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    • Civic engagement on sign controls gets underway

Civic engagement on sign controls gets underway

The inter-agency working group responsible for reforming Philadelphia’s sign regulations held the first in a series of five “facilitated discussions” with stakeholder groups Thursday morning at the Center for Architecture. The…

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Dog of the Week: Shaunie

This gorgeous girl is Shaunie (A15052829). Shaunie is a 1- to 2-year-old female Staffordshire Terrier mix. She found her way to someone’s back yard and they brought her to the shelter to find…

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Draft district plans for Lower South and West Park draft plans introduced

Center City: Philadelphia2035 Releases First Two Draft Plans from Philadelphia Neighborhoods on Vimeo. As PlanPhilly's Kellie Patrick Gates reported, the district plans for Lower South [pdf] and West Park…

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Cat of the Week: Jonah

UPDATE, Feb. 9, 2012: Jonah has been adopted! Meet sweet Jonah (A15063422), a young male tabby abandoned at Animal Control. When Jonah arrived he was emaciated, dehydrated and sick with a…

    • Sen. Mike Stack (podium) talks about the need for long-term transportation infrastructure funding. He was joined Wednesday by (left to right) Rep. Mike McGeehan; Dr. Dick Voith, the senior vice presid

With Holmesburg Junction as example, legislators call for funding for transportation upgrades

Sen. Mike Stack (podium) talks about the need for long-term transportation infrastructure funding. He was joined Wednesday by (left to right) Rep. Mike McGeehan; Dr. Dick Voith, the senior vice president…

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    • Meetings will be held this month at Northeast and Lincoln high schools to review the criteria for the new superintendent of the Philadelphia School District. Image/Google Maps

Two Northeast meetings planned on search for new school district superintendent

Meetings will be held this month at Northeast and Lincoln high schools to review the criteria for the new superintendent of the Philadelphia School District. Image/Google Maps Two meetings have been…

    • From left: Jaramoji, Blatstein, Greenberger, Satullo, Street

Megaprojects: Can't we all just get along?

The "other side" got its due Tuesday night as the weeks devoted to the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts presentation of In the Footprint: The Battle over Atlantic Yards, came…

    • What kinds of signs should Philadelphia have?
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Picking up on signs: (de)sign controls, visual preferences, digital billboards, and wayfinding

Philly is a sign-heavy city. And it seems that our signage big and small is getting lots of attention lately. I've mentioned the push to legalize bandit signs, billboard art…

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West Parkside: Bringing Jazz Back to West Philadelphia

A Philadelphia businessman recently opened a jazz venue in West Parkside to spark an interest for arts and live music in what he calls an "upcoming neighborhood." Jamal Parker, 41, owns…

    • Shamrock Shuttle 2010 outside McNoodle's. Photo/Mayfair resident and Civic Association board member Donny Smith

Mayfair begins preparation for controversial Shamrock Shuttle [video]

Shamrock Shuttle 2010 outside McNoodle's. Photo/Mayfair resident and Civic Association board member Donny Smith It's that time of year again. The buses, the drinking, the public urination. The revenue for Frankford…

    • Vacant lots on Point Breeze Avenue that OCF Realty wants to develop. | GoogleMaps
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Point Breeze development rumbles? Blame the process.

Monday night’s South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. (SPHINC) zoning meeting was not about zoning. Of the projects on the agenda, the only one heard was OCF Realty’s proposed mixed-use development at the corner…

Real NEastate: Numbers show Northeast Philadelphia is currently a Buyer's Market

Home sellers in the Northeast have yet to experience a turn-around in the housing market. Foreclosures and distressed property sales (short sales) are the hardest problem to overcome in terms of…

    • Will a Common Pleas Court judge support efforts to keep the Church of the Assumption standing?
    • Scrim at 1501 Arch Street

Art Commission approves Family Court addition, Dilworth Plaza subway concourse

The Philadelphia Art Commission approved all three items on its agenda today in a meeting that included two rather lengthy discussions that followed up on presentations made at earlier meetings. It…

    • René Biberstein and Clara Romero

Winning Bacon Student Competition team talks about plan for the I-95 corridor

A two-person team from the University of Toronto won this year's Ed Bacon student competition for their approach on I-95.This year's challenge, titled INTERSECT, asked teams to re-imagine the I-95…

    • The winning design's grand

Bacon Awards given to NYC transportation commissioner and University of Toronto team

The transportation commissioner who made Broadway a pedestrian-only street and a student team that imagines a giant set of steps offering views down Market Street from the Delaware River to City…

    • Manayunk Towpath improvement project nears completion while canal dredging gets underway

Manayunk Towpath improvement project nears completion while canal dredging gets underway

Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyA long-discussed city plan to dredge the Manayunk Canal, aimed at improving water flow and enhancing the environment for fish and birds -- and boaters,More…

DVRPC seeking applicants for participation task force

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission is looking for applicants to fill slots on the newly created Public Participation Task Force.The commission will select 12 members through an interview process,…

    • District-level comprehensive plans for West Park, Lower South, unveiled

District-level comprehensive plans for West Park, Lower South, unveiled

City planners Tuesday unveiled drafts of the first two district-level portions of the city's new comprehensive plan, outlining future goals for neighborhoods near Fairmount Park and in southernmost Philadelphia.“This is…

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