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    • Deliveries

The top congestion-fighting ideas from the Downtown Delivery Symposium

As Ben Plowden wrote recently at Next City, the public streets create a "wicked problem" for planners--a term used by social scientists to describe multi-stakeholder negotiations with competing priorities and…

    • Abigail Vare Elementary School

Maryland developers see opportunity in Philly's institutional shells

A group of real estate investors from Bethesda, Maryland, are betting big on Philadelphia schools—the closed ones, anyway. In the next few months, Concordia Group expects to close on a deal…

    • Hale Building

July 20: Hale Building restoration | Tall buildings minus the shadows | Majority of the majority

The Hale Building at Chestnut and Juniper is getting a complete renovation by Brickstone, with ground-floor restaurants and offices on top.  An important piece on the state budget standoff by…

    • PECO roof

Your PhillyPlans: PECO green roof tour, Meet the Pope planner, SPOKE Mag happy hour

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important happenings from our events page, and you can sign up here to get…

    • Highlighted streetscape showing responsibility/Courtesy of CCD

Who owns the streetscape? An even more complicated question

PlanPhilly published a story Monday looking at the diffuse and overlapping responsibility assignments for Philadelphia’s streets. It’s a long read, but here’s the Reader’s Digest version: There are 9 government or…

    • Parklet seating options include bistro tables and benches
Eyes on the Street

Spotted: Super-parklet on 40th St

Our eyes are ever-peeled for cool sites and sights. Here's one we spotted this week: University City District is Philadelphia’s biggest parklet booster, building and finding partners to help tend these…

    • Boardwalk on the Schuylkill

July 17: Senate saves TIGER | Pension funds for infrastructure | Eminent domain down the shore

Smart Growth America is asking the FHWA to adopt complete streets as the standard for National Highway System streets running through walkable urban areas. Advocates succeeded in saving the popular TIGER…

    • German kids bike

July 16: Philly housing market round-up | German ideas to steal | Toomey's transportation funding idea

Single-family housing sales and prices are up all over the city, and Kevin Gillen says the market saw "its best quarter in ten years this past spring." Citywide, one-bedroom rents…

    • Work zone

July 15: PA lawmakers debate work-zone cameras | Senate committee goes after TIGER | City-owned blight in Parkside

“What the Secret Service want to do is kill the city for at least two days, preserve it in amber while the Pope visits, and then return it to working…

    • Ben Franklin Bridge, PlanPhilly

Did limited largesse muddle DRPA's mission control?

At this morning’s meeting, the DRPA Board of Commissioners voted to approve an $18-per-month discount for drivers that cross its bridges at least 18 times in a given month. While…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatches: Bridge Toll Discount OK'd; PATCO Pontiff Tix; Franklin Square Station a go?

The Delaware River Port Authority Board of Commissioners applauded itself after voting to approve a frequent commuter discount for vehicles that cross its bridges 18 times a month. But those claps…

    • Alternative 2

East Passyunk Crossing neighbors weigh in on redesign plans for E. Passyunk "sneckdown" intersection

Back in May, we brought you an update on one of the "sneckdown" intersections where East Passyunk Avenue meets 12th and Morris. The Passyunk Avenue Revitalization Corporation and the Commerce and…

    • 676 ramp

How easy is it to accidentally ride your bike onto I-676?

Nobody seems to know yet why two Indego riders ended up on I-676, but one point of interest that arose out of the discussion on Twitter was the apparent ease…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

Allan Domb: From Condo King to Tax Collector?

Allan Domb wants to collect all the taxes, and he thinks New York can show Philadelphia how to do it. Domb, a high-end real estate broker who was among the top…

    • SLS International

July 14: Record hotel occupancy | Philly's unaffordable affordable housing strategy | The problem of parochialism

Holly Otterbein connects the new Convention Center work rules to the news that Philly hotel occupancy is hitting record highs, and I also thought it was interesting that leisure travel…

    • The Porch

Your PhillyPlans: Urban Geek Drinks at The Porch, Kenney DJing TGIFridays, Downtown Delivery Symposium

Each week the PlanPhilly staff curates our top picks of the week’s most informative, entertaining, and important happenings from our events page, and you can sign up here to get…

    • The Oval is being remade in bold, bright geometries
Eyes on the Street

The Oval returns for third season, will it see a fourth?

If The Oval started three years ago as an experiment to see if an underused part of the Parkway could become a lively – if temporary – public space, consider the…

    • Dilworth Park

July 13: Checking in on the Stober campaign | Measuring the success of public spaces | Ride 'n' Park

The Inquirer has an excellent multimedia package of stories and graphics on commuting in Philadelphia that's very much worth your time. One big issue raised here is the challenge of bridging…

    •  15 Trolley, 15th and Girard | Theresa Stigale

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? It’s complicated...

Who owns the streets of Philadelphia? If you were like me, you would probably say, “Bruce Springsteen” and grin smugly, as though this wasn’t the millionth time someone made…

    • PSFS building | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

PSFS sign to flip from neon to LED

For 83 years the PSFS sign has glowed above 12th and Market streets in red neon, but we’ll soon see those letters in a new light. On Friday the Philadelphia Historical…

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