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    • The Architects Building at 17th & Sansom is LEED certified at the Gold level

Council members seek more incentives for green building

Two members of City Council have introduced legislation that would provide height and density bonuses for developers who design buildings to meet certain environmental and energy benchmarks. The bill, introduced by…

    • Wharton St pop-up beer garden

June 4: House to vote on transit cuts | The case for a parking tax hike | NYT on Indego

The US House is poised to vote on cuts to Amtrak, transit, and the popular TIGER grant program. Some City Council members are looking to plugging the budget hole with a…

    • The Woodlands mansion, during terrace and cryptoporticus reconstruction
Eyes on the Street

The Woodlands charts new course built on old assets, broad appeal

That historic site is so relevant, said hardly anyone ever. But that’s just what The Woodlands has become. The more common narrative in the world of house museums and standalone…

    • Phase 1: SEPTA owned spur at Noble Street | Studio Bryan Hanes

Art Commission grants final approval to Reading Viaduct Spur and Market St. Memorial

The Reading Viaduct Spur took another step toward reality Wednesday morning when the Philadelphia Art Commission gave the project the blessing of final approval. The Spur is a quarter-mile arm of…

    • PATCO

PATCO plans special passes, schedule for Papal visit

“We’re coming out with a new air freshener, just for the Papal visit,” Delaware River Port Authority CEO John Hanson is saying, just before a meeting of the DRPA Finance Committee…

    • Sono rendering

June 3: Major University Science Center expansion | Generational politics of home prices | Spring Garden office project

Huge news: University Science Center is planning to double in size, adding an additional 4 million square feet of capacity, including residential and retail components. You've never seen rendering porn…

    • Rail yards from Drexel Park
Eyes on the Street

Mayor 99: Steal these six ideas from Diaz

If Democratic mayoral nominee Jim Kenney wants to support smarter development and stronger transit, here are six ideas he could poach from Nelson Diaz’ mayoral campaign, offered up in this op-ed…

    • Zipcar at Park(ing) Day

As Zipcar passes the 400-car landmark, what's next for car-sharing in Philly?

Over at Citified, Malcolm Burnley has been building the case for turning more of Philadelphia's on-street and off-street parking spaces into dedicated spaces for short-rental vehicles like Zipcar and Enterprise. Burnley's…

    • The twin homes are described as extraordinary examples of Eastlake Victorian architecture. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Multi-pronged battle ahead for group of neighbors trying to save historic Wissahickon house

Neighbors are fervently trying to save a distinctive 1880s twin house in Roxborough from demolition, but they are waging difficult battles on several fronts. A demolition permit is posted on the…

    • 9th/10th & Locust PATCO Station Bike Racks/Photo Credit: Bennet Cornelius, PATCO

SEPTA and PATCO hop on bike trend to boost ridership

Last month, SEPTA released its first ever Cycle-Transit Plan, an addendum of sorts to its Sustainability Plan, detailing what the transit authority has done—and will do—to make it easier for cyclists…

Running to beat Philly gridlock

A traffic study earlier this year found that for the average 30-minute commute in Philadelphia, congestion on the road added an extra 18 minutes each day — totaling nearly 70 extra…

    • PHS beer garden - 9th and Wharton

June 2: Amtrak crash hearing | South Philly mural transplant | Family-friendly planning

Amtrak and safety officials will testify on the Philadelphia crash today. Construction has begun on a pedestrian entrance to Laurel Hill Cemetery at Hunting Park Avenue and Kelly Drive, offering better…

    • Skyline from Drexel Park

Committee approves zoning changes in Center City

A City Council committee has approved a bill that would allow taller and denser commercial buildings in select areas of Center City and permit residential development on smaller lots than is…

    • Zoning reformers react to Councilman Green's proposed changes to the draft code

Clarke drafting new zoning rules for community groups

Registered Community Organizations could soon be required to operate under the city’s official Standards of Conduct and Ethics, if a draft ordinance circulating around City Hall becomes law. The bill, prepared…

    • SEPTA launches official iPhone app

Upcoming Hackathon aims to make getting around Philly easier, needs your ideas

What happens when you cram a couple dozen tech geeks and transit nerds into a room with nothing but coffee, junk food and energy drinks for a weekend? Well, besides the…

    • Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

June 1: RACP winners and losers | PHS on pop-up designs | Parking neutrality vs. bikeability

The winners and losers in the latest round of state RACP grants: Comcast got less than they asked for, but apparently we're getting some new carpets and equipment here at the…

    • Kensington

Shift Capital makes the bull case for Kensington redevelopment

Shift Capital is redeveloping properties in Kensington. Not East Kensington, not South Kensington, and not Olde Kensington. Kensington. In the area bounded roughly by Erie Avenue, Kensington Avenue, and G Street, far above…

    • Speed Cushion (Before markings added)

Streetsplainer: Why does that speed hump have gaps?

If you live in Northeast or Northwest Philly, you might have noticed some new speed humps with little gaps in them. They’re called speed cushions. “Why would they put a few…

    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

Dept. of Kumbaya: Committee approves Clarke's restructuring proposal

City Council is just about ready to ask voters to approve a sweeping overhaul of the city government’s planning and development functions. On Friday morning, Council’s Committee on Law & Government…

    • Porch 2.0 features seating nodes that break up the vast space
Eyes on the Street

The Porch 2.0: Updated version, same big vision

When University City District (UCD) opened The Porch at 30th Street Station in November 2011, it was a pretty barebones affair. Putting movable furniture on a 50-foot wide slip of…

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