Morning Blend

Researchers: World Trade Center Ship Built In Pre-Revolutionary Philly

Researchers: World Trade Center Ship Built In Pre-Revolutionary Philly

July 31, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Manhattan sloop said to be constructed from similar timber of Independence Hall, Comcast looking for temporary solution to office space shortage, City to get better neighborhood data, minimizing the impact of methdone clinics, and the Queen Lane Apartments well on their way to demolition > more

Over $200 Million In Improvements Coming To The Gallery

Over $200 Million In Improvements Coming To The Gallery

July 30, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Two companies announce their joint venture to revitalize the Market Street mall, two youth-athletic leagues also set to collaborate on new space, preventing inappropriate mixed-use in Bustleton, and crime down in UCity > more

Design Advocate Says New Zoning Classification Needs Revision

Design Advocate Says New Zoning Classification Needs Revision

July 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Ruben on the dangers of IRMX, US House votes to rename 30th Street Station, a look at the Linc’s $125 makeover, and the street melodies of yore > more

NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

July 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Larry Freedman on the necessity of “sincere and informed” discussions with developers, Ken Weinstein offers to facilitate inclusion of Germantown Ave trestle in regional trail network, St. Joseph’s to get state historical marker, and readying for the Civic Design Review of the Morman Church’s apartment complex proposal > more

A Call For Open Parking Data And The Better Planning It Allows

A Call For Open Parking Data And The Better Planning It Allows

July 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why we can’t ignore the parking problem any longer, developer to talk loft conversion in South Philly, more student housing in UCity, videographer chronicles Philly’s “Makers,” and all taxis to get cameras > more

Plan To Revitalize Kensington North Of Lehigh Approved

Plan To Revitalize Kensington North Of Lehigh Approved

July 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Planning Commission likes what it sees from New Kensington CDC, Philadelphia’s building boom as complimentary across varying sectors, renovating affordable commercial properties in North Philly, and INHP and the economic multiplier effect > more

Beury Building Coming To A Sheriff's Sale Near You

Beury Building Coming To A Sheriff’s Sale Near You

July 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Neglected North Broad tower up for sale next month, John K. Binswanger Grove of Park Champions dedication, Rina Cutler on the PPA, perhaps a 7th victim in Market Street building collapse, and SEPTA seeking service suggestions > more

Despite School Funding Crisis, City’s Fiscal House In Relatively Good Order, Says PICA

Despite School Funding Crisis, City’s Fiscal House In Relatively Good Order, Says PICA

July 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

State board approves Philly’s next 5-year plan, infill once again proposed for Rittenhouse Square lot, groundbreaking for phase two of SugarHouse, source of stink in South Philly pinpointed, and another good second for the real estate market > more

Philly Market To Break $1K-Per-Square Footage Barrier

Philly Market To Break $1K-Per-Square Footage Barrier

July 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The Rittenhouse’s 19th floor to fetch $9 million, state reps out to effectively prohibit pop-up beer gardens, The Dalian on Fairmount gets $20 million loan, checking up on the Folsom Powerhouse, and knitting for Freedom on the Parkway > more

PWD Launches Bundled Grant Program For Stormwater Management

PWD Launches Bundled Grant Program For Stormwater Management

July 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New policy assuages grant process for applicants, mandatory signs for construction and demo projects, Old City skyscraper tries again, micro-grants for Germantown, and the latest on Dilworth Plaza > more

Johnson Pushes For Mixed-Income In His District

Johnson Pushes For Mixed-Income In His District

July 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New senior living option in Grays Ferry, some tricky infill in Manayunk, Penn gets $10 million for energy policy think-tank, work on Manayunk Bridge Trail to begin this September, and the dogs of Philly > more

Explaining Philly's Liberian Community

Explaining Philly’s Liberian Community

July 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Sociological queries for Liberian Philadelphia, Pipeline now in the local co-working pipeline, de-graffiti-ing as civic-minded urban hobby, and an archaeological exhibit of archifacts unearthed during I-95 work > more

