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    • Jewelers Row

Past mistake: Preservationists hope city will learn from Jewelers Row threat

A developer’s proposal to replace five properties on Jewelers Row with a 16-story, 80-unit luxury condominium has Philadelphia’s small preservation community up in arms. While preservation advocates aren’t ready to concede…

    • An American eagle caps the main entrance to the former post office building at 30th and Market Streets.
    • Chinese Community Center

August 19: Philly spends $200 million a year on biz tax breaks | CyclePhilly update | Zoning as opportunity hoarding

A new Pew report says Philadelphia leads the nation's largest cities in offering business tax breaks, reports Claudia Vargas. All told, the City forfeits over $200 million a year through tax…

    • Autonomous car, Pittsburgh

August 18: More details on Toll's Jewelers' Row plans | Self-driving cabs in Pittsburgh | Sign stump menace

In an entirely believable plot twist, L+I mistakenly issued a zoning permit to Toll Brothers for the Jewelers' Row project without requiring them to go through Civic Design Review--an advisory-only review…

    • Confucius Plaza, ready for 10th Street Thursday | Samantha Maldonado

Pop-up programming in Chinatown enlivens a plaza for community

A plaza over an expressway isn't the most intuitive or desirable place to spend time, and it can be easy to miss. This proved true for Ann Lee, who had never…

    • McGillin's

August 17: Zoned hauling in NYC | New billboard sails through ZBA | UberEATS launches

New York City plans to introduce a zoned hauling framework for private waste hauling, Politico reports. New York's commercial trash system is similar to Philadelphia's in that the city provides residential…

    • Herb Henschke refills his water bottle at a kiosk near the Fairmount Water Works. | Samantha Maldonado

Drink Tap: Public water kiosks help Philly hydrate on Schuylkill River Trail

It's been nearly three months since the Philadelphia Water Department installed four new, blue water kiosks along the Schuylkill River Drive between the Water Works and East Falls. Each kiosk urges…

    • 8th and Race

August 16: PRA wants 'social impact' development for 8th and Race | Speed cushions foiled | TOD at Frankford Transportation Center

The Redevelopment Authority put out a request for proposals for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race, next to the Broad-Ridge spur SEPTA station, and for the first time,…

    • Centennial Commons: Neighborhood Edge | Studio Bryan Hanes

Fall construction start for Centennial Commons park ‘porches’ in West Parkside

Parkside Avenue forms the boundary between the rowhouses of West Parkside and the Centennial District of West Fairmount Park. On one side of the Avenue are some of the city’s most…

    • Part of Jewelers' Row to be demolished by Toll Bros., August 2016

August 15: Toll Brothers don't own Jewelers' Row buildings yet | MeterUp expands | Speed cushions for N. 5th

City records show Toll Brothers hasn't purchased any of the five buildings on Jewelers' Row it plans to demolish, despite filing a demolition permit, reports Jacob Adelman.  Malcolm Burnley profiles one-man…

    • The Fairmount Launch at the Oval, 2016

Fairmount Park Conservancy launches new guide for enjoying Fairmount Park

The Fairmount Park Conservancy has released a new guide of Fairmount Park, titled 50 Unique Experiences in Fairmount Park. Recognizing that the 2,050-acre park can be intimidating and overwhelming, the…

    • Jewelers Row, August 2016
Eyes on the Street

Taking a Toll on Jewelers Row

What kind of city do we want to be? That’s the question ringing in my ears reflecting on the news that Toll Brothers has plans to raze five adjacent properties on…

    • West Philly block parties

Mapping 10 years of Philadelphia block parties

Philadelphia is a block party city. Take a stroll around any Philly neighborhood on a weekend afternoon in the summer, and you'll probably spot more than one. The city offers residents…

    • Part of Jewelers' Row to be demolished by Toll Bros., August 2016

August 12: Toll Brothers to demolish part of Jewelers' Row | Moving Rizzo | PA leading on autonomous vehicles

A Toll Brothers subsidiary applied for a permit to demolish five buildings at the southeast corner of Jewelers' Row to make way for a 16-story, 80-unit residential building, Jacob Adelman reports.…

    • School District of Philadelphia

August 11: School District going after under-assessed properties | Palladian windows | Best bike commutes

The School District of Philadelphia will hire an outside firm to challenge inaccurate property assessments for properties believed to be underassessed by $1 million or more, Avi Wolfman-Arent reports. As PlanPhilly…

    • Mary Seton Corboy | credit: Jennifer Kourkounis
Eyes on the Street

Remembering Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy: Grower of food, flowers, neighborhoods

In the pantheon of urban agriculture, few stand taller here than Mary Seton Corboy, founder and Chief Idea Officer of Philadelphia’s Greensgrow, a 19-year old trailblazing urban farm on East…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Updated Greenworks plan for city sustainability targets coming this fall

The city’s sustainability work will take a slightly different approach when the updated Greenworks plan debuts this fall. At an open house Tuesday afternoon, Director of Sustainability Christine Knapp said that…

    • Frank Rizzo statue

August 10: Philly home prices reach all-time high | Rizzo statue | Delivery robots

Kevin Gillen's quarterly report on the Philadelphia housing market shows home prices and sales volumes have hit another all-time high, reports Melissa Romero. Housing prices increased 6.2% overall in the…

    • Franklin Institute

August 9: Modular mid-rise on Washington | Franklin Institute digital signage | Party transportation platforms

The sidelined Silverliner V trains are costing SEPTA more than $1 million per month, Tom MacDonald reports, although the cars are still under warranty.  A 5-story, 48-unit modular apartment building…

    • Olympia at Penn's Landing marina, 2016

Will new ways to experience Olympia keep the cruiser afloat?

Come hell or high water, she stays afloat. The cruiser Olympia, Philadelphia’s most historic ship, has survived wars, decommissioning, decades of neglect, a failed fundraising campaign, an unsuccessful search for…

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