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    • Rocky Map

July 6: Park prescriptions | First Rebuild contract | Navy Yard history

The Rebuild team awarded the initiative’s first contract to local minority-owned firm Talson Solutions LLC, the Inquirer’s Julia Terruso reports. The construction auditing, consulting, and project management firm will be tasked…

    • Rendering of Oval+ from above | port

Plus ça change: Once again, the Oval+ temporarily puts the 'park' in the Ben Franklin Parkway

From the Pope's visit and the NFL Draft, to lengthy construction projects and the rush of speeding traffic, it’s no surprise that the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can feel overwhelmed at times.…

    • Rendering of Skyspace by James Turrell at the Fairmont Waterfront

Art Commission OKs art installation behind the Art Museum and considers concepts for Live! Casino’s public art

The Art Commission approved two art pieces that use unusual canvases—the sky and a forthcoming casino—at their monthly meeting Wednesday morning. The commissioners granted preliminary conceptual approval to some of the…

    • Rendering of Wolff Court courtesy of Harman Deutsch Architecture

Short Civic Design Review meeting hints at cooling large development market

July’s Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting proved one of the shortest in the history of the five-year-old process. With only one item on the agenda, an inoffensive mid-rise apartment building in…

    • Work in progress at Norman Blumberg Apartments. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

July 5: SEPTA real-time data | Domus sues PHA | Southwest Gateway Housing design

SEPTA expects to begin rolling out cellular modems this month that provide riders with real-time data on vehicles’ location, Jason Laughlin reports. Location data on SEPTA’s 1,400 buses and 159 trolleys…

    • A monument to Stephen Girard stands in front of Gentilhommiere, the country residence where the entrepreneur and philanthropist lived in the early 19th century. | Joel Wolfram

Long-awaited renovations begin as neighbors steer revitalization of historic Girard Estate park

On a Wednesday evening in May, the Friends of Stephen Girard Park gathered for their monthly meeting inside the historic farmhouse that stands improbably in the middle of the South Philadelphia…

    • New Jersey shutdown; State Capitol in Trenton (Alan Tu/WHYY)

July 3: Christie shuts down NJ | Bones, cont’d | Foul odor app

Governor Chris Christie has shut down the state government after he and the Democrat-led Legislature failed to reach an agreement on a new budget, WHYY reports. The shutdown, which began July…

    • Frank Matero at 19th Street Baptist Church | Peter Woodall, Hidden City Philadelphia

Q&A: PennDesign's Frank Matero on preservation in Philly and around the world

Frank Matero has worked on the conservation of the Neolithic city of Çatalhöyük in Turkey, on the fortifications of Cairo, and the Native American ancestral grounds of Mesa Verde. He has…

    • Vox building

June 30: “Near limitless supply of energy” | Vox artists hopeful | Lyft Lux Philly

Now that Vox Populi has been forcibly vacated following a stairway fire, some tenants worry the owner will turn the building into condos, writes NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins. Vox is one…

    • On Viola Street
Eyes on the Street

Neighbors helping Neighbors: East Parkside and Strawberry Mansion learn from each other

Every neighborhood has its sparkplug advocates, the do-ers who move mountains to improve their corners of the city, who doggedly find resources to benefit their neighbors, and who occasionally take on…

    • yazmin vasquez

Philadelphia sets aside $500,000 to help renters fight eviction

Standing beneath dozens of portraits of Philadelphia mayors in City Hall’s reception room, Yazmin Vasquez told the assembled crowd what it’s like to sleep in a house without a functioning heater.…

    • Kids at Wister Playground in Germantown (2016) | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Now that Rebuild passed City Council, what's next?

Slowed by a series of legislative amendments and the ongoing litigation surrounding the soda tax, Rebuild — Mayor Jim Kenney’s $500 million plan to remake public facilities like rec centers and…

    • A volunteer uncovers a body at the former site of First Baptist church cemetery in early 2017. (Courtesy of the Mütter Museum)

June 29: NJ blocks PennEast permit | 676 canyon | More bones, no halt-work

PennDOT’s three-year, $75 million reconstruction of the Vine Street Expressway “was a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to mitigate the damage that disconnects Center City from its northern neighborhoods, and “Philadelphia blew it…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

July 28: Contract dispute halts construction | Affordable solar | A ‘preposterous pet project’

A contract dispute between the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) of Philadelphia and the union representing crane and heavy-equipment operators brings construction in the city to a halt, reports the…

    • Conceptual rendering of Drexel Square at JFK Boulevard

Community leaders hopeful as Brandywine and Penn Medicine commit to local and minority hiring for upcoming projects

Philadelphia’s leaders gathered Tuesday under the gilded trim of the Mayor’s reception room in City Hall to celebrate a job well done on work that’s yet to begin. Joined by city…

    • Cherry Street Pier, Garage | Groundswell

Pier 9's transformation into Cherry Street Pier gets support from Architectural Committee

On Tuesday, the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee recommended final approval to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to renovate Municipal Pier 9, which has sat vacant for half a century. In…

    • Vanna Venturi House

June 27: Schuylkill Yards community benefits | Bike share equity | Happy 92nd Robert Venturi

Brandywine Realty Trust pledged  $5.6 million in community engagement initiatives for the Schuylkill Yards project on Monday to “build a stronger West Philadelphia through job creation, education and training, small…

    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about drinking refreshments from a stand. Community groups…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New townhouse-style units cohabitate with the old Senior Tower on the Norman Blumberg Apartments site, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.   The scale of the project…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

June 26: MOVE marker needs site | Furness jowls | Chester deindustrialization and racism

Pro-tax protesters seized audible control of the Local Government Committee hearing on Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, forcing committee chairman Senator Scott Wagner to cancel the hearing and reschedule in Harrisburg, the…

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