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    • Courtesy of Greg Heller

On the Record: Q&A with Greg Heller, director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority

Last month, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority selected Greg Heller, an author and community development professional, to serve as its executive director. Heller takes over for Brian Abernathy, who left the PRA…

    • Limo driver Isam Ahmed protesting ride share competition, December 2015 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Philadelphia Airport next arena for taxi fight against UberX, Lyft

Philadelphia taxi and limo drivers promised to take “further action” beginning Tuesday unless Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) CEO Rochelle Cameron takes steps to stop ride-hailing companies UberX and Lyft from operating…

    • Reading, PA

April 19th: Wolf issuing state open data policy | Reading's 'complete streets' policy | Walking Philly's perimeter

Governor Tom Wolf will sign an executive order establishing an open data policy in Pennsylvania for the first time. The Commonwealth already has a Right to Know law, which is different…

    • Center City transit concourse

April 18: SEPTA begins City Hall Concourse renovations | Ardmore TOD battle | Chicago rezoning

"Health has a lot less to do with your genetic code and a lot more to do with your zip code," says Dan Taylor, a North Philly pediatrician. Alfred Lubrano…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key pilot program to launch on June 13th

At long last, SEPTA’s new payment technology, SEPTA Key, will debut on Monday, June 13th. Well, sort of. SEPTA will launch its “Early Adopter” program that morning, making up to 10,000…

    • 300 block of South Camac Street
Eyes on the Street

Building Stories: the rowhouse

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Lincoln Square

April 15: Janette Sadik-Khan at WHYY | Lincoln Square's pedestrian street | The buildings we deserve

PlanPhilly is excited to announce that Janette Sadik-Khan, the former NYC DOT commissioner who revolutionized New York street planning, is coming to WHYY on May 4th for a reception and…

    • Lincoln Square | Alterra Property Group

Johnson sponsors zoning change for Lincoln Square project at Broad & Washington

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced two bills on Thursday that would allow Alterra Property Group to build a nine-story, 356-unit apartment complex and grocery store at the northwest corner of Broad Street…

    • Alexander Wilson School

April 14: Urban Ideas Worth Stealing | Another exit at OIT | Memorials of the Future

Our partners at Keystone Crossroads are hosting a half-day conference in Harrisburg on May 10th called "Urban Ideas Worth Stealing" featuring keynote speakers Governor Tom Wolf and Auditor General Eugene DePasquale,…

    • A corner of seating inside City Hall's courtyard

City Hall courtyard receives Project for Public Spaces placemaking grant

Philadelphia City Hall’s courtyard looks a little dumpy next to the newly-renovated Dilworth Park, but that’s about to change thanks to a new ‘Heart of the Community’ placemaking grant from Southwest…

    • Tacony Creek Trail, Four neighborhood gateways provide access to the trail

April 13: Tacony waterfront trail | Developers revaluing public space | Hope for La Finquita

With Election Day right around the corner, the Inquirer editorial board says Philly's Harrisburg delegation could use more competitive primaries. "These races could shake up the delegation a little, but…

    • Garages on Lombard Street

Parking rules questioned at City Council budget hearing

“I’m just concerned about the density, and I’m really concerned about the parking,” Council President Darrell Clarke said Tuesday morning, addressing Planning Commission director Gary Jastrzab during budget hearings. “It’s a…

    • The store is beneath the Market-Frankford El, and close to Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts

April 12: Skepticism on Temple stadium costs | DAG on Blatstein | The case for Harrowgate

Jay McCalla, a former deputy managing director under Mayor John Street, who helped manage the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative (NTI) worries Jim Kenney's plan to fix up parks and recreation centers may…

    • St. Augustine Catholic Church, Interior, 2016 | Jared Brey

Catholic Church paintings added to historic register

The Philadelphia Historical Commission voted Friday morning to add a series of religious paintings inside St. Augustine Catholic Church at 4th and New streets in Old City to the local register…

    • Milled road reveals trolley track and cobblestone street buried below the asphalt.

Philadelphia Streets Department announces second round of road resurfacing

As the weather heats up, so too does construction on all manner of projects. Not least of which is street resurfacing. As PlanPhilly reported last week, Philadelphia Streets Department restarted…

    • Paseo Verde

Philly's affordable housing developments also rank high on transportation affordability

A new national study by two planning professors finds that Philadelphia ranks highly in terms of location affordability of housing units receiving federal rental assistance. In recent years, the idea that…

    • Neighborhood Time Exchange | Steve Weinik, Mural Arts Program
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Public art and urbanism

On April 11, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will present Praxis Dialogues, a conversation about what the notion of “public good” means in terms of public arts and culture. We're sharing…

    • New 19-bike Indego station on South Street West | Marcus Ferreira
Eyes on the Street

How South Street West became a bike-ped haven

A handful of in-street parking spaces on South Street West have been converted to support bike and pedestrian amenities instead of cars. Community Contributor Marcus Ferreira of the South Street West…

    • Bus stop on a roof, closer still

What’s this SEPTA bus stop doing on the roof of 1529 Walnut?

There is a bus stop on top of a building in Center City. Specifically, there is a bus stop for SEPTA Routes 2, 9, 12, 21, and 42 on top of…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Philadelphia’s getting new protected bike lanes. Here’s where.

Thanks to $300,000 in federal Transportation Alternative Program (TAP) funds recently awarded by the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) and another $200,000 expected to come from PennDOT, the Philadelphia Streets…

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