Yorktown Residents Still Hoping To Prevent Sale Of William Penn High To Temple

Yorktown Residents Still Hoping To Prevent Sale Of William Penn High To Temple

July 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Coalition says the SRC had no right to forgo state law, pondering the right number of Philly taxis, first signs of a Moyamensing Ave revival, and Shakespeare coming to the Northwest > more

Developer Alleges De Facto Land Usurpation By City

Developer Alleges De Facto Land Usurpation By City

July 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Arrested development on Germany Hill, Eric Blumenfeld on the Divine Lorraine, hopscotch on The Oval’s latest Magic Carpet pop-up park, and Washington Avenue garage becoming homes > more

The Ambiguous Road For Preserving Urban Farms

The Ambiguous Road For Preserving Urban Farms

July 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Farm 51 in Kingsessing trying to avoid sheriff’s sale of half of lot, Mariposa subsidizing memberships, golden Diana unveiled at PMA, and Kenworthy House back on the market—again > more

Why Is The Zoning Board So Often At Variance With RCOs?

Why Is The Zoning Board So Often At Variance With RCOs?

July 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Explaining the protracted reform of the Zoning Board of Adjustment, Spruce Hill developers plan to redo devastated corner, the Roberts still bolstering South Broad Theater, foundation buckles in Cobbs Creek, PPA interested in mobile payment system, and Philly drone photography > more

Civic Design Review Content With One Water Street

Civic Design Review Content With One Water Street

July 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Architect explains developments in planning riverfront project, councilwoman stresses the need for greater efforts in promoting homestead exemption, Redevelopment Authority requests proposals for workforce housing, and SEPTA updates on subway weekend pilot program > more

Museum To Bondholders: Please Don’t Touch Our Assets

Museum To Bondholders: Please Don’t Touch Our Assets

July 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Delinquent museum may loose some of its exhibits, a call for the burial of powerlines outside Center City, hotel numbers down from lack of conventions, Philly takes the bronze when it comes to Amtrak ridership, and South St garden set to “pop up” tonight > more

Showcasing The

Showcasing The “Invisible River”

July 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Acrobatics above the Schuylkill this weekend, mid-century Philly history on YouTube, long-vacant whiskey distillery probably becoming a pizzeria, and Comcast expands its share of next skyscraper > more

Frank Gehry Talks PMA Expansion

Frank Gehry Talks PMA Expansion

June 27, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Previewing the changes envisioned to the Art Museum, Ori Feibush suing Councilman in federal court, Port Richmond to get reused lofts, and Philly apparently not as walkable as we like to think > more

Spotty Development In Francisville

Spotty Development In Francisville

June 26, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Lower than necessary density development along North 16th, East Falls residents responsible for mending wall, Temple’s plans for William Penn High, and Tetris on the Cira Centre sets record > more

Down The Shore—On The Delaware

Down The Shore—On The Delaware

June 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at DRWC’s latest pop-up park, SEPTA to not pay up for delinquent property taxes, international tourism numbers up, and some impressive numbers for the summer weekend subway pilot program > more

The Heroism Of Full Coverage On The Parkway

The Heroism Of Full Coverage On The Parkway

June 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

How one artist merged Art Deco with corporate identity, perhaps an explanation for Clarke's selective affinity towards development, PIDC gets $38 million from Treasury Department, and economic development in the Northwest > more

Underfunded Park System Receives Lackluster Scores In Independent Report

Underfunded Park System Receives Lackluster Scores In Independent Report

June 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Philly parks reportedly in the middle of the pack, a defense of county-wide good-government, PHA concedes to affirmative action for the sake of lower costs, and Dietz & Watson likely to move plant across the river to Frankford Arsenal > more

Is Philly Ready For A Political Convention In ’16?

Is Philly Ready For A Political Convention In ’16?

