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Lovett Library reopens with gala celebration

After being closed for more than a year and a half for an extensive expansion and modernization project, the Lovett Memorial Library in Mt. Airy reopened on Saturday. The celebratory reception…

    • Philadelphia Parking Authority

December 18: A sophisticated network | Round and Mid-century playful | New PPA head

Parking people on the move: the PPA has picked state Rep. Scott Petri as its new executive director, WHYY News’ Emily Scott reports. Petri, who was formerly the chair of…

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Historical Commission to begin considering historic districts after years, sometimes decades, of delay

For the past decade, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission has only granted protections to a handful of individual properties each year. As the pace of development escalates, and more remarkable buildings are leveled, preservationists…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Gamblers, foreign money and struggling homeowners: Inside Philly’s sheriff sale boom

Above a nondescript dry cleaners in Center City sits a mysterious little office. The rare visitor has to walk through an unrelated tax preparation business to reach its three tiny rooms,…

    • Race of Indego Monthly Passholders

December 15: Bike share, diversity, inclusion | Counter “stop-and-go” bill | LGBT minority suppliers

Indego’s parent company has created a diversity and inclusion committee, writes Lian Parsons, contributing to Generocity. Bicycle Transit Systems’ president Alison Cohen explained that in order to ensure ridership diversity, the…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY

"Stop-and-go" bill passes Council, but deeper tensions underlie debate

City Council approved a controversial “stop-and-go” bill during its final meeting of 2017, which periodically threatened to descend into anarchy as supporters and opponents of Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ legislation flooded Council’s…

    • A packed room at Pipeline Philly listens as Witty Gritty's/Urban Consulate's Michelle Freeman kicks off the discussion
Eyes on the Street

Design professionals discuss how to make room for all races in Philly public spaces

Sitting in front of a crowd of over one hundred, Tya Winn asked a row of audience members to stand. “There are about 25 of you standing,” the president of Philadelphia’s…

    • South Philly Library, Photo by Phillytrax

Down this Street before: Can Rebuild stick to its promise of data-driven, apolitical decisions?

The comparisons are irresistible: Less than three years into office, a Philadelphia mayor pushing through a major legislative initiative that promises to boost equity in long-neglected neighborhoods via a project financed…

    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

December 14: Abate and switch | Blatstein & Super Wawa | Voices on stop-and-go

Bart Blatstein’s plans for a “Super Wawa” at Columbus and Dickinson directly counters the pedestrian-friendly goals of the city’s Central Delaware waterfront master plan, Inga Saffron writes. Saffron criticizes Blatstein’s proposed…

    • Cobbs Creek

As it fills in final missing bits, Philly’s nearly-complete city plan exposes gap between neighborhood hopes and political realities

As Samantha Petty considered the Planning Commission’s proposals for her community, she experienced a wave of déjà vu. Standing in the hallway of West Philadelphia High School, at the last…

    • Cars regularly stop in Philadelphia's bike lanes that aren't

After cyclist’s death, Philadelphia to upgrade bike lanes on South, 27th Streets

On Wednesday, the city announced plans to upgrade the bicycle lanes near the South Street Bridge by adding flexible delineator posts by “mid 2018.” The existing, painted bike lanes on 27th…

    • Race + Public Space. Credit: Claire Nelson

December 13: Race & Public Space | Bass and Oh, partitions | PPA’s MeterUp

Tonight: Join us at City Lobby: Race & Public Space, the first in a four-part series hosted by PlanPhilly, Urban Consulate, PACDC, the National Organization of Minority Architects (PhilaNOMA), and Community…

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Ridge Avenue demolition moratorium spurs demolition requests

A proposed demolition mortarium on Ridge Avenue, in Northwest Philadelphia, has spurred a wave of demolition applications. The bill, introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones, would apply to a five-mile stretch of…

    • Councilmen Bill Greenlee (left) and Derek Green talk business during a hearing Monday. (Tom MacDonald, WHYY)

December 12: Using the HQ2 model | Azavea’s Summer of Maps | Ghosts of Midtown II

Using the HQ2 model as a business attraction regular: at Monday’s Council hearing, Councilman Derek Green discussed the city’s collaborative potential that was revealed in the Amazon bid process and Councilman…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Forcing small business owners to remove protective barriers endangers public safety, does not make our communities better

Since 2000, my parents have operated a small family business in North Philadelphia, where we live and work. My parents, refugees who survived genocide in Cambodia to come to this country,…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

December 11: Small business workforce development | Strawberry Mansion, tangled title | Mayors for EV tax credit

Longtime residents of Strawberry Mansion are aware of encroaching private developers and the local CDC is trying to help current homeowners enjoy the benefits of economic development in their neighborhood. Like…

    • Art Museum

Q&A: Dutch artist Jeanne van Heesjwik, on her time in Philly

After four years of preparation, dialogue, collaboration, and performance, the Philadelphia Assembled exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will come to a close on Sunday, December 10th. The project is…

    • Alex Peay in his North Philadelphia neighborhood

How redlining segregated Philadelphia

About a third of the homes on West Oakdale Street between 15th and 16th in North Philadelphia are empty. Six vacant lots interrupt the narrow rowhouse block. On a recent November…

    • Rendering of a satellite view of 30th Street Station District

December 8: Retail disruption | Disconnected, unwelcomed | What housing shortage?

Econsult Solutions looks at the current truths of the retail market in this week’s Present Value. Econsult senior advisor Catherine Timko chooses the word disruption: how retailers are turning…

    • Black Lives Matter sign posted on the front of Calvary United

How diversity saved a historic church in West Philly

Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are studded with hundreds of historic churches. But as attendance steadily declines, many of these religious buildings have fallen into disrepair. Some have been forced to become something else…

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