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    • Architect Cecil Baker shows Historical Commission members design details

Historical Commission calls for 500 Walnut design approval

The Scannapieco Development Corporation's concept for a 26-story, multi-family, uber-luxury residential tower on a currently vacant lot at 500-05 Walnut Street came before the full Philadelphia Historical Commission Friday with the applicants…

    • St. Bonaventure | Photo by Bradley Maule

Nov. 14: Hidden City fundraiser | ThinkFest | Williams to announce | Foxwoods bankruptcy | Pa. deficit

The good folks at Hidden City have launched an Indiegogo fundraising campaign to support the reporting they publish on the Hidden City Daily. As you already know, that’s good reporting. Support…

    • The Royal

Why spot zoning is probably here to stay

When Comcast unveiled its plans for a new skyscraper earlier this year, Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a few bills adjusting the zoning rules for the parcel in question so that…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Bill could permit three-dimensional digital advertisements on Center City sidewalks

A bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla on Thursday would allow companies to construct digital, three-dimensional advertising structures in certain areas of Center City. The proposal was first reported by the…

    • Blue Horizon, 1314 North Broad Street

From Blue Horizon to Catholic art: 2014's slate of historic nominations

From cobblestones to push pins, auto-oriented art deco to boxing, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation heard eight applications covering a broad spectrum of Philadelphiana on Wednesday morning,…

    • John Dougherty

November 13: Casino protest | Why SEPTA will continue 24/7 | Transpo platform ideas | Biking this Vortex

In response to rumors that the state is likely to award Philadelphia's second casino license to Live! in South Philly near the stadiums, over 300 people showed up to a community…

    • Vision Zero vs. Traditional thinking

Vision Zero: What it is, and why Philly Mayoral candidates will be talking about it

Sometimes the most powerful political innovations are born not because someone invents a brand new issue, but because someone invents a new story to tell about why some existing ideas fit…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

November 12: City Hall parking lot | Blight shaming | Crowdfunding bike lanes | Municipal goldmine

A new Tumblr by local AP editor Jon Poet wrly mocks city politicians for letting people park on the City Hall apron. East Falls activists upset about a blighted property on…

    • Protesters in front of 3342 Conrad St. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Abandoned-property owner tells East Falls protesters he'll demolish eyesore

The quintet of protestors from East Falls arrived on Black Walnut Lane in Plymouth Meeting just before noon Tuesday and immediately started distributing flyers to mailboxes and doorsteps along the mansion-lined…

    • suburban station bike parking
Eyes on the Street

Better Mobility 2015: Five no-brainers

    • David Guinn Mural

November 10: State leadership fights | Beat the Bus | Bok School info session | Polar vortex

The 2014 midterms are over, but some of the most important campaigns are just heating up. Conservative Republicans want to oust state Senate Majority leader Dominic Pileggi (R-Chester), and Democratic…

    • Philadelphia Community Corps is providing first-phase deconstruction of nine vacant homes in Germantown-Logan, just outside the main entrance of La Salle University. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

Nonprofit and Mt. Airy salvage company unite to sustainably reduce Germantown blight

A passion project more than three years in the making is finally underway in Germantown. The Philadelphia Community Corps, a nonprofit that revitalizes blighted neighborhoods by deconstructing houses and salvaging the…

    • Developer Ori Feibush in a city owned lot across from town homes he built on the 1700 block of Manton (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

On the record with Ori Feibush: Conflicts of interest, pay to play, rezoning and more

Last Friday, PlanPhilly sat down with Ori Feibush, the young developer behind OCF Realty who is running to unseat Kenyatta Johnson as 2nd District Councilman. We wanted to ask him about…

    • Market East

November 10: South Philly casino | Cops may arrest Uber X drivers | Cheaper Amtrak improvements

Rumors: the second casino license will be awarded to Live! down near the stadiums. John McNesby, head of the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 5, and a PPA board member, said…

    • Taxi regulation
    • Paul Steinke

November 7: Transportation after the midterms | Paul Steinke for Council? | Dynamic parking pricing | Bike salmon

Streetsblog says the top Democrat on the House Transportation Committee, West Virginia's Nick Rahall, lost his seat on Tuesday, and now bike-ped advocate Pete DeFazio is next in line for the…

    • The Porch

Nine key findings from the State of University City District report

Following the planning and development news, it's hard not to get the sense that University City is the locus of some of the most interesting changes happening in Philadelphia, and this…

    • 2100 Hamilton Street would sit next to Rodin Museum

A Philadelphia problem at the Art Commission: It all makes sense until you get into the weeds

What's wrong with this picture? There's an ugly, vacant hole in the ground in a nice section of town. And there's a developer with a good track record of reasonably priced…

    • Cecil Baker describes 500 Walnut project

Art Commission conceptually approves 500 Walnut

Architect Cecil Baker and developer Tom Scannapieco went before the Philadelphia Art Commission Wednesday with their concepts for creating a 26-story residential tower at 5th and Walnut streets. They were granted conceptual…

    • Winterfest

November 6: Wolf's mandate | Winterfest | Bike Advocacy Board | Ardmore TOD fight

Let the tussling over the scope of Tom Wolf's mandate begin. Congressman Chaka Fattah says he expects to spend another decade in his House seat, but a second member of his…

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