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You are viewing 11 articles for 2018 by the author Diana Lu concerning Community Development

    • Irshad and Zakria Aslam in front of their award-winning storefront on South 7th St. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

20 years after a deadly robbery, a neighborhood market is reborn

Muhammed Aslam died in the South Philadelphia business he built. It was a cold December evening in 1999 and the shop owner’s son, Zakria, then 12, had just gone to their apartment…

    • Night Market Philadelphia, one of the first pop-up series in Philly, returns for its eighth season. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust.
Eyes on the Street

A primer for Philadelphia’s pop-up season

After the sexy newness of a pop-up leaves town, can neighborhoods sustain the benefits for local businesses? It’s a question I’ve been asking for years, pretty much since I moved to…

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50 years later, researchers proves Martin Luther King right: Segregation harms all Americans

Before his tragic assassination 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that both minorities and whites who live in segregated communities are exposed to higher levels…

    • Eagles fan sporting Foles jersey celebrates Philly-style: climbing triumphantly up a light pole on Broad and Walnut. Credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Philly wins on the field and in the streets

It’s official. Boston public media station WBUR has conceded to WHYY after two weeks of smack talk. Because...Eagles won! Philadelphians took to the streets and poles to celebrate the city’s first…

    • Digsau's proposed design for Piers 34, 35 along the Delaware. Credit: Digsau

Opening the Delaware waterfront to the city

Two proposed developments along the Delaware invite pedestrians and play, promising (finally) a living, breathing urban space on river, Inga Saffron writes. At Piers 34-35, across from the I-95 exit, Digsau…

    • Metropolitan Opera House | rendering by AOS Architects

Showtime is approaching at North Broad's old opera house

Developer Eric Blumenfeld is moving briskly on his much-anticipated redevelopment of North Broad Street's long-derelict Metropolitan Opera House. The remake of the 1908 concert hall is one-third complete and the developer…

    • A rendering of the Rail Park's planned entrance at 13th Street in Callowhill.

Rail Park designer says team wants to bring new affordable housing to the area

Philadelphia Rail Park boosters want a Clark Park with a view, not a High Line redux, project architect Bryan Hanes tells the Philadelphia Citizen. With fears of gentrification and homogenization…

    • Philadelphia citizen planners participate in a workshop. Credit: Citizens Planning Institute

60 citizen planners will enter a very special Philly club tonight

Wish you could show up to your neighborhood civic association meeting and get people to listen to you the way they do to that know-it-all from down the block? Well, there…

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City Hall scores in predatory lending battle against Wells Fargo

A federal judge in Philadelphia has rejected Wells Fargo’s bid to dismiss the city’s lawsuit accusing the bank of predatory lending practices targeting black and Hispanic borrowers, Reuters reports. The city…

    • Globe Dye Works

A cool $1 million goes to former spool factory

Globe Dye Works, the yarn-dyeing  factory turned live-work space, has received $1 million in state grant funding to rehab its boiler room into an event space, KYW reports. The 1.7-acre, 11-building…

    • Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington Ave. ( credit: OCF Realty)

Preservationists inch closer to protecting Washington Ave. factory

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue has been nominated for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The property made it onto the national register back in December,…

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