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    • Illustration of proposed Skyspace by James Turrell. Credit: KSK Architects

July 21: Intrusion evolution | Filthadelphia | Historical society sues NJDOT

Happy Friday, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know this morning: James Turrell’s ‘Skyspace’ at the Art Museum continues the iconic landscape’s history of constant evolution, argues Inga Saffron. While…

    • 'Kings Highway' director Jason Sherman filming a scene of the documentary (Photo courtesy of Jason Sherman)

Local filmmaker documents long history of Frankford Avenue in ‘The King’s Highway’

Local historians and preservationists have a powerful new media tool in The King’s Highway, a documentary that began airing on WHYY in June. The film tells the story of what’s…

    • Jake Liefer and his PAC, 5th Square, are suing to stop parking in the median on South Broad Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Courting driver fury, group sues PPA to end median parking on Broad

In South Philadelphia, the median of the Broad Street thoroughfare is usually full of parked cars. It’s a long-standing tradition in these densely packed rowhouse neighborhoods, one that provokes astonishment and…

    • The Zoning Code Commission sent its final report to City Council last fall

Five years into remapping process, City Council has yet to rezone half of the city

The remapping of Philadelphia’s neighborhood zoning is unfolding at a halting pace, although the process picked up speed in the last year, according to data presented at a Planning Commission meeting…

    • CSX freight cars

July 20: Train jump severs leg | LGBT affordable housing blow | Mapping Philly’s heat stress

A 13-year-old boy’s leg was severed after he tried to jump on a train in Northeast Philadelphia, the AP reports. A police rep says the accident occurred on a CSX line…

    • Some of the Acela train sets are 15 to 16 years old. At best, Amtrak expects their lifetime to be about 20 years

Can new federal plan really bring high-speed rail to Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor?

Taking them might beat driving, but trains on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor (NEC) are not very fast. It takes about an hour and fifteen minutes to get to New York from Philadelphia…

    • PATCO entrance

Going up: PATCO to build elevators at six stations

The DRPA board authorized a $31 million, four year project to install eight elevators in six PATCO stations at its monthly board meeting Wednesday. The project will make all PATCO stations…

    • 33 new pedestrian-scale street lights were recently installed along North 3rd Street in Old City.

July 19: Testing “eyes on the street” | Wells Fargo sued again | Philly’s First Navy Yard

A team of three statisticians and an architect released in June a study that tests the famous Jacobsian ‘eyes on the street’ theory, writes Jared Brey, contributing to NextCity. Using publicly…

    • Fliers along Lombard Street in Fitler Square looking for witnesses of a recent car crash that injured a cyclist

Hundreds pack Fitler Square school auditorium to disagree over proposed protected bike lane pilot

City residents gathered Monday evening in Fitler Square to fight over what may be the neighborhood’s most precious commodity: space. Curb-to-curb, Lombard and South Street both sit just 26-feet wide.* On…

    • 30 Pelham Road was designated to the local historic register in July (Photo credit: Historical Commission)

Pace of Philly historic preservation accelerates as Historical Commission matches last year’s total by July

At its July meeting, the Philadelphia Historical Commission accepted eight new nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, bringing the total number of newly protected individual sites in 2017 to…

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July 18: CRA effects on lending | $26M Newark station makeover | Philly’s media industry

Philadelphia’s Federal Reserve Bank has published new research on the effects of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) on mortgage lending in the city, writes NextCity’s Oscar Perry Abello. In CRA-eligible census…

    • Manuel Ortiz said he was not notified of the water main replacement happening in his block in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia’s building boom gives rise to another hidden lead risk

About five years ago, doctors found high levels of lead in the blood on Manuel Ortiz’s oldest son. Ortiz and his wife were scared. And surprised: Manuel Jr. acted like a…

    • Lead Awareness Philly Campaign workshop in West Philadelphia.

Things to know about lead in water

Ed. Note: Our environmental reporter, Catalina Jaramillo, investigated the Philadelphia Water Department's efforts to notify residents about the risk of lead in their water supply. PlanPhilly compiled the information below for…

    • Bartram's Farm One Year Mark

July 17: Demolition delay | Phantom tollbooths | Less affordable future?

Councilwoman Quiñones-Sánchez’s proposed inclusionary zoning bill looks ahead to a less affordable future, writes Jared Brey for NextCity. Brey looks at a similar bill introduced to council in 2007, inclusionary zoning…

    • Big crowd for PennEnvironment's Climate on tap event with U.S. Sen. Bob Casey | Evil Genius Beer Co.

Climate change could skunk your beer, environmentalists warn

Sipping a cold beer on a hot summer day, you might not think about how climate change can hurt your favorite fermented beverage. PennEnvironment’s Adam Garber thinks you should. “What we…

    • James Turrell's proposed Skyspace, situated directly in front of the Art Museum's columns

Art Critics: Proposed “Skyspace” behind Art Museum provokes controversy at Historical Commission

For a moment Friday morning, it looked as though the Historical Commission might have a problem with world-renowned artist James Turrell and his plans to grace Philadelphia with one of his…

    • 2016 rendering of K4 development 'Liberty on the River' | Barton Partners

Cry me a River: Central Delaware advocates debate changes to waterfront zoning, height limits

Thursday night, the Central Delaware Advocacy Group (CDAG) gathered to hear Mark Squilla explain his  proposal to allow the construction of  significantly taller buildings along the waterfront. In the Independence Seaport…

    • Kids splashed in the new Shissler Rec Center sprayground plant feature

July 14: Blatstein’s $40M tax credit | Rebuild prelim work | PPA’s TNC rules?

The city’s deal with Bart Blatstein for the former Inquirer Building allows the developer to retain $40 million in federal historic tax credits, Jacob Adelman reports. A city spokesperson says that…

    • Darrell Clarke

Clarke Park: Council President wants builders to make more space for cars

In the last City Council session before summer recess, City Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill that might reopen the battle over parking in Philadelphia. The proposed legislation would double…

    • Shalimar Thomas, director of North Broad Renaissance (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

July 13: An “unfortunate casualty” | 30 Philly walks | North Broad Renaissance

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s outgoing first president Tom Corcoran discusses the organization’s major accomplishments and challenges with NewsWorks Tonight’s Dave Heller. Corcoran speaks about the successes: Spruce Street Harbor Park,…

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