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    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Developers cheer as L+I adds offices plus inspectors to equal demand from Philly’s real estate boom

For years, Philadelphia’s developers have complained and fretted about staffing at the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L+I). In 2017, the agency may finally be able to come close to giving…

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Church In Grad Hospital hopes newly-planted Garden of Eden will turn new neighbors into new parishioners

In May, 1916, the members of Union Baptist Church assembled at 711 South 12th Street and proudly marched seven blocks to their new sanctuary. The historic congregation had outgrown its first…

    • On Thursday Night Market returns to Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy with more than 50 vendors.

September 12: Dark side, claw back | Post pop-up | ‘Gentrification tax’

Quite a bit on localizing economic development in today’s news:  “This is a dark side of our constitutional federalism, as it plays out in ‘economic development,’” cautions City Lab. As cities…

    • Packed bus | Ashley Hahn, PlanPhilly

September 11: Many thoughts on SEPTA | Houston’s bus redesign | Monument Lab

Transit’s the talk of the town in today’s news. Civic and cultural assets, too. The transportation secretary, agriculture secretary, fire commissioner, and PennDOT all voice concern over the GOP-backed House plan…

    • State Capitol building

SEPTA blasts alarm over GOP House budget proposal’s cuts to state transportation funds

SEPTA officials are all train whistles and bus horns this week, warning that Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget woes now threaten their budget and, therefore, your commute. This week, the Republicans in the…

    • Original parkway plans

September 8: Relatively unglamorous ghosts | Amazing, dangerous, and frightening | Amazon HQ2

Amazing, dangerous, and frightening: Stu Bykofsky writes about the intersection of youth and bike culture on Philly streets. Byko speaks with youth bicyclists and bewildered onlookers who are concerned that these…

    • Jewelers' Row, November 2016

Small increase in Historical Commission staff size precedes “big changes” in preservation

The Philadelphia Historical Commission (PHC) will soon expand its office staff by two, the first increase in the size of the regulatory agency in 13 years, and one of several signs…

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Art is compromising: Commission OKs city’s plan to replace, but reuse, Chestnut Street’s stained-glass bus shelters

At the beginning of the year, the City of Philadelphia attempted to replace Chestnut Street’s bus shelters with new ones, which would have meant the deaccessioning of stained-glass art installations that…

    • A line of cars parked in the median on South Broad Street (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Judge tosses challenge to tradition of parking in the middle of South Broad

On Wednesday, Common Pleas Court Judge Daniel Anders dismissed the lawsuit from the urbanist advocacy group 5th Square, which sought to force Philadelphia police and the parking authority to enforce the…

    • Sydenham St. bike corral / Bicycle Coalition

September 7: City clean confidence | Parkway fails | Clean energy jobs up 6%

Whether the Ben Franklin Parkway was meant to be the city’s signature cultural destination, a festival porta potty invasion, tree-lined commuter path, or grand public park, the Parkway “fails at…

    • Exterior View/Entry Plaza for Zoo Restaurant

Party Animals: Zoo gets preliminary OK for huge new restaurant and event space

America’s First Zoo, like everyone else in this town, can’t resist a good roof deck. At Wednesday’s Art Commission meeting, the Philadelphia Zoo unveiled plans for a state-of-the-art dining facility that…

    • The former Buck Hosiery factory's rubble and charred remains.

September 6: AV advisory council | Female labor fighters | Urban agriculture + housing

What is dead may never die: Philadelphia heritage and ideas from our neighboring cities in today’s news: West Philadelphia community leaders say they were blindsided by the City’s decision to scrap…

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Civic Design Review committee approves Penn, Dranoff projects

September’s meeting of the Civic Design Review committee proceeded in a succinct and painless fashion. All three of the projects before the committee were met with, at most, light criticism and…

    • Vaux High School, Sharswood

September 5: School new Vaux | Daguerreotype selfie | Philly's Grandest Flop

Vaux High School in Sharswood is set to reopen its doors Tuesday, WHYY’s Aaron Moselle reports. The new Vaux, which will remain public, will open with just ninth-graders and add a…

    • Schuylkill River flooding, May 2014 | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Harvey-level damage probably won’t happen in Philadelphia, but intense flooding already does

The heart-wrenching scenes from Houston’s devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath have started a national discussion about flood control and water management. Experts and city authorities say it’s unlikely…

    • Society Hill Acme

Lease of Society Hill's Acme extended, concluding heated community battle

Earlier this week, Alterra Property Group officially abandoned their plans for a mid-rise residential tower on the site of Society Hill's 5th Street Acme Market.  On August 30, Alterra signed an agreement…

    • SEPTA crash at 69th Street Station, February 21, 2017 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

September 1: Parks, trails on street view | PennDOT bribery | MFL derailment update

Quite a bit of news for and about those who drive, hike, and take transit in the region today: A Philadelphia-based PennDOT employee took nearly $14,000 in bribes to unleash more…

    • Construction is nearly complete on Paine's Park

Will Rebuild help or hamper the Office of Economic Opportunity

When Mayor Michael Nutter created the Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO) in 2008, the announcement was met with muted fanfare. Arriving on the heels of its disappointing predecessor, the Minority Business…

    • Christopher Williams and Brandon Irving

In Germantown, real estate developer Ken Weinstein sees value in jumpstarting his competition

Brandon Irving and Christopher Williams are standing in front of an unpretentious, stone-clad twin on East Germantown’s Rittenhouse Street and thinking about the future. They bought the house in April for…

    • Not a parking space

August 31: Place, race, rules | Parking, urban success | Philly sues Sessions

The conversation about parking and urban success has largely focused on commercial cores and not residential areas, so does the same urbanist thinking apply to neighborhoods? Inga Saffron looks at Center…

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