June 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Considering corporate benevolence with the prospect of Dems coming to Philly, a call for municipal federalism, Comcast’s Buchholz leading next tower effort, and reanimation at the Destination Frankford Gallery > more

Casino Bidder Attempts To Secure License With Promise Of South Philly “Skyspire”

Casino Bidder Attempts To Secure License With Promise Of South Philly “Skyspire”

June 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Tower would be 10 feet taller than Seattle’s Space Needle, Blatstein envisions another Piazza along South Broad, gentrification and parking concerns with redevelopment plans for West Philly High, and the first annual Community Gardens Day this weekend > more

Checking In On SEPTA’s Tardy Electronic Payment System

Checking In On SEPTA’s Tardy Electronic Payment System

June 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

NPT is in “last phase” before launch, the evolution of one block in Fairmount, Museum of the American Revolution gets $1 million in private grant money, and there’s an app for collaboratively planning Philly cycling infrastructure > more

Dutch Artists’ Project Set To Explore Philly’s Urban Anthropology

Dutch Artists’ Project Set To Explore Philly’s Urban Anthropology

June 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Science Center work brings 1% for public art project about, planners studying use patterns of new Penn’s Landing park, Shirt Corner moves up Market, SugarHouse lawsuit dismissed, and a garage collapses in North Philly > more

Questioning Western Lancaster Avenue Corridor Revitalization Project

Questioning Western Lancaster Avenue Corridor Revitalization Project

June 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Former non-profit accused of gross mismanagement of public funds, historians deem consolidated National Archives site inaccessible, some unfamiliar Cézanne pieces on display at the Barnes, and a “sneak peek” at the new Pier 53 > more

“Symbiosis” On The Parkway

June 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New public art installation unveiled, responsible rain water usage at Schuylkill Center, two years of “iMPeRFeCT” art in Germantown, and Fattah pushes to rename 30th Street Station > more

School District To Open Manufacturing Skills Training Center At Ben Franklin High

School District To Open Manufacturing Skills Training Center At Ben Franklin High

June 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Manufacturing sector invests in its future workforce, proto-SEPTA, conservatorship in Mt Airy, and Perrier creditor blames Comcast for Le Bec Fin’s demise > more

Altered Convention Center Work Rules Getting Results

Altered Convention Center Work Rules Getting Results

June 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

American Industrial Hygiene Association coming back after a decade, residents upset about Kenworthy House demolition plans, Clarke and Hite spar over school monies, Lit Brothers gets its digital sign, and cleaner streets in Newbold > more

New Mural Honors Fallen Firefighters

New Mural Honors Fallen Firefighters

June 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Remembering those lost at the 2012 Buck Hosiery tragedy, Oxford Mills to bring education professionals together, University City as the quintessential innovation district, and Poquessing Creek Trail to be paved this year > more

A Stylish, Shimmering Addition At Franklin Institute

A Stylish, Shimmering Addition At Franklin Institute

June 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Previewing The Franklin Institute’s latest addition, Civic Design Review Committee looks at Delaware waterfront proposal, L+I has gotten 20% more prudent in protecting workers, and Olney shopping center for sale > more

Reconnecting With The Schuylkill

Reconnecting With The Schuylkill

June 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Advocating top design for the Schuylkill Banks (and banks), redesigning the Manayunk Canal boardwalk, Wash Square West residents not too keen with proposed NID, and the ruined Lincoln Apartments switch hands > more

Germantown Seminar Explores The Roles Of Developers & Community

Germantown Seminar Explores The Roles Of Developers & Community

June 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

In Germantown and West Philly, locals demand more say in development; Penn to renovate building after $7.5 million gift; and Philly hotels highly appreciated in new review comparison > more

How To Get Your Very Own Public Plaza

How To Get Your Very Own Public Plaza

June 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The story behind the creation of the Triangle, when a Housing Choice Voucher isn’t much of a choice, homes’ funerals of yesteryear, painted storefront grates point to a less drab Germantown Avenue, and $50K for L&I’s L+I’s rebranding > more

Work On The Divine Lorraine Underway

Work On The Divine Lorraine Underway

June 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Eric Blumenfeld reuse project has begun, cultural exchange at the corner store, food co-operative site selected in East Kensington, and selecting the right type of progress in South Philly > more

SEPTA Plans & Rumors: “Better Buses” & “Keys”

SEPTA Plans & Rumors: “Better Buses” & “Keys”

