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Agenda 2015

    • Helen Gym

Q&A: Helen Gym on Vision Zero, Council politics, and how the school funding debate ties into planning

Continuing our Agenda 2015 series, PlanPhilly will be publishing Q&A's with potential City Council newcomers talking about their views on a range of city planning and built environment topics. For the…

    • Andrew Stober

Nutter transportation staffer to launch independent Council bid

Andrew Stober, who recently stepped down as Chief of Staff at the Mayor's office of Transportation and Utilities, will soon announce an independent bid for an At-Large City Council seat, PlanPhilly…

    • Rail yards from Drexel Park
Eyes on the Street

Mayor 99: Steal these six ideas from Diaz

If Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney wants to support smarter development and stronger transit, here are six ideas he could poach from Nelson Diaz’ mayoral campaign, offered up in this op-ed…

    • Francisville, September 2014 | Theresa Stigale
Eyes on the Street

Toward a safe and thriving city

The next mayoral administration will inherit a revamped and strengthened planning and development environment, but architect and Design Advocacy Group Chair Kiki Bolender argues the work is only half done. In…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with LISC's Andy Frishkoff

For our last installment in our Agenda2015 Streetviews Q&A series, we sat down with Andy Fishkoff from Philadelphia LISC, a nonprofit that provides assistance to community development corporations citywide. We…

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Urbanism and the mayoral primary: How do the candidates compare?

Welcome to PlanPhilly’s Mayoral Matchmaker: the voter guide for planners, designers, neighborhood advocates, and anyone else who reads this site and cares about how this election will impact nitty gritty planning…

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Just tuning in? Put PlanPhilly's election reporting to work for you.

With the May 19th primary election less than a week away, we're starting to get the emails:"Hey, I know you've been paying pretty close to this election. I've been so…

    • Milton Street | NewsWorks

Q&A: Milton Street on Michael Nutter, community planning, tax abatements, aging

On Tuesday morning, PlanPhilly sat down with Milton Street, the former state senator, two-time mayoral contender, and brother of former mayor John Street, for the last in our series of 2015…

    • South along the Schuylkill: Part of Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery as seen from the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.
Eyes on the Street

Who will weather extreme weather?

From tidal floods to heat waves, extreme weather is in Philly’s long-term forecast. How can the city be better prepared, responsive, and resilient in the face of this challenge? In this…

    • Night Kitchen | courtesy of Sustainable Business Network
Eyes on the Street

This election, let's take care of business

Small businesses are the lifeblood of Philadelphia's economic ecosystem. They account for 54% of local jobs and support healthy commercial corridors. By better serving the needs of small businesses, Philly's economy…

    • HACE Caribe site | HACE
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia policy makers must boost affordable home investments and strategies

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed, HACE's Maria Gonzalez argues that by answering the need for decent affordable housing the city's residents will build more stable lives, and our neigborhoods will…

    • Baltimore and Springfield Avenues

Meet the City Council candidates running on Vision Zero

Last fall, when we first wrote about Vision Zero, the aggressive new approach to reducing pedestrian and cyclist injuries being employed in New York, San Francisco and Seattle, there was an…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Francisville NDC's Penelope Giles

When Penelope Giles grew up in Francisville it was a bustling, middle-class neighborhood. Since she moved home to Francisville 15 years ago Giles has worked to turn the neighborhood back into…

    • Baltimore Crossing | courtesy of University City District
Eyes on the Street

Three reasons why walkability is essential to Philadelphia’s future

In this week’s Agenda 2015 op-ed University City District’s Daniel Wolf argues that Philly deserves a more walkable future. To get there the Better Mobility Platform calls on the city to…

    • Melissa Murray Bailey holding Cricket

Q&A: Melissa Murray Bailey on fresh perspectives, jobs, L&I and vocabulary words

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with brand consulting executive Melissa Murray Bailey, the lone Republican candidate campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview held in the living…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Azavea's Robert Cheetham

For this week’s Streetviews Q&A we sat down with Robert Cheetham, founder of the civic minded geospatial and software firm Azavea, about the big opportunities ahead in open data as an…

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Conversations with the 2nd District Candidates

Conversations with the 2nd District Candidates Location:  Chester Arthur Elementary School, 2000 Catharine Street Philadelphia, PA 19146 See map: Google Maps Join us for an evening of conversation with Second Councilmanic…

    • Seger Park Playground
Eyes on the Street

Funding Common Ground: Parks, programming and unfulfilled potential

Philadelphia has amazing park and recreation resources, yet the city consistently under-commits funds to maintain and plan for improving these assets. As part of our Agenda 2015 op-ed series Lauren Bornfriend,…

    • Lynne Abraham

Q&A: Lynne Abraham on L&I, councilmanic prerogative, protected bike lanes and more

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with former judge and District Attorney Lynne Abraham, one of six Democratic candidates campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview in Center…

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About This Series
    • Skyline from Drexel Park
      Skyline from Drexel Park

The 2015 primary season may be a slow motion horserace, but it’s also the season for fresh ideas and we’re excited to air some of them out here. For many Philadelphians this year’s election will hinge on huge questions like the state of our public education system. But the next mayor and the next City Council will have to tackle more than schools. This election is also about what kind of city we want to be. What will it take to make Philadelphia a well-planned, more equitable and livable city? Where do the 2015 crop of candidates stand on our core issues, like transportation, public space, planning, sustainability and preservation? 

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