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    • No sitting on wall | Emma Lee / WHYY

January 17: Vision Zero tension | Sittenhouse | Recording lost buildings and the present

The objective of Vision Zero is to eliminate traffic-related fatalities and injuries through street design changes, education, and enforcement. Jason Laughlin lays out some of the frictions in the ongoing debate…

    • St. Laurentius' interior, January 2017, courtesy of Philadelphia Historical Commission

Interior nomination for St. Laurentius withdrawn

Friday’s meeting of the Philadelphia Historical Commission added the latest complication to the ongoing saga of St. Laurentius church. The Fishtown site took up an hour of debate and ended with…

    • Kite and Key / Emma Lee

Proposal to transform base of Ben Franklin Bridge trips at the start

A few years ago, planners from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) approached the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) with an idea: Monument Plaza, the barren concrete pedestal for Isamu Noguchi’s sometimes…

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    • Every which way tomorrow waits | Al BeFranke, EOTS Flickr Group

January 12: Chao hearing | Pencoyd Bridge | Faith & Liberty

Streetsblog found Elaine Chao, Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Transportation, vague at her confirmation hearing. Chao repeated that she would look in into continuation of current transit projects, recognizing that “passenger…

    • 9th Street Market: Tortilleria and Talluto's, and customers of every ethnicity | Domenic Vitiello
Eyes on the Street

What does unauthorized immigration and sanctuary mean for Philly’s revival?

Community Contributor Domenic Vitiello makes the case for why immigration of all sorts is important to Philadelphia’s revitalization and what believing in being a sanctuary city means. Vitiello studies immigration and…

    • Planner David Fecteau discussing zoning changes with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, January 2017

Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

    • Reed Estates: looking east on Reed | JKRP Architects, January '17 CDR

Mixed design review for projects in Brewerytown, Pennsport, Roxborough, South Kensington, and Logan Square

January’s Civic Design Review kicked off 2017 with a bang. During the course of the almost three-and-a-half-hour meeting, the experts on the panel tried to shame a developer into building a…

    • Dentzel carousel at Please Touch Museum

January 11: Carousel history | City compost | Street design and equity

GroJLart unearths the history of G.A. Dentzel Carousel Company at Broad Street, Erie and Germantown avenues. Dentzel, a German immigrant, hired master Italian and German sculptors and established what would…

    • Indego bike share

PennDOT gives 13 bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure projects in Greater Philadelphia $9.3M

PennDOT announced the award of $33 million in federal grants to fund 51 transportation projects primarily aimed at initiatives improving pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Southeastern Pennsylvania won 13 of those federal…

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    • PHA homes located on the 1500 block of N 6th Street, in the Ludlow section of Eastern North Philadelphia.

Will Philly's new fair housing plan advance without pressure from HUD?

In 2016 Philadelphia became one of the first major cities to implement Barack Obama’s groundbreaking fair housing regulation. After a sometimes-acrimonious public comment period, the city submitted its plan to…

    • Route 47

SEPTA bus and trolley ridership down, even before city transit strike

Like so many others, SEPTA had a rough 2016. Fiscal Year 2016, that is, which ended June 30th—before the Silverliner V crisis sidelined a third of its Regional Rail fleet and…

    • Little Pete's | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

January 9: Hunting Park scrap yard frustration | Knights Crossing in Camden | Vanishing Philly

Welcome to the working week, readers. We've got a cold start to the week and the city has a Code Blue in effect through Tuesday. If you see someone experiencing homelessness…

    • Silver Street outside Philadelphia Scrap Metal | Catalina Jaramillo, January 2016

Kensington neighbors living by scrap yards want a future without salvage next door

On Wednesday morning, Shawn Rowe and his wife were crossing East Silver Street in Kensington with their 3-year-old daughter and their newborn in a stroller. The block, near the intersection of…

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Reuse of the City Branch for transit or trails unlikely, but proposed development isn't to blame

When plans for a new mixed-use development at 15th and Hamilton streets in Spring Garden were posted online in advance of this month’s Civic Design Review, the project caused a stir…

    • 5th Street Tunnel
    • Free Library Percent for Art - dioramas by Colette Fu | Art Commission, Jan. 2017

Art Commission supports Don Quixote pedestrian plaza, library art, but not PPA lot billboard

The Art Commission’s meeting Wednesday began the year with a bang. The contentious proposal to deaccession stained glass bus shelters on Chestnut Street consumed much of the energy, but the rest…

    • A coworking space in the Pennovation Center, touted by city officials as a hub of Philadelphia's growing tech sector.

January 5: $26m drop in cigarette tax revenue projected | Trolley crash | Coworking guide

The Controller’s office projects that Philly’s cigarette tax revenue will bring in $26 million less than anticipated this fiscal year, reports Anna Orso. “The figures could mean two things, both of…

    • 7th and Chestnut bus stop

City withdraws proposal to scrap Chestnut Street's art bus shelters

In 1999 the City of Philadelphia commissioned artist Pablo Tauler to adapt 11 bus shelters on Chestnut Street in Center City with site-specific designs. Tauler transformed the drab little pods with…

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