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Delaware Valley Academy closes unexpectedly

Delaware Valley Academy was set to reopen Monday under new management. But it didn't. Its 100 students reportedly had no idea their school, which trains medical and dental assistants, would close,…

Real NEastate: Would a half bath add value to my home?

Q: I am planning on knocking down part of my back wall and adding a $20,000 half bath addition to my Lawncrest home. If I have one-and-a-half bathrooms currently, how much…

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Planning commission says no to bill that would allow a two-sided, non-accessory digital billboard in Pennsport

A legislative proposal that would allow a two-sided digital billboard to replace a conventional billboard that the owner has been told to take down got a thumbs-down from the city planning…

Bicyclist Wins Bicycle Coalition's Commuter Race

The bicyclist commuter won the Bicycle Coalition's Commuter Race Wednesday morning.  A bicyclist made the 8:00 am, 3-mile commute from South Philly's Mifflin Square to City Hall in 18 minutes, 35 seconds. …

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City planner Bill Erickson passed away unexpectedly last week

Bill Erickson, a planner known both for his good work and good humor, died unexpectedly late last week. He was 52.Erickson had worked for the city for almost a quarter…

U.S. Commerce announces members of New Innovation Advisory Board

WASHINGTON – U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced the members of the new Innovation Advisory Board that will guide a study of U.S. economic competitiveness and innovation to help inform…

Pier power on the waterfront

By MARILYN JORDAN TAYLOR A ONE-ACRE pier-park opening on the Delaware last week might not sound like a big deal, but it packs a wallop for changing our Central Delaware Riverfront…

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Amended version of bill aimed at curbing cash-for-gold stores gets planning commission approval

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission Tuesday gave its approval to a legislative effort to restrict cash-for-gold establishments in the same part of the zoning code that regulates pawn shops.Fifth District…

    • Proposed development for 1900 Arch

Mixed use residential tower on Arch Street gets OK from planning commission

Developer Eric Blumenfeld got a step closer to starting construction on 170-foot tall mixed use residential, retail and office development at 1900 Arch Street. The proposal includes 236 apartments, nearly 10,000…

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Officer hospitalized after second-story fall

A 15th District Police officer was moved to the intensive care unit at Hahnemann University Hospital after he fell from a second-story window during a struggled with a suspect. Officer Ernie…

    • PGW President and CEO Craig White is the keynote speaker at Thursday's conference.

Small business panel, conference at Community College of Philadelphia Northeast

PGW President and CEO Craig White is the keynote speaker at Thursday's conference. TD Bank and Community Integrated Services are cosponsoring the first-ever Northeast Small Business Conference this Thursday at the…

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Hearing examiners recommend approval of SEPTA budgets

SEPTA got the OK from two independent hearing examiners on its proposed fiscal year 2012 operating and capital budgets, paving the way for SEPTA Board approval later this month.That didn't…

Philadelphia Human Relations Commission appeals SEPTA decision to high court

The Philadelphia Human Relations Commission filed an appeal with the state Supreme Court last week seeking to overturn an appellate ruling that exempts SEPTA from the city's nondiscrimination law.An April…

    • The church was built by architect Patrick Charles Keely in 1848-49.

L&I review board supports civic group's appeal to save church

The historic Church of the Assumption on Spring Garden Street was thrown a lifeline today, when the Board of Licenses & Inspections Review voted in favor of a civic group’s appeal…

    • An artist rendering of Green Woods Charter School at Greylock Manor in Chestnut Hill. (Photo from Green Woods Charter School)

Proposal for Green Woods' relocation to Greylock denied

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIn a unanimous vote late last week, the Chestnut Hill Historical Society's Easement Committee denied proposed amendments to historic preservation easements on the Greylock Manor…

    • Engine House No. 29 is being offered for sale by PIDC.

'Historic Opportunities' for preservation-minded developers

In the market for a turn-of-the-century clubhouse, a 1920s town hall, or a modernist house of steel? Your opportunity is knocking.The Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia has added a new…

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Argument leads to shooting at Frankford bar

A man was shot early Sunday morning following an argument inside a Frankford bar. Police rushed the 25-year-old victim to the hospital around 1 a.m. after the incident at Elran's Place…

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Police investigate Tacony beating

Police are investigating a beating that took place inside the victim's Tacony home early Friday morning. Two suspects entered her apartment on the 4300-block of Princeton Avenue around midnight, according to…

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