June 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA patents a name and logo for NPT, rapid bus system likely for the Boulevard, green roofing in South Philly, 22nd & Market memorial committee looking for artist, Festival Pier as beachscape > more

Next Plenty Café Location In Queen Village To Include 8 Rental Units

Next Plenty Café Location In Queen Village To Include 8 Rental Units

May 30, 2014  |  Morning Blend

“Fabric Lofts” to be mixed-use, PWD stormwater runoff project’s performance drawing criticism, PHS Pop-Up Garden coming to South & Broad, introducing the City’s new GIS team, and how SEPTA’s expanded summer service will work > more

The More Philly’s Population Changes, The More Its Politicians Stay The Same

The More Philly’s Population Changes, The More Its Politicians Stay The Same

May 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A call for returning the civic fundamentals, Planning Commission approves Drexel apartment tower, Mantua residents discuss Promise Zone possibilities, Amtrak preparing for 30th Street’s future, and no Philly Olympics in ‘24 > more

Gentrification & Vacant Land Inform A Pragmatic Plan For The Lower North

Gentrification & Vacant Land Inform A Pragmatic Plan For The Lower North

May 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Tough calls for Lower North Philadelphia, how the demise of a playground catalyzed the revival of the Mayfair Civic, touting affordable living underneath the El, and checking up on Tacony’s façade improvements > more

Altered Redevelopment Plans In Northwest Philly Elicit Backlash From Residents

Altered Redevelopment Plans In Northwest Philly Elicit Backlash From Residents

May 27, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Nolen Properties hears from critics to latest proposal, City’s collection of delinquent taxes improving, plans scrapped for a permanent Transfer Station in Manayunk, and 1900 Arch nearly complete > more

East Falls Residents Hear Of Plans For St. Bridget’s Reuse As Apartments

East Falls Residents Hear Of Plans For St. Bridget’s Reuse As Apartments

May 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Parking as a major selling point for a redevelopment project, SEPTA board happy to agree to plan to use over a half-billion dollars, Philly population still on the rise, the development cycles of Manayunk, and space for rent in the SEPTA building > more

Park Officials Considering Re-Burying The President’s House After Years Of Leaks

Park Officials Considering Re-Burying The President’s House After Years Of Leaks

May 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The City still to make good on its promises to protect the site, two more community gardens to be preserved, Domus chosen for PHA apartment rehab, a South Philly civic expands, and a look at how Dilworth Plaza is coming along > more

Fresh From “Doomsday” Prognosticating, SEPTA Unveils Proposed Five-Year Plan

Fresh From “Doomsday” Prognosticating, SEPTA Unveils Proposed Five-Year Plan

May 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The quest for more and happier passengers, Chestnut Hillers anxious about municipal advertising contracts, rethinking the Moyamensing Avenue streetscape, warehouse conversion approved in NoLibs, and City Hall’s falcon chicks to be tracked > more

When Kensington Was “Ground Zero” Of Child Labor

When Kensington Was “Ground Zero” Of Child Labor

May 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mother Jones and the fight to limit child labor in Philadelphia, Mexican-American community growing, the stability of investing in Philly’s working-class shopping centers, and Clarke sponsors bills to allow for River Walk complex > more

‘Come To Philly, The Carpenters Aren’t In Charge’

‘Come To Philly, The Carpenters Aren’t In Charge’

May 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Contextualizing this month’s game-changing labor battle at the convention center, millenials in the Northwest, your chance to vent to L&I, and Philly found to be the 11th “smartest” city in the world > more

Farewell To Giovanni's Room

Farewell To Giovanni’s Room

May 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The importance of Giovanni’s Room within the city’s history, the National Archives wants to relocate from Center City to Northeast Philly, labor solidarity at the Convention Center, and plans for a business improvement district on North Broad > more

A Line Of Calders

A Line Of Calders

May 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Reflections on Philly’s dynasty of sculptors, Eddystone facility fueling local refineries, talking the USS Olympia with Seaport Museum CEO, and Brandywine’s latest tower to break ground today > more

