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    • PHA auction, 2013

Housing Authority raised $9.5 million from property auctions

A new report by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania shows that the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) has raised $9.5 million by auctioning off nearly 500 surplus properties, bringing more than…

    • Bartram's Mile -- CSX freight rail next to Bartram's Garden

Freight Rail Safety bill chugs along following hearing, to union delight

To hear Paul Pokrowka describe it, the average railroad engineer has little in common with Casey Jones. “I’d be lying to you if I told you I hadn’t fallen asleep…

    • In-progress residential developments

Center City housing construction meeting demand, but challenges loom

Center City District’s new report takes the pulse of the housing market in Greater Center City and finds scant evidence of a rental housing bubble forming in the near future. But…

    • Mt. Sinai Hospital was demolished in 2016 (PhillyTrax/Flickr)

February 18: Kenney wants more corridor managers | 2400 Market update | Mid-block crosswalk to Wawa

Holly Otterbein says Jim Kenney told the Chamber of Commerce he wants to increase funding for more corridor managers, start a campaign to persuade suburban firms to open offices in…

    • Zoning Board of Adjustment Notice

Pennsport civic leader to chair zoning board

Jim Moylan, a chiropractor who has been president of the Pennsport Civic Association for the last 12 years, has been selected by Mayor Jim Kenney to lead the Zoning Board of…

    • One Port Center

DRPA Dispatch: No CEO pay raise until unions get their own; 5th Street Tunnel repairs expedited

Waiting, Tom Petty says, is the hardest part. Maybe for some, but not for Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) CEO John Hanson, who was all smiles when asked about his…

    • Rendering of Tower Investments development at Broad and Washington, looking northeast | Cope Linder Architects, Feb. 2016

Revealed: Blatstein's designs for Broad & Washington

Developer Bart Blatstein’s proposal for the vacant block at Broad Street and Washington Avenue in South Philly got a bit clearer on Wednesday, when renderings of the proposal were posted on…

    • Lillian Marrero branch library

February 17: Kenney transition report | PUC and the utility death spiral | 21st Century Library

Ryan Briggs has a new long-form piece at Next City kicking around the question of whether Jim Kenney can carry urbanism's appeal beyond Millennial transplants. Briggs points out that while Kenney's…

    • Brown Street, Francisville | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Francisville rezoning delayed, Fadullon sworn in as Planning Commission chair

Anne Fadullon, the city’s new Director of Planning and Development, was sworn in as a member of the City Planning Commission on Tuesday. Immediately after being sworn in, Fadullon was nominated…

    • Broad and Washington snow pile

February 16: Philly Mag's transportation issue | Last days of LOVE Park skateboarding | Bad Bart

Inga Saffron critiques two Bart Blatstein projects in the news recently, the mixed-use tower at Broad and Washington and the strip mall development proposed for the former Foxwoods site in South…

    • The next segment of the Schuylkill River Trail will run between freight rail tracks and the water's edge from South to Christian streets.

Councilman Johnson’s bill clears path for Schuylkill River Trail extension to Christian Street

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced an ordinance Thursday authorizing the city to accept ownership of a small parcel of land from CSX Railroad, removing the final obstacle to the Schuylkill River Trail’s…

    • 30th Street Bridge after officials threw the switch

Eyes on the Trail: Officials respond to Schuylkill River crime with lighting and town watch

Emil Nunez liked to walk along the Schuylkill River Trail. During the day, he could admire the trail’s handful of landscaped gardens, the silty river’s languid tranquility, and the statues dotted…

    • zoning notice

Kenney appoints labor representative to the zoning board

Mayor Jim Kenney has selected Confesor Plaza, a field representative with the Laborers’ Union Local 57, to serve on the Zoning Board of Adjustment, the independent board that decides when to…

    • Robinson Building

February 12: Setting the Complete Streets agenda | Endangered Fishtown church up for sale | Parking ticket amnesty

Andrew Stober, former chief of staff at MOTU and current VP of planning and economic development at University City District, is out with an op-ed making the case that pedestrian injuries…

    • St Laurentius Church

Developer pursues apartment conversion at St. Laurentius in Fishtown

Fishtowners rejoiced last summer when St. Laurentius, a 130-year old church that was deconsecrated in 2014, was added to the local register of historic places, giving it at least some…

    • Some of the Acela train sets are 15 to 16 years old. At best, Amtrak expects their lifetime to be about 20 years

Amtrak revenues declining, CEO calls for cuts in letter to employees

After years of slow and steady uphill revenue gains, Amtrak appears to be heading downhill, fast. That’s the gist of a letter Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman sent to employees on Tuesday.…

    • PA Registration Sticker

February 11: Pop-up beer gardens coming to city parks | PennDOT phasing out stickers | Tacony-Disston National Register District

The Department of Parks and Recreation and Fairmount Park Conservancy are working on a Mobile Food and Beverage Garden Program that would bring true pop-up beer gardens (as in, open for…

    • LOVE Park groundbreaking, February 2016: Shovels ready

LOVE Park renovation breaks ground, skateboarding ban temporarily lifted

LOVE Park’s long-anticipated renovation was celebrated Wednesday morning with a ceremonial groundbreaking, and an announcement that the city would lift the park’s skateboarding ban through Presidents’ Day. “Between now and February…

    • Rainbow Crosswalk

February 10: Why housing vouchers are concentrated | NYC's more neighborly neighbor | Meet the King of Prussia rail opponents

Jake Blumgart has a new longform piece at the American Prospect investigating why housing vouchers are so concentrated in some places within the Philadelphia region, and nearly absent from others. "The…

    • Barging through, life on and along the river | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Obama budget proposal includes funds to finish Delaware River dredging project

A project to deepen the Delaware River’s navigable channel is now full steam ahead, according to Senator Bob Casey. Sen. Casey’s office announced today that the large, multiyear project is set…

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