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    • Free Library - Tacony Branch
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March 10: Freight rail safety | Safety & vacancy | Slow BRT appeals | Free Library budget increase | 15th/Walnut redevelopment | Charming Camac

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. We hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. What will CSX do to make its freight rail infrastructure safer? The 25th Street Viaduct is a crumbling…

    • The current condition of the Festival Pier site

Northern Liberties to be remapped

Last week, City Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that would update the zoning maps for the area bounded roughly by Spring Garden Street, Girard Avenue, Front Street, and Third Street,…

    • SEPTA approves one-month budget, waits for word from state
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SEPTA Citizen Advisory Committee seeks new members

Want a say in how SEPTA serves its customers? The SEPTA Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC), an independent group that works with SEPTA to represent customer interests, is looking for applicants. The…

    • Site of proposed Healing Way methadone clinic in Holmesburg - Google

Court upholds permit for methadone clinic in Holmesburg

The Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania has ruled against a group of Holmesburg residents who have been fighting to keep a methadone clinic from opening on Frankford Avenue. Three Commonwealth judges overruled…

    • Ortleib brew house
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March 7-9: OpenAccessPHL meeting | Asian Arts Initiative 20th anniversary | Instagram art opening | Northern Liberties growth conversations | Urban composting workshop

Hello Eyes on the Street! Ready for some warm weather this weekend? CONVENE: OpenAccessPHL Meetup Friday, March 7. 4pm - 6pm. DevNuts, 908A N. 3rd Street. OpenAccessPHL meets monthly to discuss…

    • Some of the Acela train sets are 15 to 16 years old. At best, Amtrak expects their lifetime to be about 20 years

Amtrak calls for high-speed train sets

Amtrak is on the hunt for up to 28 new high-speed train sets to service the Northeast Corridor - the stretches from Washington, D.C., through Philadelphia to New York and Boston.…

    • Quince Street, Photo by David Swift Photography
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March 7: Mayor Nutter's budget details | Kelly Drive advisory | Blatstein's Broad and Washington plans | Neighbors support Queen Lane Apartment demolition | Faux bricks cause stir in Old City

Good morning and happy Friday Streeters! Enjoy the nice weather this weekend.  Mayor Nutter presented his budget before Council yesterday. The budget sets aside $2 million for the Department of…

    • Proposed AAA auto entity

AAA ponders options in Pennsport

AAA is considering its next step regarding the permits it needs to build a car repair shop at 1601 S. Columbus Blvd that L&I issued over-the-counter, but now intends to revoke.…

    • Waterfront Winterfest at Penn's Landing, Photo by Ed Savaria

Summer version of Winterfest coming to Penn's Landing; new pier parks opening this summer and fall

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation's Winterfest helped make this ice skating season the most successful yet, DRWC Vice President Jodie Milkman told the board's executive committee Thursday. And DRWC staffers are…

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Nutter commits funding for new positions at L&I

Mayor Michael Nutter announced on Thursday that he intends to commit an additional $2 million to the Department of Licenses and Inspections for the 2015 fiscal year. The additional funds would…

    • Bricklayers in protest at Museum of the American Revolution
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Where a brick is more than a brick

The old Independence Visitor Center will soon be demolished to clear the southeast corner of 3rd and Chestnut to make way for the new Museum of the American Revolution. The prospect…

    • 401 N Broad Street, Photo by Phillytrax
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March 6: SEPTA says don't panic | L&I can't search building collapse data | Partners buy 401 N. Broad | New Penn Treaty playground | Mantua, Germantown civic groups expand efforts

Good morning Eyes on the Street! Here is a little news to start your Thursday.  SEPTA doesn't want riders to panic about talk of union workers striking if contract negotiations do…

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Art Commission brings thorough review to handful of important built environment projects

The Philadelphia Art Commission heard details about significant ongoing built environment projects across a broad spectrum of subjects Wednesday including health care, nature and sustainability, safety and technology in public space,…

    • If approved, the pedestrian tunnel will cross beneath 18th Street

Council to vote on Comcast Tower's transit concourse extension [Updated]

Update: The bills described below were adopted unanimously by City Council on Thursday, March 27, 2014. City Council will vote Thursday on legislation that could allow Comcast Corporation and Liberty Property Trust…

    • South Bank Site Context | WRT | courtesy of Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services
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Inside Penn's vision for South Bank as start-up incubator, research hub

Penn’s South Bank campus is the tip of the spear when it comes to recasting underused industrial property on the Lower Schuylkill as a zone for gritty creativity and economic growth.…

    • Dodo Hamilton display, Flower Show 2014
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March 5: Nutter's budget address plans | May 20 election for Green's seat | CHOP expansion | Free Internet Essentials | power of LOVE | Starr-Olexy project shelved | Ciao Dodo

Good morning, Streeters. Here’s what’s buzzing this Wednesday morning: Tomorrow Mayor Nutter will deliver his budget address, which the Daily News reports will be at once a “legacy” budget and…

    • Art Meets Pavement
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Sculptural bike racks debut at Flower Show

Bike racks don't always have to be plain old U-shaped utilitarian pieces of street furniture. They can be street sculptures, opportunities to add texture or whimsy to the public environment. We…

    • Philadelphia Gas Works
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PGW selling for $1.86 billion [roundup]

Philadelphia Gas Works, the largest municipally owned gas utility in the nation, is ever closer to privatization. Here's a roundup of news related to this big possible sale: The Sale: On…

    • Crane Arts
Eyes on the Street

March 4: Evolving South Kensington | Tax relief measures | Big changes at 17th and Carpenter | Hope for Lawncrest

Happy Mardi Gras/Fat Tuesday/Carnival, Streeters. Enjoy! South Kensington is evolving as mixed-use developments take shape, new residents move in, and industrial uses try to hold on. Hidden City Daily published a…

    • Taxicab

City council questions lack of wheelchair accessible cabs

Last week, a group of City Council members came together to discuss the state of Philadelphia's cabs.  Councilman David Oh led the discussion, asking if newer cabs, cabs with alternative fuel…

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