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December 1: Repave more, faster | Live! casino in court | Megaregions recast

It's December and PlanPhilly is out to raise $25,000 this month from 400 people. If PlanPhilly is news you use, please consider making a tax-deductible donation of any amount to support…

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Street Diplomacy: How Philadelphia’s first Complete Streets Director expects to get the job done

After years and years of talking about Complete Streets—the idea of designing roads for all users, not just cars—Philadelphia has finally hired someone to lead the charge of rethinking our streets.…

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St. Rita Place & Cascia Center, Foster + Partners' new Penn hospital building pass design review

Tuesday afternoon’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting was the last in 2016, ending a banner year where the board considered the merits of 45 projects. This record-setting total speaks to the…

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See your #PHLandmarks

In a city of 500,000 buildings, which ones sing to you? This fall we asked you to share with us the buildings that matter to you – the ones that define your…

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Logan Square neighborhood rezoning awaits Council approval

The last few decades have seen enormous changes in the Logan Square neighborhood. Most recently the Whole Foods flagship landed there, complete with cocktail cart and butcher’s block. The Philadelphia Latter…

    • Trolley entrance locked during SEPTA strike, November 1, 2016 | Naomi Starobin / WHYY

November 29: On preventing frequent transit strikes | Harrisburg vs Philly | Northeast superstorms

Will the 2016 SEPTA strike be its last? Sandy Smith explores two options under discussion for preventing frequent transit strikes (outlawing transit union strikes, and adapting Federal Railway Labor Act procedures…

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November 28: Carson and fair housing | Investigate crashes | Rebuild's inclusive workforce aspirations

Our Jake Blumgart has been following Philadelphia’s efforts to assess and address patterns of housing segregation, divided along racial and economic lines. The work to “affirmatively further fair housing” was bolstered…

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SEPTA already screens for suspected cause of deadly Hoboken train crash

In the wake of September’s deadly train crash in Hoboken, federal regulators want railroads to do more to keep engineers awake. The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) ordered New Jersey Transit to…

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November 23: City design, parks and the brain | Looking change in the eye | Cities from space

Good morning! Just a note from PlanPhilly that we’ll be off for Thanksgiving and will be back in action on Monday. We hope you have a happy Thanksgiving – this year,…

    • Packer Marine Terminal, Port of Philadelphia, 2013 | AP Photo/Matt Rourke

Gov. Wolf announces $292 million for Port of Philadelphia to expand container capacity

Governor Tom Wolf announced plans to double container capacity at the Port of Philadelphia via a $292 million capital investment from Harrisburg, promising 2,250 new jobs. The announcement comes just weeks…

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Acknowledging MOVE bombing’s enduring trauma, city wants to rebuild again

Philadelphia has the distinction of being one of the only cities in history to have bombed itself.  On May 13, 1985, the police dropped a satchel of explosives of 6221 Osage…

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November 22: Funding school maintenance backlog | Is a $1 trillion infrastructure plan worth it? | Refugee Thanksgiving

An analysis of Philadelphia’s school buildings reveals a $5 billion backlog in deferred maintenance. How could it ever catch up? Avi Wolfman-Arent explains a proposal that State Senator Vincent Hughes and…

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Rebuild gets $100 million grant and sharpens focus on equity, economic opportunity

In a city of 1.5 million people, where’s our common ground? The most democratic places in cities can be those we share, the civic spaces that create points of interaction and…

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November 21: Feibush's partial win | Soda tax enforcement | Community cleanup guide

Ryan Briggs reports that developer Ori Feibush, and former City Council candidate, won a partial claim against a ward leader. Feibush contends 2nd Democratic Ward leader Ed Nesmith defrauded him of…

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Your cousin and new alliances could help save PA’s environment

State officials and environmental stakeholders called for stronger involvement by the environmental community at a packed forum on Thursday night organized by PennFuture to discuss the future of the state’s environment.…

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Land Bank properties shouldn't accrue stormwater fees

When the legislation enabling the Philadelphia Land Bank was crafted a few years ago lawmakers apparently forgot an important detail: not charging stormwater fees on the properties held by the Lank…

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St. Laurentius reuse clears zoning board, opponents eye appeal

Earlier this week the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) finally issued its decision on the future of the closed St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Fishtown. The almost 150-year-old structure has been…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

November 18: 41st Street Bridge | Air pollution spike during strike | Taggart transformed

After being closed for 22 years there is now a new 41st Street Bridge, reuniting Belmont and Parkside. Inga Saffron looks at what lies ahead for the area, isolated by infrastructure…

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