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    • The revamped west plaza has new lighting and an at-grade crosswalk

Amtrak adds bus routes to connect Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and White Haven to Northeast Corridor at 30th Street Station

In a press release today, Amtrak announced that it was making a pilot bus service connecting 30th Street Station with Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and White Haven permanent. The Thruway Bus, provided by…

    • Lynne Abraham

Q&A: Lynne Abraham on L&I, councilmanic prerogative, protected bike lanes and more

Last week, PlanPhilly sat down with former judge and District Attorney Lynne Abraham, one of six Democratic candidates campaigning to be the city’s next mayor. Over a 30-minute interview in Center…

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Lynne Abraham Q&A: Full transcript

PlanPhilly: It seems like the candidates have had to field a lot of questions about small issues. Things like trash pick up, bike lanes, parking on the city hall apron,…

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April 13: Energy hub and air quality | Uber rickshaw | Counting Center City parking

Will Bunch wonders what an "energy hub" with even more oil refining activity would mean for the already-worsening air quality situation in southwest Philadelphia. Brandywine bought the ugly concrete parking garage…

    • Fairhill Colors
Eyes on the Street

Homegrown Middle Class: Taking Housing Preservation to Scale

To John Kromer the city's persistent poverty is best tackled at the neighborhood level. In a four-part series of commentaries Kromer, an urban housing and development consultant and former city housing…

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Eyes on the Street

Streetviews: Q&A with Development Workshop's Craig Schelter

Craig Schelter worked at the Planning Commission for 15 years and spent 19 years at the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation. He knows a thing or two about what makes Philly tick…

    • Mifflin triangle

April 10: Another ped plaza coming to E. Passyunk | Street trees and equity | Job access and zoning

Our friends at Keystone Crossroads have an excellent series on Pennsylvania municipal pensions, which are underfunded by $7.7 billion. PARC is removing the news stand on the triangle across from…

    • Rep. Bill Shuster speaks at transportation funding rally. Emma Lee / Newsworks

Regional Congressmen divided over highway funding, despite apparent accord

It’s not every day that you see Rob Wondering, CEO of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, gladly sharing a stage – and a message – with a handful of union…

    • MOTU: itsroadsafety.com

Mixed reviews for MOTU's snarky new pedestrian safety campaign

“A driver hits a pedestrian once every five hours in the city of Philadelphia,” says Ema Yamamoto, of the Mayor’s office of Transportation and Utilities. Standing at the corner of Cecil…

    • Mark Squilla in a Hammock

Spruce Street Harbor Park to reopen Memorial Day weekend with more hammocks and a roller rink

Spruce Street Harbor Park, the premier pop-up destination of last summer, will reopen Memorial Day weekend and stay open through September, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation announced on Thursday. In addition…

    • Penn Street trail
Eyes on the Street

Philly getting passed on protected bike lanes

Despite its high percentage of bicycle commuters and forthcoming bike share program, Philadelphia is falling behind when it comes to building protected bike lanes. The Better Mobility 2015 platform calls…

    • Urban Experiential Display - Screenshot from promotional video | Catalyst Outdoor

Nutter won't sign 3-D billboard legislation, but supports version with more oversight

Mayor Michael Nutter has returned legislation allowing three-dimensional digital billboards in Center City to City Council without his signature, according to a letter Nutter released on Thursday. The bills become law…

    • Camden

April 9: Citizen Sam's L&I plan | Glow in the dark safety paint | The case for bus transfers

The King of Jeans building is finally coming down, to be replaced by a 59-foot building with 12 apartments and ground floor commercial. Glow in the dark paint for safer…

    • Bobby Henon | Emma Lee, NewsWorks

Councilman Henon asks Northeast residents to prioritize his next term

On Tuesday night, Councilman Bobby Henon held a meeting at the Bridesburg Boys & Girls Club to ask residents how recreation centers, parks, and other public spaces in his Northeast Philly…

    • SEPTA Key Kiosk

Can SEPTA Key unlock financial services for the underbanked?

When SEPTA Key finally begins to roll out – hopefully this fall, but SEPTA has stopped making promises on when exactly the now year-and-a-half overdue fare system will arrive – riders…

    • Looped In at The Porch, Photos by Neal Santos
Eyes on the Street

University City: Living lab for public seating, placemaking

Prema Katari Gupta says she knew The Porch at 30th Street Station had become a bona fide public space when three different people yelled at her as she tried to carry…

    • Artist Rendering of Refurbished 25th Street Viaduct

CSX and Kenyatta Johnson announce plans to rebuild 25th Street viaduct

CSX Corporation and Councilman Kenyatta Johnson announced Wednesday a multiyear project to restore the condition and appearance of the long crumbling 25th Street Viaduct. Councilman Johnson said the project was “the…

    • BUILD Philly Mayoral Forum

Mayoral candidates share views on development at BUILD Philly forum

Four candidates vying to be the next mayor of Philadelphia shared their views on enhancing and protecting the city’s built environment with a room full of developers, planners, and preservationists Tuesday…

    • Zesoner

April 8: Helen Gym backs Vision Zero | Camden wins Golden Crater | Choice Neighborhoods update

Helen Gym became one of the first City Council candidates to publicly commit to a Vision Zero policy. I've heard Tom Wyatt and Paul Steinke commit to the policy at public…

    • 4224 Baltimore | U3 Ventures

Design committee hears strong support for development at 43rd and Baltimore

Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is now supporting the development of an apartment building at 43rd Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philly, across the street from Clark Park. Blackwell had previously declined…

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