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    • A demolition crew tore down the roof of a historic building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy to make way for the Westview luxury apartments in 2015. Credit: Jana Shea/WHYY

New mixed-use project on Germantown Avenue will bring influx of young renters to Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy's Tourison's Hall will soon be history.  The building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave., which last housed a dialysis center, is being razed to the ground. In its place, a new…

    • philadelphia zoning map

Council introduces end-of-session zoning code changes

Last week, City Council members introduced a slate of ordinances that make various changes to the zoning code and the zoning maps, some of which clarify regulations citywide, and others that…

    • New Ishknits

May 27: City eyes airport area land acquisition | Evolution of street art panel | What millage means

About 42% of all households in the Philadelphia metro use SEPTA regularly, even if not for work. The latest on PHL's expansion plans: some key land acquisition legislation from Councilman Kenyatta…

    • PSFS, 2013 | Jeremy Marshall

PSFS lighting: Committee rejects switch from neon to LED

Four letters have spelled Philly since 1932: PSFS. High above 12th and Market streets, two 26-foot high PSFS signs have been illuminated by parallel tubes of red neon for 83 years.…

    • A rendering shows Eimer Architecture’s design for the new tower on the site of the old Boyd Theatre.

Committee rejects plans for Boyd Theatre replacement

The room erupted in applause on Tuesday after the Architecture Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted to reject the plans for a proposed apartment tower that would replace the historic…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Streets Dept. Summer Construction Update: Potholes (still), 41st Bridge, trails, roads and more

Every now and again, we like to check in with Philadelphia Streets Department Chief Engineer, Darin Gatti, to find out what the boys in neon green and safety-cone orange are up…

    • Pittsburgh bike share

May 26: Newly-elected Councilmembers want to go after tax delinquents | L+I computer problems | Quickstarter

A "hold" glitch in L+I's computer system may have led to buildings being constructed and sold without being inspected. Two of the newly-elected Councilmembers, Allan Domb and Derek Green want…

    • Ridge Avenue Pocket Park site is located at 6170-72 Ridge, and the adjacent Allison Building, a former carpet store, is part of the plan. (Neema Roshania/WHYY, file)

Brains behind Spruce Street Harbor to take on vacant 'pocket park' along Ridge Avenue

A proposed green space in the midst of the Roxborough business district took a step toward the light on Thursday night. At an informal community meeting, longtime and new residents of…

    • Walkable Jobs

Philly gets high marks on walkable access to jobs. What policies support that?

Back in March I wrote about the concept of "location efficiency," which has been gaining some traction in the federal and state governments as a way to measure affordability. The basic…

    • Gallery makeover | PREIT

Planning Commission approves zoning, streets tweaks for Gallery project

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted this week to approve a handful of bills that remove obstacles to the redevelopment of the Gallery on Market East. The redevelopment envisioned by PREIT…

    • 3600 Lancaster

May 22: Kenney's planning politics | Mass transit retirements | Saffron pans the Boyd tower

Apropos of Ashley Hahn's questions about a potential Mayor Kenney's orientation on planning politics, here are five episodes we highlighted back in January that shed some light on his core values.…

    • Winterfest begets Summerfest / Emma Lee, WHYY

With change of season, parks popping up all over Philly

In Philadelphia, Memorial Day weekend is not just the unofficial start of summer, but the start of pop-up season, when temporary public parks begin popping up. One of the most successful…

    • Councilman Jim Kenney
Eyes on the Street

How will Kenney adopt and adapt Nutter's unfinished work? Six questions:

That sound you heard from City Hall Thursday was mayoral nominee Jim Kenney and Mayor Michael Nutter mending fences. Though relations between the St. Joe’s prep classmates and former council…

    • Parking Meters

PPA okays pay-by-phone parking app, electric vehicle charging at PHL

The Philadelphia Parking Authority selected Pango USA as contractor for installing and implementing a pay-by-phone parking app. The company already provides similar services in Phoenix, Harrisburg and Wilkes-Barre. Philadelphia will be…

    • LandCare

May 21: Indego beating membership goals | Undercounting the transit constituency | 97% urban Philly

Why Philly's bikeable streets owe more to Thomas Holme than Michael Nutter.  Daniel Hertz says the focus on commuting patterns means we're drastically undercounting the constituency for transit. His chart…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: Applying for Fed. cash to reopen Franklin Square; Refurbished cars finally here; Ben Franklin Bridge track work ahead of schedule

The Delaware River Port Authority board authorized an application for a federal TIGER VII grant to fund reopening of the Franklin Square PATCO Station. The project would cost an estimated $28…

    • Utility box

Why the Streets Department doesn't put utility boxes underground

One reaction people had to Monday's post on the artfully-decorated utility boxes in Washington Square West and Queen Village was that the dressed up boxes look nicer now, but why do…

    • Viaduct Phase One | Studio Bryan Hanes

Planning Commission approves Reading Viaduct acquisition

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted yesterday to approve a bill authorizing the city to acquire part of the Reading Viaduct for the development of a public park. Can you imagine…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital was demolished in 2016 (PhillyTrax/Flickr)

Rancor rises over redevelopment of Mt. Sinai hospital

Will Collins says he’s never encountered something like this, not in his 25 years as a real estate developer. He’s disappointed. He’s hurt. Frankly, he feels betrayed. And he says his…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Cyclists, pedestrians lack a good crash reporting system

Jake Liefer was getting his morning workout in, bicycling down Gray’s Ferry Avenue towards 34th street, when it happened. Liefer, 30, was heading straight past a gas station. Low on gas,…

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