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    • The City wants to see the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine redeveloped.

Zoning changes proposed for Center City, Brewerytown, Frankford, and Roxborough

City Council members have introduced a handful of bills in the last several weeks making changes to the city’s zoning maps. Some of the bills were introduced as part of the…

    • Gazebo, FDR Park | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
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May 12-16: ParkX | The New Fairmount Park launch | Night Market Old City | Bike to Work Day

This week promises chances for park inspiration, mobile chow, and biking with the Mayor.  TALK: ParkX: Inspiring People in the Parks Monday, May 12, 7:30-9:30pm. Yards Brewing Company, 901 North Delaware…

    • CHOP's new rendering, facing the river. Pelli Clarke Pelli architects.

Guest opinion: CHOP's Schuylkill River plan should include creation of a neighborhood

Employer-assisted housing expert Dan Hoffman says including housing in the development and otherwise encouraging employees to become city residents would benefit CHOP, the city, and the surrounding neighborhoods. The current design…

    • St. Albans Spring | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group
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May 12: Convention Center labor | Church repair at 43rd and Chestnut | Art for cash | City slogans | Help new Philadelphians

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. Drexel will host the final gubernatorial debate before the primary (May 20th) tonight at 7pm. Drexel will host a webcast, and local TV and…

    • New gold-buying store across from SugarHouse

Gold-buying store opens across from SugarHouse.

A store that buys gold has opened up across Delaware Avenue from SugarHouse casino, and once again, neighborhood groups and city leaders are fighting it. “We were promised these kinds of…

    • Hamilton's estate was the first example of Federal architecture in the country
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Have a say in The Woodlands' future

How do you balance the sensitivity required to operate an active cemetery, with the need to preserve and share the rich history of what was once a 600-acre West Philadelphia estate,…

    • Branching Out, C Melon Images
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May 9-11: Natural Causes Art Dissection | Canstruction | Hidden geology tour | National Train Day | Brewerytown Spring Festival | Bainbridge Green Festival | Mother's Day at Franklin Square

Happy spring weekend, Eyes on the Street. In addition to the events listed below, don't forget that LOVE Your Park Week kicks off on Saturday with a day of service and…

    • Patrolling River Wards | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Pool
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May 9: Flashy Philly Phlash | Kensington fire shuts down El | Property assessment data released | Ads on municipal buildings | Philly commuters biking more, walking less | City Ave road repairs

Happy Friday, Eyes on the Street! A made-over Philly Phlash hits the streets today and will run through December. Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the new buses accommodate more people and…

    • SEPTA approves one-month budget, waits for word from state

Video helped save SEPTA $11 million in injury, damages claims

The 17,659 surveillance cameras SEPTA has in its vehicles and stations have contributed to a significant decrease in the amount of money SEPTA spends on injury and damages claims, and in…

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'Write Sky' aloft on May 10

UPDATE 5/9/14, 4:30PM: WRITE SKY HAS BEEN POSTPONED.  Look up and you might just see neighborhood messages in the sky. This weekend marks the culminating piece of Write Sky, a…

    • The Ben Franklin Bridge was built with room to accomodate bicycles and pedestrians, Photo by Neal Santos
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Rick Lowe's Gray Area: Where social sculpture meets neighborhood preservation

Twenty years ago when Rick Lowe first saw Houston’s Third Ward, an historically African American neighborhood, he saw vacant, tax-delinquent properties that the city was poised to raze. Instead 22 of…

    • Convention Center | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
    • Ben Franklin Bridge, Photo by Melon Images

New 24/7 schedule changes for PATCO, Ben Franklin Bridge

Yesterday’s Center City bomb scare interrupted the first of three town hall-style meetings PATCO is holding to update riders on its Ben Franklin Bridge Track Rehabilitation Project. Before the meeting was…

    • CHOP's new rendering, facing the river. Pelli Clarke Pelli architects.

Civic Design Review to CHOP: Progress made, more work needed on Schuylkill Ave. proposal

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia's proposed office and research complex on the east side of the Schuylkill River at South Street has been improved, members of city planning's Civic Design Review…

    • Weccacoe Playground, May 2014
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Sensitivity and the search for common ground at Weccacoe Playground / Bethel Burying Ground

Each marker and memorial at the Bethel Burial Ground in Queen Village was intended to endure. But forever is a long time. Neighborhood kids have played at Weccacoe Playground, between…

    • Broad Street Line, Photo by oilman930
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Record riders used Broad Street Line for Broad Street Run

The Broad Street Line broke its Broad Street Run ridership record by nearly 2,000 riders Sunday, when 72,678 entries were recorded.  The Broad Street Run's 40,000-plus runners are responsible for the…

    • Steve Weixler at a Central Delaware Advisory Group meeting

Philadelphia loses a waterfront advocate

Steven A. Weixler, an award-winning interior designer and staunch advocate for his Society Hill neighborhood and the Central Delaware Waterfront, died in late April, following a years-long battle with a neurological…

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May 6: 20 closed schools for sale | SEPTA crime down | Kensington Community Food Co-Op store | Doors & windows | Reviving alleys | $6.4 billion PHL expansion

Good morning Streeters. Here's what we're reading today: The School District of Philadelphia will put 20 vacant schools on the market immediately, reports the Inquirer. The Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation…

    • New Waterfront Corporation Design Review Committee will evaluate development proposals for the Central Delaware

Tune in to Radio Times to hear about Center City's redevelopment boom

Hour 1 ­   Guests: Alan Greenberger, Kevin Gillen and Jared Brey   Center City Philadelphia is seeing a redevelopment boom.  But instead of fancy condos, investors are churning out rental…

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