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    • La Finquita farm stand, Summer 2014 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

City failing to deliver on community garden promises

Community gardening is a labor of love and patience. On scraps of reclaimed vacant land scattered across Philadelphia, people of all incomes and hues work hard during the growing season knowing…

    • Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero created Las Parcelas and another five gardens in the late 1980s | Emma Lee/WHYY

As Norris Square changes, Las Parcelas puts down new roots

On a recent Tuesday evening, Ana Montañez was weeding her garden plot at Las Parcelas, a landmark community garden located in West Kensington. She teaches kids how to grow food in…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm has taken root on five vacant lots in East Kensington.

Neighborhood Gardens Trust targets preservation for 28 more gardens

The preservation of community gardens and open spaces located in five areas of the city – Kensington, South Philadelphia, Mantua/Belmont, East Germantown/West Oak Lane and Tioga/Hunting Park/Fairhill – will be a…

    • Tacony Creek Trail, Four neighborhood gateways provide access to the trail

April 13: Tacony waterfront trail | Developers revaluing public space | Hope for La Finquita

With Election Day right around the corner, the Inquirer editorial board says Philly's Harrisburg delegation could use more competitive primaries. "These races could shake up the delegation a little, but…

    • East Passyunk's Singing Fountain

April 5: Bryan Fenstermaker taking over PARC | Roosevelt Blvd public forms | Chelten-Greene plaza

Amy Laura Cahn thinks it's time to stop thinking about community gardens as temporary uses. "Even after more than 30 years of vibrant activity, many gardens have never had the…

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September 29: Debating the Papal crowd size | Car-free Philly video | Greening vacant lots with Philly's immigrant communities

How many people were really here for the Papal visit? Tom Avril at the Inquirer talked to a crowd safety expert who estimated there were just 142,000 on the Parkway on…

    • SEPTA Park n' Ride

October 24: SEPTA strike looms | Office sales doubled in first half | The math of Park n' Rides

Michael Noda says there could be a SEPTA strike as soon as Monday. The PR fight between ride-sharing companies, like Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar, and traditional taxi fleet owners is…

    • Summer Winter Community Garden in its Powelton Village neighborhood

New gardens, new tools, and a summer garden tour

Under the wrought-iron arch of one of its most established community gardens, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust Wednesday announced the preservation of two new ones, a city-wide summer garden party, and the…

    • Mantua Peace Garden this spring, photo courtesy PHS

New Neighborhood Gardens Trust launches this week with goals to better target garden preservation, protect more land

The revamped community garden advocacy organization Neighborhood Gardens Trust will make its official debut this week, armed with a new board of directors, a tighter alliance with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society…

    • Grounded in Philly
Eyes on the Street

New website helps gardeners secure vacant land

In the past year, the St. Bernard Community Garden fought to save its land from sheriff’s sale. The Sloan Street Community Garden lost a similar battle and was forced to relocate,…

    • Black cat on a ledge
Eyes on the Street

May 22: Smart A/C | feedback on 43rd/Baltimore development | North Catholic charter reuse | Chestnut Place apt conversion | East Passyunk community garden | GSK design and health

Good morning, Streeters. As Memorial Day approaches, today promises to feel like summer, possibly hitting 87° with a chance of thunderstorms. Now that warm weather is really here, PECO has reintroduced…

    • ghostcab
Eyes on the Street

Jan 23: Code Blue | O'Neill to drop garden zoning restrictions, keep other roll-backs | redevelopment in Chinatown | City spending infographic | Philly: if not hip, interesting

Good morning. Holy frozen fingers, Streeters. Here's your Wednesday morning Buzz: Because temperatures will dip below 20° most days this week the city has issued a Code Blue, and…

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm has taken root on five vacant lots in East Kensington.
Eyes on the Street

New Zoning Code's Growing Pains [updated]

UPDATED: 1/23/13, 12:30pm: On January 24, City Council was set to consider changes to the new zoning code that would restrict land uses in neighborhood commercial districts, including allowing community gardens…

    • Norris Square Neighborhood Project has 23 community garden parcels in CMX-2 and CMX-2.5 districts
Eyes on the Street

Councilman O'Neill's amendments hit community gardens

Less than six months after the City's new zoning code went into effect, giving community and market gardens a defined space within the city’s code for the first time, Councilman Brian…

    • St. Bernard Community Garden
Eyes on the Street

Vacant land, home of St. Bernard Community Garden to be sold

It’s the classic tale of the Philadelphia community garden. Neighbors band together to clean a vacant lot. They work the weeded rubble until it is healthy soil. They start to grow…

    • Council Committee approves shortened list of changes to commercial corridor zoning

Council Committee approves shortened list of changes to commercial corridor zoning

An amended version of 10th-District Councilman Brian O’Neill’s Bill No. 120917 was favorably reported out of City Council’s Committee on Rules Thursday morning, by a split vote of 4-3. O’Neill, along…

    • Counciil members Sánchez and Green

Council support for O’Neill’s zoning changes still iffy

Councilman Brian O’Neill appears to be sticking mostly to his guns regarding his proposed changes to use tables in the CMX-2 and CMX-2.5 zoning districts, which generally apply to neighborhood commercial…

Council support for O’Neill’s zoning changes still iffy

Councilman Brian O’Neill appears to be sticking mostly to his guns regarding his proposed changes to use tables in the CMX-2 and CMX-2.5 zoning districts, which generally apply to neighborhood commercial…

    • Volunteers in action at Woodford Orchard in Strawberry Mansion. | Philadelphia Orchard Project
Eyes on the Street

Celebrate Fall on Philadelphia Orchard Day, 10/27

The Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) is continuing to grow at a rapid clip, and this Saturday is an opportunity for volunteers to help plant perennials, fruit and nut trees in neighborhood…

    • Fishtown vacant lot
Eyes on the Street

Situation Vacant: Community Contributors talk blight and hopes for reform

Living with the ripple-effects of blight has sadly become part of the Philadelphia condition thanks to our city's 40,000 vacant properties. But people citywide have been confronting this problem in ways…

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