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    • Lehigh Avenue, Fairhill

Abraham wants to double the tax abatement in underdeveloped neighborhoods

Lynne Abraham says the city could simultaneously encourage growth and protect homeowners if it would double the length of the 10-year property-tax abatement in blighted and underdeveloped neighborhoods outside of Center…

    •  River Wards district planning meeting / PCPC

River Wards District Plan focuses on Lehigh Avenue, Richmond and Allegheny, and Aramingo

Earlier this week, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held the second of its series of public district planning meetings in the River Wards. The area is roughly bounded by Frankford Street,…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Driving up, PATCO down, & nepotism policy tweaked

Delaware River Port Authority traffic counts and PATCO ridership for January were reported today, and the DRPA Board voted to approve a change to its nepotism policy to allow the hiring…

    • Pay by phone

April 1: PlanPhilly events list | ZBA undermining transit | Debating the flip tax | Pay-by-phone parking

We've been seeing more traffic on our events page recently, so we decided to pilot a new weekly events email. You can sign up here to get a list of the…

    • A pile of trash and parked vehicles on the former Helen Street basketball court
Eyes on the Street

Don't Trash Philly

Can Philly clean up it's act? The Next Great City Coalition argues that it's time for Philly to get serious about curbing our trash issues, from illegal dumping to mindless littering.…

    • Coalition for Affordable Communities calling for anti-speculation tax

Advocates for affordable communities call for anti-speculation tax

Are there ways to capture the rising tide that comes with new development while making sure it lifts more boats in the places changing most? Can the city do more to…

    • pop up pools

March 31: Bike share launch | Pop-up pools | Betting on South Street's future | Parkway bike lanes back

Bike share officially launches on April 23rd. You can sign up for a membership now online, and you can even pay cash at 7/11 or Family Dollar. Taylor Farnsworth wants…

    • The Taino Gardens, located on 6th and Dauphin streets, are rental developments as part of APM's developments.

Council to hold hearings on housing affordability in Philadelphia

Low-income households make up a full three quarters of Philadelphia’s population of renters, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. That statistic comes from a study on the affordability and…

    • Joggers on Kelly Drive | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Calling city runners to crowdsource run-ins and amenities

Alon Abramson wants to help Philly become the best running city possible - and runners, he wants your help. Abramson, who organizes the West Philly Runners club, lists trails and running…

    • Sherrie Cohen

March 30: Cohen gets Dems' nod | Shared vehicles and parking | DN slams UEDs

Sherrie Cohen is getting the backing of the city Democratic Party for Jim Kenney's vacated At-Large Council seat. PennDOT is temporarily removing the bike lanes from the Ben Franklin parkway. GroJLart…

    • April 2015 Sheriff Sale Map
Eyes on the Street

Homegrown Middle Class: Finding New Money

To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer, an urban housing and development consultant and former city housing…

    • H+T Index

Why affordable housing also needs affordable transportation

Last week we looked at how cities' choices about the allocation of street space can have an impact on equity. Another area of interest worth exploring in that realm is the…

    • Anthony Williams

Q&A: Tony Williams on gentrification, consensus-building, transportation infrastructure, and more

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with State Senator Anthony Williams, one of six candidates campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute lunch in Center City, Williams talked about…

    • Rina Cutler

Rina Cutler departing Nutter administration for senior job at Amtrak

Mayor Michael Nutter announced Friday afternoon that his Deputy Mayor for Transportation and Utilities, Rina Cutler, will be leaving to take a senior position at Amtrak.  Cutler will become the Senior…

    • SEPTA's new Silverliner V cars helped boost on-time performance

SEPTA announces 2016 capital budget proposal

SEPTA quietly rebranded its capital infrastructure initiative a few months ago, replacing “Catching Up” to “Rebuilding for the Future.” The move reflected the agency’s newfound optimism following the passage of…

    • Rail Park UED

March 27: A new way to measure affordability | Singer off the ballot | Urban experiential satire

At the metro level at least, Philly's wages are outpacing housing prices, keeping the area's housing affordable to local wage earners. But it's not just houses that have to be…

    • Timberlake
Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with architect James Timberlake, partner at KieranTimberlake

Architect James Timberlake makes no bones about the ways he hopes Philly can improve. He sat down with us for this Streerviews Q&A in KieranTimberlake’s new offices to talk about…

    • Rendering of Navy Yard from Delaware River

PIDC charts a course for BSL extension to Navy Yard

The Navy Yard is an island. Sunlight glistens off the waters along its eastern, southern and western shores. And to its north lies a sea of asphalt and steel, where I-95…

    • Groundbreaking for PCDC & Project Home development at 810 Arch St
Eyes on the Street

Addressing displacement: The business of community development

Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation's John Chin and Sarah Yeung make the case for devleopment without displacement in this op-ed. Chinatown and neigborhoods like it, they argue, should welcome private development while…

    • Jim Kenney at Wash Cycle Laundry

How bicycle delivery keeps Wash Cycle Laundry's prices competitive

Philadelphia's bicycle-powered Wash Cycle Laundry service has been growing rapidly the past few years, expanding service locally as well as in Washington, DC and Austin, TX, and their combination of business…

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