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    • Mayor Nutter, Planning chief Alan Greenberger, developer Ken Weinstein and council member Cindy Bass

Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter

Last week, city council shelved a piece of legislation designed to patch a loophole in the zoning code that was exploited by, of all entities, the Nutter administration. The bill, introduced…

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December 15: Diaz in | Logan Square holes | Wage tax history | #ChangingCities

Nelson Diaz, a former city solicitor under Mayor John Street, says he'll definitely get in the Mayoral race this January. PennDOT will replace seven aging bridges over 676/Vine St starting in…

    • Blue glazed bricks on Waverly Street

Historical Commission: Paving the way for street preservation progress

If you ramble down Alter Street in Pennsport and look down, you'll notice wonderfully lustrous rectangles of blue glazed granite. You will also see patches of asphalt marking the street in front…

    • Chestnut Street

Councilwoman Cindy Bass introduces Vision Zero resolution, as report highlights street safety issues

Transportation planner Jarrett Walker wrote an interesting blog post this week about a problem he terms the "uncontrolled loss of altitude" in planning that happens sometimes when cities let small-ball issues…

    • Petty Island - Delaware Valley Foodworx

December 12: Pier 35 1/2 for sale | Dupree Studios triumphant | Reimagining Petty Island

Pier 35 1/2 - possibly a portal to Hogwart's and definitely the site of the proposed 45-story Trump tower which ultimately fell victim to the recession - up for sale again.…

    • New Bus Shelters

Council ends year with action on Land Bank, Royal Theater, bus shelters

For Philadelphia City Council, the fall of 2014 is going to be remembered, in those circles where it’s remembered at all, for what didn’t happen. But during their last meeting…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

Councilman Jim Kenney's new resolution could bring the #cityhallparkinglot party to an end

Update: The resolution passed, but more interestingly, Kenney went at the City Hall parking lot more directly by introducing a bill to ban the practice outright. Read it hereCenter City…

    • Frankford Arsenal rezoning

Frankford Arsenal receives amended zoning for 86-acre tract

A City Council bill introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon on Nov. 14, 2014, that would change the zoning designation of a section of the former Frankford Arsenal property that is currently…

    • Piazza Garage proposal | Tim Haahs & Associates

PCPC approves Piazza garage in NoLibs

A four-story, 300-car parking garage will be built behind the Piazza at Schmidt’s in Northern Liberties after the proposal was approved on Tuesday by the Philadelphia City Planning Commission. The PCPC…

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    • Traffic on DRPA toll bridges is down 13% since 2007.

DRPA Board approves 2015 Budget, delays toll increase

At its last meeting of the year, the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) board voted to postpone a bridge toll increase scheduled for January 1st, 2015 until 2017. Chief Financial Officer…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Buidling, 2014

Block that will host new cop shop, morgue and ME office gets zoning go-ahead

The wheels continue to roll along toward turning the imposing former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building at 4601 Market St. into the new city police headquarters, which will also involve moving the…

    • Tourist Center
Eyes on the Street

Speaking for the Saucer

Community Contributor Libbie Hawes, a preservationist and steering committee member of the Young Friends of the Preservation Alliance, makes the case for repurposing LOVE Park's flying saucer building as part…

    • Economic development, Mummers style

December 10: Evans not running | Street drinking and economic development | Post-PNB skyline

#PHL2015 round-up: Dwight Evans won't run for Mayor, Tom Wyatt will run for an at-large City Council seat, and Mayoral candidate Ken Trujillo is skipping the second day of PA Society…

    • SEPTA 24/7

College students who explore Philly are more likely to stay. Could free* transit help?

Would better public transit connectivity and nightlife choices keep more college students in Philadelphia after graduation? The latest report from Campus Philly suggests they would, and contains some other interesting takeaways…

    • daycare bill pcpc dec 9 2014

Planning Commission opposes bid to limit home occupations, supports waiving fees for daycares

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to oppose a bill introduced by Councilman Brian O’Neill that would restrict business activity in certain residential areas. Since the bill already had…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke

Committee approves plan to restructure local government amid pleas for more time

City Council’s Committee on Law and Government recommended approval on Tuesday of a proposal introduced by Council President Darrell Clarke that would amend the city charter to create a cabinet-level Department…

    • Old Willard's 14-foot wide hallways offer opportunities for
Eyes on the Street

Reimagining vacant schools as vibrant community spaces

A vacant school is more than a silent, empty building. It’s a public promise waiting to be renewed. Since closing 27 schools in 2013, Philly is ripe with these promises. As…

    • Paper transfer

December 9: Paid transfers forever | The Great Reorganization | Unremarkable Danish intersection

SEPTA key - our new contactless fare system - should be a big improvement in many ways, but Duncan Black has some concerns. "It appears transfers still won't be free.…

    • Germantown Charter School SRC hearing

Germantown makes its pitch for community charter school at former GHS site

In Kelly green T-shirts, they linked hands and prayed for a neighborhood. "Germantown is a place with many seeds that are ready to swell," said Rev. Lorelei Toombs, senior pastor of…

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