Abandonment Issues In Logan

Abandonment Issues In Logan

May 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The City’s long neglect of Logan’s redevelopment, balancing the reuse of William Penn High with Yorktown’s self-identity, Councilwoman wants ballot question on Office of Sustainability, and planners critique latest Dranoff tower proposal > more

Eulogizing A Mantua Home

Eulogizing A Mantua Home

May 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Leona Richardson’s residence and legacy to be recalled, The Woodlands is surveying patrons in prep for master plan, DesignPhiladelphia to celebrate a decade of forward looking design this fall, and 25-townhomes coming to the Bella Vista market > more

After Severe Flooding, Crews Clear Schuylkill For The Dad Vail

After Severe Flooding, Crews Clear Schuylkill For The Dad Vail

May 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

MLK and Kelly Drives unobstructed, help needed for the Water Works, residents reject bulky and formulaic design in NoLibs, fleet of tourist buses ready for the season, and SEPTA saves millions by avoiding fraudulent claims > more

School District Serious About Selling Properties, But Not Maintaining Them

School District Serious About Selling Properties, But Not Maintaining Them

May 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A federal study on mold deemed too expensive, Germantown High’s sale accelerated, lessons for bike share, and a northeast facility trades hands > more

Reusing & Revisiting Eastern State

Reusing & Revisiting Eastern State

May 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at last week’s reunion of former inmates and staff at ESP, long-overdue work rules changes split Philly unions, urban farming rerooting refugee communities in Philly, and keeping South Street Safe with surveillance cameras > more

Convention Center Carpenter’s Union Strikes Ahead Of Busy Week

Convention Center Carpenter’s Union Strikes Ahead Of Busy Week

May 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Carpenters bemoan loss of work rule prerogative, one man’s mission for full disclosure for public zoning variance notifications, new Schuylkill dock lost to storm, and a call to LOVE your park next weekend > more

Trading Clean Streets & Streams For Parking

Trading Clean Streets & Streams For Parking

May 1, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What’s holding back Philly from following Baltimore’s example, Drexel readies for expansion of North Philly healthcare facility, ground to be broken on Valley Forge’s Sullivan’s Bridge, and explaining a sudden dip in the City’s already lacking tax collection operations > more

Asians Increasingly Seeking Refuge & Opportunity Along Castor Ave

Asians Increasingly Seeking Refuge & Opportunity Along Castor Ave

April 30, 2014  |  Morning Blend

An influx of immigration to the city, the legacy of African American agriculture on display, SEPTA’s expanded service to leave some out, and possibly a Roberto Clemente Way in Philadelphia > more

Take A Look At What’s To Come For 19th & Chestnut

Take A Look At What’s To Come For 19th & Chestnut

April 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

26-stories of density coming to Rittenhouse, Cutler replaces expired $1.1 million grant for Race Street Pier, new owner to renovate N. Broad telecom hub, and a look at next year’s Walnut Lane Bridge project > more

New Report Alludes To Impressive Rate Of Return For Public Investment In Penn’s Landing Redevelopment

New Report Alludes To Impressive Rate Of Return For Public Investment In Penn’s Landing Redevelopment

April 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why reconnecting to the river makes so much economic sense, Greenlee seeking to maintain the historic integrity of residential facades, Century 21’s experiment with anchoring Philly retail, and a look at an Avenue of the Arts theatre’s financial woes > more

Promising Developments For Center City Retail

Promising Developments For Center City Retail

April 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

$70 million project envisioned for Chestnut Street, The Gallery gets a new tenant, Church of the Advocate advocates for Mother Bethel burial ground, and Liberty Property Trust to break ground on Navy Yard building > more

Delays Announced For Bike Share & Venice Island Performing Arts Center

Delays Announced For Bike Share & Venice Island Performing Arts Center

April 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Bike Share pushed back until next spring, Manayunk construction project schedule suffers from daunting winter, anticipating gentrification in Germantown, and Philly’s place within ice cream lore > more

School District Recommends Closing Walter Palmer Charter

School District Recommends Closing Walter Palmer Charter

April 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A war of words over charter’s performance, Philly makes the DNC’s short list for 2016, not everything so rosy in Center City’s report, and a day of Shakespeare throughout the city > more

