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    • Craig Schelter

New Planning Commission regulations fail to 'engender human delight'

After an hour’s discussion on Tuesday afternoon, and years of discussion prior to that, the City Planning Commission adopted new regulations aimed at implementing the reformed zoning code. The latest version…

    • Dave Davies, Susan Snyder, Jeff Cole, Patrick Kerkstra

Congratulations to winners of the inaugural Weiss Award

The winners of the inaugural Weiss Award for Investigative Journalism were recognized today in a ceremony at the Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY. The Center for Public Interest…

    • South along the Schuylkill: Part of Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery as seen from the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.

Eyes on the Street explores the Lower Schuylkill’s gritty and green potential

The Lower Schuylkill is hard to get to know much less love. It’s a nearly 4,000-acre area comprised of largely industrial and underused property, wrapped with tricky rail and road crossings, and…

    • Plans for new Dupont St. homes and a gym in Roxborough to be continued

Plans for new Dupont St. homes and a gym in Roxborough to be continued

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksTwo Roxborough-based zoning applications, one for new homes and one for a new gym, came before the Zoning Board of Adjustment Tuesday, but neither has…

    • South along the Schuylkill: Part of Sunoco's Philadelphia refinery as seen from the Passyunk Avenue Bridge.
Eyes on the Street

Exploring the Lower Schuylkill's gritty and green potential

The Lower Schuylkill is hard to get to know much less love. It's a nearly 4,000-acre area comprised of largely industrial and underused property, wrapped with tricky rail and road crossings, and…

    • Fox Chase School (A) and the Arts Academy at Rush (B) will get more seats in September. Image/Google Maps

Fox Chase School, Arts Academy at Rush to add seats

Fox Chase School (A) and the Arts Academy at Rush (B) will get more seats in September. Image/Google Maps The School District of Philadelphia announced yesterday it plans to add more…

Real NEastate: Should I be worried about radon?

Q: I bought my home in Somerton and - at the time - I had a home inspection and a termite inspection, but never thought of getting a radon inspection. Now…

    • Worm's Eye View | Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • Norris Square protest

Divided Planning Commission recommends zoning change for Norris Square

By a split vote of 5-2, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval Tuesday afternoon of a bill that would change the zoning designations of certain residential units in Norris Square.…

    • A look at draft two of reformed sign regulations

A look at draft two of reformed sign regulations

The sign control working group of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission introduced a second draft of the reformed sign regulations Tuesday afternoon in an information-only presentation to the Commission. The latest…

    • Nancy Rogo Trainer

Architect and Planning Commissioner Nancy Rogo Trainer honored for her contributions to the field

Nancy Rogo Trainer, a principal architect with Venturi, Scott Brown and a City of Philadelphia Planning Commissioner, has been named a 2012 Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. Planning Commission…

    • Have you seen this car shaped bike rack on Sydenham at Walnut? Want in-street bike parking near you?
Eyes on the Street

Rethinking the park in parking spaces

Parking spaces don't have to be consigned to cars. The Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities (MOTU) is ready to help businesses and organizations reclaim in-street parking for bike corrals and parklets…

    • Verree Dam, inside Pennypack Park in Fox Chase, is part of the city's Parks and Recreation Department. File photo/G.E. Reutter

City looking for members for Commission on Parks and Recreation

Verree Dam, inside Pennypack Park in Fox Chase, is part of the city's Parks and Recreation Department. File photo/G.E. Reutter The city's Commission on Parks and Recreation has a nine seats…

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Financial Perspectives: Financial planning as a Mother's Day gift

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and what do you plan to do for your wife or mother? Can I suggest something unconventional? Put a plan in place to help fund your retirement,…

Eyes on the Street

April 23-28: Plannerly picks for Philly Tech Week

Philly Tech Week returns next week (April 23-28) and there are lots of events showcasing projects where civic-minded design and tech intersect - including one hosted by PlanPhilly. In case the long list…

Eyes on the Street

LED traffic light savings | strengthening East Falls through school closing | South Street West's boom | PHA mum about Liddonfield | Inky wins Pulitzer | weird 2012 weather

Thanks to LED traffic lights, the city anticipates saving $1 million annually, NewsWorks reports. Streets Commissioner Clarena Tolson estimates that the city is saving 70% on its electricity costs for…

NEast Links: Tire slashings, bank robbery and an interview with the Frankford CDC

NEast Links: Bringing you additional Northeast news The tire slashings in Mayfair aren't over. After a quiet spell, tires on 10 cars on the 4200-block of Aldine Street were slashed early…

    • Front and Willow Streets

Three-story townhouse development planned for Front Street in Old City

Developer David Perlman told city planners Tuesday that he hopes to build a 38-unit townhouse development with a green roof, outdoor space for each unit, and a mix of surface-lot and…

    • Mark Focht, Michael DiBerardinis, Susan Slawson

Council hears Parks & Recreation budget relief plea

At Tuesday's public hearings for the 2013 Parks & Recreation budget, a cadre of activists wearing green shirts and brandishing signs were joined by a literal peanut (as in wee) gallery…

    • Second phase of plan aiming to boost walking, bike riding in Philadelphia presented to planning commission

Second phase of plan aiming to boost walking, bike riding in Philadelphia presented to planning commission

The second half of Philadelphia's first plan to make streets safer for bicyclists and pedestrians was presented to the city planning commission Tuesday. The first half of the plan, covering Northwest…

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