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    • PAFA's new Lenfest Plaza as a 'pied piper' park.
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New Zoning Code approved, Council zoning round-up, Philly's 'pied piper' parks, PA redistricting, building-scale ads

City Council approved the new zoning code at Thursday’s meeting, and the new code will take effect in eight months. PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey recaps the proceedings and what’s next: remapping. City…

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Animal carcasses found in lot near Walton Park

Humane Law Enforcement officers are trying to determine how several animal carcasses ended up in a lot at Comly and Dutton roads near Walton Park. "Officers have discovered many decapitated goats,…

SEPTA splits up the Route C

The SEPTA Board Thursday voted to split up the Route C bus, which runs down Broad Street, into two routes.The new routes, 4 and 11, will run according to two…

    • City Council adopted a new zoning code in Dec., 2011

City Council adopts a new zoning code

“Having been read on two different days,” said outgoing City Council President Anna C. Verna, calling for a vote on zoning reform legislation in Council’s last session of the year Thursday…

    • City Council approves rezoning bills for 8200 Germantown Ave.

City Council approves rezoning bills for 8200 Germantown Ave.

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyThe pieces are now in place for a controversial grocery store development along Chestnut Hill's busy main street. City Council on Thursday voted unanimously to…

    • The front of 1802 Frankford Ave. on Dec. 16

Updated: Could this Fishtown business be an internet casino cafe?

It is still uncertain what is opening - or perhaps what was to have opened - at the Frankford Avenue storefront where recently installed window decals proclaim it the Jackpot Internet…

    • Will plans for the Reading Viaduct park chug along even if the Callowhill NID dies?

Whither the Reading Viaduct wrapped in the Callowhill NID?

I was surprised to hear City Council unanimously vote in favor of the Callowhill Reading Viaduct Neighborhood Improvement District on Thursday. As Jared Brey reported on PlanPhilly, property owners within the…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Many things go wrong when a bus crashes on Hunting Park Avenue

Aside from the actual thing that went wrong Dec. 9 when a bus hit a teenage boy at Hunting Park and Kensington Avenue, the TV media outlets made sure some other…

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Dog of the Week: Ace

Ace comes to us as Dog of the Week after the original featured dog, Dallas, was adopted. Dallas found a home before we could even post about him. Hello, Ace (A14622768)…

    • Doughboy Park's new landscape takes shape.
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Doughboy Park renovation takes shape in Northern Liberties

Northern Liberties Neighbors Association (NLNA) has been working on a little triangle park at 2nd and Spring Garden, known as the Doughboy Park for the World War I memorial statue that presides…

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Cat of the Week: Puddin

Puddin was adopted Dec. 16. Who can resist this googly-eyed cat? Puddin (A14505221) is a supe- cute 1-year-old male cat. He has a handsome tuxedo coat and if you look really close,…

    • Will a Reading Viaduct park move forward even as the Callowhill NID dies?
    • Nutter vetoes controversial wall wrap bill

Nutter vetoes controversial wall wrap bill

Mayor Michael Nutter has vetoed a controversial zoning bill that allowed large wall wrap advertising on buildings between Spring Garden, Willow, 6th and 7th streets.The bill, recently approved by city…

    • This dumpster sits near Finnegan's Wake on Bodine Street

Finnegan's Wake growth dead for now

Proposed legislation that would have abandoned a section of Bodine Street to allow for the expansion of Finnegan's Wake, a Northern Liberties bar/catering hall, has died without a City Council vote.The bill…

Updated: Developers planning to turn former bank into pool hall get a deadline

The team that wants to turn an ornate, vacant bank building at Chestnut and 12th streets into a swank billiards hall will have to start construction in six months or lose…

    • David Grasso explains venue at Fishtown meeting

Zoning needed for controversial Fishtown music venue stays in place

The developer of a proposed 3,000-patron music venue has not lost the zoning he needs to build on Richmond Street in Fishtown.It was outgoing First District Councilman Frank DiCicco who…

2012 Flower Show brings wave of changes, unexpected vistas of Hawaii

PHILADELPHIA (December 2011 ) –  In 2012, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will take visitors on a trip to a whole new Philadelphia International Flower Show. Guests will have fun, learn more,…

    • Third grader Julio Pedraza was one of about 150 supporters of Sheppard Elementary in Kensington

An outpouring of emotion for Sheppard

by Benjamin Heroldfor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks  The tears fell freely at Julia de Burgos Elementary School Tuesday night. During the fifth of 17 community meetings on the…

    • City Council chambers.
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Will zoning reform really shift City Council's land use powers?

December 15 is a big day for the City of Philadelphia. City Council should – fingers still crossed – pass a new zoning code. This moment is the culmination of four…

    • An area of green space on Griscom Street adjacent to a vacant property. These areas are targets of the PhillyRising Collaborative in Frankford. Photo by Pamela Seaton.

Part 2 of 2: Frankford takes steps toward revitalization

An area of green space on Griscom Street adjacent to a vacant property. These areas are targets of the PhillyRising Collaborative in Frankford. Photo by Pamela Seaton.This is the second…

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