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SEPTA Capital Budget hints at even more delays for SEPTA Key, shorter wait for real-time ETA technology

SEPTA released its proposed capital budget for Fiscal Year 2017* last week, which roughly sketches the transportation authority’s construction, rehabilitation and vehicle purchase plans for the upcoming year. At 86 pages,…

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Henon clearing a path for new digital billboard on Interstate 95.

Philadelphia is finally getting another billboard on Interstate 95. On Thursday, Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill that would rezone a small portion of land near Pennypack Creek in Holmesburg from…

    • Graffiti in Whitman

April 7: Remembering the Whitman Plaza backlash | Trolley Portal sails through zoning | Market St Memorial

HBO's Show Me a Hero miniseries is an excellent portrayal of white backlash politics against public housing in 1980's Yonkers, but it can't match the drama of the 1971 effort to…

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Mayor Kenney kicks off latest round of Roosevelt Boulevard planning. Will it be the last?

Jim Kenney invited the press to the Mayor’s Reception Room Wednesday afternoon to announce the launch of a 3 year, $5 million “Route for Change” study to make Roosevelt Boulevard a…

    • Newkirk Monument at Bartram's Mile | Andropogon

Alan Greenberger chairs newly appointed Art Commission

A neglected, graffitied, 180-year-old marble obelisk called the Newkirk Monument will be relocated from its current hidden home along an Amtrak rail line in Southwest Philly to Bartram’s Mile on the…

    • Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building & William Penn Annex Post Office, 9th Street side
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Building Stories: Robert N.C. Nix Federal Building and William Penn Annex Post Office

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

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April 6: How the property tax abatement works | National Housing Trust Fund | Making sense of PA local government

Jeffrey Spivak at Urban Land has a long piece on Philadelphia's successful redevelopment of the Navy Yard, and the role of placemaking in that effort. "The Navy Yard’s momentum and…

    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Unimpressed but unempowered, design committee gets a final look at Broad & Washington project

It took Bart Blatstein less than two minutes to describe the changes he made to his proposed mixed-use megaproject at Broad & Washington since his first presentation left the Civic Design…

    • Manhole covers will be reset before resurfacing.

Is your street on the list? Street paving season kicks off this week

Despite Tuesday’s unseasonable cold, spring is here and with it comes street paving season. The Philadelphia Streets Department released its first set of targets for resurfacing late last week. Work will…

    • East Passyunk's Singing Fountain

April 5: Bryan Fenstermaker taking over PARC | Roosevelt Blvd public forms | Chelten-Greene plaza

Amy Laura Cahn thinks it's time to stop thinking about community gardens as temporary uses. "Even after more than 30 years of vibrant activity, many gardens have never had the…

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David Feldman to helm builders' lobby Development Workshop

David Feldman, an architect and founder of the development outfit Right-Sized Homes, has been named the new director of the Development Workshop, a lobbying group and consortium of builders, designers, attorneys,…

    • FringeArts beer garden | Johanna Austin, courtesy of FringeArts
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Does Philadelphia need a Culture Plan?

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. We're sharing…

    • Fairmount Indego station

April 4: Amtrak train derailment in Chester | Why bike share is safer | Distracted driving citations up

An Amtrak train derailed near Chester on Sunday morning, after slamming into a backhoe on the tracks, the AP reports. The crash killed two Amtrak maintenance workers, outside the train,…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Three big ideas from Old City District's Vision 2026 plan

Old City District unveiled the results of its Vision 2026 plan Wednesday night, which aims to provide a blueprint for urban growth in Philadelphia’s historic center, and the easternmost section of…

    • The Piazza

April 1: State of the City | Lessons from the Piazza | PA's green building funds

Despite recent population growth, driven mostly by young adults and foreign-born residents, Philadelphia's poverty rate remains high, and job growth is weak, writes Aubrey Whelan, in a summary of the…

    • Mount Moriah Gatehouse | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Resurrecting Mount Moriah Cemetery's gatehouse

For more than five years, a group of volunteers and preservationists has been slowly bringing the historic Mount Moriah Cemetery in Southwest Philadelphia back from oblivion. Established in 1855, the then-rural…

    • Amoroso's bakery in Southwest Philadelphia, 2015

After Nabisco and Amoroso's leave, Councilman wants tax break for food manufacturers

Councilman Bobby Henon introduced a bill on Thursday that would give new bakeries and other food manufacturing facilities a ten-year break on their Use & Occupancy taxes as an incentive to…

    • Milkboy

March 31: Philly Planning wins national award | PA community land trusts join forces | Philly napkin sketches

As national housing inventory reaches historic lows, new research from Pew Charitable Trusts confirms that lower-income Americans are experiencing a dramatic hike in their housing costs. "Lower-income renters are spending…

    • Design Matters - Greenberger & Fadullon - March 29, 2016

Design Matters: Anne Fadullon and Alan Greenberger

Tuesday evening PlanPhilly and the Design Advocacy Group hosted the first in a series of conversations we're presenting this year called Design Matters. PlanPhilly reporter Jared Brey interviewed Alan Greenberger…

    • Skirkanich Hall
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: Skirkanich Hall

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

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