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    • Lincoln Square

March 15: Alterra's Broad and Washington plans | Voluntary street sweeping | Deregulating garage businesses

Mayor Jim Kenney is doubling down on the idea of bringing back street sweeping services, but only for neighborhoods who accept alternate-side parking. It's still unclear what the administration will…

    • Rendering of the new entrance to reopened tunnel between 30th Street Station and SEPTA's subway and trolley station

30th Street Station District draft plan: Reopen SEPTA tunnel by 2020, cap rail yards by 2050

The 30th Street Station District team released a draft plan for overhauling the station and the surrounding area in advance of the plan’s penultimate public feedback meeting, which will be…

    • Claes Oldenburg's Clothespin, 1976
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Public art and its questions

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, second in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice. This time…

    • The First African Baptist Church was designated by the city as historic in 2015 (Jared Brey)

March 14: Black churches become luxury housing | Trinities fit the tiny-house trend | ZBA chair is Doc's doc

“Luxury residential development has become a popular use for the structures that once nurtured souls of Black folk in a historic Black community,” write Sheila Simmons and Damon Williams in the…

    • N 5th street

Northern Liberties neighbors talk traffic calming for 5th Street

Neighbors have long complained about reckless driving on N. 5th between Girard and Fairmount to no avail. But in 2016, seemingly broad agreement between new and long-time residents may finally have…

    • Rendering of proposed Orinoka Civic House, courtesy NKCDC and Jibe Design

March 11: Judge blocks school building sales | 20-year abatement reax | Two Kensingtons

A Court of Common Pleas judge blocked the sale of Walter G. Smith elementary in Point Breeze, along with four other SDP buildings, to Maryland-based Concordia Group, reports Wilford Shamlin III.…

    • Learning Landscapes: Play Structure | Story Structure, Ground Reconsidered Landscape Architecture (lead)
Eyes on the Street

Designers compete to put play into Philadelphia’s public spaces

“I’ve recently started to see public spaces in the eyes of children,” said Alexa Bosse, an architect and mother of three-year old twins. “It’s surprising how little opportunities for being outside…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb calls for 20-year tax abatement on homes under $250,000

City Councilman Allan Domb introduced a bill on Thursday that would extend the city’s much-ballyhooed tax abatement for construction and home-repair projects on properties that cost less than $250,000. The abatement…

    • Protesters rally outside the Sheet Metal Workers Hall, where the Philadelphia Regional Port Authority held a public meeting to get input on proposals for the Southport Marine Terminal. | Emma Lee/WHYY

StateImpact: Environmentalists target port proposals to fight Philadelphia “energy hub”

Environmental groups fighting efforts to make Philadelphia an “energy hub” for Marcellus Shale gas have found their first target: a proposal by a refiner to build an oil import/export terminal on…

    • Rendering of new 40th Street headhouse with 'Nexus' by Marianne Lovink & Scott Eunson

Art Commission approves 40th St. Station entrance design

The Art Commission has approved designs for four new headhouses at 40th Street Station on SEPTA’s Market-Frankford line in West Philly. The new structures, part of SEPTA’s Art In Transit program,…

    • Logan Square

March 10: Greg Heller to PRA | ACLU pans RCO regs | Frankford Ave streetscaping

Gregory Heller will be the new Executive Director of the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, reports Tricia Nadolny. Heller is currently the CEO of Baltimore-based nonprofit development corporation American Communities Trust, is the…

    • Uber Ride Request

Kenney calls anti-UberX/Lyft coalition’s bluff as ride-hailing supporters push legalization bill

Last week, a coalition of cab owners, limo drivers and advocates for the disabled issued an ultimatum to Mayor Jim Kenney: Step into the UberX/Lyft v. taxis v. PPA fracas within…

    • East Park Discovery Center | Digsau

East Park Discovery Center presented to Art Commission

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission approved the conceptual designs for The Discovery Center, an outdoor youth education center on the banks of the East Park Reservoir in Strawberry Mansion. The…

    • North Front Street

March 9: Bike share's safety record | National Park Service's Philly love note | Front Street infill boomlet

A new study from Mineta Transportation Institute finds that bike share has a better safety track record than personal cycling. As Tom MacDonald points out, the finding that bike share…

    • In March, 2016, around 200 residents turned out to a community meeting on the NHSL extension to King of Prussia. Many were in opposition.

Residents divided over King of Prussia rail extension proposal

Public meetings for transit projects come in one of two flavors: soporific and angry. No one yawned Monday night, when SEPTA publically unveiled preliminary plans to pursue an extension of the…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

With new Schuylkill Yards, Drexel and Brandywine promise development without displacement

Standing before a room packed with Philadelphia’s preeminent businessmen, power lawyers, labor leaders, and politicians, Drexel University President John Fry unveiled Schuylkill Yards, a 14-acre, $3.5 billion plan to create a…

    • Pine Street bike lane

March 8: PHL runway expansion on hold | Bike counts down | Remapping Wissahickon

Linda Lloyd talks with new Philadelphia International Airport CEO Rochelle "Chellie" Cameron, who is putting a runway extension on hold to focus on customer experience issues and upgrades to existing facilities. ""Because…

    • Bus on Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut/Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

March 7: The case for far-side stops | Wendy's on South Broad | The Geator: Bike commuter

A new paper published in Transportation Research Record attempts to settle the geeky but consequential debate over whether far-side stops or near-side stops are the better policy for buses. Aarian Marshall…

    • Vacant property condemnation by eminent domain, Sharswood, February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Explainer: What is eminent domain? How is it working in Sharswood?

Eminent domain is a legal term that refers to the ability of certain public agencies to seize privately-held property under certain circumstances. This power is briefly detailed in the Fifth Amendment…

    • Beatrice Mack, with demolition two doors down. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Taking a neighborhood through eminent domain in the name of ‘transformation’

In Sharswood dozens of residents are being displaced through the use of eminent domain, clearing a path for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s sweeping plans to transform the neighborhood. For our series…

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