Philly.com makes its move

Philly.com, one of the older of the Knight Ridder Digital news sites, just pulled the covers off a redesign. Longtime GM Fred Mann points to the new weather section, the left rail of consistent navigation, and the redesigned and improved home page, which keeps the Shop Local coupons, the Classifieds box and a tower ad–and incidentally, pushed Classifieds to the top of the left-hand nav (Craigslist, take that!).
The new design isn’t that different than Mercurynews.com, but has some subtle changes that probably will improve click-through on the top half of the screen–maily around tightening the grid and better-nesting items more closely.
Philly’s RSS feeds list, however, is behind a registration-only wall, which seems odd given their hunger for distribution.