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Developers take another crack at 205 Race Street

Developers are pushing once again to build a mixed-use apartment complex at the long-vacant corner of 2nd and Race streets in Old City. The latest iteration of the project includes 148…

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Explain That Term: Level of Service

California recently stopped using "level of service" as a metric to evaluate urban transportation and street changes, and several other states have been adopting an urban street design guide published by NACTO…

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Neighbors, developer discuss $5M Germantown Avenue project at community meeting

A vacant warehouse in Germantown will soon be home to a cluster of apartment dwellers, a non-profit-led residential program and a café. At a Monday night community meeting not far from…

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July 16: House passes transpo patch | Long wait for legal Uber | Mixed-use Moyamensing | UIL waits for Council | Business <3 Bike Infrastructure

The U.S. House voted 367-55 to pass an $11 billion stop-gap funding bill to avert the transportation funding cliff. House lawmakers paid for the bill by extending customs fees, and…

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Plan calls for apartments/office/retail at former Kensington mill, and new efforts to shut down nearby drug market

A former Kensington textile mill is set to become a mixed-use residential, office and commercial development called Orinoka Mills Civic House. It is part of the New Kensington Community Development Corporation's…

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Fleeting Fantasy: The Oval returns, replacing asphalt with art and parking with place

With pluck and paint a parking lot can become a magic carpet, and an underused bit of parkland can become an attraction. That’s the idea behind The Oval, a now annual…

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Act 89 limits Pennsylvania's exposure to the transportation funding cliff - for now

The federal government is about to start cutting transportation funding for state and local governments unless Congress acts soon to fund the Highway Trust Fund - the main source of federal…

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I-95 archaeology exhibit in Kensington Thursday

The objects on display, and experts present, will tell stories of the neighborhoods' industrial, Colonial, and Native American past. Objects that tell stories from more than 5,000 years of Northern Liberties,…

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July 15: State bill legalizes Philly Ride-Share | Obama board backs SEPTA management | NJ Transit won't speed up Atlantic City line | John Fry in Politico | Tim Wis speaks

Good morning! Here's what we're reading this morning. What are you seeing out there? State Senator Wayne Fontana's ride-sharing legislation would create new categories in the PA code for "transportation network…

    • Social Impact Bonds and the Future of Nonprofit Finance

Social Impact Bonds and the future of nonprofit finance

Venture philanthropy is a major emerging force today in nonprofit finance, the idea that socially conscious work can also realize a financial return, rather than relying solely on grants and charitable…

    • Renaissance Plaza rendering. Alesker&Dundon Architects

More parking - none of it visible - for Renaissance Plaza

An additional 96 parking spaces have been added to the proposed Renaissance Plaza residential/retail complex at 400 N. Columbus Boulevard, bringing the total to nearly 600 spaces. None of the parking,…

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Historical Commission accepts Baywood Hotels plan for Warner Bros. Building

An application to build an 11-story hotel extension atop Philadelphia’s Art Moderne building went in front of the city’s Historical Commission for review on July 11. Attorney Matt McClure, hotel developer Kurt Blorstad,…

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Explain that Term: Unconstitutional Taking

Claudia Vargas has an interesting story in The Inquirer about a property owner who’s claiming that he’s entitled to compensation from the city, because the city hasn’t paved an access road…

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How many taxis per person should Philadelphia have?

Last week, The Inquirer reported that the Philadelphia Parking Authority is creating 45 new taxi medallions (which confer the legal right to operate a taxi in Philadelphia) for wheelchair-accessible taxis. Currently…

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Is Uber really driving down DUIs? Let's drill down to see what we can find

Last week, PlanPhilly ran an article suggesting that Uber and other would-be “transportation network companies” have reduced drunk driving in Philadelphia, based off of an analysis by Pittsburgh-based computer…

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    • Joseph R. Biden Jr. Railroad Station

What Do You Think? Should We Boost SEPTA Service to Wilmington

Traffic delays resulting from the I-495 bridge repair work have led to a bump in ridership on SEPTA's Wilmington/Newark line as high as 33% in Newark and 28% in Churchmans Crossing,…

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Civic Design Review wraps up 3600 Civic Center Blvd. and 1900 Arch St.

In the videos below (produced by Ryan Shaw), the Civic Design Review Committee discusses two projects, a Penn Medicine development at 3600 Civic Center Boulevard, and the expansion of an apartment…

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