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Three development proposals run into controversy at Planning Commission meeting

Tuesday's Planning Commission meeting featured three information-only presentations of proposed developments that all face either community opposition or serious questions from commission members about each project's suitability.205 Race St.Jeff…

Online commenting now available for October DVRPC board actions

DVRPC is excited to announce that the public can now comment on Board Action items using a new online commenting application on our website. Information related to Board Action items…

    • PCPC: Saving the archives, Philadelphia 2035 update, Callowhill isues and more

PCPC: Saving the archives, Philadelphia 2035 update, Callowhill isues and more

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is bringing back two 30-plus years-of-service PCPC veterans to help organize and save a treasure trove of commission archival and library material that is at risk…

    • U.S. Rep. Bob Brady and PFT President Jerry Jordan (left) called for passage of the American Jobs Act

Union leaders turn out to support Jobs Act

By Benjamin HeroldFor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks Representatives of the School District of Philadelphia, its five labor unions, and the Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) gathered with U.S. Rep. Bob Brady…

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Eyes on the Street

Locate designers through viewfinders with "Pole Position"

DesignPhiladelphia seeks to demonstrate that design is everywhere. Bresslergroup, a local product design firm, has taken that idea literally by installing big red arrows pointing to several Philly-based design companies…

Eyes on the Street

Big Chalkers, Qualities of Life, Thief of Baghdad, Cobbs Creek trail, Public Architecture, Preserving Philadelphia's Neigborhoods

Big Chalkers Tuesday, October 18, 5pm. Café Cret, 16th Street & The Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Kids of all ages can draw all over the sidewalk outside Café Cret with giant sidewalk…

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St. Martha's carnival raises funds for gym improvements

St. Martha's provided family entertainment while raising funds this past week. The parish held a fall carnival in its parking lot over several nights in order to raise funds for needed…

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Northeast women arrested during Mummers prostitution bust

Ten women were arrested last week after police raided a Mummers facility and broke up a prostitution ring. Two members of the Downtowners Fancy Brigade face liquor charges, and several suspects…

    • Denby's Sweet Sensations hosted the most recent FrankfordRising meeting.

Frankford looks at five key issues as part of PhillyRising

Denby's Sweet Sensations hosted the most recent FrankfordRising meeting. Frankford residents and business owners met last week to continue their FrankfordRising agenda. Twenty-five people arrived at Denby's Sweet Sensations to discuss…

Eyes on the Street

DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area By Elise Vider In 1955, Philadelphia significantly advanced the nascent historic preservation movement with the nation’s first citywide ordinance to protect historic buildings.…

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Suspects arrested for locking adults in Tacony basement

It was late Saturday morning when a property caretaker found four adults chained up in a Tacony basement. Police found the victims -- all with developmental delays and malnourished --…

    • South Broad | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street group pool
Eyes on the Street

Closure possible for Furness High, City Council sues over fracking, Historical Commission approvals, State of Young Philly wraps

South Broad | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street group pool Philadelphia will announce school closures later this month, and Public School Notebook/NewsWorks examines the consequences for one on the…

    • A leaky roof and crumbling brick exterior have led to extensive water damage inside Furness High

At Furness High, a tough choice looms

By Benjamin HeroldFor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorksBecause it is located in an ancient facility that has become a fiscal albatross for the cash-strapped School District, the school could soon be shuttered…

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As Parkway grows, so does its homeless problem

Sister Cities Park— under construction. Rodin Museum and Gardens — under construction. The Barnes Foundation — under construction. With these three huge projects underway, much of the eastern end of the…

    • The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is accepting proposals from developers for this site. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Rivage community meeting put on hold

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyThe city Redevelopment Authority is looking over proposals from developers interested in remaking the empty Rivage site in East Falls.  More »

    • DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

In the newest DAGSpace, Elise Vider previews Gray Area: Provocations on the Future of Preservation, a convening of serious thinkers to consider preservation theory and practice, new design and the historic…

    • 1853 mansion on W. 40th and Pine streets.

Historical Commission hears about UPenn, Old City projects

After a lengthy bout of presentations, debate, and commentary, the Historical Commission Friday granted final approval to a University of Pennsylvania project that involves the erection of a 7-story apartment building…

    • BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South Street
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BigBelly Solar Compactors Get Noticed

BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South StreetNew York magazine named Philly’s BigBelly Solar trashcans a favorite recent urban invention in its current issue on Urban Global Design, in which our…

    • Kathy Fagan teaches literacy to non-native English speakers at Bustleton Library. Photo by Kirsten Stamn.

Bustleton Library assists non-native English speakers

Kathy Fagan teaches literacy to non-native English speakers at Bustleton Library. Photo by Kirsten Stamn. “Alright class, now which of these has food and which of these has actions?” Kathy…

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Frankford Quicky Mart owners weigh community reaction to seating plans

The small grocery store at Frankford Avenue and Unity Street in Frankford has plans to sell beer and incorporate seating. But before the store makes those changes, the owners are getting…

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