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    • Jim Kenney

June 13: Kenney's nine friends | New digital billboard regs proposed | City Hall's newest statue

Labor powerhouse John Dougherty of IBEW Local 98 tells Ryan Briggs that Council President Darrell Clarke was lobbying against passing any type of soda tax until the very end, and Jim…

    • pop up phs

Keystone Crossroads Video: From parking lot to pop-up garden, tucked beneath the trestle

It's summertime in Philadelphia, which means you’re bound to come across one of the city's trendy beer gardens on a riverfront or rooftop.  One of the newest additions to the…

    • Temple library rendering

June 10: New Temple library renderings | K&T trail breaks ground | Housing Trilemma

The state Public Utility Commission voted to reconsider the record-setting $11.4 million fine they issued Uber for operating unlawfully in Pennsylvania, the Associated Press reports. Governor Tom Wolf and Pittsburgh-area officials…

    • Key ambassador Joannle Matos at a SEPTA Key kiosk.

SEPTA Key Pilot launches Monday, full transit version delayed until end of the year

After years of delays, SEPTA’s long-awaited new payment technology, SEPTA Key, will finally make its public debut on Monday. Well, kind of. Starting at 5:30 Monday morning, up to 10,000 riders…

    • Washington Avenue

June 9: Council advances soda tax | Montco's changing demographics | Mayfair protected bike lane

Philly's getting a soda tax, write Holly Otterbein and Jared Brey.  City Council's Committee of the Whole passed a 1.5 cent tax on sugary drinks and diet soda, which is…

    • Maplewood Mall | Matt Wysong, PCPC

Art Commission greenlights redesign for Maplewood Mall, suggests rework of Holocaust memorial changes

Despite some lingering questions, the Philadelphia Art Commission on Wednesday greenlighted plans to redesign Germantown’s Maplewood Mall, expressing enthusiasm for the community-approved concept, which echoes the location’s 19th century roots as…

    • 676 Construction | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

U.S. DOT to cities: New highway projects can mend old scars

In an interview last week with PlanPhilly, U. S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx outlined his efforts to encourage policymakers to rethink how cities deal with inner city highways through the…

    • Rendering of Lincoln Square | Alterra

Mixed-use proposals for Washington Avenue west advance at City Council amid mixed community support

A pair of large, mixed-use developments proposed for the western half of Washington Avenue stepped a bit closer to reality yesterday as a city council committee advanced legislative rezoning for the…

    • Esherick House exterior, after renovation | © Jeffrey Totaro

Restoration of Louis Kahn's Esherick House honored

One of the world’s best known midcentury modern homes, designed by one of the 20th century’s greatest architects and a renowned sculptor, will be in the spotlight this week for a…

    • Community College of Philadelphia

June 8: Bass says Kenney has the soda votes | Community College housing development | Shaming the dumpers

Councilwoman Cindy Bass says Jim Kenney has the votes to pass a soda tax, likely at a rate of 1.5 cents per ounce, report Tricia Nadolny and Julia Terruso. Bass had…

    • Melon Street, Mantua | Ashley Hahn

Mantua residents want to rezone their neighborhood. Does their Councilwoman?

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church sits at the intersection of Haverford Avenue and 36th Street in West Philadelphia’s Mantua section. On June 2, over 75 people packed into the community room, with…

    • Noncompliant billboard on New State Road.

City Council advances pro-billboard legislation even after city stripped of authority to regulate highway billboards

Following a contentious hearing, a city council committee approved a trio of bills that would bring one longtime illegal billboard into local code compliance and pave the way for the construction…

    • Society Hill Playhouse, June 2016

New proposal surfaces to replace Society Hill Playhouse

Now that Toll Brothers has abandoned residential development plans for the site of the Society Hill Playhouse and the parking garage across the street, a new developer is moving on the…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Gov. Christie vetoes Port Authority union contracts minutes before deadline

UPDATE: After initial publication, a Christie spokesperson forwarded the letter. This article has been updated with details of the letter, which is available in its entirety below. In a quiet,…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

O’Neill bill to codify councilmanic prerogative amended, but opposition remains

Councilman Brian O’Neill’s bill requiring a district councilmember’s support for any proposed subdivision was amended during a Rules Committee hearing on Tuesday, but the proposed changes failed to ameliorate the bill’s…

    • Spring Garden Connector: new pavers, metal panels
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Spring Garden connector installation underway

The part of Spring Garden Street below the Market-Frankford El station and I-95 is a long, unwelcoming gateway to Northern Liberties and does nothing to signal that there’s an increasingly accessible…

    • Mifflin Square vendors

June 7: CDCs want PMC to pay up | Street food vendors cleared from Mifflin Square | E-Z Pass scofflaws

The Philadelphia Association of Community Development Corporations (PACDC) sent a letter to the Kenney administration calling on them to push PMC Property Group to either provide the reduced-rate units they agreed…

    • Frederick Street | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Northwest residents boo changes to ‘steep slope’ zoning code, RCO rules debated

In a public hearing Monday, community organizers from neighborhoods in Northwest Philadelphia expressed unanimous disapproval of the City Planning Commission’s proposed changes to the “steep slope” provisions in the zoning code,…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Local environmental group questions SEPTA proposal for natural gas plant in Nicetown

SEPTA enjoys a pretty good track record when it comes to bridges, maintaining over 350 that consistently deliver trains safely over rivers and highways across the region. Commuters sometimes grumble when…

    • One Water Street

City to withhold One Water Street’s certificate of occupancy over affordable housing units

The Department of Licenses and Inspections plans to withhold a certificate of occupancy for One Water Street unless its developers deliver the 25 affordable housing units that were a condition for…

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