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    • Litter and illegal dumping household trash.

Council supports city’s zero waste goal, but would like it sooner

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • Powerhouse | ISA

April 18: DiCicco, ZBA chair | Brady and friends | Powerhouse honored

It’s official: Former First District Councilman Frank DiCicco was appointed to the Zoning Board of Adjustment as its chair. Before leaving office DiCicco served on the Zoning Code Commission, which worked…

    • Germantown Boys & Girls Club

In Germantown, a fight over a century old building and the future of the Boys and Girls Club

Everyone agrees that the super-sized Boys and Girls Club slated for Germantown will do wonders for the neighborhood. But beneath that gauzy consensus a controversy is brewing about the design and…

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April 17: Eating along the El | Pittsburgh Hyperloop One finalist | How railroads shaped Philly

In a decisive and delicious journey, Billy Penn’s Danya Henninger highlights signature Philadelphia food experiences along with El from point B to point A. Identifying one restaurant or food cart…

    • No trash dumping

Would requiring waste management plans curb illegal dumping?

On Monday, City Council’s Committee on Licenses & Inspections will consider a bill that would require any building project over $10,000 to submit a detailed waste collection plan to the city.…

    • Museum of the American Revolution

April 14: Phony-coloni architecture | Allegheny senior affordable housing | Crane watch

Ten years in the making, Philadelphia’s newest civic building, the Museum of the American Revolution, features exhibits that include the role of enslaved Africans, American Indians, and women in the history of…

    • Amos Barnes House

Historic Wissahickon house designated despite owner objection

The nomination of a nearly 170-year-old house in Wissahickon has been so contentious that at Thursday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, a security guard hovered in the doorway. The Amos…

    • rf urban

Richard Florida on the new ‘Urban Crisis’: The feds will never save us again

Richard Florida is feeling reflective. He became the equivalent of an urban planning rock star with the publication of his book The Rise of the Creative Class 15 years ago. In…

    • Washington Ave, Photo courtesy of Neal Santos

April 13: Philly's most dangerous intersections | Business-to-business microloan | PA wage hike job losses

What are the most dangerous intersections in Philadelphia? The Inquirer’s Mari A. Schaefer digests a new report that analyzed more than 43,000 crash records using 2015 PennDOT information on the “number…

    • Council President Clarke, Managing Director Mike DiBerardinis, Janet Haas of the William Penn Foundation, and Mayor Jim Kenney at Rebuild grant announcement in November 2016. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Clarke's lingering concerns about Rebuild structure: ‘privatization’ and Council oversight

Rebuild has officially reached that awkward stage when it’s more than just an idea but several steps away from implementation. It’s at the point when politicians haggle over details in public…

    • Divine Lorraine, October 2016 (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

April 12: North Broad rising | Wiota Street Garden sale | MeterUP out

MeterUP, PPA’s parking payment app, was shut down at midnight Tuesday night, due to unpaid bills by parent company Pango USA. According to PPA, “Pango was recently late paying the PPA…

    • Tulip and Westmorland | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Parking and affordable housing dominate Department of Planning and Development budget hearing

At City Council’s hearings on the capital budget two perennial issues dominated the debate: parking and affordable housing. The subject of the day included funding for the nascent Department of Planning…

    • Rendering of Pennrose's proposed development at 8th and Race streets
    • West Trenton Station, Photo by Neal Santos

What would Trump’s budget mean for Philadelphia transit?

If Congress adopts President Donald J. Trump’s budget proposals, not much would change in Philadelphia, transportation-wise. And that’s a problem, the region’s boosters say. SEPTA is considering two major service expansions—extending…

    • Photo by Bruhinb

April 10: PA minimum wage | Naturally Resilient Communities | Aparkalypse now

Governor Wolf wants to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage from $7.25 to $12. A new report from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) examines the implications of such a wage hike—including an estimated…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Tacony sex-positive community center will proceed without zoning relief

On Wednesday the sex-positive community center proposed for the Tacony Music Hall was slated to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Instead it asked for a continuance, pushing the…

    • SEPTA transfers at ticket booth, 2017

SEPTA resists petition to end transfer fees

With SEPTA Key’s long-anticipated arrival on the region’s buses, subways and trolleys finally here, some riders think it’s time for SEPTA to update another part of its fare system: transfers. 5th…

    • A heroin camp in Kensington, users who can't manage by themselves can come here and pay someone a few dollars for injection. | Emma Lee / WHYY
    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilwoman Parker wants developers to provide more project information

At Thursday’s City Council session, Ninth District Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced legislation that would require some developers to post a “Project Information Form” about their projects on a city website, as…

    • No Parking: Electric Vehicle Only

Council pulls plug on Philadelphia’s electric vehicle program in rare contested vote

In an 11 to 6 vote, City Council suspended a program that allowed electric vehicle (EV) owners create EV-only parking spots in front of the curbside electrical outlets used to recharge…

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