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    • Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Harvey-level damage probably won’t happen in Philadelphia, but intense flooding already does

The heart-wrenching scenes from Houston’s devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have started a national discussion about flood control and water management. Experts and city authorities say it’s unlikely…

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Lease of Society Hill's Acme extended, concluding heated community battle

Earlier this week, Alterra Property Group officially abandoned their plans for a mid-rise residential tower on the site of Society Hill's 5th Street Acme Market.  On August 30, Alterra signed an agreement…

    • SEPTA crash at 69th Street Station, February 21, 2017 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

September 1: Parks, trails on street view | PennDOT bribery | MFL derailment update

Quite a bit of news for and about those who drive, hike, and take transit in the region today: A Philadelphia-based PennDOT employee took nearly $14,000 in bribes to unleash more…

    • Construction is nearly complete on Paine's Park

Will Rebuild help or hamper the Office of Economic Opportunity

When Mayor Michael Nutter created the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in 2008, the announcement was met with muted fanfare. Arriving on the heels of its disappointing predecessor, the Minority Business…

    • Christopher Williams and Brandon Irving

In Germantown, real estate developer Ken Weinstein sees value in jumpstarting his competition

Brandon Irving and Christopher Williams are standing in front of an unpretentious, stone-clad twin on East Germantown’s Rittenhouse Street and thinking about the future. They bought the house in April for…

    • Not a parking space

August 31: Place, race, rules | Parking, urban success | Philly sues Sessions

The conversation about parking and urban success has largely focused on commercial cores and not residential areas, so does the same urbanist thinking apply to neighborhoods? Inga Saffron looks at Center…

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City Councilwoman trying to turn West Philly 'buffered bike lanes' temporary

The first parking-protected bike lane in Philadelphia has been dedicated, but a City Councilwoman is stirring up controversy.  The protected bike lane re-organizes Chestnut Street between 45th and 33rd streets. Instead…

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August 30: Blackwell & bike lane | Mazzoni Center | Clean and Saarinen

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell wants to make the city’s first protected bike lane on Chestnut Street temporary, WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports. The highly anticipated ten-block stretch, which the City proudly unveiled…

    • St. Laurentius nestled in tight rowhouse blocks | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Faith No More: Judge dismisses suit to prevent development of St. Laurentius site

On Tuesday, a neighborhood group suffered a severe setback in their stubborn attempt to keep apartments out of the abandoned St. Laurentius church in Fishtown. Last year, the Zoning Board…

    • Uber protest | Emma Lee, WHYY

August 29: TNC regulation update | Neighbors staff bookstore | Chestnut Street Bridges

The PPA will not offer a rough draft of regulations governing TNCs before the required 30-day public comment period, the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Alison Burdo reports. The agency will instead host…

    • A proposed water rate hike would increase the average water bill by less than $8 per month. (Kelpfish/Bigstock)

August 28: Workforce housing | Catto and Rizzo | Liquor price hike

The PA Liquor Control Board is raising liquor prices for the first time in almost 25 years, the Inquirer’s Justin McDaniel reports. The agency contends that the proposed hike will maximize…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

City announces task force charged with promoting electric car ownership in Philly

On Friday, Mayor Jim Kenney and City Council announced the creation of a joint task force to study ways Philadelphia can encourage — or at least not impede — city residents’…

    • MFL Provident Mutual Building

August 25: SALE: 4601 Market | Liquor: chains vs. local | Parking, affordability, Point Breeze

It’s a fire sale! Just kidding, it’s a police headquarters sale. PIDC, on behalf of the City, has put out an RFQ to acquire and redevelop the former Provident Mutual Building…

    • Veolia plant at Christian Street from the Schuylkill River

Trump’s proposed cuts to EPA could cost Philadelphia millions, report finds

President Donald Trump’s plan to cut the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget by 30 percent would put Pennsylvania residents and economy at great risk, according to an Environmental Defense Fund…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm

Land Bank gets its first full-time executive director

On Tuesday, the board of the Philadelphia Land Bank voted to make Angel Rodriguez, vice president of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), the nascent institution’s new executive director. The appointment is…

    • Sherwin Williams plant Gibbsboro

August 24: South Jersey ‘cancer cluster’ | Homelessness in Headhouse | Gettysburg statues

A passenger on the NHSL train that crashed Tuesday is suing SEPTA alleging that the engineer seemed “rushed” and was going too fast, Jason Laughlin reports.  Passenger Derrell Robbson…

    • A taxi cab picks up a passenger in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee / WHYY)

PPA delays 2¢ taxi rate increase, approves new mobile app provider

The Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) Board of Directors approved Parkmobile, LLC to run MeterUp, its pay-by-mobile parking app. The previous provider, Pango USA, suddenly stopped services in April. It’s one-cent…

    • rendering of 4328 main street, courtesy of PJA Architecture

Main Street Manayunk’s First Roofdeck Stirs Controversy

For decades, a modest two-story building at 4328 Main Street in Manayunk housed Sip N’ Steaks. The greasy spoon helped hold down this corner of the neighborhood’s commercial spine when its…

    • Rendering of Logan Library's new reference desk and entrance atrium

August 23: NHSL crash update | Cobbs Creek’s corridor comeback | 21st Century Libraries

“Not everybody will be happy, but everybody will be heard.” Mayor Kenney emphasizes the importance of process, one of the themes in today’s news: The federal review process for Tuesday’s Norristown…

    • SEPTA accident inspectors look over the NHSL train that crashed into the train in front of it at 69th Street

NHSL trains collide at 69th Street Station, 42 injured

All 42 people on board a SEPTA Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) train were injured when it crashed early Tuesday morning at the 69th Street Station.  The train collided with an empty train…

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