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    • Bill that would allow condemned I-95 billboards to be rebuilt without zoning oversight is on hold

Bill that would allow condemned I-95 billboards to be rebuilt without zoning oversight is on hold

A bill that would allow the owners of standard billboards - condemned to make way for I-95 - to replace them with flashier, digital models has stalled.And it might not…

    • Image courtesy JKR Partners

Controversial hotel proposal heads to City Council

A proposed Old City hotel with up to 35,000 square feet of restaurants, retail and live entertainment and a 1,200 square foot digital sign came one step closer to reality Monday…

    • City could settle Roxborough dispute over townhomes

City could settle Roxborough dispute over townhomes

The fate of Green Tree Run, a stream in Roxborough, is now in the hands of Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. In 1980, the city approved development on the area northwest…

    • Jenny Swigoda / for NewsWorks

A "green" GTown Town Hall will take some green

With a deteriorating roof, artifacts like WWI memorial tablets left inside, and trash strewn about its colonnaded rotunda, the empty Germantown Town Hall is perhaps the most visible symbol of Germantown…

    • Wissahickon Hall renewal

Wissahickon Hall renewal

Something's been missing in the historic building on Lincoln Drive and Gypsy Lane: cops. Erected in the 1850s, Wissahickon Hall is a city-owned property with a roomy balcony and a striking…

    • An elegant limestone mansion on the north side of Locust was designed by Horace Trumbauer.

Look Up! 19th Century Luxe Life on Locust Street

“Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. Each week, the photo essay will focus on a different Philadelphia area neighborhood and its distinctive…

    • Members of City Council talk to visitability advocate Eleanor Smith during an October charrette

Should Philadelphia homes have first floors that are accessible to all?

Advocates for equal opportunity access to housing say that all new homes in Philadelphia should be built with ground floors that make it possible for anyone to spend time there.But…

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to our wonderful NEast Philly readers! No matter what you're doing today and where you're doing it, we wish you a happy and safe holiday. To get you in…

Real NEastate: Home repair requests

Q: I am buying a twin in Bells Corner and had to get a home inspection. The inspector gave me a long list of things wrong with the house. One of…

    • Josh's daily carry, a Glock 26 in 9mm

Gun owners in the Northeast: Part 3 of 4

In following online forums and comments, we noticed crime stories around the Northeast often lead to discussions about gun ownership. In this four-part series, we’ll hear from four Northeast residents on…

    • Breathing new life into Wissahickon Valley

Breathing new life into Wissahickon Valley

The city has loved Wissahickon Valley Park to death, literally. We've stomped along its trails, leading to erosion, sedimentation and the uprooting of whole trees. We've invited our dogs, horses and…

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Ashton Road store burglarized

For the second time in the last year, Stop & Shoop market at Ashton and Willits roads has been burglarized. As CBS3 reports, two thieves used a crowbar to enter…

    • Students from Camelot Schools’ Excel Academy South serve the lunch that they prepared to homeless residents of St. John’s Hospice in Center City. Photo courtesy of Camelot Schools.

Excel Academy students serve pre-Thanksgiving meal to homeless

Warm corn muffins.  Steaming bowls of chili. Potato salad. Macaroni and cheese. It was the perfect lunch for a crisp November day and a special treat for the homeless residents at…

    • (L to R) Anthony Manzo, CEO and President of PPh; residents Karl Soltan and Mike Fesnak; Alex Kane; Rep. Brendan Boyle; William Conaway, Director of Community Relations at PPh; and Vic Czapor. Photo c

Photo: Vets honored at Philadelphia Protestant Home

More than 80 of The Philadelphia Protestant Home’s staff and resident military veterans were honored at a luncheon, held on Veteran’s Day, November 11.  Pennsylvania State Rep. Brendan Boyle offered remarks…

    • Plan's aim: Make N.W. Philly better for bikers, walkers

Plan's aim: Make N.W. Philly better for bikers, walkers

As a haven for bikers and walkers, Northwest Philadelphia is a far cry from Portland, San Francisco and even sections of Center City. But a new city plan could help. The…

    • Developer Robert Ambrosi fields more questions after the meeting

Hot debate over proposed Old City hotel project

To the Arc Properties team planning to develop a hotel at 401 Race Street, a billboard is a structure that can be leased to outside entities and generate revenue.But to…

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Cutting through the Zoning Code: "Signs," "Historic Preservation," "Definitions"

Is this the end? Zoning Code, I can hardly believe that I won't delve into your depths again until December 1 or thereabouts, when tracked edits should be posted to zoningmatters.org…

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Missing the Northeast: High school

It’s funny. While I was in high school, I was never really one for school pride. I guess I could say the same thing about college, as well. Although there are…

    • Photo by Irv Mick

Photos: Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade

Yesterday marked the 34th annual Mayfair-Holmesburg Thanksgiving Parade. After a two-year stint as the Parade of Talent held inside the John Perzel Community Center due to budget constraints, the parade returned…

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