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    • Chic Afrique moved to 3874 Lancaster Ave. in February 2011.

Mantua: Vacant stores provide space for new business

By Kara Savidge and Christine FisherFor PlanPhilly This article was created in partnership with Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Temple University's capstone multimedia journalism class. Victoria Onwucheka has moved around a lot. A…

    • St. Matthew Baptist Church, 2319 Fitzwater St.

Preservation group issues SOS for 20 sites

When old buildings start to fall through the cracks, Save Our Sites is there to catch them. The organization issues an SOS each year for structures that other preservation groups, and…

    • Yvonne McGough, right (standing), addressed PHA Executive Director Michael Kelly, left, at a board of commissioners meeting.

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority auction upsets residents

This article was created in partnership with Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Temple University's capstone multimedia journalism class. Betsy Esteves was surprised to see the empty lot next to her home on North…

    • Spring Garden's Doughboy
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Marking Veterans Day

Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I – at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th Month. Although today is a…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Port Richmond returns to the Northeast

  Ah, Port Richmond, how we've missed you. It was July 1, 2010 the last time a publication confused Port Richmond and the Northeast. Until Fox broke the streak and slipped…

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November 11-13: Shop Philly design, eat Forgotten Foods, toast Frank Furness, tour Bella Vista

Philadelphia Produces Original Design (P.POD) Opens Friday, November 11, 5-8pm. Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway. A new pop-up shop featuring items designed or made in Philly will take…

    • Fox Chase attorney Robert Nix hasn't decided if he'll run for the 172nd Legislative seat in the next election. Photo by G.E. Reutter

Fox Chase attorney weighs run against Kevin Boyle in next state election

Fox Chase attorney Robert Nix hasn't decided if he'll run for the 172nd Legislative seat in the next election. Photo by G.E. Reutter Fox Chase attorney Robert S. Nix had been…

    • Onion Flats LLC's vision for the Rivage site in East Falls. | Onion Flats LLC
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Rivage reimagined, new owners for Olympia, redevelopment on Chestnut Street, Mayfair playground rebuilt, Foxwoods denied

East Falls saw two competing proposals for the redevelopment of the Rivage site on Wednesday night. Amy Z. Quinn reports for NewsWorks/PlanPhilly on the ecologically sensitive design by Philadelphia’s Onion Flats…

    • CDAG members study the new SugarHouse plan

Riverfront advocacy group discusses pros and cons of new casino expansion plan

Members of the Central Delaware Advocacy Group don't particularly like SugarHouse Casino's new expansion plan. But they didn't like the old version, either.So, after mulling things over at a Thursday…

    • 40th and Baltimore

University City: Friends of 40th Street gathers community stakeholders

By Kara SavidgeFor PlanPhilly In the rapidly changing neighborhood surrounding 40th Street, a variety of stakeholders have emerged with answers to the question of future development. The corridor not only…

    • Hawthorne Park of the future | Lager Raabe Skafte Landscape Architects
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Hawthorne Park grows at MLK Plaza

At 12th and Catharine Streets, the city is building one of its first new public parks in years. Hawthorne Park construction began in spring, and is well underway today. The future…

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Cat of the Week: Jasper

Look at this gorgeous Siamese boy! Jasper (A14379697) is an adult Siamese male cat. He has a soft, flame point coat and light blue eyes. Jasper was found as a stray…

Frankford Civic announces new acting president at start of November meeting

Before the Frankford Civic Association meeting got started Thursday, zoning officer Pete Specos had an announcement. Alice Henry will withdraw from the board for personal reasons, with Specos taking the helm.…

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Dog of the Week: Darcella

This lovely lady is named Darcella (A14314091)! She is a beautiful 3- to  5-year-old golden brindle Staffordshire Terrier mix weighing in around 42 pounds. She has an adorable shorter, stout body and beautiful…

    • Two Giant employees work in the rain to help assemble Mayfair Memorial Playground. Photo by Kirsten Stamn

Three years later, Mayfair gets its playground

Two Giant employees work in the rain to help assemble Mayfair Memorial Playground. Photo by Kirsten Stamn “A promise kept. That’s what this is.” Melinda Mulvenna, a co-chair for the Friends…

    • Are we the sculptures in City Hall's courtyard?
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ZCC finished, Stanton school community fights, City Hall's living sculptures, revised fracking rules

On Wednesday, the Zoning Code Commission approved its final report, and officially ended its five years of work, reports PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey. Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger called it a “momentous…

    • Catching up with the Race Street Peers

Catching up with the Race Street Peers

On Tuesday November 8th the Race Street Peers Steering Committee held its monthly meeting.  Approximately 11 people attended the meeting and attendees represented various non-profits as well as neighborhoods as diverse as…

    • City wants feds to help pay for smarter signals on busy routes

City wants feds to help pay for smarter signals on busy routes

The city is gunning for a $16 million federal stimulus grant to help implement transit signal priority systems on three heavily traveled SEPTA routes.The grant would cover half the cost…

    • Rivage proposals unveiled to East Falls community

Rivage proposals unveiled to East Falls community

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyTwo very different development groups, presenting two very different plans for re-visioning the Rivage site in East Falls, made their pitches to a well-attended community…

    • The design development of Under the Clothespin.
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Under the Clothespin: Fantasy cityscape at Centre Square

If you enter the subway at Centre Square, going down the steps around Claes Oldenburg’s Clothespin, you find a grim expanse of white subway tile that glows a little green…

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