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    • Free Library Percent for Art - dioramas by Colette Fu | Art Commission, Jan. 2017

Art Commission supports Don Quixote pedestrian plaza, library art, but not PPA lot billboard

The Art Commission’s meeting Wednesday began the year with a bang. The contentious proposal to deaccession stained glass bus shelters on Chestnut Street consumed much of the energy, but the rest…

    • A coworking space in the Pennovation Center, touted by city officials as a hub of Philadelphia's growing tech sector.

January 5: $26m drop in cigarette tax revenue projected | Trolley crash | Coworking guide

The Controller’s office projects that Philly’s cigarette tax revenue will bring in $26 million less than anticipated this fiscal year, reports Anna Orso. “The figures could mean two things, both of…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

City withdraws proposal to scrap Chestnut Street's art bus shelters

In 1999 the City of Philadelphia commissioned artist Pablo Tauler to adapt 11 bus shelters on Chestnut Street in Center City with site-specific designs. Tauler transformed the drab little pods with…

    • Ally Jane and Erik ride on regional rail. | courtesy of the Johansons
Eyes on the Street

Car-free in Philly: Living well without a car, with a baby

In August 2015, Community Contributors Katy and Erik Johanson shared with us what their household gained by going car free. Now they're back with an update on what car-free living…

    • Grays Ferry Swing Bridge | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Public feedback sought on on Schuylkill River Swing Bridge project

Joe Syrnick is entering the New Year swinging for the bridges. At a public feedback open house about the Grays Ferry Swing Bridge this Thursday, Schuylkill River Development Corporation’s President said…

    • Throngs of cyclists and pedestrians taking advantage of a carless Saturday on South Street during the inaugural Philly Free Streets (Bas Slabbers/For WHYY)

City officials optimistic that 2017 will bring smoother, safer streets

Conversations about how Philadelphians should share the city’s roads often feel like a traffic jam: Tense, angry, and going nowhere fast. Little old ladies turn into virulent vulgarians, and Earth-worshipping vegan…

    • Light masts on North Broad (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

January 4: North Poles redo | Residential solar challenges | 1900 Market's digital band

Who will upgrade and maintain the North Poles, the light masts stretching up thon North Broad Street for 2.5 miles? Curbed reports that an RFP offered by North Broad Renaissance…

    • The Society Hill Playhouse was demolished in September 2016 (Ashley Hahn/PlanPhilly)

January 3: Peace Park + empowering design | 2016's lost buildings | Philly's ancient budget software

Happy New Year, dear readers. We begin 2017 so grateful to everyone who donated to support PlanPhilly last month. We raised more than $20,000 thanks to your generosity. North Philly Peace…

    • Lee Cultural Center | Emma Lee / WHYY
Eyes on the Street

2016 Rewind: Cheers and Jeers

Before 2016 is totally in the rearview mirror, it’s time to hand out darts and laurels, my annual list of cheers and jeers. Cheers go to all of you, dear readers.…

    • Eviction protest in Germantown (file) | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

New research reveals depth of Philadelphia’s eviction crisis

Like pretty much every other city in America, Philadelphia suffers an eviction problem.   Tara Jackson knows that all too well. Two years ago, this longtime resident of Germantown received an…

    • 2400 block of Oxford Street, demolition underway. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

2016 Rewind: 15 stories we hope you didn't miss

This week we’re looking back at the year that was through our stories. In 2016 PlanPhilly published more than 700 pieces. (How many did you read? If you read…

    • Jan Gehl

2016 Rewind: Five people who shaped our thinking

This week we’re doing our morning roundups a little differently. We’re looking back at the year that was through our stories. In 2016 PlanPhilly published more than 700 pieces. (H…

    • Vacant property across Lindbergh Blvd from the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge where Korman wants to build 722-units of rental housing.

New path for Eastwick opens up one year after termination of urban-renewal agreement

It’s been one year since the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) gave the Eastwick community and environmental advocates new hope. On a rainy afternoon, two days before Christmas of 2015, the Redevelopment…

    • Winter steel moving | Al Be Franke, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Transit in 2016: No Mass Transformations (yet)

Ah, it’s the end of the year, that time to reflect on the year that was and look forward to the year to come, and things are no different here at…

    • Rendering of the new entrance to reopened tunnel between 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station

2016 Rewind: Top 10 most-read stories

This year PlanPhilly published more than 700 articles - how many did you read? If you read PlanPhilly regularly, please consider supporting our work by making a year-end, tax-deductible donation. …

    • St. Mary of the Assumption, Manayunk, 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks (file)

Redevelopment approach to St. Mary's site frustrates Manayunk neighbors

In a community as dense as Manayunk, any development proposal that will bring more housing units and fewer parking spaces faces a tough fight from longtime residents who feel the neighborhood…

    • Construction crews putting final touches on Manayunk Bridge | Lindsay Lazarski/Keystone Crossroads

December 23: Whither goes our withering bridges? | Underground raves adopt safety dance | Law of Ancient Lights

It's a season of giving and we hope you value all of the information PlanPhilly gives you all year long. And we hope you'll help us meet our goal of raising…

    • 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

Council President Clarke airs concerns with Rebuild initiative's proposed structure

As the Kenney administration enters its second year, one big policy issue on the horizon will be the mayor’s $500 million commitment to reinvest in the city’s parks, libraries, and recreation…

    • SEPTA General Counsel Gino Benedetti. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA spent $423,000 on lawyers during labor negotiations

SEPTA spent $423,388 on outside labor counsel to handle negotiations with Transport Workers Union Local 234 (TWU) over the five-year contract agreed to after a six-day strike in November. The lead…

    • Packer Marine Terminal, Port of Philadelphia, 2013 | AP Photo/Matt Rourke

December 22: Trump inscrutable on infrastructure | Port's money ship comes in | Billboard bait-n-switch?

We published more than 700 articles this year – how many did you read? We ask you, dear reader, to put a value on the public service journalism we provide you…

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