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    • Pop-up ice rink at The Piazza

Pop-up "ice" skating rink opens at Piazza

A deejay spinning '80s holiday music, carolers singing more traditional standards, a coterie of food trucks, and even a convincing Santa Claus showed up for Monday night's official unveiling of Skate…

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Technically Philly: How Northeast High School tripled college-eligible test scores in 6 years

As one of the oldest and most diverse schools in Philadelphia, Northeast High School is used to change. In 2010, the school decided to completely overhaul its Advanced Placement program with…

    • Strawbridge & Clothier
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December 3: Dilworth Plaza delays | Eataly for Philly? | Grant Avenue dangers | Hexamer Redux | Uptown update

Good morning Streeters and happy Giving Tuesday! It’s a day for giving back to nonprofits that make our communities better. For information on Giving Tuesday PHL, hit up Generocity’s guide…

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Australia has the right idea about retirement [Financial Perspectives]

With all the focus on Obamacare lately, few people are talking about the looming retirement crisis that the U.S.  is facing. Social Security is scheduled to run out of money by…

    • Allison Building

Allison Building project and parklet to enhance Roxborough's Ridge corridor

A century-old building at the heart of the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor will be preserved and renovated next year, and a new adjacent parklet will add some green to the neighborhood.…

    • Laurie Olin
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Laurie Olin oral history

The Cultural Landscape Foundation has been working up a series of oral histories for a project they call the Pioneers of American Landscape Design. The 10th and latest one is…

    • Reading Viaduct at Noble | Bob Bruhin
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December 2-6: Central Northeast District Plan | Kate Orff | Rail Park fundraiser | Holiday lightings | 'Engineering Philadelphia'

In this first week of December we've got events ahead about planning the Central Northeast, sustainable landscape design, and industrial history as well as holiday festivities and a Rail Park concert…

    • LeBow Hall
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December 2: American made clothes | LeBow Hall praise | Avenue of the Arts North action | Roberto Clemente school reuse | Community policing in the 39th

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. We hope you enjoyed a good Thanksgiving. Here’s what’s buzzing this Monday morning: Today is Makers Monday, a day geared at shifting the focus…

    • Decorating Laurel Hill

Get "charmed" by Fairmount Park gems

Each year, groups of hardy volunteers make sure the Charms of Fairmount Park are decked out in seasonal swag for two festive weeks. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs…

    • Happy Thanksgiving | NYPL Digital ID: 1588384
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, Streeters! We hope you enjoy a relaxing and delicious Thanksgiving full of good cheer. We'll see you back here bright and early on Monday morning.

    • Waterfront Winterfest at Penn's Landing, Photo by Matt Stanley
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Waterfront Winterfest brings ice rink, lodge, shopping, dining and more to Penn's Landing

The Waterfront Winterfest at Penn's Landing, opening Nov. 29, had me at "homemade Thanksgiving leftover 'Hot Pockets'" and "caramelized pumpkin donuts," but that's just the beginning of the treats that…

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November 27: Bill Green for SRC? | Blight court for Scientology | Philly bike commuting still tops | PennDOT reconsidering bridge restrictions | Regional dialects

Good morning, Streeters. If you’re heading out of town or picking someone up at the airport, know that the storm has caused some flight delays and flooded roads. Be safe out…

    • Penn received permission to demolish the building it owns at 40th and Pine streets.

New proposal at historic 40th and Pine property won't end litigation

As first reported by The Daily Pennsylvanian, developer Jonathan Weiss met with Spruce Hill Community Association this week to present a new proposal for 400 S. 40th Street, the historic…

    • Photo Process Screen Manufacturing Co - during sign repainting, November 2013
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Vital Signs: Fresh paint for businesses with "ghost signs"

“Ghost signs” are all over this city's walls, advertising businesses of yesteryear in vanishing paint. But some of the same businesses behind those weathered signs are hardly faded. You just wouldn’t…

    • The Canal Street side of The Ajax Metal Company building.

Squilla will now propose lifting the ban on waterfront nightclubs in a much smaller area

The ban on nightclubs and other assembly uses near the Delaware River would continue in all but a few blocks of Fishtown and Northern Liberties under the latest plan to amend…

    • Looking downriver from Walnut Street. | Neal Santos

The Schuylkill River is one of five rivers in the running for the 2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year.

The public is invited to again vote online for the 2014 Pennsylvania River of the Year, choosing from among five waterways nominated across the state. Rivers nominated are: Schuylkill in eastern…

    • Kimmel Center at South Broad and Spruce | © Bob Bruhin
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November 26: Murder charges for demolition contractor | Philly's hit factory at risk | 15 towers that never were | Platt Bridge reopened | Swann Fountain frosted

Good morning, Streeters. Later today a Sou’ easter comes our way, so be careful out and about tonight and tomorrow. The heaviest rain is expected to be in the Philly area…

    • The 9th Street market is the last in the city to maintain curbside stands.
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Empty Italian Market stands could fill up soon

Curbside markets used to line parts of 2nd, 4th, 7th and 9th streets. But South 9th Street’s "Italian Market" is the only survivor of its kind. Since the turn of the…

    • colliers informally marketed church assumption 21 million

Church of the Assumption: What happens now?

The years-long fight to preserve the Church of the Assumption, a historic building once owned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia at 12th and Spring Garden streets in Philadelphia, has come to…

    • riverrink
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November 25-31: Sound in the City | Peter Eisenman | South Philly High Greening | Thanksgiving Parade | RiverRink and Winterfest | Christmas Village

It's a short week thanks to Thanksgiving, Streeters. That means the beginning of the week is packed with business - from smart talks to a greening project meeting  - and the…

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