June 12: Science Center to break up the U City High superblock | Food truck seniority system | Underrated parks

University City Science Center’s major expansion will include “pedestrian-friendly shopping streets, apartment towers, and a sprawling public plaza” that break up the University City High School superblock.

Inga Saffron makes the “so, no” joke we’ve been waiting for, in a column looking askance at SoNo’s plans to urbanize the Destination Maternity building without really improving the urbanism of Spring Garden Street. 

Patrick Kerkstra makes Jim Kenney’s case for letting the PPA ticket everything.

The waterfront land purchase for a new prison in the Northeast has been delayed for the moment.

Housing with great transit access is still really cheap in Philly for the most part. While some station areas are starting to take off, even very central localtions are still incredibly affordable relative to comparable areas of other big East Coast cities.

City Council might cap the number of food trucks near Temple and create a seniority system

Adam Lang’s case against the huge PHA eminent domain plan for Sharswood gets picked up over at the Market Urbanism blog. 

Google’s new Sidewalk Labs spinoff is a private business with a mission to improve urban living. 

Philly’s most underrated parks, according to Curbed.

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