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2011: A year of planning milestones, and some development controversy

It was a year of planning milestones in Philadelphia.The Philadelphia City Planning Commission adopted Philadelphia2035 -  the first city-wide comprehensive plan in 50 years - in June.The plan, based…

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'Franklin Mills Mall' among top Google searches for 2011

Photo uploaded by Flickr user freakapotimus What are Philadelphians searching for on Google? In 2011, it was mostly about SEPTA. The transit authority was the most popular search query in the…

    • Partnerships produce exclusive tax delinquency and school closing news in 2011

Partnerships produce exclusive tax delinquency and school closing news in 2011

Tax DelinquencyIn August, PlanPhilly published the findings of a months-long investigation into the City of Philadelphia’s delinquent property tax collection system. The report, produced in partnership with the…

    • The Girard Avenue Bridge's holiday messages from 1962. | Deparment of Records, PhillyHistory.org
Eyes on the Street

Happy Holidays from Eyes on the Street

The Girard Avenue Bridge's holiday messages from 1962. | Deparment of Records, PhillyHistory.org Philly, I hope you have happy, safe, and festive holidays. Eyes on the Street will be away from the…

    • The south side of the Race Street Connector points toward the river.
Eyes on the Street

Wishing on Philly 2012

2011 was a big year for Philadelphia’s planning ambitions. After years of work Philly got its first comprehensive plan in 50 years, a waterfront master plan, and a new green…

    • Norman and Colleen Millan help to fill the pantry at the Klein JCC in Northeast Philadelphia. Photo by Tom Rowan Jr.

Klein JCC awarded $10,000 in Walmart Facebook campaign

Walmart is spending 12 days giving away money to nonprofits around the nation. Of the 12 organizations sharing the $120,000 in funding announced Thursday, two are based in Philadelphia (and happen…

    • Senior Ozzie Watson coordinated student involvement with Camelot’s second annual blood drive at Excel Academy North accelerated high school. Photo courtesy of Camelot Schools.

Excel Academy North students organize second annual blood drive

  Senior Ozzie Watson coordinated student involvement with Camelot’s second annual blood drive at Excel Academy North accelerated high school. Photo courtesy of Camelot Schools.From Camelot Schools: During this time…

    • Addison Street | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr group
Eyes on the Street

Reading Roundup: Detroitism to Dream Cities, 'Death and Life' to Philly's Image Problem

Addison Street | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr group In case you’re stuck with travel delays, killing time at your desk next week, or needing to tune…

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National Geographic show will profile PSPCA task force; Northeast animal crimes expected to make appearance

The Pennsylvania Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will get the small screen treatment next month, and don't be surprised if the Northeast makes an appearance. National Geographic's WILD…

    • Greco/Outside Family Court

Public Space as connector was an issue for Philadelphians in 2011

My beats are varied but, time and time again, public space is the connector. That Philadelphians feel strongly about this issue, too, is clear. Some of PlanPhilly's most-read stories addressed this…

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Cat of the Week: Skittles

Skittles (A14838728) was found limping down Bustleton Ave. He was brought to ACCT so he can be safe and get the medical treatment he needs. He was seen by a doctor and has…

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Dog of the Week: Dante

Meet DANTE (A14138269) - a big, blue marshmallow of dog! He was originally brought to the shelter as a stray. He was adopted only to be returned because they didn't have the time…

Eyes on the Street

What you were reading: Top 10 Eyes on the Street posts of 2011

At three months old, Eyes on the Street is still the new blog on the block, and I'm so thankful for the warm reception the blog has received so far. In such…

    • Dan Efroymson (R), leads a group of about a dozen people on a short birdwatching trek around the Friends Hospital grounds. Almost everyone came equipped with a pair of binoculars. Photo by Bill Achuff

Photos: Environmental tour of the Tookany/Tacony-Frankford Watershed

Dan Efroymson (R), leads a group of about a dozen people on a short birdwatching trek around the Friends Hospital grounds. Almost everyone came equipped with a pair of binoculars. Photo…

    • New light towers grace the South Street Bridge and should be officially illuminated soon.
Eyes on the Street

2011 Zoning and transportation roundups, Independence Hall unwrapped, South Street Bridge lighting tests, PHL delays not the worst

  PlanPhilly is looking back on 2011 every day until year’s end. Yesterday Jared Brey’s 2011: A Zoning Odyssey recounted the run-up to Philadelphia’s new zoning code set to be signed…

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Health Department: Defective lightbulb caused eye irritation at Father Judge

Philadelphia Health Department officials believe they've found the source of the eye irritation at Father Judge High School that sent cheerleading competition attendees to the hospital earlier this month. "Based on…

Mayor Michael Nutter signs the new code into law

Philadelphia made the final step toward reforming its zoning code when Mayor Michael Nutter signed the new code into law at a bill-signing ceremony in City Hall on Thursday morning. There…

    • 48th Street, Florence Ave. and Baltimore Ave.

Four win grants to build pedestrian plazas

No matter how you cut it, the intersection of 48th Street, Florence and Baltimore avenues is strange, with three streets coming together in a five-point intersection.Prema Gupta, the University City…

    • Silverliner V

A look back at transportation issues during 2011

It's that time of year to take stock of the year that's coming to a close while getting ready to forge ahead into the future.Transportation has had a year marked…

    • Northwood Civic Association new 2012 board of directors, from L to R: President Joe Krause, member Gina Panchella, Vice President Frank Bennett, member Renee Hudson and member Lou Kubik. Not pictured:

New Northwood civic leadership; outgoing president calls for audit of Historical Society of Frankford[VIDEO]

New Northwood Civic Association board leadership was introduced Tuesday night, but a familiar voice took hold. After a debate raged at last month's meeting around the necessary quorum and other group…

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