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    • 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…

    • A skyline photo of Center City taken from West Philadelphia.

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…

    • Route 52, Photo by Ashley Hahn

SEPTA Board approves capital, operating budgets, plus new locomotives

The SEPTA Board was busy yesterday, giving the official OK to both the capital and operating budgets, plus authorizing another $154 million to purchase new locomotives. The board adopted a $534.54…

    • Burlando flag

May 29: Flagging issues. Term limits in burbs? A big way to recycle

Brian Johnson at Greater Greater Washington on the value of a well-designed city flag like Washington, DC's. Mike Burlando and Geoff Thompson have been beating the drum for a new Philly…

    • Vacant land behind the former site of the Queen Lane Apartments is part of the proposed play space area. (Jimmy Viola/for NewsWorks, file)

PHA agrees to maintain outdoor space near Queen Lane apartments site

They came ready for a fight, but walked away with a compromise. On Thursday, Germantown residents packed courtroom 414 in City Hall for the start of a trial aimed, on paper,…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Council close to consensus on Gallery redevelopment

Less than two months after unveiling plans to renovate The Gallery at Market East, the mall’s owners appear poised to secure a package of zoning and tax incentives from City Council.…

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