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    • St. Laurentius zoning meeting vote, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for NewsWorks

Fishtowners feud at community meeting over St. Laurentius reuse proposal

On Tuesday night the Fishtown Neighbors Association held a zoning meeting and nonbinding vote on the future of St. Laurentius church. Developer Leo Voloshin stood before the massive crowd and defended…

    • Ridge Avenue sign | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

September 21: Introducing Grapple | Clarke v. Saffron | Broad & Washington update

First things first: Our colleagues at Keystone Crossroads have been hard at work on a new podcast called Grapple – all about the struggles of Pennsylvania cities, with context and solutions.…

    • Bridgeview, interior courtyard parking | JKR Partners

Proposal to increase parking minimums finds no support at Planning Commission

Tuesday’s meeting of the Planning Commission centered on Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill to double the amount of parking required at many forms of new development in the city. The bill would…

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Three historic Baptist churches headed for historic designation

Three churches built by historic Baptist congregations were recommended for nomination to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places last week by the Designation Committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission. The churches…

    • Uber's self-driving cars are being tested in Pittsburgh, August 2016  (AP Photo/Jared Wickerham)

As PennDOT prepares for driverless vehicles, other state agencies stall

On Wednesday, Uber began publicly testing its autonomous vehicle technology, offering free rides to passengers in Pittsburgh who let a computer take the wheel. It’s a major achievement for Uber, which…

    • St. Laurentius nestled in tight rowhouse blocks | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

September 20: City services survey | Faithful Laurentians | Ice

Oral arguments in the 22nd and Market civil trial began, reports Aaron Moselle. The plaintiffs started by laying out a tale of incompetence, inexperience, and profit-motive that led to six people’s…

    • DVRPC-led study will look at improved public transit on Roosevelt Boulevard

House Committee hears emotional testimony in favor of speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Emotional testimony given at Friday’s hearing on speed cameras stirred up sad memories for Representative Ed Neilson. After listening to Angie Dellavella’s description of witnessing a pedestrian’s death first hand, and…

    • St. Laurentius, 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

St. Laurentius: Seeking the Wisdom of Solomon in Fishtown

As Fishtowners mull the residential redevelopment proposed for St. Laurentius Church, Faithful Laurentians are hoping for a different plan that requires less alterations of the building. Community ContributorFishtown native,…

    • River Wards Coffee | Michael Bixler, Hidden City
    • Chester Arthur schoolyard, construction in progress

Schoolyard redesign at Chester Arthur to support inquiry-driven learning

As the students of Chester Arthur School started the new school year, they noticed orange safety barriers traversing their schoolyard and snaking around the parking lot. The schoolyard is under construction…

    • Groundswell - Park(ing) Day 2012

September 16: Park(ing) Day | Liberty on the River | American Street's identity crisis

It’s Philly’s 9th annual Park(ing) Day today. Go exploring in-street installations that put the park in parking spots. K4 is proposing a multi-tower development at the Sheet Metal Workers property called…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

Council supports Keystone Opportunity Zone expansions, called for greater transparency

Over the past week a bill to designate more than 80 properties as Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones raced through City Council. Introduced last Thursday by City Council president Darrell Clarke and…

    • Skyline - North Broad | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
    • SEPTA Transpass

SEPTA battles Philadelphia before Supreme Court in jurisdictional war over LGBT protections (again)

On Tuesday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the second time in a case over a now-deceased person’s complaints about a since-abandoned SEPTA policy. SEPTA originally filed suit in…

    • A file photo of former ZBA chair James Moylan

Philly zoning board chair out after FBI raids

The chairman of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment has resigned three weeks after his office and home were searched in connection with the investigation into the powerful electrician's union. Mayor…

    • 54xx Block of Germantown Ave - Proposed Zoning (Sept. 2016)

Rezoning proposed in Germantown for Cunningham Piano showroom reuse

At a Tuesday night meeting, dozens of community members greeted developer Ken Weinstein’s latest proposal for Germantown Avenue with appreciation and a dash of suspicion. Philly Office Retail’s designs for the…

    • LDS Temple | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

September 14: Ride-haling's taxi impact | After Aramark | PAFA campus investments

Just how pinched are Philly taxi drivers given the rise of Uber and Lyft? WHYY's Todd Bookman reports there has been a 40% drop in taxi business between October 2014 and…

    • Rendering of AMOR at Sister Cities Park | Art Commission presentation Sept. 2016

Public artworks approved for Maplewood Mall, MLK Older Adult Center, and Sister Cities Park

At its September meeting the Philadelphia Art Commission reviewed and approved three permanent works of public art: Maplewood Mall will see lumber in mosaic, older adults in Sharswood will take a…

    • Upper North housing varies | Philadelphia City Planning Commission

Upper North District Plan focuses on Logan Triangle, boosting Broad, keeping neighborhoods stable

At the final community meeting for the Planning Commission’s Upper North District Plan, the fruits of the previous four and a half months’ work were arrayed on placards in a half…

    • Myers Rec Center was an important partner in moving the greenway forward

September 13: Nuisance businesses | Conservatorship at 18th and Delancey | Studio Gang in SW Philly

Tuesday reminder: President Obama will stump for Hillary Clinton on the Parkway today at 1:45pm. As a result, all traffic around Eakins Oval is being diverted. The city’s got new…

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