza rendering. Credit: Amtrak

July 12: Sunoco pays for water | EPA, DOT cuts | Augmented reality in parks

Sunoco will pay for public water for about 30 Chester County homes affected by the Mariner East 2 pipeline drilling, StateImpact PA’s Jon Hurdle reports. The company committed to supply residents…

    • 5th Street / Independence Hall station, July 2016

July 11: PennDOT safety improvements | Eric Blumenfeld’s dreams | Bedell mansion

The Divine Lorraine’s renovation is well underway, but will North Broad’s current state be enough to make the connection to Center City? Billy Penn’s Mike Dent tours work-in-progress with developer Eric…

    • Gary Jastrzab | Jonathan Wilson for WHYY

After 37 years of planning ahead, retiring Planning Commission chief Gary Jastrzab takes a look back

2017 was Gary Jastrzab’s 37th year at the Philadelphia City Planning Commission; it’s also his last. Jastrzab joined the institution right out of the University of Pennsylvania’s planning school in 1980,…

    •  camp in Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

July 10: Comeback cities | Conrail cleanup delay | Collingswood architectural treasures

Cities making a comeback—Keystone Crossroads’ Naomi Starobin discusses economically distressed communities in small American cities with Atlantic magazine writers James and Deborah Fallows on the Grapple podcast. Looking to cities…

    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Philadelphia reorganizes development-related agencies into single Department of Planning and Development

In a reorganization this week, most of Philadelphia’s distinct housing, development, and planning agencies have been officially united under a single Department of Planning and Development. The department will be divided…

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July 7: Construction strike ends | North Philly Peace Park | Atlas: 19th century Facebook

The General Building Contractors Association and the local operating engineers union have reached a tentative agreement, ending the strike that halted construction last week, Curbed Philadelphia’s Melissa Romero reports. The two…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

Led by Uber, ride-hailing companies meet wheelchair accessibility threshold

When Uber and Lyft began operations in Philadelphia, most passengers rejoiced as taxi drivers and owners cried. The new competition meant lower prices, a boon for most consumers and bust for…

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July 6: Park prescriptions | First Rebuild contract | Navy Yard history

The Rebuild team awarded the initiative’s first contract to local minority-owned firm Talson Solutions LLC, the Inquirer’s Julia Terruso reports. The construction auditing, consulting, and project management firm will be tasked…

    • Rendering of Oval+ from above | port

Plus ça change: Once again, the Oval+ temporarily puts the 'park' in the Ben Franklin Parkway

From the Pope's visit and the NFL Draft, to lengthy construction projects and the rush of speeding traffic, it’s no surprise that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can feel overwhelmed at times.…

    • Rendering of Skyspace by James Turrell at the Fairmont Waterfront

Art Commission OKs art installation behind the Art Museum and considers concepts for Live! Casino’s public art

The Art Commission approved two art pieces that use unusual canvases—the sky and a forthcoming casino—at their monthly meeting Wednesday morning. The commissioners granted preliminary conceptual approval to some of the…

    • Rendering of Wolff Court courtesy of Harman Deutsch Architecture

Short Civic Design Review meeting hints at cooling large development market

July’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting proved one of the shortest in the history of the five-year-old process. With only one item on the agenda, an inoffensive mid-rise apartment building in…

    • Work in progress at Norman Blumberg Apartments. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

July 5: SEPTA real-time data | Domus sues PHA | Southwest Gateway Housing design

SEPTA expects to begin rolling out cellular modems this month that provide riders with real-time data on vehicles’ location, Jason Laughlin reports. Location data on SEPTA’s 1,400 buses and 159 trolleys…

    • A monument to Stephen Girard stands in front of Gentilhommiere, the country residence where the entrepreneur and philanthropist lived in the early 19th century. | Joel Wolfram

Long-awaited renovations begin as neighbors steer revitalization of historic Girard Estate park

On a Wednesday evening in May, the Friends of Stephen Girard Park gathered for their monthly meeting inside the historic farmhouse that stands improbably in the middle of the South Philadelphia…

    • New Jersey shutdown; State Capitol in Trenton (Alan Tu/WHYY)

July 3: Christie shuts down NJ | Bones, cont’d | Foul odor app

Governor Chris Christie has shut down the state government after he and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement on a new budget, WHYY reports. The shutdown, which began July…

    • Frank Matero at 19th Street Baptist Church | Peter Woodall, Hidden City Philadelphia

Q&A: PennDesign's Frank Matero on preservation in Philly and around the world

Frank Matero has worked on the conservation of the Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük in Turkey, on the fortifications of Cairo, and the Native American ancestral grounds of Mesa Verde. He has…

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