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    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson tours Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia on Tuesday

It’s not brain surgery: HUD Sec. Carson discusses housing policy in Philly

The Veterans Multi-Service Center feels squeezed into Old City, huddled next to the immensity of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Part of Philadelphia’s aid infrastructure for former soldiers who have suffered hard…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Negative on sex positive club in Tacony, ZBA revokes permit

On Wednesday evening, the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) voted to revoke the fraternal organization permit for the Philly Music Hall, a recently-opened, sex-positive community association located in the historic Tacony…

    • Vacancy of Major Commercial Corridors and Centers, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

In North Philly, neighbors and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission look to the future

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its final public meeting about the North District, which covers many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The open house offered a glimpse…

    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Developers cheer as L+I adds offices plus inspectors to equal demand from Philly’s real estate boom

For years, Philadelphia’s developers have complained and fretted about staffing at the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L+I). In 2017, the agency may finally be able to come close to giving…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

Art is compromising: Commission OKs city’s plan to replace, but reuse, Chestnut Street’s stained-glass bus shelters

At the beginning of the year, the City of Philadelphia attempted to replace Chestnut Street’s bus shelters with new ones, which would have meant the deaccessioning of stained-glass art installations that…

    • A line of cars parked in the median on South Broad Street (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Judge tosses challenge to tradition of parking in the middle of South Broad

On Wednesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Anders dismissed the lawsuit from the urbanist advocacy group 5th Square, which sought to force Philadelphia police and the parking authority to enforce the…

    • Exterior View/Entry Plaza for Zoo Restaurant

Party Animals: Zoo gets preliminary OK for huge new restaurant and event space

America’s First Zoo, like everyone else in this town, can’t resist a good roof deck. At Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting, the Philadelphia Zoo unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art dining facility that…

    • 3601 Spruce Street

Civic Design Review committee approves Penn, Dranoff projects

September’s meeting of the Civic Design Review committee proceeded in a succinct and painless fashion. All three of the projects before the committee were met with, at most, light criticism and…

    • Society Hill Acme

Lease of Society Hill's Acme extended, concluding heated community battle

Earlier this week, Alterra Property Group officially abandoned their plans for a mid-rise residential tower on the site of Society Hill's 5th Street Acme Market.  On August 30, Alterra signed an agreement…

    • Christopher Williams and Brandon Irving

In Germantown, real estate developer Ken Weinstein sees value in jumpstarting his competition

Brandon Irving and Christopher Williams are standing in front of an unpretentious, stone-clad twin on East Germantown’s Rittenhouse Street and thinking about the future. They bought the house in April for…

    • St. Laurentius nestled in tight rowhouse blocks | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Faith No More: Judge dismisses suit to prevent development of St. Laurentius site

On Tuesday, a neighborhood group suffered a severe setback in their stubborn attempt to keep apartments out of the abandoned St. Laurentius church in Fishtown. Last year, the Zoning Board…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm

Land Bank gets its first full-time executive director

On Tuesday, the board of the Philadelphia Land Bank voted to make Angel Rodriguez, vice president of Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM), the nascent institution’s new executive director. The appointment is…

    • rendering of 4328 main street, courtesy of PJA Architecture

Main Street Manayunk’s First Roofdeck Stirs Controversy

For decades, a modest two-story building at 4328 Main Street in Manayunk housed Sip N’ Steaks. The greasy spoon helped hold down this corner of the neighborhood’s commercial spine when its…

    • Parking Meters

There’s no such thing as free parking in Philly, says economist who calculated how much off-street parking adds to housing prices

*In the audio above, Kevin Gillen is misidentified as a Drexel professor, but he is actually a "Senior Research Fellow." We regret the error.  Parking is a perennially hot topic in…

    • Median parking

City seeks pre-trial dismissal of South Broad median parking lawsuit

The City of Philadelphia’s lawyers argue that a lawsuit to compel the ticketing of cars in the Broad Street median should be dismissed with prejudice. Last month, urbanist advocacy group 5th…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm

Q&A: The last word from Amy Laura Cahn, veteran lawyer for urban farmers

In one of the final sessions before the summer recess, City Council adopted a resolution honoring Amy Laura Cahn, a lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center. Cahn was praised…

    • Oxford Trinity annex

Parish the thought: Lawncrest neighbors fight plan to replace church building with Royal Farms

The venerable Trinity Oxford Church, in Northeast Philadelphia’s Lawncrest section, wants to lease roughly half of its land for a new Royal Farms gas station and fried chicken emporium. The proposal…

    • 'Bella Vista' by R. Kennedy

Fallout from lawsuit fells Bella Vista Neighbors Association, fills other community groups with fear

The Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA) is in deep trouble. Next Monday, July 31, the community group will meet to vote on a proposal to dissolve itself because it can no…

    • Rendering view from S. Hicks St. for

Mural Arts to daub annex of The Drake

The Drake is already one of the most distinctive buildings in Philadelphia. But if all goes smoothly at next month’s Historical Commission meeting, the Art Deco apartment tower will look even…

    • 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…

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