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    • Old City District installed new street lamp banners this week as part of a revamped marketing campaign for the district.

Old City residents and businesses weigh in on neighborhood growth in the Vision 2026 survey

Back in June, Old City District announced it would be facilitating a Vision 2026 master planning process with the RBA Group (2026 being the year of the nation's 250th birthday,) and…

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July 29: East Passyunk gateway update | Big win for Schuylkill River Trail | Lane width and safety

In line with what Jim Saksa reported last month, Patrick Kerkstra says sources in the Nutter administration would like to be more forthcoming with the public about the Papal visit security…

    • Japanese Bazaar stereograph, Centennial Exposition 1876 | Library of Congress
Eyes on the Street

Shofuso digging for its Centennial ancestor

Kim Andrews is standing on a busted up paved path, pointing at a patch of tamed weeds and poison ivy in West Fairmount Park. We are looking for the past. We…

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Neighbors coming around to Chestnut Hill's towering 8200 Germantown Avenue project

They fought the zoning, the density, the size, and the impact of the construction process. But four years after the battles began over 8200 Germantown Avenue, the immediate neighbors are mainly…

    • DVNLRN, Photo by Jeremy Marshall

Committee OKs renovations for Divine Lorraine

Eric Blumenfeld visited City Hall on Tuesday to present his plans for renovating the former Divine Lorraine Hotel on North Broad Street to the Architectural Committee of the Historical Commission. The…

    • Updated SEPTA Regional Rail & Rail Transit Papal Visit Map

SEPTA to hold online lottery for Papal Regional Rail passes Aug. 3rd

Should I pray to St. Christopher, the patron saint of travel, or Saint Cajetan, the patron saint of gamblers? That’s the question devout Catholics hoping to take SEPTA Regional Rail…

    • Pearl Properties | 1906 Chestnut Boyd

Committee approves designs for new building next to Boyd Theater

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s architecture committee voted on Tuesday to approve plans for a new commercial building on the 1900 block of Chestnut Street in Center City, in between the former…

    • Goldtex

Philly is quickly gobbling up new apartment buildings

Last year, a lot of writers were wondering whether Philly was experiencing a multi-family construction bubble. There's been a lot of multi-family residential construction, mostly concentrated around greater Center City, over…

    • Play Space

July 28: Neighborhood Transformation Initiative endgame | Three traits of walkable neighborhoods | Point Breeze pop-up back again

What we know about the endgame for the unspent NTI money. Should we have a local neighborhood exchange program for the Pope visit? The House of Correction is falling apart in…

    • The Commission has placed the current fire house at 101 W. Highland Ave. on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, ensuring protection against future alterations.

Historic designation will bring new fire station to Chestnut Hill

Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 will finally have a new parking spot, thanks to a recent unanimous vote by the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The Commission has placed the current fire house at…

    • Pope Francis

Nutter: Papal security maps on internet are false

Mayor Michael Nutter held a press conference today denying the validity of maps circulating on social media that purported to show security zone plans for the Papal visit September 26th and…

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July 27: Momentarily accurate #PopeFence map | Williams fooled by mortgage scam | 25 years of ADA

Are Bill Green and Sam Katz going to run as a slate for City Council's two minority party At-Large seats? Ryan Briggs reports Anthony Williams was the victim of a sophisticated…

    • The redesigned Walnut Street Bridge has wider sidewalks, better pedestrian lighting, and (soon) a buffered bike lane. Construction will be finished this week.

Planning Commission takes a small stand for the sidewalk

“Sidewalks, their bordering uses, and their users, are active participants in the drama of civilization versus barbarism in cities.” - Jane Jacobs Expeditious but inviting, leaderly but democratic, and with a…

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

Parking Authority pushes for more wheelchair accessible cabs, taxis push back

When George H.W. Bush signed the Americans with Disabilities Act into law 25 years ago, it was a watershed moment for anyone with mobility issues. Before the ADA, society everywhere…

    • Schuylkill River Boardwalk. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

USA TODAY’s 10Best: Schuylkill River Trail wins Readers’ Choice award for best urban trail

The Schuylkill River Trail is the Circuit’s longest trail and the region’s most heavily used multi-use, recreation and commuter trail. A panel of travel and outdoor recreation experts nominated 20 trail…

    • The Bridge, 205 Race | Brown Hill Development

After a long road, 205 Race project expected to break ground

As Philly Mag and The Inquirer both reported this week, Brown Hill Development will finally break ground next next month on a 148-unit apartment complex at 2nd and Race streets in…

    • My Prerogative

July 24: Brandywine's plans for Market West | Accolades for Tacony | Beautiful highway noise barriers

If you're headed down the shore this weekend, don't forget to bring our big Councilmanic Prerogative report with Pew for some beach reading. Dave Davies talks to some ex-City Councilmen who…

    • City Hall | Jeremy Marshall, EOTS Flickr Group

Three big things we learned from Pew's report on Councilmanic prerogative

This week, the Pew Charitable Trusts released a report detailing the history and impacts of a political tradition known locally as Councilmanic prerogative. The term refers to a practice, which isn’t…

    • Philly Closed

Papal event consultants confirming Ben Franklin Bridge closure, seeking I-95 shutdown and expanded security perimeter

We'll have a proper report out of this morning's Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission meeting later on today, but first, let's get to the latest news on the Papal visit. Michael…

    • Hale Building

July 23: Our stubborn tax delinquency problem | History of the Hale Building | Lehigh Ave protected bike lane

Tax delinquency is still on the rise, reports Patrick Kerkstra. Head over to Citified for a rundown of the depressing numbers.  For Throwback Thursday, it's always a good time to…

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