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    • Whale Bus

December 7: Placemaking for office tower plazas | Federal pilot for interstate tolling | O'Malley's cities agenda

Demolition has begun on the William Penn High School building, reports Brianna Spause. "Community leaders, education activists, William Penn alumni, and some District officials fought long and hard to save the…

    • I-95, our very own waterfront highway. | photo by Bradley Maule, 2009

December 4: Federal transportation bill reax | Mapping the new land bank properties | Philly's sewer challenge

It's the last day to vote for our Jared Brey, the WHYY team, and friends of the site Sic Transit Philadelphia and Jake Blumgart in this year's Pen & Pencil Awards.…

    • Five possible routes for the proposed Norristown High Speed Line extension from 69th Street Station and the Norristown Transportation Center to King of Prussia. (Connecting KOP/The Economy League)

Long-awaited train to King of Prussia would boost economy, study says

Someday, fighting for the deals at the country's second largest mall may no longer mean fighting your way to a parking spot. The proposed extension of the Norristown High Speed Line…

    • Vacant lots that are maintained by PHS feature an open wood fence with openings narrow enough to prevent unwanted dumping.

Philly Land Bank gets its first deposit

UPDATE, Dec. 9, 2015 The Philadelphia Land Bank is now officially a landholding agency. On Wednesday, Mayor Michael Nutter announced that the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation had transferred 150 properties into…

    • With more than 100 Silverliner Vs on track, regional rail advocates can focus more attention on passenger experience

SEPTA extends late-ish regional rail service to Wilmington

Delaware day-trippers and denizens: rejoice! SEPTA will soon start running late-night trains to and from Wilmington. Currently, the last train out of Philly on the Newark/Wilmington line terminates at Marcus Hook.…

    • Protestant Episcopal Church of the Messiah, c. 1910 | Library Company of Philadelphia, Nomination for Philadelphia Register

Port Richmond church eyed as development site by Ori Feibush is historically significant, committee says

A 150-year-old church building at the corner of Thompson and Huntingdon streets in Port Richmond is historically significant and eligible to be placed on the local register of historic places, a…

    • Sound of Market

December 3: Congress's status quo transpo bill | Community development on N3RD Street | Sound of Market

Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ Vision Zero bill passed out of committee this week, says Randy LoBasso, tacking an additional $5 fee onto vehicle registration to pay for stepped up street safety…

    • This horse stable turned garage on Rittenhouse Street is being converted to residential use.

Proposal to limit student housing in Rittenhouse amended

A proposal to ban housing for students in the neighborhood surrounding Rittenhouse Square was amended by a City Council committee on Wednesday so that it will now pertain to just the…

    • Vanna Venturi House was designated by the city as historic in 2016

Historic designation ahead for Vanna Venturi House

The Philadelphia Historical Commission accepted a nomination to list Chestnut Hill’s Vanna Venturi House in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on Wednesday. Architect Robert Venturi designed the house for his…

    • Leah Shahum

Q&A: Leah Shahum of the Vision Zero Network on taking local street safety action national

Vision Zero—the no-excuses approach to street safety that’s been gathering steam in many of our peer cities—ended up punching above its weight as a political issue in this year's mayoral…

    • National Products building

December 2: Transit-oriented development opportunity on Broad | National Products reno update | Navy Yard housing

The former KFC building at Broad and Bainbridge has been listed for $5.3 million, reports OCF Realty's Naked Philly. The parcel is zoned CMX-3 so only a mid-rise building is…

    • Rocky Map

December 1: Council eyes private towing regs | Infrastructure in the 2016 elections | Mapping Rocky's Philly

Economist Paul Krugman makes the case in his New York Times column that local housing policy, and specifically the relaxation of regulatory curbs on density, is an underrated tool for fighting…

    • 19th + Chestnut | Cecil Baker + Partners

Pearl presents new plans for 32-story tower at Boyd Theatre site

Pearl Properties has revised its plans for redeveloping the site of the Boyd Theatre, which was demolished this year after a long preservation battle. The developers’ original design—which was panned in…

    • Land productivity

November 30: Kenney's town hall meetings | Pearl planning Cambria hotel | Mapping land productivity

Philly Mag has the transcript of Patrick Kerkstra's interview with Michael Nutter from ThinkFest. Nutter touts the real progress the city has made on a number of fronts, but readily…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Public agency in service of the public good

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • Wilson Goode Jr.

After 16 years on City Council, Wilson Goode looks forward to moving on

“Tuesday was Election Day,” announced Wilson Goode, Jr., from his seat in Council Chambers just a few days after the primary election in May. “I lost the race for the first…

    • The SS United States: Until the first blows fall

November 25: S.S. United States | Driving costs | Helmet safety | Construction industry labor shortage

A short reprieve has been granted for the S.S. United States, which is docked on the Delaware River in South Philadelphia. The ship’s cycle of crisis and salvation gets shorter…

    • 601 Christian, Nov. 2015, looking northwest on Christian Street | Atkin Olshin Schade

5-story apartment building and restaurant proposed for vacant triangle property at 6th and Christian

Developers are hoping to build a 5-story apartment building with a ground-floor restaurant on a vacant, triangular property at the intersection of East Passyunk Avenue, 6th and Christian streets in Bella…

    • The firm of Venturi and Rauch designed this simple but expressive facade for the home of Venturi's mother.

Chestnut Hill to expand what qualifies as historic

Chestnut Hill is about to update its definition of "historic." Since the mid-1980s, the charming section of Northwest Philadelphia has been one of the largest historic districts on the National Register…

    • Schuylkill Expressway

Study shows Philly suffers from two of America’s worst highway bottlenecks

You don’t have to be John Butterworth to know that the Schuylkill Expressway between City Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard will be jam packed, or that traffic will be bumper to bumper…

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