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    • Blue lining | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

June 7: Provident Mutual Life building | Old City Design Guide | Bill to eliminate local school property tax

The Kenney administration hopes to recover some of the $50 million that the city sunk into old Provident Mutual Life Insurance building by selling the rehabbed building along with other city…

    • Isabel Slaughter, 8, paints a ceramic sculpture in Emily Coleman's ceramics class at Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

At Olney Rec, Rebuild stokes imagination about what a rec center can be

The playground at Olney Rec Center is bare bones. Its sprinkler, the site’s only water feature, backs up until liquid pools inside the building. When kids finish molding their clay-and-macaroni sculptures,…

    • 36th and Lancaster trolley bench installed by UCD.

Aiming for inclusive public spaces, University City District bucks defensive design trends

University City District covers one of the blessed corners of Philadelphia. There’s little blight or crime for the special services district to contend with. Job growth can fairly be described as…

    • John Dodds, of the Philadelphia Unemployment Project, calls for reverse commute assistance for city residents during a press conference at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallies for more reverse commuting funds

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project (PUP) held a City Hall rally Monday morning to urge City Council to supply more funds for it reverse commuting ride-share program. At the rally, Fourth District…

    • Rendering of South Quarter Plaza - a mixed-use redevelopment of Cedar Realty Trust's shopping center at 23rd Street and Oregon Avenue.

June 6: Shopping Center conversion | DeFelice to HUD | SustainPHL nominees

Would you live at the shopping center at 23rd and Oregon? Its owner, Cedar Realty Trust, wants to rework the center by adding low-rise buildings with ground-floor retail, topped with residential…

    • Large steel beams and exposed brick wall from the original structure are visible in the Fillmore's main lobby. (Bastiaan Slabbers for PlanPhilly)

Fillmore Philadelphia finds preservation and economic development working in concert

Among the projects to be honored this week by the Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia is a renovation that hits all the right chords: it preserved a 124-year-old building that speaks…

    • Cloud magnet - FMC from Cira Green | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

June 5: Planning Eastwick | Philly's newest skyline | Urban forestry

Jared Brey explores the planning process underway in Eastwick, which is seeking a community-driven vision for development that also balances the realities of climate change, and seeks to heal some…

    • Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero created Las Parcelas and another five gardens in the late 1980s | Emma Lee/WHYY

As Norris Square changes, Las Parcelas puts down new roots

On a recent Tuesday evening, Ana Montañez was weeding her garden plot at Las Parcelas, a landmark community garden located in West Kensington. She teaches kids how to grow food in…

    • East Market Wawa rendering

June 2: Wawa v. Sheetz | The Plight of African-American Graveyards | LA To Get New Bus System

The Inquirer’s Aubrey Whelan attended the first day that Project HOME accepted applications for its 88 new affordable apartments on 2415 North Broad Street. Although the process didn’t begin until yesterday,…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge, PlanPhilly

June 1: Driverless trucks means jobless drivers | Uber crashes | That chime Cret | Puttin’ (a tower) on the Ritz

Our thoughts and prayers are with Councilman David Oh and his family. Oh was stabbed last night in an apparent robbery attempt. A new report from the International Transport Forum focuses…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. arrives ahead of a anti-eviction rally, organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, on Wednesday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Councilman Jones pushes tenant rights bill

Tomorrow is zero hour for the tenants of the Penn Wynn high rise in West Philadelphia. On June 1st, the building’s new owners, Cross Properties, are forcing them out of their…

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PPA expands taxi flat rate zone for airport trips

On Wednesday morning, the PPA board authorized an expansion of the flat rate zone for taxi trips between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport. The PPA will need to change the…

    • Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills: Indego orientation at Lutheran Settlement House | Samantha Maldonado

May 31: Toll Bros. Chester County preservation battle | Digital Skills and Bike Thrills | Buy vs. rent in Philly

The Toll Brothers are facing another historic preservation housing development fight, this time in Chester County. Philly Mag’s Sandy Smith reports that the developers filed plans with Westtown Township to…

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May 30: West Philadelphia Traffic Woes | Bike Commuting as Tech Free Time | Canada Rolls Out New Safe Injection Sites For Drug Users

The Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin heads to 57th and Spruce in West Philadelphia to get a better idea of the challenges facing the city’s Vision Zero agenda. The intersection is jammed with…

    • Nebinger school yard, May 2017

Bedlam over basketball and extended hours at Nebinger Elementary's schoolyard

Thursday night’s assembly about renovations of the schoolyard at George W. Nebinger Elementary School in Queen Village proves that any community meeting in Philadelphia, no matter the topic, can easily become…

    • Sharrows are symbols that remind drivers and cyclists to share the lane.

Council considering bills to cut taxes on affordable housing, add short 15th Street bike lane

The final City Council session in May proved to be a quiet affair, with multiple presentations and photo ops dominating the proceedings. Here are a few highlights from the otherwise quiescent…

    • The collapse site from above, from the RiverWest Condominium's rooftop.
    • Aerial view of SEPTA's Callowhill facility, 2017 | Google Maps

SEPTA sees the light, OKs solar panels on maintenance facility rooftops

The sky was dark and cloudy outside, but there was nothing but sunshine inside SEPTA’s board room Thursday as the agency approved a contract to install photovoltaic solar panels on the…

    • Portable feather signs hanging at an auto lot in Northeast Philadelphia | Google Street View, 2014

Henon bill aims to rid sidewalks of inflatable tube men, portable signs

Sidewalk advertisements are everywhere, blooming from the pavement and parking lots in colorful bursts. Fluttering flags in Center City hawk cell phones, while inflatable men of disquieting size billow on the…

    • The Philadelphia Police Department will someday leave the Roundhouse for a new headquarters in West Philly. 
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