Planning and zoning roundup, SEPTA green grants, Philly’s ethnic eats

PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates reports from yesterday’s City Council Rules Committee and Philadelphia City Planning Commission meetings. Here’s a roundup:

The Planning Commission gave its support to:

City Council’s Rules Committee heard two zoning questions, both of which smell of spot zoning. The Committee:

SEPTA will receive $6.44 million in federal transportation grants to continue making its operations greener and more efficient, NewsWorks reports. U.S. Senator Bob Casey announced the funding yesterday, which will add more batteries to store energy on the Market-Frankford line, and swap out diesel buses for hybrids.

The Atlantic Cities ponders why Philadelphia’s Restaurant Scene is so diverse. Their answer: lots of ethnic restaurants opened by our fast-growing immigrant population + bargain-seeking hipster eaters creating a buzz. Is it time for lunch yet?


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