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    • Warwick Apartments and Bair Funeral Home | Jake Blumgart / PlanPhilly

1911 Walnut tower edges closer with preservation hardship relief in sight

On Wednesday, the Historical Commission held its first Hardship Committee hearing in almost two years, deciding the fate of the property at 1918-20 Sansom Street. Last used as the Oliver H.…

    • Heinz Wildlife Refuge | Emma Lee / WHYY
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The role of water in preparing our cities for a better future

President Trump is committed to eliminating the Waters of the U.S. Rule, which outlines federally protected waterways. Critics of the rule say it hampers development and hurts farmers. Environmentalists say the…

    • A and Lippincott streets | KSK

Fairhill neighborhood plan to mitigate Conrail line and bolster community

The no man’s land of decay and drugs that runs along the Conrail rail line in Kensington may have been a revelation to Philadelphia Inquirer readers, but it’s been at…

    • Tasker Street, Broad Street Line

February 22: SEPTA delays, cancelations | Tenants’ right to counsel | Temple stadium on hold indefinitely

It’s been a bad 24 hours for SEPTA. This morning, SEPTA suspended trains on the Broad Street Line between Walnut-Locust and AT&T stations after a fatal incident at the Tasker-Morris Station…

    • Forest Hills - Byberry proposed | Far Northeast District Plan, Philadelphia City Planning Commission

District plan aims to make Far Northeast more pedestrian friendly

 At the February meeting of the Philadelphia Planning Commission, the draft district plan for the Far Northeast made its debut. The proposal focuses on making three key areas in the auto-centric…

    • Demolition of 4046-48 Chestnut Street | Aaron Wunsch
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Does this place matter? Philadelphia’s preservation paradox

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice.…

    • Schuylkill Expressway

February 21: I-76 ‘Top 10’ congested roadway | Modern urban manufacturing | Detroit’s new CBA law

Two SEPTA trains collided at 69th Street Station's turnaround tracks this morning, injuring four people. NBC10 reports that the SEPTA trains were not in service at the time of the…

    • Mike Fuller: Septa poet

A rhyming trolley ride with the 'SEPTA Poet'

Mike Fuller offers similes, rhymes, and jokes over the public address system of his SEPTA trolley. While Fuller mostly drives the 36, you can also occasionally find him on the 34…

    • Christoper Columbus statue, Marconi Plaza, | Department of Records, 1959 - PhillyHistory.org

German churches and South Philly sites headed for historic designation

At the first meeting of the year for the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Historic Designation, one object and seven properties were recommended for listing in the local register of historic…

    • The Dirt Factory compost

February 17: Forensic waste analysis | Bike ramp for Ben Franklin Bridge | Elkins Estate

In the U.S., consumers throw away 27 million tons of food waste a year. The Natural Resources Defense Council is digging through trash and recruiting households in different cities to log…

    • Construction worker

Center City's housing boom slightly outpaces demand

Center City is still booming, the Center City District (CCD) reports. Housing is the subject of the latest report from Philadelphia’s premier business improvement district. The headline number is that 2,506…

    • Creative Placemaking event, Monday February 13, 2017 | courtesy of Steve Weinik, Mural Arts

Giving arts a seat at the community development table

In December, the National Endowment for the Arts released a collection of essays titled How to Do Creative Peacemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development. Jason Schupbach, the…

    • Norman Blumberg Apartments model, 1969 | Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA

February 16: Urban renewal and patriotism | Seattle's community liaisons | Cycling survey

Many cities, Philadelphia included, have reached peak millennial. The immigrant population, however, has continued to grow and contribute to the city’s economic revitalization. The Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians attest…

    • Poster for Boulevard Direct Bus

SEPTA proposes new buses for University City, Roosevelt Blvd.

SEPTA unveiled the name for its new express bus service coming to Roosevelt Boulevard: the Boulevard Direct Bus. Technically, the Boulevard Direct Bus is a mere proposal—nothing set in stone—one of…

    • Airport control tower

February 14: Uber subscription service l 136-acre Airport expansion | Paul Levy on Philly’s growth

Philadelphia has been immensely proud of the city’s recent population growth, the first upward trend since the 1960s. Center City District’s new report, Philadelphia: An Incomplete Revival, aims to tell…

    • Little Wakefield, a Quaker house on La Salle's campus | Oscar Biesert

Little Wakefield and Wister House designated historic despite La Salle's protests

Jewelers’ Row wasn’t the only contentious case before the February Historical Commission meeting. Prior to the skirmish over Sansom Street, a series of nominations on La Salle University’s campus were sent…

    •  Navy Yard | courtesy of PIDC
Eyes on the Street

Praxis Dialogues: Old buildings anchor growth at the Navy Yard

On February 28, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will host the next Praxis Dialogues, the third in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice.…

    • William M Meredith Elementary School

February 14: Fair, affordable development l Kindergarten lottery concerns | Mussel mania

The High Line has had millions of visitors and is set to generate $1 billion in tax revenues over the next 20 years. The park’s smashing success highlights Manhattan’s rising inequality,…

    • Conservation easements on private properties in Chestnut Hill help manage development and protect the Wissahickon watershed  | Chestnut Hill Conservancy

Chestnut Hill group broadens focus to integrate preservation and conservation

Community efforts to preserve the historic character of Chestnut Hill’s built environment are expanding this year to protect its natural assets as well. The neighborhood’s historical society, founded in 1967, changed…

    • 40th Street Trolley Portal Concept Plan | courtesy of University City District

February 13: Unauthorized immigrant clusters l Trolley Portal Gardens l Common application for small business financing

Last week, PlanPhilly’s Jake Blumgart wrote about the role of immigrants in Philadelphia’s growing urban cores and neighborhoods. According to the Pew Research Center’s new census data analysis, the unauthorized immigrant…

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