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    • SEPTA Key fare kiosks at 1234 Market

Slow rollout of SEPTA Key leaves riders confused

All across Philadelphia, you can find ads heralding the arrival of a brilliant public transit-riding future. SEPTA Key A new way to pay Begins 06/13/16 But that last line is causing…

    • Lit Brothers building entrance rendering, December 2016 Architectural Committee meeting

Architectural Committee seeks clarity for Lit Brothers signs, rejects Old City project

The Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on December 13 concluded with two cases that couldn’t have gone more differently. While Brickstone Realty’s proposal for more digital signage on the Lit Brothers building…

    • Parking in bike lanes

Dozens gather to debate protected bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets

On Tuesday night, less than one percent of the residents in Washington West showed up to a neighborhood association meeting, nominally to hear a presentation about protected bike lanes. In actuality,…

    • Moving On. | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group

December 14: Modeling vacant and dangerous buildings | Penny-ante preservation | Internet for 80 rec centers

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    • Porch Swings made to linger, glide, and people-watch

University City District measures five years of The Porch

The University City District installed the Porch at 30th Street Station in 2011. Back then it seemed like a quixotic attempt to insert public space into a bleak, auto-dominated corner of…

    • Skyline beyond Navy Yard | Ashley Hahn/PlanPhilly

December 13: Slime politics | Inside 205 Race | Natural gas plant for Navy Yard

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    • Food Recovery Network collecting food for redistribution | courtesy of Antonio Hernandez

Initiative seeks solutions to turn food waste into jobs and revenue

Every year the country spends $218 billion growing, processing and transporting more than 60 million tons of food that’s never eaten, according to ReFED, a collaboration of business, nonprofit, foundation…

    • Sing me one of them pretty songs | Al BeFranke

December 12: Conestoga rebuilt | Frat house conversion | West Philly High water

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    • Two Flags | Michael Klusek, Flickr

Investor green card program that has greenlit Philly’s building boom faces uncertain future

Not all immigrants arrive tired, poor, or huddled in masses. Some are quite wealthy and rely on a program that trades green cards for massive investments—foreign dollars that have helped spark…

    • Vertical farming in South Philadelphia. | courtesy of Metropolis Farm

Advocates pitch vertical farming to a City Council ready to help

Jack Griffin, a former Wall Street executive and founder of Metropolis Farms, knows how to sell. In a 40-minute testimony in front of City Council’s Commerce and Economic Development Committee…

    • Quaker City National Bank

December 9: Preservation crisis and solutions | Funds for street safety on South Street | Winter cycling tips

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    • Accidental protected bike lane at East Market development

Bill seeks more protection for pedestrians during sidewalk closures

At the last City Council session of the year, Councilwoman Helen Gym introduced a bill, cosponsored by Councilman Mark Squilla, to bolster pedestrian safety requirements at construction sites that impede sidewalks.…

    • St Laurentius Church

Historical Commission to consider designation of St. Laurentius' interior

Next Wednesday the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation will consider a nomination of the interior of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius church. Developer and neighborhood resident Leo Voloshin has proposed…

    • Rendering of Richard Serra sculpture on the Rodin Museum grounds, presented at December 2016 Art Commission meeting

Art Commission approves Richard Serra sculpture for Parkway, redesign ahead for Holocaust Memorial

Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting opened with two major upgrades to established sites on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The director of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Timothy Rub, laid out a proposal…

    • Dilworth | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

December 8: Peirce school for sale | Barbershop lens | Safer DIY spaces

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    • Taller Puertorriqueño's new cultural center at North 5th and Huntingdon streets. | Emma Lee / WHYY

Latino cultural center rises in North Philly as a beacon of connections, commerce

A cultural center has taken its place in the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Fairhill, designed to be the inspiration for a financially depressed community. The new building is an expansion Taller…

    • Subway Rush Hour | Theresa Stigale

Jarrett Walker's philosophy of public transit as means to freedom

Philosophers have long struggled to make sense of human existence and the freedom (perhaps illusory) that it provides. “Man is born free and everywhere he is in chains,” wrote…

    • Rendering of Trolley Car Station restaurant at 40th Street Trolley Portal Gardens

UCD breaks ground on Portal Gardens at 40th Street trolley stop

Soon, waiting for a trolley in University City won’t seem so bad. University City District (UCD), along with SEPTA, city officials, developers and neighborhood residents, broke ground on the Trolley Portal…

    • Camden waterfront rendering | Robert A.M. Stern Architects

December 7: Camden waterfront | Sleep and car crashes | Lowest bidders vs best value?

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    • Route 47 en route | courtesy of Intersection

47 Stories: Connecting cultural communities via bus

Septa’s Route 47 bus runs the length of the city, from Whitman Plaza in South Philly to Olney in North Philadelphia, connecting immigrant and refugee communities from Asia, Africa, Europe,…

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