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    • Documentation of blight: 492 vacant lots and structures (2009) 609 L&I housing code violations (2005)

PCPC: blight; institutional expansion, "wow" development

Nov. 17 By Matt GolasFor PlanPhilly The monthly meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's agenda covered significant portions of the city geography and the agenda was interesting enough to…

    • Denise Scott Brown

An evening with Denise Scott Brown

Nov. 17 By Kellie Patrick GatesFor PlanPhillyAn architect who designs a building or space according to its functional purpose can also be a creative soul, Denise Scott Brown told…

    • Kevin McCloskey

Personal Narrative: an old friend gets honored

Mayfair resident Kevin McCloskey was honored Wednesday at an annual luncheon hosted by the V.F.W. and held at Rosewood Caterers, where he received the Distinguished Military Service Award. I was invited…

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Lawncrest honors vets at a community service

The Lawncrest community came together Wednesday at "The Grove" next to Lawncrest Rec Center to celebrate Veterans Day. The event, which achieved a crowd of more than 100 people, was planned…

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[UPDATED 2] BREAKING: Devon Theater cancels season's remaining shows

Updated 11/16/09 @ 10:10 a.m. with a response from Devon staff; Updated 11/16/09 @ 1:42 p.m. with a response from the Mayfair CDC The Devon Theater announced Friday it will cancel…

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[ UPDATED] Teenager shot dead in Holmesburg

UPDATE -- Investigators have determined the victim is a 22-year-old Hispanic male. His name will not be released until the family is notified. Police have limited information about the suspects. Police…

Philly's Fall Leaf Drive: Save the City money and landfill space

From now until to December 18, you can help the City save money, free up landfill space and give Philly’s composting program a huge boost by collecting fallen leaves on your…

PHS awarded $300,000 grant to expand its innovative urban food growing program

Philadelphia (November, 2009) The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) has awarded PHS a $300,000 grant to expand its innovative urban food growing program, City Harvest,…

UPDATED: Publications and Newsletters, November 2009

Pennsylvania Planning Association "Vantage Point" A publication of the Pennsylvania chapter of the American Planning Association. Citizens Business, Economy League of Greater Philadelphia The Economy League of Greater Philadelphia is an…

Update on Federal Planning Legislation and Policy

Here are sections from the latest APA Advocate, the American Planning Association's update on legislative and policy issues: Senate Panel Passes Climate Bill Senate Vote Ends Vitter-Bennett Amendment Debate Livable…

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Somerton man tortured, killed wife

As NEast Philly reported earlier, a Somerton woman was found dead in her home yesterday morning. Police arrived at the scene after neighbors reported hearing screams coming from the house on…

NEast Links: bank robbery, murders and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here. The Rising Sun Avenue Bank Robber has struck again, this time at Citizens Bank Branch at…

    • Matthew Morley Rusk as the title character in the Devon Theater's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running Nov. 12 to Dec. 13, 2009. Photo credit Kim Reilly, Devon Theat

Devon Theater: Small cast puts on big and bright production of 'Joseph'

Matthew Morley Rusk as the title character in the Devon Theater's production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, running Nov. 12 to Dec. 13, 2009. Photo credit Kim Reilly, Devon…

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Mayfair Town Watch members complete training

Mayfair Town Watch has moved one step closer to its goal of street patrols by finishing up its member training session, with plans to hit the streets this weekend. “I think…

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Suspect enters guilty plea in Cassidy slaying

John "Jordan" Lewis, the 23-year-old North Philadelphia man accused of killing 54-year-old Police Officer Chuck Cassidy in 2007, has entered a guilty plea, much to the surprise of the lawyers…

The latest on street furniture for Philly

This just posted on Urban Direction A Forum on the Future of Bus Shelters and Street FurnitureBy Ariel Ben-AmosOn Monday October 26th over 70 people attended A Forum on…

Inquirer: Ground broken for new Barnes home

Inquirer: Ground broken for new Barnes home After years of litigation, court hearings, protests and fundraising, the renowned Barnes Foundation, long of Latchs Lane in Merion, finally broke ground this…

"Drexel Shaft" at 30th Street Station to be demolished Sunday

Necessary Ruins: Eulogy for a Shaft I consider the Drexel Shaft to be that good friend with a quiet solid presence.  Like a lot of utilitarian remnants of Philadephia’s industrial…

    • Amtrak implosion set for Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

Amtrak implosion set for Sunday at 7:30 a.m.

The City of Philadelphia, Testa Corporation (Main Contractor), and Controlled Demolition, Inc. (CDI - Implosion Subcontractor) of Phoenix, Maryland would like you to be aware that on Sunday, the 15th of…

Help Rebuild Veterans Park in Fairmount

A message from Fairmount CDC: Help Rebuild Veterans Memorial We need your help to restore the Veterans Park at 31st & Girard Fairmount CDC along with a team of community…

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