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    • Vacant property condemnation by eminent domain, Sharswood, February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Explainer: What is eminent domain? How is it working in Sharswood?

Eminent domain is a legal term that refers to the ability of certain public agencies to seize privately-held property under certain circumstances. This power is briefly detailed in the Fifth Amendment…

    • Beatrice Mack, with demolition two doors down. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Taking a neighborhood through eminent domain in the name of ‘transformation’

In Sharswood dozens of residents are being displaced through the use of eminent domain, clearing a path for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s sweeping plans to transform the neighborhood. For our series…

    • Kenyatta Johnson | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman wants a code of conduct for Registered Community Organizations

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill on Thursday that could establish “standards of conduct” for the many Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) that host neighborhood meetings and negotiate with developers over construction…

    • Rendering of rehabilitated Levittown Station

SEPTA sues Tullytown Borough over delays to Levittown Station rehab

SEPTA filed a lawsuit Thursday against Tullytown in lower Bucks County, alleging that the tiny Borough has tried to impose unlawful local taxes, fees and regulatory costs on the transit authority’s…

    • Indego station

March 4: Visit Philly gives hotel guests free Indego | Inclusion at Schuylkill Yards | Reviewing SEPTA's King of Prussia route

Inga Saffron talks to redevelopment experts who worry the Philadelphia Housing Authority is in over its head in Sharswood. "Is PHA the right agency to resuscitate the struggling neighborhood? Some…

    • Rittenhouse Square lot

What's driving Philly's rising land values?

What’s vacant land in Philly actually worth? Kevin Gillen, the chief economist of Meyers Research, and Guy Thigpen, director of analytic services for the Philadelphia Land Bank, gave a presentation at…

    • Kenney delivers budget address | Screen shot from Channel 64 public access

PlanPhilly budget reader's digest

On Thursday, Mayor Jim Kenney released his budget for Fiscal Year 2017, which begins July 1. Here’s what’s in store for transportation, planning, preservation, commercial corridors and more. $300 million…

    • Uber Ride Request

Taxi and limo drivers threaten Kenney: Stop UberX and Lyft by Wednesday or else...

A coalition of taxi, limo, Uber and Lyft drivers, plus disability rights advocates, handed out flyers during Mayor Jim Kenney’s inaugural budget address, warning that if the Mayor did not take…

    • Broad and Locust

March 3: Drexel and Brandywine unveil Schuylkill Yards | Food delivery apps and transportation | Swampoodle

Jacob Adelman has the details on Drexel and Brandywine's plans to develop a Schuylkill Yards district behind 30th Street Station in University City. "The decades-long project will involve the development of…

    • LOVE in Dilworth, March 2016
Eyes on the Street

SPOTTED: LOVE, across the street

Construction is beginning at JFK Plaza/LOVE Park, but that doesn’t mean the public can’t appreciate the park’s beloved namesake sculpture. Last week Robert Indiana’s LOVE took a brief trip across the…

    • MaST II Community Charter School perspective rendering | Ewing Cole

Mixed reviews from design committee for charter school, residential projects

Blackstone Development’s proposal for a 76-unit apartment complex on a formerly industrial vacant lot in South Kensington hit a roadblock yesterday, when the Civic Design Review (CDR) Committee asked the developers…

    • The Transit of Greater Philadelphia

March 2: Bike lane reform at PennDOT | Naked Philly in Sydney | PlanPhilly/DAG event

Sarah Clark Stuart at the Bicycle Coalition makes the case that PennDOT's policy of requiring a Bicycle Occupancy Permit for bike lanes on state roads is inhibiting better bike infrastructure outside…

    • Next Rotem will build 75 rail cars for Boston's MBTA and 56 rail cars for Denver's transit system

SEPTA to overhaul 11 more regional rail cars in South Philly for $6.28 million

SEPTA’s Board approved a contract with Hyundai-Rotem last week to rehabilitate 11 Bombardier regional rail cars for $6.28 million. The work will be performed at Hyundai-Rotem’s South Philadelphia factory, which was…

    • Rendering of Tower Investments development at Broad and Washington, looking northeast | Cope Linder Architects, Feb. 2016

Design committee wants another look at Broad & Washington proposal

“You’ll be transformed,” Bart Blatstein told the Civic Design Review Committee on Tuesday, describing how Philadelphians would experience his proposed 800-unit mixed-use apartment complex with a  rooftop retail village at Broad…

    • Plaza Allegheny

March 1: PennDOT wants troopers out the transpo budget | Auto-centric shopping center in Fairhill | Pedestrian scramble

PennDOT doesn't want the transportation budget to fund the state troopers anymore, reports Ed Blazina. Funding increases for the troopers have been absorbing more and more of the funding increases…

    • New mixed-use building on North 2nd Street in Northern Liberties

Keystone Crossroads: The federal rule holding back neighborhood-scale mixed-use buildings

A new paper from the Regional Plan Association“The Unintended Consequences of Housing Finance,” sheds some light on the ways federal financing rules discriminate against mixed-use infill development at a…

    • Adams Avenue Bridge

PennDOT rehabilitating and extending Adams Avenue, fixing major sinkholes under US-30 near Exton

Last week the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) approved PennDOT’s request to expedite a pair of construction projects on Adams Avenue in Bridesburg. One project will see the historic Adams…

    • The Res

February 29: SEPTA releases King of Prussia rail route | Streets Dept at The Res | Design Advocacy Group survey

SEPTA released their preferred route for the King of Prussia rail extension, reports Jason Laughlin and Laura McCrystal. "Both opponents and supporters of the project said Friday that the chosen plan…

    • Sim City

February 26: Kenney and Clarke split on tax reform | PennDesign's new dean | The ideology of city-building games

Is the beautiful relationship between Jim Kenney and Darrell Clarke already showing signs of fraying? Holly Otterbein says the Mayor and the Council President are already staking out opposing positions on…

    • Limo driver Isam Ahmed protesting ride share competition, December 2015 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Unlikely alliance unites against Uber and Lyft: Disability advocates, cabbies, limos, and PPA

On Tuesday, an unusual coalition of disability advocates, cabbies, limo drivers, and taxi owners came together to beg the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to stop UberX and Lyft. Around 30 representatives…

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