Looking Ahead For Germantown High School Building

Looking Ahead For Germantown High School Building

April 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Advocates seek to preserve building’s legacy, an internationally focused seminar space approved for Penn’s campus, Ramsey lobbies for speed cameras on the Boulevard, and an update on the upcoming 40th Street Trolley portal project > more

With Ambitious Campus Plan, Temple Demands Attention

With Ambitious Campus Plan, Temple Demands Attention

April 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

How the job-creator hopes to increase enrollment, correcting some design mistakes in Philly’s Vietnam War memorial, Project Home and Jon Bon Jovi team up to fight homelessness, and regional manufacturing on the rise > more

A Look Inside Gilded Age Parkside

A Look Inside Gilded Age Parkside

April 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A tour of a nearly intact Victorian mansion in West Philly, two civics explore the possibility of creating improvement districts, Stotesbury Gateway to be remade, and cleaning up Clark Park > more

New PWD Project To Teach Children Ecology & Technology

New PWD Project To Teach Children Ecology & Technology

April 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

GreenSTEM systems to be installed in four schools, the inequality of urban pollution, jazz month in Philly, parklets being installed in West Philly, and terrible timing in closing Kensington store > more

PATCO Announces $7.5 System Upgrade

PATCO Announces $7.5 System Upgrade

April 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Clearer information and working escalators for PATCO, delays in UC student housing development, the William Penn Foundation’s new approach to safe watershed awareness, and what the Lower Northwest invented for the world > more

Advocacy Group To Urge Lawmakers To End “Lingering” Zoning Variances

Advocacy Group To Urge Lawmakers To End “Lingering” Zoning Variances

April 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

CDAG to work towards “reasonable sunset provisions” on waterfront development proposals, the promise of the Mantua Promise Zone, Charles Willson Peale and the revolutionary museum imperative, SEPTA to test all-night subway service this summer, and cherries blossoming in Chestnut Hill > more

Ground Broken On Luxurious AQ Rittenhouse

Ground Broken On Luxurious AQ Rittenhouse

April 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Old YWCA annex makes way for 12-story luxury apartments in Center City, Feibush calls foul in latest Kenyatta Johnson move in Point Breeze, a lack of ambition at South Broad’s St. Rita’s Shrine, and how Gratz High turned itself around > more

Parishioners of “Manayunk’s Cathedral” Determined To Save Historic Church

Parishioners of “Manayunk’s Cathedral” Determined To Save Historic Church

April 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Committee formed to tackle St. John the Baptist’s challenges, high levels of lead detected in Philly soil, first hotel opens at the Navy Yard, and N3RD St signs being installed > more

“Glorified Billboards” & Dishonest Promises For Urban Development

“Glorified Billboards” & Dishonest Promises For Urban Development

April 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

UEDs as gaudy and tired props, judge affirms previous 40th & Pine demolition decision, Drexel set to announce firms for upcoming development projects, and learn how to maintain your historic home > more

Train Derailment In Port Richmond

Train Derailment In Port Richmond

April 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Three train cars derail in the Northeast, what the East Falls Development Corporation knows now about façade improvements, a proposal for “urban experiential displays,” and ten years with Citizens Bank Park > more

SEPTA Petitions Washington To Help Stabilize Weather-Beaten Infrastructure

SEPTA Petitions Washington To Help Stabilize Weather-Beaten Infrastructure

April 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Agency wants $186.6 from Sandy relief funds, almost 300 “imminently dangerous” buildings actually owned by the City, proof that expensive preservation efforts are still worth it, and littering in the streets for the sake of parking in the streets > more

Significant Renovations Coming To Two Center City Apartment Complexes

Significant Renovations Coming To Two Center City Apartment Complexes

April 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Aimco to re-work Park Towne Place and the Sterling, phase 1 for viaduct work, renderings for Broad & South development, Sànchez for tax assistance, and delinquent Philly mapped > more

