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    • Rendering of proposed Orinoka Civic House, courtesy NKCDC and Jibe Design

March 6: Diminishing low-cost and starter housing stock | Gems behind I-95 | Peduto and bikelash

The dream of capping of I-95 inches even closer to reality. The William Penn Foundation has committed $15 million to support redeveloping Penn’s Landing into a waterfront park. Now, with $90…

    • 31st and Market SEPTA elevator rendering, March 2017 Art Commission

New elevators for SEPTA's 30th Street trolley and El station

Big changes are coming to 30th Street Station. The ambitious Schuylkill Yards project will transform the area, and SEPTA has plans to refurbish one of its busiest stations in tandem with…

    • Penns Landing master plan rendering

March 3: PennDOT puts $100 million to cap I-95 | Blows to CDFI's | 17th century city sensations

Community development advocates are still smarting from the shock of the decimation of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund earlier this week. CDFI’s, including PIDC, Entrepreneur Works, and Finanta, prioritize funding…

    •  Philadelphia Housing Authority's three and four bedroom Ludlow Home developments located on the 1300 block of Marshall Street.

Housing advocates hope budget negotiations will unlock more resources

Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget speech at City Council today covered a lot of ground. From his central policy priority--the Rebuild Initiative—to bravura capital projects like capping I-95 and announcing a much…

    • This 9-cubic yard truck needs to be tipped more often but it is small enough to maneuver the tight South Philadelphia Streets. February 13th, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Waste Not: Philadelphia's route to better recycling

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • City Hall | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Putting Philadelphia’s $149 million pension fund loss into context

It is not hyperbole to blame Philadelphia’s underfunded pensions for the city’s high taxes, dirty sidewalks, potholed-filled streets, and struggling schools. Every dollar the city has to…

    • The project would make it easier to install high level platforms at West Trenton Station, Photo by Neal Santos

March 2: SEPTA setbacks | PHA smoking ban outcomes | Public-private partnerships library

High winds are blowing us away, knocking down trees, power lines, and messing up people’s hair and morning commute. The bad luck streak for SEPTA just won’t quit. This morning, FOX…

    • Rendering of 'Chorus Dawn' by Brent Wahl and Laynie Brown

Utility pole public art for Rail Park gets conceptual approval

Municipal meetings that feature poetry readings are rare, even at the Philadelphia Art Commission. But on Wednesday morning, at an unveiling of the percent for art installation proposed for the Rail…

    • Proposed Chestnut Street bike lane configuration from 2015 study by Philadelphia Streets Department

City plans parking-protected bike lane for Chestnut Street in West Philly

At Wednesday’s Vision Zero conference, the city’s Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS) shared its plans to build a parking-protected bicycle lane on Chestnut Street between 34th and 45th…

    • Vare Recreation Center at 26th and Morris. | Emma Lee/WHYY

March 1: | Rebuild shifts | Compromise fence for Franklin Square | Toilet plunger bike lanes

After what Councilmember Blackwell described as “the most detailed meeting” on Rebuild, the city's $500 million initiative to reinvest in parks, recreation centers and libraries, the Inquirer reports that City Council…

    • Special Report: Vacant land, focused plans

February 28: Land Bank plan update | Wolf has $777 million infrastructure wish list | Beury rebirth ahead

As we reported in January, the Philadelphia Land Bank updated its strategic plan with new targets for transforming vacant property into market rate development, affordable housing, community gardens and side yards. As…

    • Ridge Avenue Entertainment District Philadelphia Courthouse Mural, Courtesy | courtesy of Faye Anderson, All That Philly Jazz
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Praxis Dialogues: Historic preservation and social justice

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.…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Kenney budget puts $90 million toward Penn's Landing park capping I-95

Funding for a large new waterfront park at Penn’s Landing will be tucked into Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget address this Thursday. The mayor plans to announce a $90 million city commitment…

    • Mt. Carmel Cemetery vandalism, February 2017 | Emily Cohen for NewsWorks

February 27: Jewish cemetery desecrated | Royal farewell | Secret green spaces

More than 500 graves were desecrated at Mount Carmel Cemetery off of Frankford Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, reports WHYY's Bobby Allyn. The Anti-Defamation League and the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge…

    • Stations for Recommended TOD Overlays

Council proposes zoning changes to drive transit-oriented development

When Philadelphia adopted its new zoning code in 2013, policymakers included an overlay provision meant to encourage denser development around transit stations. In theory, it meant that developers could build more…

    • Tony Brooks tries out Philadelphia's new wheelchair accessible taxi in the parking lot of the Philadelphia Parking Authority's Taxicab and Limousine Division. (2015) | Emma Lee / WHYY

As Uber and Lyft drive on, now formally licensed, disabled and taxis say they are being left behind

Over the past few months, the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) boardroom has been the site of much gnashing of teeth, wailing of woes, and pulling of hair over the first illegal…

    • Inside Furness church at 47th and Kingsessing

February 24: Waymo sues Uber | Council considers TOD measure | Diversity in design

Philadelphia, like many other cities, skewed Democratic in the last election even as both houses became Republican-controlled. Next City reports on several blue cities that had their authority tested by red…

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

Councilman Johnson calls for safety hearings on SEPTA

Citing SEPTA’s string of sidelined rail cars, Tuesday’s derailment of a pair of out-of-service Market-Frankford Line trains, and a trolley collision in January, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a resolution at Thursday’s…

    • New Year's Eve fireworks | NewsWorks (file)

City Council considering increased fees for permits and licenses

On Thursday Councilmember Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill to retool the Department of Licenses & Inspections fee regimen. The bill would modestly increase many fees across the board, ranging from…

    • I-95 construction, 2016 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PennDOT Secretary hopes to connect the planning dots with new initiative

PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards is a planner, in the professional sense of the word. That slightly unusual fact—most of her predecessors had traffic engineering backgrounds—helps explain her excitement for the…

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