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    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Hudson Hotel proposal advances

The Planning Commission voted unanimously on Tuesday to recommend a bill that would allow a Hudson Hotel to be built at 17th and Chancellor streets in Center City. The hotel would…

    • Hudson Philadelphia Concept Rendering | DAS Architects

Updated: Center City diner to be torn down, replaced by luxury hotel

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday that would rezone a narrow block in Center City to allow for the development of a boutique 12-story Hudson Hotel. The block is…

    • Looking south from 56th Street, Bartram's Mile offers sweeping views
Eyes on the Street

$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

    • Azalea Gardens birds-eye rendering | Atkin Olshin Schade Architects

Historical Commission approves plans for 40th and Pine

On Friday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission unanimously voted to approve a proposal to redevelop the embattled historic property at 40th and Pine streets. The vote was a confirmation of the Commission’s…

    • Blackwell Philadelphia2035 Hearings

Blackwell on proposal at 43rd and Baltimore: "Go to the zoning board"

In her Inquirer column last week, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Inga Saffron took 3rd-District Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to task for supposedly holding up a proposed development at 43rd Street and Baltimore…

    • Philadelphia's walkable, affordable neighborhoods

August 22: Philly has the most walkable and affordable neighborhoods | Density as the key to bicycle growth | Rt 10 Trolley service suspended | PNB letters

We heard mixed reactions from readers regarding the removal of the PNB letters from Philadelphia's skyline, it does seem like cause for concern that "no city regulatory agency had…

    • 1300 block of S. Chadwick Street - New OCF homes on left

Fate uncertain for tangled housing project in Point Breeze

Either Councilman Kenyatta Johnson is blocking a construction project proposed by developer Ori Feibush, who plans to challenge Johnson in next year’s City Council race, or Ori Feibush is refusing to…

    • Gentrification Typology

August 19: School district cuts bus passes | Pat Deon's new powers | Philly's "concentrated gentrification" | Storefront challenge

Pete Saunders thinks Philly can afford to have a more productive conversation about gentrification than New York or San Francisco. Breaking gentrification down into four different types, he argues that…

    • I Voted Today

How do off-cycle elections impact Philly planning politics?

One reason PlanPhilly is shifting focus a bit to cover the political issues impacting city planning in the 2015 campaign is that accountability journalism done well can increase voter interest and…

    • Woodland Green pedestrian plaza

August 13: Permanent Woodland Green ped plaza | Bull case for Philly multifamily | Revel Casino's lesson for community development | What Philly really offers the DNC

Reality check on the apartment "overbuilding" talking point that pops up from time to time on local real estate blogs: Daniel Kline of Delancey Street Capital says he's not investing in…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

205 Race construction to begin next year, developer says

Construction on the long-vacant lot at the corner of 2nd and Race streets in Old City should begin by the first quarter of next year, according to Jeffrey Brown, one of…

    • Stephen Goldner presents Manayunk Main Street plan

Opinions abound over development scheme for Manayunk's Lower Main Street

A 73-apartment development proposed for Manayunk's lower Main Street is pitting some community members' and city planners' hopes for a livelier streetscape against what others say is the present and future…

    • 205 Race facing north - Gluck and Partners

Developers take another crack at 205 Race Street

Developers are pushing once again to build a mixed-use apartment complex at the long-vacant corner of 2nd and Race streets in Old City. The latest iteration of the project includes 148…

    • university city high

Hurried negotiations over redevelopment of University City High

Negotiations continued over the weekend between representatives of Drexel University and a number of community organizations regarding the zoning of the former University City High School property, which sits on a…

    • Lower North plan zoning recomendations, west of Broad

Lower North Plan recommends gentrification impact study, speedier transit, protection of single-family blocks

The image above, taken from the Lower North PCPC presentation, shows proposed changes west of Broad Street. See more maps and other images within the full presentation, included beneath this article.…

    • Proposed development at 2012-2020 Wharton Street, rendering from JKR Partners

Major market-rate housing proposal concerns residents of Point Breeze

The future of Philadelphia is being negotiated in Point Breeze. On Tuesday, tensions were reportedly high in the South Philadelphia neighborhood, where voters were deciding the outcomes of dozens of contested…

    • Rendering of proposed River Walk project, 23rd and Arch streets | NP International

Bills would allow new mixed-use development on Schuylkill waterfront in Center City

A proposal is in place to adjust the zoning regulations for two properties at 23rd and Arch streets to make way for River Walk, a mixed-use apartment complex of unknown dimensions.…

    • Dranoff's SLS International, Broad and Spruce. Rendering courtesy KPF Associates

590-foot hotel/condo tower for Broad and Spruce clears last hurdle

With the recent Civic Design Review Committee (CDR) hearing complete, Carl Dranoff is clear to begin construction of SLS International Hotel and Residences - a 47-story, 590-foot tower with 125 condos…

    • Frankford Arsenal site

Council committees recommend industrial use for former Frankford Arsenal

Two City Council committees have recommended approval of a series of bills that would restructure the site of the shuttered Frankford Arsenal on the North Delaware waterfront for industrial use. Councilman…

    • 1 Water Street model; Varenhorst, architect

250 apartments planned for site near Ben Franklin Bridge

A group of waterfront advocates say the by-right proposal proves the Central Delaware Overlay and base zoning are not too restrictive PMC Property Group hopes to break ground on a 250-unit…

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