Delays Expected For Pier 68 Park Project

Delays Expected For Pier 68 Park Project

April 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

DRWC just might have a liability on its hands, the economic sense for and against free municipal parking, half a billion dollars coming to area roads this year, and imagining the sounds of Philadelphia > more

$7 Million Campaign Announced To Keep USS Olympia At Penn’s Landing

$7 Million Campaign Announced To Keep USS Olympia At Penn’s Landing

April 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Independence Seaport Museum officials see the light, Germantown muralist discusses Psychylustro, La Salle to build new facility, and social entrepreneurs receive some investment advice > more

A Look At Two Efforts To Fight Crime Through Entrepreneurship

A Look At Two Efforts To Fight Crime Through Entrepreneurship

April 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Nutter breaks ground on vocational training program for inmates, Atlanta man developing public safety communication network in North Philly, renovations at Gorgas Park begin, a cathartic break for one high school, and public art comes crashing down > more

Revisions For Clark Park Mixed-Use Development Presented To Community

Revisions For Clark Park Mixed-Use Development Presented To Community

April 1, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Modern meets Victorian in Spruce Hill, anti-gentrification concerns in North Central, urbanists’ lessons from Memphis, and a Walnut Street building changes hands > more

Were Philly's KOZs DOA?

Were Philly’s KOZs DOA?

March 31, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Debating the worth of the Philly’s Keystone Opportunity Zones, the story of Temple University’s temple, debating the worth of the Philly’s Keystone Opportunity Zones, Jefferson University to take over former steakhouse, and Mt Airy to plant some trees > more

SEPTA Serious On Preservation Of Shawmont Station

SEPTA Serious On Preservation Of Shawmont Station

March 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Roxborough historical treasure in early stages of preservation, steering committee to guide new Germantown beautification initiative, Silk Companies’ plans for two condo buildings at 13th & South, and no billboard overhaul expected for this spring > more

Trial Pedestrian Plaza Coming To Graduate Hospital This Summer

Trial Pedestrian Plaza Coming To Graduate Hospital This Summer

March 27, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Grays Ferry Triangle to act as dual-gateway, the design imperative within public transport, Philly still growing, and a South Philly shopping center swaps hands > more

Now With A Land Bank, Philly Needs To Learn Some Lessons From The NTI Days

Now With A Land Bank, Philly Needs To Learn Some Lessons From The NTI Days

March 26, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Some additional legislative moves needed to ensure the Land Bank’s success, Councilman wants more funding for fire houses, Moyamensing Place’s 15 townhouses for sale (before construction starts), and $100K for Philly Innovation > more

Senator Casey Raises Hopes That North Central Will Get $30 Million Federal Grant

Senator Casey Raises Hopes That North Central Will Get $30 Million Federal Grant

March 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Norris Apartments to come down eventually, South Philadelphia’s “Bloody Angle,” snowy winter brings a library to PHL and building delays to NoLibs, and an all-in-one bike data map > more

Oak Lane Art Deco Bank Waits Patiently For Reuse

Oak Lane Art Deco Bank Waits Patiently For Reuse

March 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The promise that is the Beneficial Savings bank at Broad & Chew Streets, a look at what TEDx has to offer, the ZooBalloon to rise again, and trail planners to get better numbers this spring > more

Postgreen To Bring Some “Awesomeness” To Fishtown

Postgreen To Bring Some “Awesomeness” To Fishtown

March 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The environmentally conscious development firm teams up with NKCDC, PA Chief Justice okays public art expenditures for Family Court, Salvation Army to donate land for memorial park, wandering into Powelton’s past, and a Philly-centric Instagram Hall of Fame > more

The Garden Upstairs

The Garden Upstairs

March 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at three hotel kitchen gardens, plans afoot to replace an entire block of Market Street retail space, new exhibit juxtaposes astronomy and dogs, West Poplar school to be redeveloped as apartment complex, and a call to close Parks & Rec’s funding gap > more

CHOP & Drexel’s Plans To Ford The Schuylkill

CHOP & Drexel’s Plans To Ford The Schuylkill

March 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Plans presented for next CHOP building, John Fry talks Drexel’s ambitions, the need for better L&I data, and a call for corporate tax reform > more

