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A quick look at SEPTA's potential smart card vendors

SEPTA documents obtained in an open records request, indicate that three companies are bidding for the contract to design and build the authority's new smart card system: ACS Transport Solutions Group…

Public bike-sharing system display in Philadelphia

The bikes and solar powered kiosk station will be available to try out. It is the same bike-sharing equipment currently being used in the Denver, Colorado B-cycle system and in this…

    • A case in point about contextual zoning

A case in point about contextual zoning

"It's completely out of scale," says one neighbor. "It's ruining the whole block," says another."It's certainly problematic," says Nick Shmanek, an aide to Councilman Frank DiCicco.The two neighbors— who…

SEPTA applies to TIGER II grant program for smart card

SEPTA submitted an application Monday to try to get federal stimulus money to help pay for part of the new smart card system.As previously reported (http://planphilly.com/septa-4), SEPTA is…

    • Historical Commission committee OKs owner's request to demolish historic church

Historical Commission committee OKs owner's request to demolish historic church

The Church of the Assumption, the historic 19th-century church at 11th and Spring Garden Streets, moved closer to demolition on Tuesday, when the architectural committee of the Philadelphia Historical Commission voted…

Financial Perspectives: Planning for newly married couples

  Getting married can be the most exciting time in someone’s life.  Thinking about personal financial issues during this time is not often high on the list of priorities, but it…

    • DAG support vision for Delaware

DAG support vision for Delaware

http://www.designadvocacy.org/ May 19, 2009 Testimony to Philadelphia City Planning Commission regarding Bill 090170 The Design Advocacy Group supports the Civic Vision for the Central Delaware and we are pleased that the…

    • Contract for Race Street Pier project to be awarded within weeks

Contract for Race Street Pier project to be awarded within weeks

With bids to do the construction work for the Race Street Pier project due Sept. 1, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation expects to select a contractor in the coming weeks.Construction…

Fishtowners to vote on proposed Richmond Street entertainment venue Tuesday

Fishtown residents and business owners will next week have their say on whether a live music/entertainment venue proposed for Richmond Street that could hold between 2,500 and 3,500 people and have…

    • Penn Park work

Sizing up the city's green infrastructure

Philadelphia's Greenworks initiative, a plan to make our city the greenest in the U.S. by 2015, features ambitious goals including the planting of hundreds of thousands of trees, and the lowering…

Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance: Applications for Project Recognition

The Delaware Valley Smart Growth Alliance (DVSGA) is an initiative of more than 200 government, private sector and non-profit organizations in the Greater Philadelphia tri-state region encompassing Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New…

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Castor Gardens man shot during robbery

A Castor Gardens man was shot Friday night during a robbery. The victim, 50, was shot in both legs around 8:30 p.m. on the 1300-block of Barnett Street, just two…

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Thanks to our weekly sponsor 8/23-8/29

Thanks to our weekly sponsor, NeighborhoodPromos.com! You can see their ad on our right-hand advertising sidebar for the month of August. Check out their site, which offers great deals and…

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Missing the Northeast: Block Parties

I always forget about it every year – forget about it, of course, until I receive a call from my mom around noon or pull up to the street on which I…

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Weekend News Briefs: 8/20-8/22

Friday -- Escaped murderer Omar Roane was captured Friday night. Roane, who broke free from the back of a prisoner transport van last weekend at Frankford and Cottman avenues, was…

    • A park, a party, and a whole lot of fundraising

A park, a party, and a whole lot of fundraising

When the jazz plays and the champagne flows at Penn Treaty Park's annual nighttime soirée next month, boosters will toast the completion of the plan for the park's future and honor…

    • Bill Dobbins of Northeast Tree Tenders cares for a tree the group previously planted, Image courtesy of Rikard Lama for Metro.

Northeast Tree Tenders looking for Spring planting applications

This article ran in Wednesday's Metro as part of our partnership with the daily newspaper. If you're in the Northeast the Saturday before Thanksgiving, you're likely to find about 60 people…

    • Shy the puppy went missing in Somerton Wednesday.

Missing puppy in Somerton

We received the below information from a reader, and wanted to share with everyone. If you've seen Shy the puppy around, please contact her owner! My granddaughter, Jenn, lost her 7…

    • Yo! regional rail riders, changes are in the wind

Yo! regional rail riders, changes are in the wind

As SEPTA prepares to roll out a new smart card system, it is quietly moving forward with sweeping changes that promise to fundamentally reshape the regional rail system.Many of these…

    • With the stained glass removed years ago and the replacement window long since destroyed, the interior is open to the elements.

Without a buyer, historic church remains in limbo

The Church of the Assumption, which was placed on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places in May 2009, remains a source of contention between the owners and the surrounding community, as…

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