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    • The Civic Design Review committee recommended major changes to the design of this Spring Garden storage facility. The feedback had little impact on the final design.

Developers flout city design board recommendations, study finds

Architect Cecil Baker remembers exactly when he knew it was time to quit the Philadelphia Civic Design Review committee. “The straw that broke the camel's back for me was the case…

    • Jannie Blackwell | Emma Lee/WHYY

Protests target West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

Sheriff’s deputies arrested an activist in Philadelphia City Hall after the Brown and Black Workers Cooperative disrupted a City Council meeting. The group interrupted the Thursday meeting with demands to end…

    • A car parked in a crosswalk. (Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly)

Illegal parkers beware: Philadelphia wants you out of the crosswalk and off the sidewalk

For Bruce McElrath, a car parked in a crosswalk is a major inconvenience at the very least. At worst, it can turn the simple act of crossing the street in a…

    • An abstract sculpture from the West Collection displayed at a temporary installation inside the Kimmel Center in 2016.

Billionaire planning contemporary art museum in Fishtown warehouse

A series of Frankford Avenue warehouses are slated to become a permanent home for the West Collection, a 3,100-piece cache of contemporary art assembled by billionaire Alfred P West, Jr.…

    • St. Laurentius Church is a Fishtown landmark. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

City wants to rezone St. Laurentius and sidestep legal drama

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously recommended a spot zoning bill that would allow St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown to become apartments without any further public approvals. The bill, reviewed at…

    • Midtown II diner (Google Street View)

High-rise hotel coming to the site of the former Midtown II diner in Center City

From greasy spoon to silver spoon. The site at 122 S.11th Street in Philadelphia once occupied by Midtown II Restaurant is set to become a 14-story, 86-room hotel with restaurants on…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)
Eyes on the Street

Amazon-New York HQ2 breakup has lessons for Philadelphia

Amazon’s New York City HQ2 plans unraveled in spectacular fashion last week—a fitting end for a spectacle of a location selection process. It is tempting to see the deal’s dissolution as…

    • Justin Diberardinis on the Schuylkill River Trail

Justin DiBerardinis runs for Philadelphia City Council on a good government platform

Justin DiBerardinis wants to change Philadelphia’s government, and not just by winning a seat on City Council. At this early stage in the 2019 municipal elections, DiBerardinis is one of the…

    • Philadelphia students power Rebel Ventures. (Rebel Ventures)
Eyes on the Street

Rebel Ventures pitch youth-powered corner store at Full City Challenge

Jarrett Stein kept apologizing to the crowd for his public speaking. On a cold rainy Tuesday morning, the Rebel Ventures co-executive director told a roomful of food justice advocates and advisors…

    • The structure at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown, as it appeared after the June collapse.

Fishtown building collapse inspires construction enforcement bill

Philadelphia City Council wants to finance a crackdown on unsafe construction. A building collapse last week in Fishtown and another recent collapse in Germantown has inspired Councilmember Cindy Bass to introduce…

    • A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has apartment dwellers taking extermination into their own hands. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

Landlords must exterminate bed bugs under City Council bill

Philadelphia landlords who go soft on bedbugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla. Philadelphia is currently the only big city that does not…

    • In December 2018, Germantown residents met with PlanPhilly reporters and editors to discuss local reporting.

Tell us how you use PlanPhilly

Dear reader, Big things are afoot here at PlanPhilly. You’ve seen our fresh new logo and we’ve got plenty more in store for 2019.  Please do us a solid and fill out this survey…

    • Touch-screen payment registers made by Square are used in many cashless establishments.

Philly City Council votes to ban cashless stores

Philadelphia City Council approved a bill Thursday that would ban most city stores from going cashless. Businesses like Sweetgreen, a salad chain that only takes plastic, could face fines up to…

    • Emanuel Lutheran Church, more recently Phat Quang Buddhist Temple, on 4th Street in Queen Village. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Buddhist monks cash out with ‘secret’ sale of historic South Philly church

A 150-year-old Queen Village church turned Buddhist temple is on a path toward residential reincarnation. The pending metamorphosis is no shocker from a real estate perspective — sacred spaces across the…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Fishtown's St. Laurentius church cleared for redevelopment

A Pennsylvania judge issued an opinion on Tuesday that could bring an end to an acrimonious two-and-a-half year struggle over the redevelopment of St. Laurentius, a crumbling Catholic church in Philadelphia’s…

    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Strollers pose safety problems for Philly families riding SEPTA

When a mother fell down the stairs and died in the New York subway two weeks ago, parents in Philadelphia reacted with a combination of horror and recognition. Malaysia Goodson’s fall…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building, 2014

Philadelphia councilwoman delayed major city land deal to help a developer

The city’s stalled redevelopment of 4601 Market Street finally advanced on Thursday after West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell reversed her opposition. A document obtained by PlanPhilly indicates Blackwell’s reservations stemmed from…

    • A rendering of 2100 Hamilton St. behind the Rodin Museum.

Parkway condo opposed by Rodin Museum, Rail Park wins key city approval

A condo building that opponents say could disrupt plans to extend the Rail Park and endanger Rodin Museum holdings has won the final city approval needed to break ground. The Philadelphia…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb drops $32,000 on poll as 2019 mayors race heats up

It’s been rumored for some time that real estate magnate and Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb has been eying a run for mayor this year. Domb has been on the outs…

    • A rendering shows a redeveloped Gretz Brewery on Germantown Avenue. ( T+ Associates.)

Gretz Brewery redevelopment in Kensington returns to drawing board

The sprawling former Gretz Brewery stands as a hunkering symbol of industrial blight. The impressive red brick structure went vacant almost 60 years ago and Kensington residents have worried for years…

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