Clarke Announces “Bold” Plan To Slow Gentrification

Clarke Announces “Bold” Plan To Slow Gentrification

March 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mayoral hopeful introduces his vision for more affordable housing units, Church of the Advocate hosts anti-gentrification meetings, casino applicant offers to purchase old Food Distribution Center lot, and offices for sale on South 11th > more

Vacant Buildings: “Imminently Dangerous,” Yet Conditionally Demolished

Vacant Buildings: “Imminently Dangerous,” Yet Conditionally Demolished

March 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

L&I cannot afford demolition of a third of buildings on most dangerous list, from Gladstone yo Khan-crete at 11th & Pine, concerns grow over leaking concourse beneath Broad Street, and wi-fi use increasing in LFP branches > more

Acting On A Little Blind Faith, Preservation Of Frankford Mansion Moving Along

Acting On A Little Blind Faith, Preservation Of Frankford Mansion Moving Along

March 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Another go for the reuse of Frankford mansion, restriping approved for Washington Ave, architectural portraiture at its finest, and planning underway for senior living project in Mantua > more

How Philly Fares In The National Transit Study

How Philly Fares In The National Transit Study

March 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why the Broad Street Line is an underestimated asset, fostering community one elevator ride at a time in Callowhill, Post Bros. positioned for City Ave reuse project, and nerdom made official on North 3rd > more

A “Glass Needle” Proposed By Independence Hall

A “Glass Needle” Proposed By Independence Hall

March 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Developer says demand is there for “ultra-luxury,” a large game of Tetris in UCity next month, Dranoff showing unfinished Southstar Lofts, South Philly civic expects art installation to begin this summer, and writing on the El > more

Retroactive Zoning Proposed For Northern Liberties Commercial District

Retroactive Zoning Proposed For Northern Liberties Commercial District

March 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Much of 2nd Street still auto-related, Trenton China & Pottery interior demolition begins, CSX executives to talk rail safety, a Strawberry Mansion house collapses, and PPA on Pine and Spruce bike-lane parking > more

Eakins-Inspired Mural Coming To Girard Avenue Bridge This May

Eakins-Inspired Mural Coming To Girard Avenue Bridge This May

March 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mural honors four generations of rowing in Philadelphia, Commonwealth Court upholds methadone clinic permit in Holmesburg, City Council seeing results in blight fight, and a baseball exhibit opens this week at the National Museum of American Jewish History > more

Museum Design Ignorant Of Architectural & Revolutionary Context

Museum Design Ignorant Of Architectural & Revolutionary Context

March 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Popkin urges design revolution for INHP space, Germantown residents eager for demolition of Queen Lane Apartments, Roxborough residents push for another dog park for the Lower Northwest, Mt. Sinai conversion approved, and Philly’s economy as large as Thailand’s > more

Massive North Broad Telecommunications Node Changes Hands

Massive North Broad Telecommunications Node Changes Hands

March 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Local firm Amerimar Enterprises and partners team up to acquire 401 N. Broad, improvements for Gorgas Park war memorial, Rendell’s funding pitch for the Museum of the American Revolution, and the latest doings of the Art Commission > more

Where Philadelphians Crash Their Cars

Where Philadelphians Crash Their Cars

March 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The statistics of Philly roadways’ safety, a look at the LOVE mythos, Dranoff talks Schuylkill development, and Starr trying to net $100K for schools > more

Is Crime-Plagued Lawncrest Set For A Comeback?

Is Crime-Plagued Lawncrest Set For A Comeback?

March 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Market shifts pushing neighborhood to the brink, Controller irked by lack of upkeep of public art, NoLibs proposal called too bulky and cliché, and a survey of the Land Bank’s winning coalition > more

Philly Market Well Positioned For The Near-Term, Says Expert Panel

Philly Market Well Positioned For The Near-Term, Says Expert Panel

March 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Investment looks promising moving ahead, some counterintuitive thoughts on urban congestion, what The Inky can still serve up, a controversial dog park proposed in Spring Garden, and the remnants of a trolley car empire > more