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    • Bill Peduto

Live-blog: Bill Peduto tells advocates to primary livable streets opponents

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto was clearly with his people speaking before a crowd of livable streets advocates at last night's opening reception of the Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place conference hosted by Project…

    • Pittsburgh's Penn Ave protected bike lane

September 9: State money for 1100 Market | Columbus Square Park redesign | Bike shop map

Good morning! I'll be in Pittsburgh all week blogging the Pro-Walk, Pro-Bike, Pro-Place conference hosted by Project for Public Spaces. Check back later for updates, and follow along on Twitter with…

    • Dilworth Park fountains meant for play on hot days
Eyes on the Street

Dilworth reopens refined: solid, smooth, and splashy

I recently heard an architect describe the old Dilworth Plaza as optimistic. Vincent Kling’s design, he said, was perhaps overly charitable in its estimation of how people would use the space.…

    • Houses along 21st and Carpenter Streets. | Photo: Neal Santos

Six policies that help Philadelphians stay in their homes

Last week, a group of nonprofit and religious organizations announced it was forming a coalition to fight for local policies that prevent longtime residents of gentrifying neighborhoods from being pushed out…

    • City Hall SEPTA entrance

September 8: How Philly coddles repeat drunk drivers | Saffron pans Dilworth | Camden stabilizing| Chamber on 2015

Nearly half of drunk drivers caught by police in Pennsylvania are repeat offenders, in part because Pennsylvania's laws and criminal justice system mollycoddle them. The problem is especially bad in…

    • Terry Gillen yard sign

Terry Gillen calls 2015 election a choice between old and new Philadelphia

The first candidate for the 2015 Mayoral race officially declared her intention to seek the Democratic Party’s nomination this weekend, casting the race as a contest between Old Philadelphia and New…

    • Figure 1: Word cloud of terms used in PlanPhilly titles

How 7,000 PlanPhilly stories can tell us where we've been, where we're going

From the introduction of William Penn’s street grid; to Ed Bacon’s Renewal-era neighborhood planning; to the challenge today of balancing growth and equity – Philadelphia’s history reflects societies’ unfinished…

    • Dilworth's $40 parking permit

September 5: Half-hourly regional rail | Dilworth's $40 parking permit | Subterranean concourse adventure

SEPTA is looking at improvements that could lead to half-hourly off-peak service on Manayunk/Norristown and the Chestnut Hill East regional rail lines, reports Sandy Smith. Rachel Dovey at Next City looks…

    • Tool Library Executive Director Peter Foreman-Murray

Borrow a tool - and learn which one you need - at West Philly Tool Library

The eight-year-old institution is raising funds to buy more tools and host workshops. A researcher says it's helping tool libraries spring up elswhere. New West Philadelphia homeowner Ramon Rincon had no…

    • Can Point Breeze find common ground? 

Progressive coalition looks to promote 'development without displacement'

A coalition of nonprofit community and religious organizations from across the city is launching a new campaign aimed at preserving affordable housing in communities undergoing gentrification. The group is now calling…

    • The Queen Lane Apartments tower, as reflected in the windows of nearby Mt. Moriah Church. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Queen Lane Apartments implosion part of PHA's ongoing citywide initiative [video]

The Sept. 13 demolition of the Queen Lane Apartments will be one in a long line of landscape-changing actions by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to replace an aging, obsolete, affordable-housing design.…

    • Bike share demo

September 4: The 2015 "invisible primary" | Dilworth and SEPTA | Paratransit economics | $400,000 per unit affordable housing

Dilworth Park at City Hall opens today! If you're in the market for a recap on the project, along with some wonky discussion of the public-private partnership and what's happened to…

    • Fairmount Street - Courtesy Interface Studio Architects

Developer seeks zoning relief for 55-unit project in Northern Liberties

On Wednesday, developer David Perlman presented his plans for a new 55-unit residential project on the 400 block of Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties to the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The…

    • Boardwalk skyline
Eyes on the Street

Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk preview

The new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk isn’t fancy, but it’s the sort of urban gesture that changes your view of a city. It says Philly is a place serious about investing in…

    • Jefferson Station

September 3: Jefferson Station | Balancing bike share | Philly in "first quarter of its rebirth" | Transportation devolution

It's official - as the result of a "multi-million dollar deal" yet to be announced by SEPTA and Jefferson University Hospital Systems, Market East Station is officially being renamed Jefferson Station.…

    • Long-time city planner Richard Redding on his Chestnut Hill porch

Reflections on 40 years of Philadelphia City planning

Newly retired Richard Redding reflects on Northeast Philadelphia, zoning by variance and ordinance, community redevelopment and gentriciation PlanPhilly sat down with recently retired Philadelphia City Planning Commission Planning Division Director Richard…

    • Kid Hazo installation at Spruce Street Harbor Park

September 2: Parking Authority looking at mobile payments | Chicago company opening 2 Philly coworking spaces | Mantua's large artist cluster | New Kid Hazo

The Philadelphia Parking Authority is looking at a smartphone payment system, and is no longer installing parking payment kiosks, reports Albert Stumm at Passyunk Post. The MobileNOW! app seems like…

    • Illegal parking

Map: Which police districts issue the most sidewalk parking tickets

Parking on the sidewalk in the pedestrian right of way is illegal, but the practice is pretty common in places like South Philly and other areas where police don't enforce the…

    • Harris Steinberg / photo by Michael Ahearn

Harris Steinberg: "With time, comes change"

Cities are all about change. People come and they go. New development masks past lives. Economic pressures press on the fabric of existing neighborhoods. And old economies fall to new technologies.…

    • Seattle woonerf

August 29: Girard's mid-rise debut | Mystery "major changes" for Market East | Progressive street designs | Doc's regrets

Randy LoBasso says the Parking Authority issued 12,538 tickets in the past year for parking on the sidewalk. Unhelpfully, the data PPA provided Philly Weekly doesn't distinguish between violations by…

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