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    • Jimmie Reed stand inside Little Jimmie's Bake House. Renovations are nearly complete and he plans to open next month. (Jana Shea/ for NewsWorks)

Little Jimmie's to open old-fashioned style bakery across the street from original location

Mix a plan to eradicate blight with major investment, fold in one man's dream for business growth and bake for two years. What recipe for the struggling south end of Mt.…

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Five moments that explain Jim Kenney's planning politics

Over at Citified, Patrick Kerkstra is disillusioned with the paucity of real policy substance in the 2015 campaign so far, and he's probably right to be concerned. The high-level dialogue so…

    • Eight homes once stood on the now vacant corner

Carpenter Green to be rezoned as parkland

Carpenter Green, a years-long labor of love for Lauren Vidas and the South of South Neighborhood Association to turn some vacant properties at the northwest corner of 17th and Carpenter streets…

    • 30th St. Station District Plan Open House. Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez

Will plans for 30th St. Station District include capping rail yards? That's up to you

A lot of people have a lot of big plans for 30th Street Station – capping the rail yard to its North, re-opening the tunnel between it and the Market-Frankford Line…

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January 29: McCord resigns | What the tech community wants in #PHL2015 | High cost of free parking

Lots of political news this morning. PA Treasurer Rob McCord is resigning as of February 12th. Read the resignation letter he submitted to Tom Wolf. There's a key early labor endorsement…

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CDC Tax Credit is a transformative tool for neighborhoods

As City Council considers expanding the Philadelphia Commmunity Development Tax Credit Program to pre-recession levels, Community Contributor and Tacony CDC Manager Alex Balloon explains the program’s big impact in neighborhoods…

    • Jim Kenney

January 28: How Wolf can help PA cities | Ward politics | Keeping Philly affordable

The US DOT is challenging city Mayors to prioritize pedestrian and bike safety. In Philly a lot of those decisions come down to Council members' decisions about right of way…

    • Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

JLL: Philly's commercial real estate market turned the corner in 2014

Philadelphia's recovery from the Great Recession has come in fits and starts, but it looks like momentum has been picking up recently. After decades of decline, the population is growing again.…

    • Councilman Kenney, Primo Hoagies

That time Councilman Kenney read every ingredient in a Primo Hoagie into the Council record

Anyone who attends Philadelphia City Council meetings with any regularity will know that there are periods of tedium so complete that you almost forget who you are. But between the innumerable…

    • Jim Kenney

#PHL2015: Councilman Jim Kenney resigning from City Council on Thursday

As was widely expected after last Friday's non-announcement by At-Large Councilman Jim Kenney that he would consider entering the Democratic primary  for Philadelphia Mayor, Kenney's team is officially announcing his resignation…

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January 27: Court rejects Washington apartments | Domain registration mayhem | South District survey

The blizzard was a dud, but it's actually good news for our #PHLsneckdowns project. Four to six inches of snow makes for better sneckdown accuracy than big snow mountains…

    • Vacancy and Orinoka Mills, June 2014

City looks to expand tax credits for community development

Last week, a City Council committee voted to recommend a bill that would increase the city’s tax credit for Community Development Corporations, non-profit groups that invest in affordable housing and other…

    • 6th and Christian

Readers: Brave the snow and send us your sneckdown photos

If there's one upside to the looming blizzard, it's the opportunities that street snow reveals for traffic calming. Say what?  Check it out: When snow accumulates on the street, and cars…

    • Ice and Coal mural wall

January 26: Trujillo backing Kenney? | Incumbents circle wagons around Johnson | Middling airport transit

After botching the Alba Martinez endorsement, Ken Trujillo is officially holding back on supporting another mayoral prospect for the moment, though it looks like he's preparing to move staff and money…

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SEPTA has largest percentage of female riders – 64% - among large transit agencies

As Valentine’s Day approaches, lonelier Philadelphians will be riding the singles circuit around town, cruising the bars. But if you’re looking for the woman of your dreams, you might be better…

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Next to arrive on all SEPTA platforms: real time ETA data

If all goes according to plan, riders will barely recognize SEPTA in two years. Like the protagonist of a 90’s teen movie, SEPTA is in the midst of transforming itself…

    • 2401 Washington rendering

January 23: Political drama-thon | Mid-rise Washington Ave | Philly's Second Empire architecture

Lots of political drama this Friday morning. Northeast Democratic ward leaders made their picks for the special elections to fill the 170th house district seat being vacated by Congressman-elect Brendan Boyle,…

    • Current street view of the former Pure Oil Service Station on Lancaster and 44th. (photo by author)
Eyes on the Street

Roadside Americana on Lancaster Avenue

PennDesign student and community contributor Angelina Jones uncovered an interesting roadside relic in Mill Creek, which helps illuminate the history of both the Lincoln Highway and Americans falling hard for their…

    •  A happy crew celebrating Claflen Associates Excellence Award for Skyplane

Claflen explains SkyPlane project and presents award for that work to Planning Commission

Skyplane is a 2012 Zoning Code-adopted way to measure the exposure to light in a street as indicated by the amount of access to the open sky. Skyplane calculation is intended…

    • Perelman Center

January 22: Katz for Mayor? | Uber data | Spoke Mag release | Lit Bros billboard

Patrick Kerkstra thinks Ken Trujillo's exit from the 2015 campaign has made a Sam Katz run more likely. The Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority's new report says Philadelphia has only 47…

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