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    • Pope Francis

PPA executive reveals Papal plans: 700,000 on the parkway, security perimeter around Center City, SEPTA bus suspensions and more

Philadelphians thinking about renting out their homes for the Pope’s weekend visit on September 26th and 27th might want to consider tacking on that Friday: That’s when the most—if not all—of…

    • Save Our Church sign on St. Laurentius, March 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

St. Laurentius: Score one for the Underdogs

In this Community Contributor piece longtime PlanPhilly advisor and Fishtown native Michael Greenle reflects on the recent designation of St. Laurentius Church as historic, and what this underdog's victory means.  Growing…

    • Greyhound Bus Terminal at 10th and Filbert

Papal visit will terminate Greyhound’s terminal, and some bus companies haven’t been told

It will be difficult to get around Philadelphia when the Holy Father visits the City of Brotherly Love for the World Meeting of the Families. Many streets will be closed, and…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge
    • 1213 N. 5th | Harman Deutsch

Commission approves two housing projects on 5th Street

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved plans on Tuesday for two major housing developments scheduled for N. 5th Street in Northern Liberties and South Kensington. The projects, at Fairmount and just…

    • Lehigh Viaduct | Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Commission releases draft plan for River Wards

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission has released a draft plan for the River Wards, the area of the city stretching north along the Delaware River from Fishtown to Bridesburg and west…

    • South Street 2015 / Aversa PR

Streets Department unveils new online block party application

Sound a Silent Alarm and get ready for A Weekend in the City full of hot dogs, bouncy castles, and summer jams: The Streets Department just made it easier to apply…

    • 22nd and Market

July 21: SEPTA Pope pass sales still suspended | Big Stenton Park improvements | Andrew Stober: Transit blogger

Here is Andrew Stober's blog from his Eisenhower Fellowship, with his observations on transit and transportation issues abroad. Stober was formerly the chief of staff at MOTU, and is currently running as…

    • Jon Geeting

Our own Jon Geeting is Geek of the Year nominee

PlanPhilly Engagement Editor Jon Geeting has been nominated for Geek of the Year in the Philadelphia Geek Awards.   The nominees for the 2015 Philadelphia Geek Awards, presented by Geekadelphia and…

    • Deliveries

The top congestion-fighting ideas from the Downtown Delivery Symposium

As Ben Plowden wrote recently at Next City, the public streets create a "wicked problem" for planners--a term used by social scientists to describe multi-stakeholder negotiations with competing priorities and…

    • Abigail Vare Elementary School

Maryland developers see opportunity in Philly's institutional shells

A group of real estate investors from Bethesda, Maryland, are betting big on Philadelphia schools—the closed ones, anyway. In the next few months, Concordia Group expects to close on a deal…

    • Hale Building

July 20: Hale Building restoration | Tall buildings minus the shadows | Majority of the majority

The Hale Building at Chestnut and Juniper is getting a complete renovation by Brickstone, with ground-floor restaurants and offices on top.  An important piece on the state budget standoff by…

    • PECO roof

Your PhillyPlans: PECO green roof tour, Meet the Pope planner, SPOKE Mag happy hour

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…

    • Highlighted streetscape showing responsibility/Courtesy of CCD

Who owns the streetscape? An even more complicated question

PlanPhilly published a story Monday looking at the diffuse and overlapping responsibility assignments for Philadelphia’s streets. It’s a long read, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version: There are 9 government or…

    • Parklet seating options include bistro tables and benches
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Super-parklet on 40th St

Our eyes are ever-peeled for cool sites and sights. Here's one we spotted this week: University City District is Philadelphia’s biggest parklet booster, building and finding partners to help tend these…

    • Boardwalk on the Schuylkill

July 17: Senate saves TIGER | Pension funds for infrastructure | Eminent domain down the shore

Smart Growth America is asking the FHWA to adopt complete streets as the standard for National Highway System streets running through walkable urban areas. Advocates succeeded in saving the popular TIGER…

    • German kids bike

July 16: Philly housing market round-up | German ideas to steal | Toomey's transportation funding idea

Single-family housing sales and prices are up all over the city, and Kevin Gillen says the market saw "its best quarter in ten years this past spring." Citywide, one-bedroom rents…

    • Work zone

July 15: PA lawmakers debate work-zone cameras | Senate committee goes after TIGER | City-owned blight in Parkside

“What the Secret Service want to do is kill the city for at least two days, preserve it in amber while the Pope visits, and then return it to working…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge, PlanPhilly

Did limited largesse muddle DRPA's mission control?

At this morning’s meeting, the DRPA Board of Commissioners voted to approve an $18-per-month discount for drivers that cross its bridges at least 18 times in a given month. While…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Bridge Toll Discount OK'd; PATCO Pontiff Tix; Franklin Square Station a go?

The Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners applauded itself after voting to approve a frequent commuter discount for vehicles that cross its bridges 18 times a month. But those claps…

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