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    • Rowhouses | Mix it up | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group

Pew study finds LOOP program in use around Center City

The Longtime Owner Occupants Program, a relief measure passed by City Council in 2013 to ease sudden tax spikes for some homeowners after a citywide reassessment of property values, is…

    • Ben Franklin Parkway

September 25: Pope weekend is nigh | 6,000 AirBnB listings up for grabs | uCity Square and tech gentrification

Michael Noda puts all the key pope-related travel advisories you need this Friday in one place. Don’t forget to bookmark Lauren Ancona’s Philly Pope Map for getting around this weekend. Anna…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail Platform

With Pope prep clogging roads, some commuters turn to SEPTA

While the pope’s upcoming visit has brought considerable excitement to the region, it’s also created quite a few headaches for commuters who usually drive. With roads closed and street parking suspended…

    • Urban earthship: At a vacant lot near Lancaster Avenue and 41st St, volunteers use hundreds of tires to build an urban earthship. | Lindsay Lazarski / WHYY

Keystone Crossroads: In West Philadelphia, volunteers transform vacant lots into urban earthships

Pennsylvania cities have transformed vacant lots into community gardens and urban farms. Pittsburgh has considered building tiny house communities. But what about using abandoned lots for urban earthships? What's an earthship,…

    • No stopping along 2nd Street
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On the Road to Damascus: City cycling conversions possible this week

It was on the road to Damascus where Saul of Tarsus, on his way to persecute Christians, had his sudden conversion to Christianity. Saul became Paul, an apostle—though not one of…

    • Andrew Stober

Q&A: Council candidate Andrew Stober on bike share politics, Councilmanic prerogative, and the vacant land problem nobody's talking about

Back in June we reported that Andrew Stober, former chief of staff at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, would be making an independent run for an At-Large City Council…

    • Camden waterfront

September 24: Liberty Property Trust announcing major Camden waterfront project | Papal visit as Open Streets pilot | PPA's ride-hailing app

Huge news for the Camden waterfront: Allison Steele reports that Liberty Property Trust is planning a new complex of buildings near the Aquarium that will include 1.5 million square feet of…

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Andrew Stober: Full Q&A

Back in June we reported that Andrew Stober, former chief of staff at the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities, would be making an independent run for an At-Large City Council…

    • Bike parking, city hall reflections | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Car-free in Philly: What one household gained by giving up its car

When Community ContributorKaty and Erik Johanson decided to sell their car, the savings they reaped by going car-free were “real and astounding.” Here the Johansons share their story and…

    • Amor

September 23: Little Pete's saga continues | Lit Brothers facade illumination | Robert Indiana's 'Amor'

Jacob Adelman has the latest news in the Little Pete’s/Hudson Hotel saga. Council’s rules committee plans to vote next Wednesday on upzoning the parcel at 17th and Chancellor to CMX-5, which…

    • Baltimore Crossing at 48th Street and Baltimore Ave

Q&A: Mike Lydon on the state of 'tactical urbanism' and why Park(ing) Day still matters

Last Friday, Mike Lydon, the author of Tactical Urbanism and a principal at The Street Plans Collaborative came down to Philly from New York to present at Philadelphia's Park(ing) Day after-party…

    • Parkade

September 22: Energy Improvement District for Parkside | Placemaking under elevated trains | Neighborhood Civics 101

This Washington Post chart of the most common housing types in different US cities shows Philadelphia absolutely blowing everybody else away in the rowhouse category, naturally. We also come in…

    • SEPTA Proposal for lot near FTC/Photo courtesy of Frankford CDC

SEPTA approves redevelopment of Frankford Transportation Center employee parking lot into needed supermarket

Last week, the SEPTA Board adopted a Finding of Special Opportunity resolution providing for a request for proposal for redeveloping two authority-owned parcels next to the Frankford Transportation Center (FTC). The…

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September 21: SEPTA's YAC pushing bulk fare deals for universities | How to petition for traffic calming | Stober floats participatory budgeting

SEPTA's Youth Advisory Council, the organization charged with representing young people's perspective to the transit authority, started a Change.org petition for a new SEPTA School Partnership Program for bulk purchasing of…

    • Park(ing) Day 2015: Less Parking, More Park(ing)
Eyes on the Street

Lens: Park(ing) Day 2015

Last Friday about 50 temporary parks replaced in-street parking spaces around town. It was Philly's eighth annual Park(ing) Day, part of a global movement to reclaim metered parking spaces as mini-public…

    • 3.0 University Place | University Place Associates

Planned office building at 41st and Market gets a push in Council

A bill introduced in City Council on Thursday would change the zoning of a parcel of land at 41st and Market streets in West Philly to make way for the proposed…

    • Meet up on Wednesday to discuss this year's Park(ing) Day.

September 18: Park(ing) Day | Schuylkill River Trail increasing police presence | Daylighting the corners

Happy Park(ing) Day! Check out this map to find a few temporary parklets to visit today, and tune in to our Twitter feed as we’ll be riding around taking pictures of…

    • New SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel sports a Joe Casey button

SEPTA names Jeffrey Knueppel General Manager to succeed retiring Joe Casey

Cursing. Shouting. Snoring. Lots of complaining. Those are all common sounds at SEPTA board meetings. Until today, though, never a grown man trying not to cry. That was pretty exceptional. But,…

    • Philadelphia, July 2015 | Justin Wolfe, EOTS Flickr Group

Long in the works, Center City zoning changes to be called for a vote

A zoning bill first introduced more than a year ago appears to be headed for a vote next month. The bill, introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla, creates a special “Commercial District…

    • Transit bench at 36th and Lancaster

Buildings in Fishtown and West Philly recommended for historic designation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission’s committee on historic designation voted on Wednesday to recommend that seven properties be added to the local register of historic places. The vote sends a recommendation to…

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