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Anti-uber coalition will get its day in court, but will it matter?

They came. They saw. They conquered. They lost. The coalition of taxis, limos, and accessibility advocates who filed a lawsuit to stop the Philadelphia Parking Authority’s (PPA) decision to ignore Uber’s…

    • Lead muralist Brad Carney jumps in the air amidst interns and students painting 'Rhythm & Hues' at Eakins Oval. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)
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Spotted: The Oval striking musical tone for 2016

Every year the parking lot in the middle of Eakins Oval is painted with a mural, setting the theme for the seasonal park space.  It’s had a touch of the shore…

    • 5th Street / Independence Hall: Platform rendering | courtesy of SEPTA

Art Commission approves rehab of 5th Street El station, denies digital displays at SEPTA entrances

SEPTA is not only renaming the 5th Street Station on the Market-Frankford Line, it’s giving the tired station its first major overhaul since the Bicentennial. The project team presented revised conceptual…

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DRCC gets $125,000 to update plan for North Delaware Greenway

Philadelphia’s North Delaware riverfront is evolving after years of work from the Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) and its partners to advance the cause of a new recreational greenway and public…

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July 13: Counting cars in the Italian Market | Neighbors sue to halt Blatstein tower | What transit riders want

Does the Italian Market really need car access on weekends? Jonas Maciunas, a planner at RBA Group, did some simple traffic counts last Saturday during peak business hours and found that…

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Open Streets announced for South Street and MLK Drive on Sept. 24

A slightly coy Deputy Managing Director Clarena Tolson spilled the beans about the city’s Open Streets plan to the Bella Vista Neighborhoods Association Tuesday evening. Tolson, who didn’t want to reveal…

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New Turrell 'Skyspace' planned by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art, overlooking the falls and Fairmount Water Works below, there are two gazebos. Now the museum is proposing installation of a third, 21st century addition to…

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July 12: Vine Street cap workshop this week | Airport workers consider DNC strike | Casa Farnese

U.S. DOT's public workshop on capping the Vine Street Expressway is this Thursday evening at 1101 Vine Street, and the concept unveiling will be held on Friday. As Jim Saksa reported…

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L+I letters demanding removal of “street furniture” during DNC scare restaurants in miscommunication

When Matt Levinson returned from an out-of-town trip, the manager of his Graduate Hospital restaurant, The Quick Fixx, handed him the kind of letter no owner wants to see: demands from…

    • Taxi driver protest, 2014 | Tom MacDonald/WHYY

Taxis, limos, and disabled activists to file lawsuit seeking injunction of PPA’s agreement to effectively legalize Uber

A coalition of taxi drivers, limousine drivers, and advocates for the disabled announced, calling itself Fair Ride Philly, plans to file a lawsuit tomorrow in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas seeking…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

July 11: Viaduct tax delinquency | Protesting in the street | Falls Bridge Lofts

Good morning, Philly. Let’s make this a better week, and for you regional rail commuters, here’s to a new contingency schedule for SEPTA. If money is among the most significant obstacles…

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Fairmount Ave filling in, growing up, searches for identity

The changes are coming fast, if not furious, on Fairmount Avenue from the scaffold-clad Divine Lorraine at Broad, to construction projects on the corridor and restaurants westward toward Parkway. Though this…

    • Passengers at the Ardmore Station look up the tracks as a SEPTA train approaches. (Jonathan Wilson for Newsworks)

Silverliner silver lining: SEPTA leases trains to ease Regional Rail crunch, which will last past Labor Day

It’s great to have good neighbors, someone whose door you can knock on unexpectedly to borrow a cup of sugar. Thankfully for SEPTA and its Regional Rail riders, SEPTA has some…

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July 8: DNC Fence | Silencing Thunder Road | Bok is Back | Loose Booze Blues | Hugs!

The United States Secret Service released a map of road closures for the DNC, and Katie Colaneri has the details. It’s no Pope Fence, but may still be a bit…

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After PPA gives Uber 90-day pass, taxis promise “chaos” during the DNC, and lawsuits

If you were worried that the Democratic National Convention coming to Philadelphia later this month wouldn’t be as interesting as the protest-filled Republican National Convention in 2000 or the cluster jam…

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Pending demolition and designation on Chestnut Street in Spruce Hill

The wall clock in Judge Linda Carpenter’s City Hall courtroom is stopped. But in preservation questions, as in life, timing is everything. Time is the elemental issue in a case before…

    • Camac Street's oak block pavers were getting chewed up. (October 9, 2012)

July 7: Senate rejects 'sanctuary cities' bill | Uber truce | Maintaining Camac |

The U.S. Senate again rejected Senator Pat Toomey's bill blocking federal Community Development Block Grants from sanctuary cities like Philadelphia, the Associated Press reports.  The Philadelphia Parking Authority is temporarily allowing…

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Kenney administration considering enforcement change in response to One Water Street

Last week on WHYY’s Radio Times, Mayor Jim Kenney addressed the recent controversy over One Water Street, where PMC Property Group backed away from including 25 reduced-rate units in their…

    • Evening rush hour at Suburban Station, July 5, 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Silverliner Playbook: What SEPTA's contract with Hyundai Rotem means for fixing the regional rail mess

The defect that has sidelined a third of SEPTA’s regional rail fleet will cost someone a lot of money. Just how that bill gets split up, though, remains to be seen.…

    • Temple Student Health & Wellness Center - perspective from 15th and Montgomery | Temple University / Moody Nolan, July 2016

Mixed design reviews for Temple, East Kensington, Northern Liberties and Winchester Park projects

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review committee recommended approval of three of the five projects it heard in a lengthy meeting Tuesday afternoon: special purpose zoning for Philadelphia University’s campus, Temple’s new…

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