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    • Philadelphia citizen planners participate in a workshop. Credit: Citizens Planning Institute

60 citizen planners will enter a very special Philly club tonight

Wish you could show up to your neighborhood civic association meeting and get people to listen to you the way they do to that know-it-all from down the block? Well, there…

    • Preliminary sketch of the proposed Temple on-campus football stadium. Credit: Temple University.

Temple stadium moves forward, despite neighborhood opposition

Temple University announced today that it is taking the next step forward on a controversial 35,000 seat stadium in the heart of North Philadelphia. The university plans to file proposals to…

    • Recyclables being dumped at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the Grays Ferry neighborhood in South Philadelphia, PA, on February 13th, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

December 22: Catholic school redesign | HQ2 public doc available | Devil’s in the data

Hey what all did Philly end up submitting in the HQ2 bid? Jacob Adelman recaps the “heavily redacted” public document that outlines how the city would accommodate Amazon’s office space needs,…

    • A lone rower cruised under the setting sun

December 19: Women-led urbanism | Ghosts of train crashes | Car vending machine

Imagine women-led urbanism in practice and syllabus, urges Katrina Johnston-Zimmerman, contributing to Next City. Johnston-Zimmerman points out the maleness of seminal urban texts, the planning and architecture profession, and the contemporary…

    • A packed room at Pipeline Philly listens as Witty Gritty's/Urban Consulate's Michelle Freeman kicks off the discussion
Eyes on the Street

Design professionals discuss how to make room for all races in Philly public spaces

Sitting in front of a crowd of over one hundred, Tya Winn asked a row of audience members to stand. “There are about 25 of you standing,” the president of Philadelphia’s…

    • South Philly Library, Photo by Phillytrax

Down this Street before: Can Rebuild stick to its promise of data-driven, apolitical decisions?

The comparisons are irresistible: Less than three years into office, a Philadelphia mayor pushing through a major legislative initiative that promises to boost equity in long-neglected neighborhoods via a project financed…

    • Cobbs Creek

As it fills in final missing bits, Philly’s nearly-complete city plan exposes gap between neighborhood hopes and political realities

As Samantha Petty considered the Planning Commission’s proposals for her community, she experienced a wave of déjà vu. Standing in the hallway of West Philadelphia High School, at the last…

    • Leo Brundage in front of his house in Eastwick.

In Eastwick, belief that flooding during Hurricane Floyd was intentional still muddies the water

Eastwick residents have long endured regular flooding. The Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood is home to the lowest point in the city. The community sits within the federally-designated floodplain. Historically, Eastwick was a…

    • waterfront north of Benjamin Franklin Bridge
Eyes on the Street

Not built in a day: One of PlanPhilly’s creators reflects on a decade of dedicated built-environment coverage

Michael Greenle facilitated the process that created PlanPhilly in 2006, shaped its outreach strategy at PennPraxis, stewarded its move from Penn to WHYY, and is a member of PlanPhilly’s Advisory Board.…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Why does Philadelphia love downzoning so much?

Following the Planning Commission’s approval two weeks ago, a raft of zoning remapping bills sailed through a breezy City Council hearing on Tuesday. There were no questions from the arrayed councilmembers…

    • Skyline from Drexel Park

“Quality of Life” is Philadelphia’s biggest selling point. Can it survive an Amazonian invasion?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

    • Gregory Heller, executive director of Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, told the resident the city will respect the outcomes of the study.

Ten months into planning process, Eastwick residents remain wary and divided

Eastwick’s Penrose Elementary School gym was packed and hot on last  Wednesday night, and it wasn’t because of a game. The school, located on 78th street, just two blocks from Cobbs…

    • West District map

West Philly residents plan, in the hopes they won't get planned for

On Tuesday night, at West Philadelphia High School, a committed core of community leaders and civic activists came together to vote on the priorities for the West District plan. The citywide…

    • 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…

    • Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Harvey-level damage probably won’t happen in Philadelphia, but intense flooding already does

The heart-wrenching scenes from Houston’s devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have started a national discussion about flood control and water management. Experts and city authorities say it’s unlikely…

    • East and West Fairmount Park -- Kelly Drive

Hunting Park offers a preview of Rebuild

Earlier this summer, 6abc Action News ran a headline that was familiar to a lot of longtime residents of North Philadelphia: “Man Dies After Shooting in Hunting Park.” The…

    • Paine Plaza

Before design community, chief of new Department of Planning & Development charts course ahead for Philly’s real estate development

The myriad departments overseeing property development in Philadelphia have acted like islands, marooned on different floors of government buildings. But a recent tidal shift has ended their isolation: the new Department…

    • 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…

    • 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…

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