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    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

Dept. of Kumbaya: Committee approves Clarke's restructuring proposal

City Council is just about ready to ask voters to approve a sweeping overhaul of the city government’s planning and development functions. On Friday morning, Council’s Committee on Law & Government…

    • Porch 2.0 features seating nodes that break up the vast space
Eyes on the Street

The Porch 2.0: Updated version, same big vision

When University City District (UCD) opened The Porch at 30th Street Station in November 2011, it was a pretty barebones affair. Putting movable furniture on a 50-foot wide slip of…

    • Route 52, Photo by Ashley Hahn

SEPTA Board approves capital, operating budgets, plus new locomotives

The SEPTA Board was busy yesterday, giving the official OK to both the capital and operating budgets, plus authorizing another $154 million to purchase new locomotives. The board adopted a $534.54…

    • Burlando flag

May 29: Flagging issues. Term limits in burbs? A big way to recycle

Brian Johnson at Greater Greater Washington on the value of a well-designed city flag like Washington, DC's. Mike Burlando and Geoff Thompson have been beating the drum for a new Philly…

    • Vacant land behind the former site of the Queen Lane Apartments is part of the proposed play space area. (Jimmy Viola/for NewsWorks, file)

PHA agrees to maintain outdoor space near Queen Lane apartments site

They came ready for a fight, but walked away with a compromise. On Thursday, Germantown residents packed courtroom 414 in City Hall for the start of a trial aimed, on paper,…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Council close to consensus on Gallery redevelopment

Less than two months after unveiling plans to renovate The Gallery at Market East, the mall’s owners appear poised to secure a package of zoning and tax incentives from City Council.…

    • Median parking

May 28: Pedal-operated trash cans coming | Majority leader intrigue | DiCicco's case for median parking enforcement

The Streets Department promises you eventually won't have to touch those nasty Big Belly trash can handles anymore. Pedal-operated cans are coming. In addition to all the new construction planned for…

    • A demolition crew has begun to tear down the roof of a historic building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy. (Jana Shea/for Newsworks)

New mixed-use project on Germantown Avenue will bring influx of young renters to Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy's Tourison's Hall will soon be history.  The building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave., which last housed a dialysis center, is being razed to the ground. In its place, a new…

    • philadelphia zoning map

Council introduces end-of-session zoning code changes

Last week, City Council members introduced a slate of ordinances that make various changes to the zoning code and the zoning maps, some of which clarify regulations citywide, and others that…

    • New Ishknits

May 27: City eyes airport area land acquisition | Evolution of street art panel | What millage means

About 42% of all households in the Philadelphia metro use SEPTA regularly, even if not for work. The latest on PHL's expansion plans: some key land acquisition legislation from Councilman Kenyatta…

    • PSFS, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

PSFS lighting: Committee rejects switch from neon to LED

Four letters have spelled Philly since 1932: PSFS. High above 12th and Market streets, two 26-foot high PSFS signs have been illuminated by parallel tubes of red neon for 83 years.…

    • A rendering shows Eimer Architecture’s design for the new tower on the site of the old Boyd Theatre.

Committee rejects plans for Boyd Theatre replacement

The room erupted in applause on Tuesday after the Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to reject the plans for a proposed apartment tower that would replace the historic…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Streets Dept. Summer Construction Update: Potholes (still), 41st Bridge, trails, roads and more

Every now and again, we like to check in with Philadelphia Streets Department Chief Engineer, Darin Gatti, to find out what the boys in neon green and safety-cone orange are up…

    • Pittsburgh bike share

May 26: Newly-elected Councilmembers want to go after tax delinquents | L+I computer problems | Quickstarter

A "hold" glitch in L+I's computer system may have led to buildings being constructed and sold without being inspected. Two of the newly-elected Councilmembers, Allan Domb and Derek Green want…

    • Ridge Avenue Pocket Park site is located at 6170-72 Ridge, and the adjacent Allison Building, a former carpet store, is part of the plan. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Brains behind Spruce Street Harbor to take on vacant 'pocket park' along Ridge Avenue

A proposed green space in the midst of the Roxborough business district took a step toward the light on Thursday night. At an informal community meeting, longtime and new residents of…

    • Walkable Jobs

Philly gets high marks on walkable access to jobs. What policies support that?

Back in March I wrote about the concept of "location efficiency," which has been gaining some traction in the federal and state governments as a way to measure affordability. The basic…

    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

Planning Commission approves zoning, streets tweaks for Gallery project

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted this week to approve a handful of bills that remove obstacles to the redevelopment of the Gallery on Market East. The redevelopment envisioned by PREIT…

    • 3600 Lancaster

May 22: Kenney's planning politics | Mass transit retirements | Saffron pans the Boyd tower

Apropos of Ashley Hahn's questions about a potential Mayor Kenney's orientation on planning politics, here are five episodes we highlighted back in January that shed some light on his core values.…

    • Winterfest begets Summerfest / Emma Lee, WHYY

With change of season, parks popping up all over Philly

In Philadelphia, Memorial Day weekend is not just the unofficial start of summer, but the start of pop-up season, when temporary public parks begin popping up. One of the most successful…

    • Councilman Jim Kenney
Eyes on the Street

How will Kenney adopt and adapt Nutter's unfinished work? Six questions:

That sound you heard from City Hall Thursday was mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Mayor Michael Nutter mending fences. Though relations between the St. Joe’s prep classmates and former council…

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