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    • This weekend SOSNA turned on the Catherine Thorn fountain in the northern triangle
    • Reinventing Older Communities

Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity

Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity Monday, May 12, to Wednesday, May 14 Loews Philadelphia HotelRegistration Fee: $495; $395 staff of nonprofit organizations; $150 students From May 12–14, 2014,…

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No billboard overhaul this spring

City Council voted on Thursday to suspend a bill that would have created a new set of regulations for outdoor advertising in Philadelphia. The bill was introduced by Councilman Bobby Henon…

    • Spring Garden over the Schuylkill River and MLK Drive

DVRPC approves $99.7 million in state funds, King of Prussia Rail analysis

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) voted today to approve the region's first influx of Act 89 state transportation funding dollars - an addition of more than $99.7 million for…

    • Two of the YouthBuild students help Andrew Palewski position one of the original porch columns | YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter
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TEDxPhiladelphia: The new classroom of the world

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can also join us for a …

    • Mummers Parade, Photo by Shrimpcracker
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March 27: Census shows growth | Transit Workers Union not afraid of strike | Taxing shale, funding schools | Red light camera support wanes | Shopping center sold

Philadelphia's population grew 0.29 percent between July 2012 and July 2013. The latest Census data shows the city's population grew by 4,518 residents. The growth is smaller, though, than it was…

    • An overview shot of the APM neighborhood, as seen from 9th and Montgomery

Clarke’s plan and why all affordable housing isn’t created equal

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s new affordable housing initiative marks Philadelphia’s latest foray into large-scale, placed-based planning.  The goal is to create “affordable housing opportunities in communities where property values are…

    • Conceptual design for 22nd/Market memorial park
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Aspirations for 22nd and Market memorial park design

On the morning of June 5, 2013 six people died when a wall being carelessly demolished collapsed onto the Salvation Army store next door, at the corner of 22nd and Market…

    • 1800 block of N. Marston

Councilwoman Tasco: Take a closer look at those “Apples”

Councilwoman Tasco and I agree that, with respect to affordable housing in Philadelphia, “The need is real.”  We also agree that, in her words, “Council’s plan [the “1,500 New Affordable Housing…

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March 26: Philly Flag Day tomorrow | Destination Frankford's art projects | Moyamensing Place | EMT + Paramedics | Urban form as control

Hey Streeters, here’s your Wednesday Buzz: Tomorrow is Philadelphia’s Flag Day, a celebration of the Swedish colors and city crest that flies above municipal buildings. The Inquirer reports that tomorrow…

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Tasco takes issue with Kromer analysis of Clarke's affordable housing plan

It was disappointing to see PlanPhilly/Philly.com publish John Kromer’s deeply flawed analysis comparing City Council’s 1,500 New Affordable Housing Units Initiative with the Street Administration’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI). As I…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department
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TEDxPhiladelphia: Workshopping green stormwater infrastructure

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and for the next few days we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can…

    • By the summer of 2015, the playground at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets could be completely overhauled. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land

The keys to Philadelphia's land bank success

Philadelphia recently became the largest U.S. city to create a “land bank.” The news was picked up by The New York Times, which touted Philly’s approach as a “model for…

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March 25: N. Philly could see $30m HUD grant | Tax deadbeats, slim progress | Tindley Temple | Uptown's uphill battle | More collapses | Gas lines

Good morning, Streeters. We’re going to see a bit of snow today. Sorry. But here’s hoping this is really the end and we can stop talking about it. The city is…

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Maplewood Mall redesign selections expected in early April amid online local-hire debate

Ten months after the city announced a $2.2 million capital-improvement project for Germantown's Maplewood Mall, a selection is expected early next month on the lead design and engineering firms for the…

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Fishtown Neighbors hope "feeding the fish" will curb litter

Would you throw out trash if it meant feeding the fish? What if that fish was topping off a trashcan? That’s the Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA) Beautification Committee's hope. They…

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How to report bike lane potholes

Now that the snow and slush has melted and bike lanes are visible again, the Bicycle Coalition and Philadelphia Streets Department are teaming up to fill potholes in the city's bike…

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March 24-28: Looking at Cities | Neighborhood Change | Cultural Communities | Learning from Asian Cities | TEDx

This week promises several interesting explorations about urbanization, city infrastructure, and neighborhood change. Plus TEDxPhiladelphia returns. INQUIRE: Jenny Odell: Looking at Cities Monday, March 24, 6-8pm. Moore College, Stewart Auditorium, 1916…

    • Spring 2014 | Rob Lybeck
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March 24: Open data frustration | Family Court art | Feibush cultivating committee people | Rental trends | Collapsing buildings, L&I triage | 27th/Girard mixed-use plans

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. Bundle up for the next few cold days, and think spring as snow blows through tomorrow. Why did the city’s open data chief quit? On…

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Bicycle and pedestrian counters coming to area trails

Anyone who jogs, strolls or rolls on the Schuylkill River Trail or Kelly Drive on a warm, sunny day knows that those trails get a lot of bicycle and pedestrian traffic.…

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