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    • Mt. Airy planning group / (Courtesy of Kyasha Tyson)

Mt. Airy residents begin talks on 10-year plan

Where do you see your neighborhood in 10 years? That's what Mt. Airy residents discussed on Wednesday evening during the Mt. Airy 2025 Visioning Workshop, the first step in a project…

    • An X-shaped table could be for lunch or conferences
Eyes on the Street

Central Green gives Navy Yard creative commons

Over the last 10 years we’ve come to expect unabashedly contemporary commercial architecture, green urban design, and progressive adaptive reuse projects at the Navy Yard. Now the freshly finished Central Green,…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

A matter of opinion in Fishtown: St. Laurentius estimates

As the battle over the fate of St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown moves into its next phase, a common paradox in preservation debates arises again: dueling estimates. Professionals hired by the…

    • The view from the Hendricks Gin blimp

June 30: PA House eyes ending sunset for red light cams | Mt. Airy 2025 kick-off | 9,000 sqft beer garden

A new AP-GFK poll shows that while a majority of Americans still prefer suburban living, about 44% are open to more urban living situations, and about four in ten want…

    • Dilworth Park

June 29: Avenue of the apartments | Development with own dog park | Philly Stonehenge

Varalli's closing is another clue that Broad and Locust could be getting a big new mixed-use apartment building. A proposal for 45 townhomes and a mixed-use buildings at 5th and…

    • Siddiq Thurman, Ayeashi Daniels and Eleni Zorn (L to R) agree the improvements make their pool more fun.
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: A poolside pop-up in Francisville

Built-in wooden deck loungers and palm trees overlook clear blue water, and patio sets grace the lawn. These are not the view of amenities at a luxury building but at Francisville…

    • Fireworks

This week: WHYY street politics forum, Liberty Block Party, Fourth of July fireworks

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important events from our events pageSign up here to get our events email…

    • Kimberly Washington shows off SEPTA protest shirt

Neighbors protest SEPTA building plans near Frankford Transit Center

As she started her comments before the SEPTA Board, Kimberly Washington, the executive director of the Frankford Community Development Corporation was calm, cool, even. But with every word, her voice filled…

    • Route 52, Photo by Ashley Hahn

SEPTA Board authorizes thirteen service changes, including split of Route 23 bus

The SEPTA Board adopted an annual service plan containing a baker’s dozen changes to its routes. SEPTA had considered sixteen proposals, culled from hundreds of public suggestions and staff recommendations, and…

    • Accessible Taxi

Parking Authority hears dueling remarks on wheelchair accessibility rule

Yesterday morning's Philadelphia Parking Authority board meeting was a pretty staid affair, with a few updates on issues we've been tracking. Earlier this year, the PPA proposed a rulemaking order (126-11)…

    • The Bearded Ladies will perform at PHS Pop Up parks

PHS Pop Ups host cabaret shows by Bearded Ladies

The PHS Pop Up Gardens, located at 15th and South Streets and 9th and Wharton Streets, will host a new cabaret created especially for the gardens by the Bearded Ladies theatrical troupe from July…

    • Lynn Williamson and Jim Pecora of the Free Library of Philadelphia at Coleman Library. (Emily Brooks/for NewsWorks)

Germantown plans for a summer without a neighborhood library

Members of the Germantown community and library staff  gathered in the meeting room of the Joseph E. Coleman Northwest Regional Library on Wednesday to come up with a contingency plan for…

    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

June 26: What's next for the Fair Housing Act | Valet parking app coming | Politics of Vision Zero

It does seem like localizing these pedestrian crash stats for different Council Districts and neighborhoods is finally starting to churn the political grist mill, since it effectively assigns responsibility to specific…

    • Central Green

June 25: Navy Yard readies Central Green | Streets under pressure | The genius of universal structures

Come to WHYY next Tuesday after work for a conversation about Philly streets issues, including Sarah Clark Stuart of the Bicycle Coalition, Greg Krykewycz of DVRPC, Thaddeus Robinson of SEPTA's Citizen…

    • Top 12 Crash Sites for pedestrians

Bicycle Coalition joins PlanPhilly/Azavea in naming city's most dangerous intersections for pedestrians [map]

By all appearances, N. Fifth St. and Olney Ave. resembles many of the city's commercial corridors, with automobile and foot traffic meeting amid shops aplenty. When either Cherelle Parker or Kevin…

    • Split Second | Jhonte Haskins, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Speak Easy: Philadelphia Streets Under Pressure

Streets are shared spaces, but often they’re contested spaces too. Cyclists jockey with buses next to pedestrians tangoing with motorists. What should we do to make sure streets are safe for…

    • Indego

Indego hits 100,000 ride mark faster than peer cities, will expand next spring

Like your cousin’s baby that’s already talking at 9 months, Philadelphia’s bike share system is advanced for its age, having hit the 100,000-ride mark just two months after its debut.  …

    • The twin homes at 145-147 Sumac St. are described as rare examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Historic recognition won't save Roxborough house from demolition

Roxborough house that has had a demolition notice on the front door for more than a month was recommended for historic designation earlier this month. The Philadelphia Historical Commission's…

    • South Philly storm

June 24: Your Philly storm photos | Jumpstarting Germantown | DRIVE Act | Parking entitlement politics

The Internet seemed to have an insatiable appetite for shots of Philly under that crazy Ghostbusters-looking sky last night, so we collected a lot of reader submissions on our Facebook page…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

New civic group looks to bring another voice to the table in East Falls

There's a new kid on the civic group block in East Falls. Earlier this month, residents launched East Falls Forward, a free-to-join organization with a simple, but ambitious goal: make…

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