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Casino Free stages a "debate" with Rendell

April 10By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly About 60 members of the advocacy group Casino-Free Philadelphia took advantage of a balmy spring afternoon Thursday by trooping from the west side…

    • Rina Cutler, Gary Hack and Andy Altman

Deputy Mayors take the Center City stage

April 9 By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhillyRina Cutler, who knows her way around a traffic jam, is one of the city’s definitive realists. The former Philadelphia parking czar is…

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City should not have issued riparian rights

April 10By Kellie Patrick GatesFor PlanPhilly The City of Philadelphia now says it never had the power to grant SugarHouse Casino the right to build on the submerged lands…

    • Councilman Brian O'Neill

O’Neill goes to bat against “Ugly Buildings”

April 9 By Matt BlanchardFor PlanPhilly It’s been a week since his idea to fast-track the creation of a design review commission got a distinctly cool reception from the new…

    • Philadelphia Trash Day cleanup

Nutter starts to tackle trash city-wide

April 5 Video of clean-up   By John DavidsonFor PlanPhilly They came out of the woodwork in Fishtown Saturday morning, brooms and shovels in gloved hands, determined at least to…

    • Sidewalk impediments

City council hears about pedestrian access

1352 South StreetApril 3By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly Armed with a continuously running slide show of barricaded city sidewalks and isolated pedestrians and bicyclists, Philadelphia City Councilman Jim…

    • ACC

Sizing up the American Commerce Center

Graphic courtesy of Brad Maule/Phillyskyline April 3By Steven UjifusaFor PlanPhillyIf constructed, the American Commerce Center would soar 1,500 feet into the air, surpassing the Comcast Center by five…

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Supreme Court sides with Foxwoods

April 2The Supreme Court of Pennsylvania on Wednesday granted Philadelphia Entertainment and Development Partners Commercial Entertainment District status, thus nullifying Philadelphia City Council’s efforts to require that the Foxwood Casino…

Supreme Court moves up riparian hearing

April 2By Kellie Patrick GatesFor PlanPhilly The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has responded to SugarHouse Casino's request to move up oral arguments the Court scheduled to help it determine who…

    • SugarHouse under glass

Army Corps: We won't exclude tribes again

April 1 By Kellie Patrick GatesFor PlanPhilly The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has finished investigating its Philadephia District's exclusion of Native American tribes from a federally required historic review…

    • Great Expectations

Why we need civic engagement

March 31 By Alan JaffeFor PlanPhilly Over the last 18 months, the city has had a case of “civic engagement” fever. The symptoms are a rash of Sharpie-wielding…

    • smart growth mayoral panel

Mayors: Common problems, similar solutions

Previous conference coverage March 28 Mayors and representatives from four industrial cities which have similar problems associated with crime, housing, planning, regionalism and infrastructure talked about the potential that some best practice solutions…

Inquirer: Toronto trip an eye-opener for Philly transit types

March 28Inquirer: Philadelphia group travels to Toronto to check out that city's transit system.

    • Philanthropy needs to reinvent itself

Philanthropy needs to reinvent itself

David Abbott So how does place matter?  The value of open spaces March 27By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly More than ever before, charitable foundations have the resources and the…

    • smallest park in the city

The value of urban open spaces

March 26 By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly Jack Linn is a New Yorker and a former taxi driver, and true to form, his ability to crack wise is acute. That’s…

    • Andy Altman comes to Philly

So how does place matter?

Deputy Philadelphia mayor Andrew Altman and former Torino mayor Valentino Castellani March 26 By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly We live in a metro nation, and the key to American prosperity…

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ZCC ready for first major step

ZCC member John Binswanger is eager for the commission to act.  March 26 By Matt BlanchardFor PlanPhilly It’s easy to look down the crowded table of the Zoning Code Commission…

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Boulevard of contradictions

Photo courtesy of Brad Maule/ March 24This is the first in a series of articles on plans aimed at restructuring or re-designing certain parts of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway,…

    • Andrew Altman makes the rounds

New day dawns for the PCPC

March 18By Thomas WalshFor PlanPhilly With a minimum of ceremony, new city planning and commerce czar Andrew Altman was sworn in as a commissioner Tuesday at the March meeting…

Encouraging transit-oriented development

March 17  By Seth Budickfor PlanPhilly By passing the Transit Revitalization Investment District (TRID) Act in 2004, Pennsylvania took a step towards encouraging transit-oriented development.  This legislation enables local…

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