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    • Not a parking space

Councilmanic Prerogative, Broad Street median parking, and planning politics in the Kenney era

Dylan Purcell and Michelle Tranquilli have an excellent data visualization of the newly-released city parking ticket data at, looking at which blocks get the most tickets.  Ticketing was flat citywide…

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January 28: How Wolf can help PA cities | Ward politics | Keeping Philly affordable

The US DOT is challenging city Mayors to prioritize pedestrian and bike safety. In Philly a lot of those decisions come down to Council members' decisions about right of way…

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January 23: Political drama-thon | Mid-rise Washington Ave | Philly's Second Empire architecture

Lots of political drama this Friday morning. Northeast Democratic ward leaders made their picks for the special elections to fill the 170th house district seat being vacated by Congressman-elect Brendan Boyle,…

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

The top five Philly planning politics fights of 2014

2010 WHARTON (AND THE WHOLE SLEW OF OCF REALTY DEVELOPMENTS IN POINT BREEZE) Let’s take the most obvious one first. The 2nd District City Council primary contest between the incumbent Councilman…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson joined project leaders at the ground breaking ceremony

On the record with Kenyatta Johnson: Development, politics, planning, and more

Last Wednesday, PlanPhilly sat down with 2nd District Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to talk about development in his district, his upcoming reelection campaign, and accusations of cronyism lodged by his opponent, developer…

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Live-blog: Why safety messages win bike-ped campaigns

One takeaway from several of this week's panels, here at the Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place conference, is the key role negative messaging plays in bike and pedestrian advocacy campaigns. It's nice to…

    • Mellon Park

September 10: PUC endorses ride-share bill | Nutter on bike-ped | Gensler's Comcast designs | Dude It's Rude

Controller Alan Butkovitz endorses an item from This Old City's 2015 platform: combining the city's two marketing agencies. The report finds that Visit Philadelphia has been substantially more successful in…

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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…

    • Bikes Are the Fastest Mode for Short Trips

Biking is the fastest way to get around Center City. Should cyclists get more right-of-way?

A fun, new web tool created by MIT's Social Computing Group called You Are Here has been making the rounds in the local blogosphere, and it purports to show the fastest…

    • Skyline from Belmont Plateau | Gary Reed, EOTS Flickr Group

PlanPhilly will focus intently on the politics that impact design, planning and development in Philadelphia

Since 2007, PlanPhilly, has informed and engaged citizens in the design, planning and development processes in Philadelphia. As a professionally-staffed, non-partisan news watchdog we have worked hard to create transparency around…

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Corbett visits Fox Chase in kickoff of re-election campaign

Gov. Tom Corbett stopped in Fox Chase Thursday as part of a statewide tour to kick off his re-election campaign. "We don't need to make a change at the end of…

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Henon wants to double fines for posting bandit signs

Councilman Bobby Henon, D-6th, says wants the fine for putting up a so-called "bandit sign" to be $1,000 in the worst cases. "We're trying to change behavior, we…

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Joan Krajewski, former Philly councilwoman, dies at 79

Legendary Philadelphia City Councilwoman Joan Krajewski has passed away. Krajewski was a powerhouse representing the Northeast's 6th District. She served as a councilwoman from 1980 until 2012 when she opted to…

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Philly City Council to hold budget hearing in the Northeast

Philadelphia City Council members will be in the Northeast Monday to give community members a chance to express budget concerns. The hearing is scheduled from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Lincoln…

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Large pool of potential candidates for Schwartz' congressional seat

A couple of the likely candidates to succeed U.S. Rep. Allyson Schwartz in Pennsylvania's 13th Congressional District are two of the funniest people in local politics. Montgomery County State Senator Daylin…

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Vice President Biden: nation's firefighters are 'special' [photos]

Vice President Joe Biden was in Philadelphia Wednesday to address the national firefighters union on behalf of the Obama administration. “You folks are special," he said to the firefighting crowd. "You really…

Northeast Philly reacts: What's your take on the Affordable Care Act decision? [slideshow]

The pundits and politicians have had their say over the Supreme Court ruling on Health Care for over a day now. How about the regular folks? I took a walk around the…

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District 172: One year later, how neighborhoods are affected by new leadership

This is a follow-up story to our  coverage in “District 172: The Politics of Change after State Rep. John Perzel,” a collaborative effort with Philadelphia Neighborhoods funded by J-Lab.…

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O'Neill pushes for extended hiring benefits for police and fire grandchildren

Currently, the children of police and firefighters who've died in the line of duty receive a service credit on their qualifying exams to follow in their parents' footsteps. Councilman Brian O'Neill…

    • From left: City Council members Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, Marian Tasco, Darrell Clarke and Bill Greenlee. Photo/Shannon McDonald

11 members short, City Council holds budget hearing in Northeast Philly

From left: City Council members Maria Quinones-Sanchez, Mark Squilla, Kenyatta Johnson, Marian Tasco, Darrell Clarke and Bill Greenlee. Photo/Shannon McDonald Can a City Council budget hearing be called such if only…

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