September 22: Energy Improvement District for Parkside | Placemaking under elevated trains | Neighborhood Civics 101

This Washington Post chart of the most common housing types in different US cities shows Philadelphia absolutely blowing everybody else away in the rowhouse category, naturally. We also come in dead last on the share of mid-rise apartment buildings.

Christopher Scott wants to create Philadelphia’s first “Energy Improvement District” with the new Centennial Parkside CDC.

Maria Panaritis checks in on the PPA’s big facade upgrade project on the Parkade garage on 8th Street next to the Lit Brothers building.

Aaron Renn has some ideas for improving the spaces underneath highways and elevated trains.

Eleanor Klibenoff looks at the Corbett-era law that’s made it more difficult to update Pennsylvania’s building codes.

The World Meeting of Families will pay Philly about $12 million to cover costs incurred during the Papal visit, reports Robert Moran.

NKCDC will soon break ground on the Orinoka Civic House at the former Orinoka Mills textile mill, reports James Jennings.

Alaina Mabaso talks to local indie book publisher The Head & The Hand Press about their move to Physick House in Society Hill through a partnership with the Philadelphia Society for the Preservation of Landmarks.

Calendar Alert: PlanPhilly is hosting an event on Registered Community Organizations (RCOs) during this year’s Young Involved Philadelphia’s State of Young Philly called Neighborhood Civics 101. Come drink some beers and learn about how you can make a difference in your neighborhood organization.

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