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May 20-24: Lantern House | Primary Day | Delaware Valley Modernism | Paine's Park opening

Wondering what's on tap this week? You can tour an award-winning stable-turned-live/work-space, celebrate Philly's new public space for skating, and learn about the misfits of modernism. And, don't forget to vote…

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Look Up! The “concrete castles” of Doylestown

Henry Mercer was a great collector, but also an architect with a singular vision.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The…

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May 20: Parks Roundup: Paine's Park praise | Mother Bethel AME burial ground below Weccacoe Playground | Improved Pleasant Hill Park | Ralph Brooks Park renovations planned

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. We’ve got a roundup of park-related news to kick off your Monday: Skateboarders and casual park visitors are invited to commingle at Paine’s Park, Philadelphia’s…

    • Two students knocked down the front door of 2006 Wingohocking St. to signify the start of the second sustainable rehab project

Nicetown building project kicks off with demolition pep-rally event

The latest step in a unique building project in Nicetown will involve a 350-year-old French company, about 120 alternative high-school students and two long-vacant houses on Wingohocking Street. Also in that…

    • Broad Street between Callowhill and Noble streets is one of the city's structurally deficient bridges

PennDOT to rebuild hidden Broad Street bridge

Many Philadelphians have driven over one of the city’s structurally deficient spans countless times and not even known it was a bridge. But when imminent construction begins to disrupt traffic over…

    • Atlantic Refining Co., June 22, 1926 (Image # 6111) | Aero Service Corp. | Courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Refining along the Lower Schuylkill, 1926

In honor of the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan’s [pdf] release earlier this month, we head back into the past to look at a section of the Lower Schuylkill from above.…

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State Senator drafting anti-SLAPP legislation after civic group's demise

State Senator Larry Farnese says he'll introduce legislation in Harrisburg making it easier for groups subject to intimidating SLAPP lawsuits to have the cases dismissed or recover legal costs after the…

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May 17-19: Barnes Foundation anniversary | Trenton Ave Arts Fest | Clark Park Party | Parkwood Farmers' Market | Brewerytown, Rittenhouse and Italian Market festivals | Dinner and Bikes with Elly Blue

Clear your calendars Streeters. We've got a jam packed weekend of festivals, farmers markets and food planned for you. ANNIVERSARY Barnes Foundation First Anniversary Party Friday, May 17, 6 p.m. -…

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Fishing competition highlights improvements to Pleasant Hill Park [photos]

See the slideshow below from the park, with photos taken by Bill Achuff and Michelle Alton. If you didn't know about Pleasant Hill Park, you probably wouldn't be able to find…

    • Even thought you'll still see a sign every now and again, SEPTA's slogan isn't 'We're Getting There' anymore.
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May 17: Sheriff's Office can't track funds | SEPTA delays budget votes | Squilla wants community group protection | Nutter sets $31M aside for firefighters' arbitration | 3rd Ward opens

Happy Friday Streeters!  The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office doesn't have an accounting system despite the fact that tens of millions of dollars flow through the office annually and that the office has…

    • Ortlieb Bottling House wrapped in scaffolding, May 2013
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KieranTimberlake's renovation of Ortlieb Bottling House underway

We know the Philadelphia firm KieranTimberlake for its high-minded contemporary design projects - from universities across the country to the future US Embassy in London - and these days they’re crafting…

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Report: 'Anyone who cares about the future of Philadelphia should pay attention to the state and fate of the Northeast'

Whether you love your Northeast Philly neighborhood, or you're one of our commenters who laments the changes you've seen over the years, you should read this piece from Hidden City contributor…

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May 16: SEPTA considers reduced fare hike | 5 charters renewed | Nutter proposes cigarette and drink tax | Council absent for budget hearings | First responders sue Conrail | Lawrence O'Toole photos

Good morning Eyes! Here's what's making the news this Thursday. SEPTA's Board will consider a slight reduction in its proposed fare hikes, the Inquirer reports this morning. The reduction would…

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Zoning board to rule on variances for Canal Street North after marathon hearing

First impression of Julia Chapman, the new chair of the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment: she is a patient woman. Chapman, a former aide to Mayor Michael Nutter in the early…

    • YouthBuild Philadelphia will renovate 2006 and 2008 W. Wingohocking Street
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YouthBuild Philadelphia begins green renovation of two Nicetown homes

Just months after overhauling a dilapidated Germantown house and turning it into a LEED Platinum home, YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School students broke ground on two homes just across the tracks at…

    • Society Hill Towers, 1969 | From DVRPC, “A Report on Historic Preservation” (1969). Courtesy of the Edmund N. Bacon Collection, The Architectural Archives, University of Pennsylvania.

In Conversation With: Greg Heller on Ed Bacon and his legacy

On the eve of the official launch of Ed Bacon: Planning, Politics, and the Building of Modern Phiadelphia (University of Penn Press), author Greg Heller chatted with PlanPhilly's JoAnn Greco about…

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Meet Chinatown's new parklet

This weekend Chinatown celebrated the opening of its very own parklet, which adds a new pedestrian amenity along the busy 10th Street corridor. After a false start in April, Philadelphia Chinatown…

Where should I look for $100k homes in Northeast Philadelphia? [Real NEastate]

Q: I really want to buy a home in the Northeast but the absolute most I can afford is $100,000. I really don’t want a fixer-upper or anything that “needs TLC.”…

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May 15: Ride of Silence | University City High future | Ben Franklin Bridge walkway update | theater-spotting | I-95 nightmares | Schuylkill ecological art

Good morning, Streeters. Here’s what’s buzzing this Wednesday morning. Bike Week continues this evening with a Ride of Silence, a bike ride to honor cyclists killed while riding their bikes…

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Planning underway for a new river wards history museum

The Native American, colonial and industrial artifacts discovered during I-95 construction through the river wards and a collection of documents and objects commemorating the Treaty of Friendship signed between William Penn…

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