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    • Meet up on Wednesday to discuss this year's Park(ing) Day.

September 18: Park(ing) Day | Schuylkill River Trail increasing police presence | Daylighting the corners

Happy Park(ing) Day! Check out this map to find a few temporary parklets to visit today, and tune in to our Twitter feed as we’ll be riding around taking pictures of…

    • New SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel sports a Joe Casey button

SEPTA names Jeffrey Knueppel General Manager to succeed retiring Joe Casey

Cursing. Shouting. Snoring. Lots of complaining. Those are all common sounds at SEPTA board meetings. Until today, though, never a grown man trying not to cry. That was pretty exceptional. But,…

    • Philadelphia, July 2015 | Justin Wolfe, EOTS Flickr Group

Long in the works, Center City zoning changes to be called for a vote

A zoning bill first introduced more than a year ago appears to be headed for a vote next month. The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, creates a special “Commercial District…

    • Transit bench at 36th and Lancaster

Buildings in Fishtown and West Philly recommended for historic designation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on historic designation voted on Wednesday to recommend that seven properties be added to the local register of historic places. The vote sends a recommendation to…

    • Park(ing) Day returns this Friday, September 21. 

September 17: DRWC finalizing land deal for South Philly trail | DRPA frees up Papal parking | BIA bill in Council

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation is close to finalizing the land acquisitions that will allow them to build a 0.7-mile waterfront bike and walking trail in South Philly, reports Jacob Adelman. …

    • DVNLRN, Photo by Jeremy Marshall

Divine Lorraine retrospective: Restoration anticipation

To contextualize how momentous today's Divine Lorraine groundbreaking is, consider that a search for Divine Lorraine stories on PlanPhilly turned up 103 results, totaling 11 pages of content. Some of these…

    • First African Baptist

Committee recommends historic protection for First African Baptist

A committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission has recommended that the embattled First African Baptist Church at 16th and Christian streets in South Philadelphia qualifies as a historically significant building and…

    • The Divine Lorraine and beyond.

September 16: Controller's "special investigation" of L+I | William Penn funding Indego expansion | Divine Lorraine groundbreaking

What began as a simple audit of L+I by the Controller's office turned into a full-on "special investigation," after the agency allegedly threw up roadblocks to information requests, reports Alfred Lubrano.…

    • East Callowhill Overlay | Planning Commission, Sept. 2015

Officials hope zoning overlay will connect Old City, Northern Liberties

Planning Commission officials spent the summer working out the details of a new zoning overlay for East Callowhill, in hopes of transforming the narrow area separating Old City and Northern Liberties…

    • Tesla plugged in at the EV-only zone on Delancey Street.
Eyes on the Street

No, Byko, the rich aren’t using electric vehicles to steal parking spots

Welcome to what sadly may become a regular Eyes on the Street feature: The [sic] Byko Files. What are The [sic] Byko Files? Well, [sic] comes from sic erat scriptum,…

    • Fashion Outlets of Philadelphia signage proposal | Planning Commission, Sept. 2015

Commission approves digital sign scheme for Gallery on Market East

More digital advertising is coming to Market East. The City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to approve PREIT’s plan to post digital billboards along the front of the renovated Gallery…

    • Van Pelt Street, Photo courtesy of Phillytrax

Center City group sees overreaction in proposed ban on student housing in Rittenhouse

The Center City Residents Association has questions about legislation that would ban several types of student housing in the area surrounding Rittenhouse Square. The bill was introduced last week on behalf…

    • Sharrows , like this one on Spruce Street, are meant to direct bicycle traffic and instruct drivers and cyclists to share the road.

September 15: Charter school real estate bonanza | Columbus Square redesign funded | Useless sharrows

The National Trust for Historic Preservation put out an RFP for Upsala in Mt. Airy. The building played a role in the Battle of Germantown, and is considered one of…

    • Zipcars Live Here

Zipcar will debut one-way trip service in Philly after successful trial-run in Boston

Ever wish car share worked more like bike share, where you can take out a vehicle in one place and drop it off in another, without having to worry about returning…

    • Rendering of 9th Street Station in Lansdale

New SEPTA station in Lansdale set to spur transit-oriented development

The opening of a new SEPTA station has developers and officials planning new high-density apartments over ground floor retail, full of new gastropubs, artisanal cafes and independent breweries attracting highly mobile…

    • Historic Places

September 14: Jim Kenney's tour lessons | Historic Places map | Urban river islands

What Jim Kenney learned on his learning tour to Pittsburgh and Boston. The Historical Commission released a new interactive map of the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places on Friday. It's still…

    • 3600 block of Lancaster Avenue supports ground floor retail and apartments above
Eyes on the Street

Growing Pains in Powelton

As Lower Lancaster Avenue is surrounded with bigger, denser development the corridor itself is poised to become a stronger more vibrant place. But one of the most intact blocks, which supports…

    • Pope Francis

PopeBus to provide park-and-ride service to SEPTA regional rail stations for papal visit

Move over, Popemobile! The PopeBus is coming to town. More specifically, dozens of PopeBuses will be coming to over 50 towns across Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland to pick up…

    • Walking to and from the park is often difficult

September 11: Surgeon General tells cities to #StepItUp on walkable development | Philly renters looking to buy | DC's Papal problems

The Surgeon General issued a rare call to action to planning and transportation professionals and local government leaders to design neighborhoods and streets for walkability and physical activity.  House Democrats are…

    • Philadelphia skyline

What percentage of Philly's land area do the different zoning categories cover?

In last week's write-up of the Office of Property Records data release, we noted that single-use residential properties make up about 78% of Philadelphia's properties, with mixed-use, commercial, and industrial…

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