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    • Land Bank properties in Point Breeze, January 2016

Councilman Johnson adds 100 more properties to Land Bank

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution Thursday morning transferring 100 properties in his 2nd District, which covers parts of Center City and South Philadelphia, to the city’s Land Bank. The properties…

    • Imperial Theater, 60th Street | Steve Ives

January 29: Gas rate hike approved | Revitalizing 60th Street | University City superblock

The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission approved PGW’s proposal to raise its rates in order to replace old gas mains more quickly, Andrew Maykuth reports. At the current rate, PGW is…

    • Spring Garden Street Greenway rendering

State grants $2.7 million for parks and recreation projects in Philly

The state Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced $28 million in grants for parks and recreation projects across Pennsylvania on Thursday, including $2.7 million for nine projects in Philadelphia. The…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016
Eyes on the Street

How to unscrew-up neighborhood zoning in two easy steps

After three years under a new zoning code there are some kinks worth ironing out. Here Community Contributor Matt Ruben, President of the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, identifies two fixes that…

    • Broad and Washington snow pile

January 28: PPA and taxi companies colluding to fight Uber | Mount Washington | Free transfers

William Bender at the Daily News obtained emails between the Philadelphia Parking Authority and taxi medallion owners showing substantial collusion between the industry and regulators in fighting the spread of ride-hailing…

    • Bridge Line, Photo by phillytrax

Pennsylvania House votes to give Governor Wolf veto over Port Authority board

In a rare move of bipartisanship in Harrisburg, the state House voted unanimously to empower Governor Tom Wolf with a new veto power. Okay, it is just a veto power over…

    • Society Hill Playhouse

Toll Brothers to demolish Society Hill Playhouse

Toll Brothers seems to be done trying to negotiate with Washington Square West. The Horsham-based developers have abandoned their plans for a 51-foot-tall condominium project to replace Society Hill Playhouse, on…

    • Goldtex

January 27: Philly rental vacancies at 2.8% | Creative engagement in Germantown | New Councilmembers taking city cars

Alan Heavens reports city apartment vacancy rates fell from 5.7 percent in December 2014 to 2.8 percent in December 2015, despite all the new apartment construction, according to data from…

    • Spaces, Photo by David Swift Photography

Parking Authority Director wants higher fines for parking in snow routes

The Philadelphia Parking Authority’s Executive Director had some choice words Tuesday for the 200 or so Philadelphians who left their cars parked on emergency snow routes as winter storm Jonas dumped…

    • Sarah Clark Stuart

Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia names Sarah Clark Stuart its new Executive Director

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia announced today Sarah Clark Stuart can drop the "acting" from her current title, "acting executive director." Stuart is now the bicyclist advocacy group's executive director,…

    • Temple library rendering

January 26: Schuylkill River oil spill | Blatstein's Foxwoods site plan | Callowhill businesses await the Rail Park

Environmental cleanup crews are hard at work remediating the site of a 4,200-gallon heating oil spill, 200-250 gallons of which began leaking into the Schuylkill River as of Saturday night, reports…

    • snOpen Streets

January 25: Maria Quiñones-Sánchez the insurgent | 12 state transpo reforms | Wissahickon Clean Water Partnership

PlanPhilly is conducting a 2016 Reader Survey for the next couple weeks, and we need your help to better understand what you value about our work, and how we can better…

    • No Savesies

January 22: SEPTA energy capture program expanding | Paying for sidewalks at point-of-sale | Castor Ave traffic calming

A new public-private partnership will expand SEPTA's 2012 pilot program that captures the energy created when subway trains hit the brakes, reports Andrew Maykuth. "Constellation Energy Resources...will pay for and install…

    • PennDOT plowing Interstate 81, 2010 | (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

What's been plowed? Now you can know

With winter storm Jonas threatening to dump more than a foot of snow on the region, drivers who can’t heed “just stay home” advice from public officials will want to know:…

    • Comcast Headquarters | Steve Ives, Eyes on the Street Flickr Pool

Bill would require Philly businesses to disclose tax breaks, track jobs created

Philadelphia could get a better understanding of the impact of various tax breaks and subsidies it hands out to private businesses if a bill introduced in City Council on Thursday becomes…

    • The $100 million City Hall Station overhaul is on SEPTA's list of deferred capital projects

SEPTA begins scheduling system improvements with next year’s capital budget

SEPTA kicked off the capital budget season Wednesday afternoon with a pair of open houses on the Fiscal Year 2017 capital budget and 12-year capital program. SEPTA’s estimated capital budget for…

    • The 10th Street bike lane in Chinatown during its pilot phase.
    • The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine could become a boutique hotel.

Why there are 11 new hotels in the pipeline for Philly

SLS International recently  proposed a new Hyde Hotel on South Broad Street at Pine, just down the street from another SLS hotel currently under construction at Broad and Spruce. These are…

    • 1911 Walnut - Solomon Cordwell Buenz

Proposed Rittenhouse apartment tower design assumes a number of approvals

The sky’s the limit at 1911 Walnut Street, at least according to Southern Land Company. The development group presented preliminary plans for the vacant lot, which sits across the street from…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: CEO Hanson to get a pay raise; union wants one, too

On the day Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) CEO John Hanson was supposed to receive a raise, a union official asked for the same for his workers at this morning’s meeting…

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