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    • Limo driver Isam Ahmed protesting ride share competition, December 2015 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Unlikely alliance unites against Uber and Lyft: Disability advocates, cabbies, limos, and PPA

On Tuesday, an unusual coalition of disability advocates, cabbies, limo drivers, and taxi owners came together to beg the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to stop UberX and Lyft. Around 30 representatives…

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February 25: Preservation stakes in Sharswood | Design guide for mixed-use affordable housing | LOVE at Dilworth

At Hidden City, Ryan Briggs takes stock of what's at stake for preservationists in PHA's Sharswood redevelopment plans. "What makes this project different–and a source of concern to preservationists–is that PHA…

    • Children participate in an after school program at Vare Recreation Center. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Kenney seeking $300 million in bond sales to spend on parks, rec centers, libraries

In his budget address next week, Mayor Jim Kenney will outline what could be a signature initiative for his first term: a major push to repair and improve parks, recreation centers,…

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February 24: The sad state of Philly rec centers | Municipal fragmentation in DelCo | Streets for all

Mike Newall pens a column on the deplorable state of so many Philadelphia recreation centers, and calls for action from the new administration. "[D]espite Center City's undeniable momentum, and Philly's…

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Court of Common Pleas says UberX operates unlawfully in Philadelphia

A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge sided with the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) last week and against UberX, finding that the controversial ride-hailing app falls under the PPA’s regulatory authority.…

    • Burial ground area of Weccacoe Playground, May 2014

Weccacoe Playground renovations aim to leave Mother Bethel’s burial ground undisturbed

The fireworks that characterized previous conversations about the renovations to Queen Village’s Weccacoe Playground were notably absent during a Historical Commission committee’s review of the project.  The project has been delayed…

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February 23: PA budget standoff delaying developments | MOTU reborn as OTIS | Median trash can parking

The state budget crisis is delaying RACP funding for several large Philly development projects, reports Jacob Adelman, and developers say they may have to scale back or change their plans…

    • New housing on the way at the Norman Blumberg Apartments site. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood

The Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has embarked on its sweeping, half-billion dollar plan to replace its aged Norman Blumberg Apartments complex and remake a substantial portion of the surrounding Sharswood neighborhood,…

    • TrumpStreet

February 22: Alan Greenberger speaks | New SEPTA schedules | TrumpStreet

Former Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger, now a Fellow at Drexel, reflects on his tenure in the Nutter administration and the state of Philly planning in an interview with Melissa Romero at…

    • Bart Blatstein | Newsworks
    • PHA auction, 2013

Housing Authority raised $9.5 million from property auctions

A new report by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows that the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has raised $9.5 million by auctioning off nearly 500 surplus properties, bringing more than…

    • Bartram's Mile -- CSX freight rail next to Bartram's Garden

Freight Rail Safety bill chugs along following hearing, to union delight

To hear Paul Pokrowka describe it, the average railroad engineer has little in common with Casey Jones. “I’d be lying to you if I told you I hadn’t fallen asleep…

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Center City housing construction meeting demand, but challenges loom

Center City District’s new report takes the pulse of the housing market in Greater Center City and finds scant evidence of a rental housing bubble forming in the near future. But…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital was demolished in 2016 (PhillyTrax/Flickr)

February 18: Kenney wants more corridor managers | 2400 Market update | Mid-block crosswalk to Wawa

Holly Otterbein says Jim Kenney told the Chamber of Commerce he wants to increase funding for more corridor managers, start a campaign to persuade suburban firms to open offices in…

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Pennsport civic leader to chair zoning board

Jim Moylan, a chiropractor who has been president of the Pennsport Civic Association for the last 12 years, has been selected by Mayor Jim Kenney to lead the Zoning Board of…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: No CEO pay raise until unions get their own; 5th Street Tunnel repairs expedited

Waiting, Tom Petty says, is the hardest part. Maybe for some, but not for Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) CEO John Hanson, who was all smiles when asked about his…

    • Rendering of Tower Investments development at Broad and Washington, looking northeast | Cope Linder Architects, Feb. 2016

Revealed: Blatstein's designs for Broad & Washington

Developer Bart Blatstein’s proposal for the vacant block at Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philly got a bit clearer on Wednesday, when renderings of the proposal were posted on…

    • Lillian Marrero branch library

February 17: Kenney transition report | PUC and the utility death spiral | 21st Century Library

Ryan Briggs has a new long-form piece at Next City kicking around the question of whether Jim Kenney can carry urbanism's appeal beyond Millennial transplants. Briggs points out that while Kenney's…

    • Brown Street, Francisville | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Francisville rezoning delayed, Fadullon sworn in as Planning Commission chair

Anne Fadullon, the city’s new Director of Planning and Development, was sworn in as a member of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Immediately after being sworn in, Fadullon was nominated…

    • Broad and Washington snow pile

February 16: Philly Mag's transportation issue | Last days of LOVE Park skateboarding | Bad Bart

Inga Saffron critiques two Bart Blatstein projects in the news recently, the mixed-use tower at Broad and Washington and the strip mall development proposed for the former Foxwoods site in South…

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