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    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Construction tax's fate uncertain as City Council wraps up for summer

The fate of a proposed 1 percent construction tax for Philadelphia remained up in the air Thursday, during the last City Council session before the summer recess. The bill squeezed past…

    • Girard Avenue trolley

Overhauling its bus network may be on SEPTA’s schedule soon

Buses are the sick man of SEPTA’s transit options. Though overall ridership has remained relatively flat, bus trips have fallen 33 million, or 17 percent, over the last five years. Now,…

    • under the el, 1330 North Front Street, which is an address listed in the new KOZ bill

81 new tax-free sites OK'd by City Council committee

City Council’s Finance Committee has quickly and quietly approved a bill that would create 81 separately listed, tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs), many of them covering multiple parcels, spanning a total…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Vision Zero panel hears stark stories of traffic-safety horror

Tales of horror and tragedy, of loved ones lost or grievously wounded by automobiles, rolled out in waves before a handful of City Council members. At Tuesday’s hearing on Philadelphia’s Vision…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.
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The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum

PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

    • The new play space inside Whitman library in South Philadelphia. (Avi Wolfman-Arent/WHYY)

Shh! This is a… jungle gym? Philly libraries remade for play

Seven-year-old Olivia Kinkel and her family visit the Whitman library in South Philadelphia a couple of times a week, enough to feed Olivia’s appetite for “chapter books.” She already likes the…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

As Philadelphia considers scrapping tax abatement, new report provides debate fodder for both sides

As City Hall debates how best to find more money for Philadelphia’s schools, a new report from the real estate firm Houwzer aims to dissuade politicians from cutting the 10-year property-tax…

    • The refurbished pool at Pleasant Playground in Mount Airy.

It must finally be summer: City pools open starting Tuesday

Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council have yet to pass a budget for 2019. There’s more than $27 million missing from the city’s primary bank account, and the firm hired to…

    • A rendering of the $25 million Philadelphia Youth Basketball complex proposed for 36 acres of the Logan Triangle in North Philadelphia.

First step in plan to redevelop Logan Triangle: A $25m basketball complex

Philadelphia’s Redevelopment Authority has begun the process of transferring the southwest corner of the infamous Logan Triangle into private hands, a long-awaited step forward. The 36 acres in North Philadelphia west…

    • Race + Public Space panelists Ian Smith, Tya Winn, Majeedah Rashid and David Kyu (L to R)

Race + Design: Weaving stories, empathy, and empirical observation to create inclusive spaces

Philadelphia has invested significantly in improving its public spaces for all citizens to enjoy. The benefits of a vibrant public realm and civic commons are clear: spaces to come together, get…

    • Boyd Theatre interior, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall
Eyes on the Street

Design Advocacy Group's views on the Philadelphia Historic Preservation Task Force

We applauded last year when Mayor Kenney created a Historic Preservation Task Force and asked it to recommend how to avoid losses like the Boyd Theater and the impending disfigurement of Jewelers Row.…

    • 'Philadelphia Delivers' submission to Amazon HQ2 RFP. Credit: DAG.

Big bits of unfinished business get little adjustments by City Council

At its second-to-last meeting before the summer recess, City Council made minor amendments only to its budget proposal and to construction-tax legislation, two of the biggest pieces of unfinished business on…

    • Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, whose parking bill was delayed in the Rules Committee

RCO insurance measure moves to next Council step; parking minimums hold

The array of controversial measures City Council will be considering before its summer recess has narrowed.  Legislation boosting mandatory parking minimums was held in the Rules Committee on Tuesday, marking the…

    • East Parkside neighbors gather in one of Parkside Edge's new
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Centennial Commons carves out space for East Parkside neighbors to connect

Next up in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to Parkside Edge to see how this project aims to find new ways of connecting neighbors to West…

    • The Realtors association's mailer opposing Mayor Kenney's budget proposal.

Realtors association mailer attacks Kenney's budget plan

The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors is coming out hard against Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal, which seeks to raise $770 million over five years to boost funding to the city’s…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

Small post-fire rooming-house reforms advance in City Council

Since the rooming-house fire that killed four people in March, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been pushing for legislative reforms to change how the city regulates group living facilities.…

    • Rendering of DRWC's proposed bike trail in front of the Residences at Dockside

Proposed new Delaware Avenue bike trail wins some early fans

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to build a new bicycle trail along Delaware Avenue from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street was met with general assent from the small crowd…

    • Scaffolding surrounds the proposed site of a Fishtown hotel, next to Frankford Hall. The sidewalk has been blocked off for years. A Shepard Fairey mural is painted on the side of the building.

Whither the proposed Fishtown hotel now that its variance has lapsed?

In the much-discussed -- and much-derided -- Forbes article christening Fishtown the “hottest new neighborhood in America,” developer Roland Kassis was a star character. The author rode with Kassis in his…

    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

    • Young men gather for an afternoon basketball game at Vare Recreation Center.  | Emma Lee/WHYY

Rebuild legislation passes City Council, this time quietly

On a day when those on the fourth floor of City Hall were deafened by the noise of protesters, a key piece of legislation tied to the mayor’s signature capital…

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