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December 22: Investors bullish on Philly apartment market | Falls bridge to close | Vision Zero in DC

Eli Rosen of Gebroe-Hammer Associates tells Inquirer real estate columnist Alan Heavens that he expects Philly's apartment market to keep going strong for the foreseeable future. "Investor appetite has been insatiable, and the…

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Indego popular for university commuters and joyriders, mixed results for low-income outreach

Unique among bike share programs, Philadelphia’s Indego attempts to serve lower income communities as an affordable, healthy, and green commuting option. Indego strives to be a model for other cities, a…

    • Broad and Callowhill rendering

December 21: North Broad gateway | Kenney as anti-Nutter | Fewer NoLibs zoning variances

Patrick Kerkstra thinks Jim Kenney is emerging as the anti-Nutter in many respects, and it's not just that he's to Nutter's left on policy. "More than policy or focus, though, what…

    • 1911 Walnut

December 18: Jefferson and Philadelphia University Merger | Speeding up SEPTA | Defending micro-apartments

In a surprise move, Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University announced a preliminary agreement to merge yesterday. "The deal comes as many small colleges and universities are under financial pressure...In the…

    • Testing, testing for SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key should roll out by April 2016, despite latest project spec changes

Following today’s Board meeting, SEPTA Key Project Manager Kevin O’Brien said the agency hopes to begin rolling out SEPTA Key, the authority’s new fare payment technology system, by April 2016. The…

    • Row in a Row | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr group

Healthy Rowhouse Project wants to help repair 5,000 homes per year

A local group called the Healthy Rowhouse Project announced on Wednesday that it has collected nearly $1 million in grants that it plans to dedicate to protecting Philadelphia’s most important assets:…

    • SEPTA Key Kiosk

SEPTA executes 10th change order on SEPTA Key

The SEPTA Board is expected to authorize the transit authority’s 10th change order on its contract to develop and implement SEPTA Key, the long delayed new fare payment system. Change orders…

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December 17: Transit benefit parity | Fed rate hike and Philly housing | PA passenger rail dreams

Congress is expected to pass a bill reestablishing parity in commuter tax credits for parking and transit. The monthly pre-tax expense for transit riders is currently capped at $130, while the cap…

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PPA Privatization Explainer: Revenue generator or boondoggle?

Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R., Centre) raised eyebrows this weekend with a memo to colleagues seeking co-sponsors for a forthcoming bill to privatize the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA). The memo,…

    • Rendering of Park with stage, Betsy Ross Bridge in background

Delaware Avenue extension drives a path for proposed new park in Bridesburg

Wednesday evening officials unveiled plans for a 10-acre, riverfront park to replace a school bus parking lot in Bridesburg. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Delaware River City Corporation (DRCC) collaborated…

    • Golden hour, East Park Reservoir, August 2015

December 16: East Fairmount Park Reservoir reopening | LED pilot project | DNC and SEPTA

Michael Nutter announced yesterday that the reopening of the East Fairmount Park Reservoir is officially happening, reports Dan Norton. The $16 million Discovery Center "will provide 50 acres of open space within…

    • Inside Delaware Generating Station, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

Developers seek community support for Delaware power station overhaul

The developers who are hoping to redevelop the massive power station north of Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown have started making the rounds to drum up support from various community groups.…

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December 15: Transit in the 30th Street Station neighborhood | Four mixed-use buildings proposed in Callowhill | Ford getting into ride-hailing market

Jacob Adelman previews the updated 30th Street Station Master Plan framework ahead of its unveiling at Wednesday's open house. The plan incorporates public feedback favoring "a dense neighborhood of homes…

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Philadelphia loses jurisdiction over highway billboards

Billboards along Philadelphia’s highways are now under state control. Earlier this month, the Federal Highway Administration approved PennDOT’s transition plan to take over billboard regulation along Philadelphia’s state and federal roads.…

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U.S. Supreme Court decision imperils a portion of wage tax in Philadelphia and Wilmington; Officials unwilling or unable to estimate likely budget impact

Thanks to a ruling this year from the Supreme Court of the United States, Philadelphians who earn out-of-state income may qualify for a break on their city wage taxes - a…

    • PPA garage

December 14: State senator floats PPA privatization | Upgrading SEPTA trolleys | Rendell endorses energy hub

PA Senate Majority Leader Jake Corman (R-Centre County) wants to privatize the Philadelphia Parking Authority, reports Christine Baker. There are no specifics yet, but "[i]n an email sent to fellow…

    • Protestant Church of the Messiah demolition underway | Andrew Fearon

Commission rejects historic designation for Port Richmond church

The Philadelphia Historic Commission voted on Friday not to accept a nomination for the Protestant Episcopal Church of the Messiah on the 2600 block of East Huntingdon Street in Port Richmond.…

    • The Granary (new building)

December 11: SEPTA regional rail changes | Rents down in Philly metro | $5 vehicle reg fee passes

SEPTA officials say the coming regional rail route changes are the most significant in 20 years, reports Hayden Mitman.  "[B]ecause of how the trains are linked in the system, [assistant general…

    • K&T Trail segment in Lardner's Point Park, Tacony

Council authorizes acquisitions for Delaware River trails

At its last session of the year on Thursday, City Council adopted two bills authorizing the city to acquire property for recreational trails along the Delaware River waterfront. One bill would…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Kenney pledges traffic enforcement, more balanced streets at Vision Zero conference

Kenney watchers are by now familiar with one of the Mayor-elect’s favorite ranting subjects: his disgust with construction sites hogging city sidewalks. From the way he talks about this common construction…

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