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Neighbors rally to fight crime in Strawberry Mansion, River Wards | Seal the Divine Lorraine | OCF and Point Breeze | SEPTA cops strike | fund the Free Library

On Tuesday 100 Strawberry Mansion residents rallied against effects of violence and blight on their neighborhood, marching from 33rd and Diamond to Strawberry Mansion High, reports Philly Confidential. Sheriff Jewell Williams…

    • SEPTA predicts future budget deficits

SEPTA predicts future budget deficits

SEPTA's proposed $1.3 billion operating budget for next fiscal year contains no fare increases and predicts continued ridership increases in the face of improved regional employment and high gas prices.But…

    • Germantown United CDC seeks board members

Germantown United CDC seeks board members

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillySince the Germantown United CDC incorporated late last year, its founding members have met in small groups and at large forums, discussing and eventually agreeing…

    • Jeff Hackett with PaRC Star Gregorio Cojulun

Parks & Recreation Commission gets ready for warmer weather

Continuing its road show, Philadelphia's Parks & Recreation Commission held its bi-monthly meeting last night at Christy Rec Center in Southwest Philadelphia.City Councilmember Jannie Blackwell made a surprise guest appearance…

    • A little afternoon preening.
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Webcam: Franklin Institute hawks nest

Live stream videos at Ustream People like to think of the Parkway as the start of Fairmount Park, a piece of nature grafted into the city. A pair of Red-tailed Hawks…

    • Holmesburg Library. Image/Google Maps

Holmesburg Library looks for volunteers, creative fundraising opportunities

Holmesburg Library. Image/Google Maps If the Friends of Holmesburg Library had a mantra, these days it would be, "Help us help you." President Karen Lash was at Tuesday night's Holmesburg Civic…

    • HUP doesn't make any payments in lieu of taxes. Neither does Penn, Drexel, or Jefferson.
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Are our city’s anchor institutions a revenue drag?

By now you all know that the city’s property tax assessment system is in flux. And While the city anticipates that the move to actual-value assessments will generate $90 million more…

    • Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian Tasco, seen here at the 2011 Rising Sun Avenue Clean-up, announced City Council will hold a public budget hearing in Lawncrest. File photo/Ian Romano

City Council schedules public budget hearing in the Northeast

Philadelphia Councilwoman Marian Tasco, seen here at the 2011 Rising Sun Avenue Clean-up, announced City Council will hold a public budget hearing in Lawncrest. File photo/Ian Romano Philadelphia City Council is…

Real NEastate: What can a short sale negotiator do for me?

Q: I made an offer on a short sale in Morrell Park. I backed out of the deal because the sellers were using a short sale negotiator who wanted to charge…

    • Pink hints of spring | 'Off the Beaten Path,' Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • The future of the Blue Horizon is unknown.

Blue Horizon's transformation into a hotel with spa, jazz club and restaurant gets planners' approval

Mosaic Development Partners came a step closer to turning a legendary North Broad Street boxing venue into a boutique hotel with restaurants and a jazz club. The Philadelphia City Planning Commission…

    • Planning Commission introduces draft of Central Delaware zoning overlay

Planning Commission introduces draft of Central Delaware zoning overlay

In a meeting of the City Planning Commission Tuesday afternoon, the Commission’s Deputy Director, Eva Gladstein, laid out the foundations for what will become the Central Delaware Riverfront Zoning Overlay. The…

Philadelphia Planning Commission adopts first two district-level portions of the comprehensive plan

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission adopted the first two district-level portions of the city's new comprehensive plan, which will guide future development, use of public facilities, development of green space and…

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Fire in the Divine Lorraine mercifully brief

NEast Links: Toddler falls from window, police involved in two separate crashes

NEast Links: Bringing you additional Northeast news A 15-month-old child is recovering after falling from an apartment complex window Thursday. The toddler fell from a third-floor window on the 2300- block…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: First offense by the District Attorney's office

Well then the city's District Attorney can't even get Philadelphia's regions right, no wonder big media outlets have such a hard time. A Torresdale man was arrested in mid-March for starving…

    • Print and Pictures holds 1.5 million items at the Free Library's Parkway Central.
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Checking out: As Free Library's role shifts, where does that leave Parkway Central’s special collections?

The Free Library is grappling with how to be a better 21st century resource for a needy city. Recent years have been tough on the library – budget and staff cuts,…

    • St. Cecilia's School Gym. Photo/Matthew Flowers

Fundraiser underway to rename St. Cecilia's gym for PGW worker killed last year

St. Cecilia's School Gym. Photo/Matthew Flowers Family and friends of Mark Keeley, a 19-year-old who was tragically killed in an explosion last January, are currently planning fundraising events to renovate the…

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Financial Perspectives: A primer on Medicare

With so many baby boomers moving into retirement, this is a good time to get the conversation started around Medicare. Unfortunately, this area of retirement planning can be complex and results in…

    • White Light | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
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Civic hacking Philly, 410 Race development split, Germantown Settlement leftovers, restoring Philly's tree canopy, District Planning starts in Lower Northeast, searching for daguerro-row

White Light | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr group Good morning, Streeters, and happy first official day of spring. It's a busy day at the Planning Commission,…

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