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Slideshow: Snowfall

The first real snowfall of the season has hit us with a bang, and we can expect about a foot of it when it eventually stops. For now, enjoy our snow…

    • How the new zoning code will impact Northwest Philadelphia

How the new zoning code will impact Northwest Philadelphia

On the day before Christmas Eve, when most city workers are notoriously impossible to reach, Eva Gladstein, the executive director of the Zoning Code Commission (ZCC), is sitting in her office…

PGCB files order stating reasons Foxwoods license was pulled

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board has issued a written order, following up on its  Dec. 16 vote to rescind the Class 2 slots license it granted Philadelphia Entertainment and Development…

    • PlanPhilly's Year in Review: Real to Reel

PlanPhilly's Year in Review: Real to Reel

When we decided to try to present the video and photo highlights of 2010 in a short slideshow it became clear how much had happened around the built environment in Philadelphia.…

    • Sale of Germantown's YWCA building delayed

Sale of Germantown's YWCA building delayed

Germantown residents will have to wait a while longer for improvements to the unkempt local YWCA, because it will remain vacant for another two months, at least. The YWCA, once owned…

    • The city is in for more snow, in addition to the 20+ inches seen here in the December 2009 storm. Photo by Bill Achuff.

School Closings: 12/27

Here is the official word on school closings for Monday, Dec. 27, as stated by the School District of Philadelphia: *Note: This post may be updated as new information comes in.…

Slideshow: Reader holiday photos

Thanks to everyone who submitted photos to our holiday contest. Once we get in touch with our winner, we'll announce the award on our site. Have a safe and happy holiday!…

    • Image courtesy of Soul Enlightenment.

Last chance to submit holiday photos

We've extended the deadline for out holiday photo contest by 24 hours. Today's your last chance to send photos. If you get them to us by 8p.m., your photo will be…

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Officer's shooter found in Summerdale

Police yesterday found the man they believe shot Officer Kevin Gorman earlier this month. Nasuil Martinez was pulled from a home on the 800-block of Sanger Street in Summerdale. After officers…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Picking neighborhoods out of a hat

A lot of the mistakes featured in Right NEast/Wrong NEast stem from street name confusion (ie: calling a neighborhood Frankford just because it's near Frankford Avenue). We can honestly say we…

Real NEastate: How to price your home

Q: I want to move in 2011. What is the best thing for me to do to try to sell my Northeast condo quickly and for the highest price? A: The…

Illuminating the Issues, a new study on energy use of digital signs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                     December 21, 2010 Contact: Mary Tracy 215-731-1796 As digital signage continues to proliferate around the country, a new report, Illuminating the Issues, examines the technical, environmental,…

    • Tire swings hang from trees at a small park on 5th street near York and Dauphin.

Special Report: How the city serves Eastern North Philadelphia

The handball court on the 2300 block of N. 5th Street is not much to look at. Weeds grow out of cracks in the pavement. The tiny playground beside the court…

    • Historic face-lift in Blue Bell Hill

Historic face-lift in Blue Bell Hill

As you’re waxing up the snowboard or dusting off your floppy flyer, you may have noticed construction going on at the top of Tommy’s Hill. More »

    • Zoning Feedback: Community Development Corporations weigh in

Zoning Feedback: Community Development Corporations weigh in

In Philadelphia's neighborhoods, community development corporations (CDCs) do much of the heavy lifting of redevelopment, and play a major role in stabilizing teetering neighborhoods while laying the groundwork for private growth.…

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Taser death ruled accidental

The Medical Examiner's office confirmed yesterday the October death of a teenager tasered by police was accidental. Patrick Johnson, 18, died two months ago after a police officer tased him following…

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Stolen SUV pulled from river in East Torresdale

Police have confirmed the SUV pulled from the Delaware River yesterday morning is stolen. A jogger spotted the sunken Lincoln Navigator Monday morning near Delaware and Linden avenues in East Torresdale.…

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First degree murder in Tacony shootings

Two Tacony men have been found guilty of first degree murder in the 2007 killings of a man and a teenager. A jury found Gerald Drummond, 26, and Robert McDowell, 28,…

    • Total lunar eclipse on Winter Solstice: almost 400 years in the making

Total lunar eclipse on Winter Solstice: almost 400 years in the making

PlanPhilly photos Memo from Robert Roy Britt Lunar eclipses are always special, but the early Tuesday represents a real rarity: It will be the first time a total lunar eclipse…

    • Destroy This Memory by Richard Misrach, a new book that documents and reflects on the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina

Photo essays for the Holidays

Three photography books released this year give wildly different treatments to a subject near and dear to every urbanite's heart  —abandoned cities. But alone, or together, they also make the perfect…

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