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    • Schuylkill River Trail

October 29: Abraham in | Wolf promises Smart Growth office | Philly multimodal projects get funding

After publicly exploring the possibility of a run, long-time former District Attorney Lynne Abraham is officially in the Democratic primary for Mayor in 2015. With a little under a week to…

    • Center City Bike Lanes

Center City District report finds big jump in bike commuting since 2012

Corroborating the Bicycle Coalition's report from August, which reported a marked increase in bike commuting rates during the Nutter years, a new survey from Center City District found that "morning rush…

    • 722 Chestnut
Eyes on the Street

Want to preserve more of Philly's history? Start with a survey.

Philly has roughly half a million buildings. Just 2% of those buildings are designated historic through listing in the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places. About 4% are listed in the National…

    • 500 Walnut / Scannapieco Development Corp.

Committee reviews 26-story glass condo tower proposed for 5th and Walnut

“What we’re selling to is a market that wants floor-to-ceiling glass,” said architect Cecil Baker, explaining his design for a 26-story residential tower at 5th and Walnut streets to the architecture…

    • Philadelphia Gas Works

October 28: Council spikes PGW sale | Nutter wants Uber X legalized | "Block party rules" for ped plazas

City Council President Darrell Clarke announced yesterday that City Council won't even introduce a bill to sell Philadelphia Gas Works - the nation's largest remaining publicly-owned utility - effectively ending the…

    • East Market - Chestnut Walk

Market East will be a proving ground for a new kind of Center City street

The digital billboards planned for the large mixed-use development at 1100 East Market Street have captured the most public attention, but the more interesting feature of that project is arguably its…

    • A 52 pulling up to the Park West bus shelter.

Advertising firm will build new bus shelters and street furniture

Philadelphia is finalizing a contract with the national transit advertising company Titan that will result in the replacement of all 300 of the city’s existing bus shelters. The contract will also…

    • Paris traffic circle

October 27: SEPTA strike vote | Uber X launches | Traffic circles and Streets Dept traffic calming

TWU Local 234 voted to authorize their leaders to call a strike Sunday, but no work stoppages have been called. Michael Noda games out what might happen next. Ride-sharing firm Uber…

    •  Philadelphia Housing Authority's three and four bedroom Ludlow Home developments located on the 1300 block of Marshall Street.

Restructuring plan would replace Office of Housing and Community Development

Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development turns 38 this year, and City Council President Darrell Clarke is celebrating by proposing an amendment to the Home Rule Charter that would eliminate…

    • Planning Commission meeting, Oct. 21, 2014

Full video coverage of the Oct. 21 Philadelphia City Planning Commission meeting

October's meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission was one of its longest in recent memory. The Commission dealt with zoning remappings, property transfers, building designs, digital signage, and neighborhood plans.…

    • SEPTA Park n' Ride

October 24: SEPTA strike looms | Office sales doubled in first half | The math of Park n' Rides

Michael Noda says there could be a SEPTA strike as soon as Monday. The PR fight between ride-sharing companies, like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, and traditional taxi fleet owners is…

    • Lower Northwest district plan

The draft Lower Northwest District Plan public review period has started

The DRAFT Lower Northwest District Plan is now available for public review.  It can be accessed hereIt is a large file, so please have patience.   The Planning Commission…

    • Court of Common Pleas reverses L&I Review Board decision on Church of the Assumption

Councilman proposes funding committee to register more historic buildings

Councilman Jim Kenney introduced a bill on Thursday aimed at stepping up the city’s efforts at historic preservation. The measure would create a “Special Committee for Consideration of National Register of…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair overlay gets a thumbs-down from Planning Commission

The Planning Commission voted Tuesday to disapprove a proposed zoning overlay in the Northeast Philly neighborhood of Mayfair that would ban 15 separate business categories, including beauty parlors, laundromats, nail salons,…

    • Century 21

October 23: Tangled titles | Failed taxi auction | Century 21 opens | Automating SEPTA

Nobody bid on the new $475,000 medallions at PPA's first auction for wheelchair-accessible taxi licenses. Paul Nussbaum reminds us that taxi medallions (which ration the privilege to drive a for-hire vehicle…

    • LOVE Park, August 2012 | (c) Bob Bruhin, all rights reserved
Eyes on the Street

Build new LOVE upon old strengths

Think of classic Philly views and your mind will likely leap to that mile-long vista from Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture down the Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. JFK Plaza,…

    • Site of East Market development, 1100 block of Market

Digital billboards on East Market approved by Planning Commission

Here’s something you may know: the area of Market Street between Broad and 7th streets was designated as a special advertising district a few years ago, permitting developers to place large…

    • Spotted at 8th and Tasker

October 22: Sliding doors for SEPTA | Center City's Millennial migration boom | Peopledelphia | Milkman's return

Councilman David Oh says a Korean company, TIS, Inc, wants to use Philadelphia as a demonstration project for sliding glass doors in rail stations that open when the train arrives. This…

    • Lower North | Philadelphia2035

Planning Commission approves down-zoning in North Philadelphia

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of three bills on Tuesday that would implement portions of the Lower North District Plan, one of 18 neighborhood plans being undertaken as part…

    • Row in a Row | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr group
Eyes on the Street

Adopt Housing Trust Strategy to Preserve Neighborhood Balance

Community Contributor and former Philadelphia Housing Director John Kromer offers some ideas about how Philly can preserve housing affordability for low- and moderate-income families in ways other than inclusionary requirements for…

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