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    • Alternative 2

East Passyunk Crossing neighbors weigh in on redesign plans for E. Passyunk "sneckdown" intersection

Back in May, we brought you an update on one of the "sneckdown" intersections where East Passyunk Avenue meets 12th and Morris. The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation and the Commerce and…

    • 676 ramp

How easy is it to accidentally ride your bike onto I-676?

Nobody seems to know yet why two Indego riders ended up on I-676, but one point of interest that arose out of the discussion on Twitter was the apparent ease…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

Allan Domb: From Condo King to Tax Collector?

Allan Domb wants to collect all the taxes, and he thinks New York can show Philadelphia how to do it. Domb, a high-end real estate broker who was among the top…

    • SLS International

July 14: Record hotel occupancy | Philly's unaffordable affordable housing strategy | The problem of parochialism

Holly Otterbein connects the new Convention Center work rules to the news that Philly hotel occupancy is hitting record highs, and I also thought it was interesting that leisure travel…

    • The Porch

Your PhillyPlans: Urban Geek Drinks at The Porch, Kenney DJing TGIFridays, Downtown Delivery Symposium

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important happenings from our events page, and you can sign up here to get…

    • The Oval is being remade in bold, bright geometries
Eyes on the Street

The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

    • Dilworth Park

July 13: Checking in on the Stober campaign | Measuring the success of public spaces | Ride 'n' Park

The Inquirer has an excellent multimedia package of stories and graphics on commuting in Philadelphia that's very much worth your time. One big issue raised here is the challenge of bridging…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? It’s complicated...

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? If you were like me, you would probably say, “Bruce Springsteen” and grin smugly, as though this wasn’t the millionth time someone made…

    • PSFS building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PSFS sign to flip from neon to LED

For 83 years the PSFS sign has glowed above 12th and Market streets in red neon, but we’ll soon see those letters in a new light. On Friday the Philadelphia Historical…

    • The Royal

Historical Commission approves facadectomy for Royal Theater

The unpermitted placement of a rowhouse air conditioning unit generated more discussion from Historical Commission members than the Royal Theater’s hardship proceeding. The Royal, once a landmark entertainment venue for black…

    • Saint Laurentius Parish was designated by the city as historic in 2015 (Michael Klusek/EOTS Flickr Group)

St. Laurentius designated historic, demolition plans stalled

St. Laurentius lives to fight another day. The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to designate the Fishtown church as historic, accepting a nomination prepared on behalf of a passionate community of former…

    • Kimmel Center at South Broad and Spruce | © Bob Bruhin

Bully for you, Center City! PennDOT to resurface South Broad and Market Streets

Usually, a press releases sent at 5 P.M. on a Friday means bad news. Something embarrassing or sad, something you don't want anyone to notice. The stuff you want to bury…

    • AAA rendering for proposed Columbus Ave. store

Court hears arguments about AAA auto-repair facility on the Delaware waterfront

Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas heard arguments on Friday regarding the development of a controversial AAA auto-repair facility on the Delaware River waterfront. The proposal is controversial because the master plan…

    • Artwork covering one window of a blighted building on Market Street in Harrisburg, Pa. (Lindsay Lazarski/WHYY)

Keystone Crossroads: What's happening in Harrisburg beyond the budget that could affect Pa. cities?

State lawmakers have moved some blight and revitalization bills, although pensions and the Commonwealth’s next fiscal plan dominate discussions in Harrisburg. One piece of legislation awaiting Gov. Wolf’s signature aims to…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

July 10: Jim Kenney: Streets blogger | Pope fence happening | Super TIF bill

The Pope fence around Center City is real. The only question is how big. Jim Kenney is envisioning an administration with weaker deputy Mayors and stronger commissioners. Kenney has also…

    • The Boyd Theater was demolished in 2015 (Rob Lybeck/EOTS Flickr Group)
Eyes on the Street

Parsing the preservation record

The Inquirer’s Claudia Vargas recently sat down with Alan Greenberger, deputy mayor for economic development and commerce and executive director of the planning commission, to reflect on his seven years with…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

While PRA seeks redevelopment of Logan Triangle, some residents have a vision of their own

Playgrounds, soccer fields, orchards, greenhouses, flower beds, compost piles, a free health clinic and 300 solar-powered cottages for veterans and former inmates, all on 40 acres of undeveloped land in a…

    • Point Breeze pop-up

How to run a pop-up beer garden without being shut down immediately

This week, a pair of pop-up beer gardens were shut down by the Department of Licenses & Inspections. First, the somewhat controversial Point Breeze Beer Garden, and then the Uptown…

    • Passyunk and Mifflin
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: New street furniture on 'King of Jeans' pedestrian plaza

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what caught our attention this week: Back in April, Taylor Farnsworth reported that the Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation (PARC) would…

    • Cosby mural

July 9: Ford hedging for car-lite future | World Heritage City | Cosby mural going away

Governor Tom Wolf and legislative Republicans are still worlds apart on the state budget. It's looking like another year without a long-term federal transportation funding bill. The Isle apartments on…

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