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    • SEPTA Planner Jennifer Barr talks with local residents

Planning Commission, SEPTA offer vision of improved trails and transit along the Wissahickon

In the coming years, one of SEPTA’s busiest transportation facilities could see an overhaul while the Schuylkill River Trail may, finally, connect through Manayunk, thanks to the Wissahickon Gateway Plan. On…

    • Jared Beatrice (L), Dhody (center), and Kimberlee Moran meet at Moran's lab at Rutgers-Camden to review some of what was excavated from 218 Arch Street in Philadelphia last month.  (Elana Gordon/WHYY)

October 31: Rebuild oversight | Philly 10th in mobility | 218 Arch St remains

The Rebuild oversight board will meet for the first time Wednesday November 1st at the Kingsessing Recreation Center. Albert Hong does a quick rundown of the board appointees, which includes…

    • Pa. Capitol Building, Harrisburg. (Kevin McCorry/WHYY)

Mapping out patterns for why some PA towns give up their local police forces

An ever-increasingly large share of Pennsylvania’s transportation budget goes to state police. This year, state police will get around $773 million of the $2.8 billion motor license fund.* The state…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Is mandatory inclusionary zoning the answer to Philly’s affordable housing question?

City Council’s attention of late has been focused on keeping rent and mortgages affordable for all in Philadelphia as steady, year-over-year population gains increase housing prices. But the bills introduced to…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

October 30: Philly Free Streets | #PhillyMinute: MFL | Kensington Ave Storefront Challenge

A feast on rails and roads, from the ground to the sky, in today’s news: SEPTA regional rail riders: expect service delays due to felled trees and overhead wires, 6abc reports.…

    • In March, 2016, around 200 residents turned out to a community meeting on the NHSL extension to King of Prussia. Many were in opposition.

SEPTA advances plan for NHSL extension to King of Prussia, but some residents aren’t on board

SEPTA recently took another laborious step in the long journey to extending the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) to King of Prussia, releasing a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in conjunction…

    • Pa. Capitol Building, Harrisburg. (Kevin McCorry/WHYY)

October 27: House passes final budget piece | Philly nonprofits cash-strapped | NJ Blue Acres

And so it ends. The House passed the final complicated budget piece, WITF’s Katie Meyer reports. The measure significantly broadens the gaming industry, legalizing gambling at the airport, truck stops,…

    • 500 Walnut Street, June 2017

October 26: Germantown #1 | Trickle-down tax abatement? | Bev Tax revenue

Does Philly’s 10-year tax abatement encourage developers to “demolish rather than renovate” and simply subsidize construction for the extremely wealthy? Inga Saffron argues yes, based on the program’s blanket structure that…

    • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Naomi Adler with Mayor Jim Kenney at Mt. Carmel Cemetery(Emma Lee/WHYY)

October 25: Jewish headstones restored | Quality of Life fines | Streets Dept Podcast Ep 2

A 2-alarm fire consumed Bridget Foy’s on South Street early Wednesday, Joseph A. Gambardello and Julie Shaw report. Officials say two dogs inside Doggy Style next door died from smoke inhalation…

    • Donald Trump

October 24: Trump rat statue | SEPTA bus accident | Find your block captain

An inflatable rat with a head like President Trump was erected next to the Rizzo statue, WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports. The police moved the rat to the sidewalk, which is public…

    • Food donations are sorted by volunteers at the Unidos Pa' PR warehouse at 956 East Erie Ave.

Displaced by Hurricane Maria, Puerto Ricans move to Philadelphia

Taina Gomez saw no other option. Over a month ago, she lost everything to Hurricane Maria. Her house near the beach in Arecibo, Puerto Rico, was completely destroyed. Also gone was…

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

“Quality of Life” is Philadelphia’s biggest selling point. Can it survive an Amazonian invasion?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Unveiled in September, 2017, the Octavius V. Catto is Philadelphia's first statute to African-American on city property
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia’s statues and memorials don’t look like Philadelphia

Mural Arts’ Monument Lab asks the city’s residents: What is an appropriate monument for the current city of Philadelphia? PlanPhilly is publishing some responses from our readership. Want to contribute to…

    • The Historic Preservation Task Force meets in Philadelphia University’s Kanbar Center

At its 3rd meeting, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force looks at the good and bad of Philly’s historic preservation ordinance

When it was launched back in April, Philadelphia’s Historic Preservation Task Force was intended to help ensure that historic preservation was as much a part of the discussion around urban growth…

    • A PennDOT project made The Porch possible

October 23: Just Spaces | Pro-growth, equity planning | Furnessian flair

UCD is developing an audit tool to “assess the accessibility and equity of its public space network,” Generocity’s Julie Zeglen reports. UCD’s Alissa Weiss says that Just Spaces will take into consideration…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Stuck in a LOOP: Councilman calls for killing 10-year cap on real estate tax exemption

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson proposed an amendment to the city’s Longtime Owner Occupant of Program (LOOP) tax exemption program on Thursday. The proposal would eliminate the ten-year limit on the program for…

    • Paul Meyer, director of the Morris Arboretum, (left) and Edward

October 20: Suburban Amazon fever | Philly tree guide | Morgan Berman’s advice

Bensalem, Delaware County, and Bristol Township have also contracted Amazon fever, WHYY’s Laura Benshoff reports. The suburban Philadelphia communities are pitching land, talent pool from nearby colleges, proximity to transportation…

    • St. Boniface Church was demolished in April, 2012

Philly moves to regulate demolition

Philadelphia plans to tighten regulations on demolitions after a year of heightened fears of lead poisoning in construction-heavy residential neighborhoods. At Thursday’s City Council session two bills were introduced, both drafted…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Is Amazon too big for Philly’s kiddie-sized tech talent pool?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

October 19: $1B for Amazon | PA budget | Roadmap to Smarter City

Amazon chronicles, continued: the Chamber of Commerce’s Rob Wonderling says Pennsylvania’s ready to offer Amazon more than $1 billion in tax incentives, Jacob Adelman reports. To see if Philly can deliver,…

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