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Updates on Sustainable Communities Initiative in West Philadelphia

Sustainable Communities Initiative in West Philadelphia The Sustainable Communities Initiative in West Philadelphia (SCI-West), a new integrated and collaborative model for community development started by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC),…

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Family wants closure in son's death

The Talley family of Mayfair is seeking answers surrounding the cause of their 12-year-old son's death in June. On June 29, Albert Talley was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer at…

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The Parent Trap: That’s my story, and I’m sticking to it

I confess that I never liked the tree. Well, it’s not exactly a tree – just as big as a tree. It is only a part of my continuing dislike of…

    • Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger speaks at an event on infrastructure

One-on-one with Alan Greenberger

Photo: Next American City Magazine With the dog days of summer upon us and no August monthly meeting of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, PlanPhilly sat down last Friday, August 21,…

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Missing man could be in our area

Action News has reported a missing 56-year-old man in the Northeast. Although Elpidio Martinez actually resides outside the Northeast, he lives close by and may need your help. Martinez was last…

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Introducing the NEast Philly Community Events Calendar

There have been lots of changes and additions in the past few weeks thanks to our new site, but we think you'll especially like the latest: the events calendar. The NEastPhilly.com…

Take action to support Mill Creek Farm

A message from the Next Great City newsletter: For over 30 years, the Brown Street Community Garden has provided gardening space for neighbors in the Mill Creek neighborhood. And since 2005,…

Use Philadelphia's online Carbon Emissions Calculator

From the Next Great City newsletter:  As part of the City of Philadelphia’s effort to become the greenest city in America and meet the Greenworks goal of planting 300,000 new trees…

    • A scene from a community event on a vacant lot at 40th and Mount Vernon Streets in Mantua

Open to new ideas in Mantua

Aug. 24By Anthony CampisiFor PlanPhillyNot all empty lots need to be ugly.

At least, that was the message a group of architects and community activists were sending at…

    • Garrett-Dunn fire aftermath

Limited options for Garrett-Dunn site

Aug. 24 By Alan JaffeFor PlanPhillyThe Garrett-Dunn House, a West Mt. Airy site with a distinguished history, has few options left for its future. The mid-19th-century Greek Revival estate…

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NEast Links: Tacony shooting, arts center and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here. An unnamed 17-year-old female was shot inTacony at about 10:15 Wednesday evening. The shooting took place…

Smart Card proposal date delayed again by SEPTA

    SEPTA has again pushed back the final date for potential vendors to submit proposals for a new smart-card fare collection system.    The new deadline is Sept. 30, replacing a…

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Food For Thought: Ashburner Inn

With its charming wooden floors and old church pew-style seats Ashburner Inn, located at 8400 Torresdale Ave. in Holmesburg, offers a quiet elegance to casual dining. A full bar…

Philadelphia receives $70,000 grant under Urban Bird Treaty

University City Review: Philadelphia receives $70,000 grant under Urban Bird Treaty The City of Philadelphia will receive $70,000 in grant funding as part of the Urban Conservation Treaty for Migratory…

Nutter details Plan C budget cuts

Today Mayor Michael A. Nutter Today transmitted to the Philadelphia City Council a revised Five Year Plan that, if implemented, will result in the largest lay off of Philadelphia public servants…

Community builds playground at 47th & Sansom in one day

University City Review: Community builds playground at 47th & Sansom in one day Written by Nicole Contosta, University City Review: What Walnut Hill residents lacked for years, was remedied in…

Meet the Planning Collective

Aug. 20One group of new Penn grad students recently started their own planning and design firm, building a client base even as they still work or seek other jobs until…

    • 'Dot Density' map of regional population and employment, produced by Planning Collective

New minds take on tough times

The map (above) illustrates where people live and work in the region. One yellow dot represents the location of 300 people and one purple dot represents 300 jobs. All maps courtesy…

    • 60th Street stop on Market-Frankford El

Market-Frankford El fallout

Aug. 21By Anthony Campisi
For PlanPhilly          Though SEPTA is finishing up its reconstruction of the Market-Frankford El, the message from community leaders Thursday night was that much work…

Neighborhood Bike Works’ annual Bike Part Art Show

University City Review: Neighborhood Bike Works’ annual Bike Part Art Show Bicycle-Inspired art by over 100 artists benefits local Youth Cycling ProgramFew events have as many compelling components as…

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