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    • New ceiling Lincoln Hall

Trumbauer-designed ceiling installed – and updated – a century later in the Union League

For more than 100 years, the grand ballroom in the Union League hosted the organization’s most important events, from dinner-dances to major addresses by Republican leaders of the city and state,…

    • Andrew Langsam's three-story, 19th-century twins represent the flash point between the owner and the local civic group. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Roxborough curb-cut controversy riles community group

It all comes down to a curb cut and a paved-over yard, but this story is really about how things get done in the city of Philadelphia. On a steep block…

    • PHS Fall Festival

PHS Fall Festival grows at The Navy Yard

The PHS Fall Festival on Saturday, September 20, at The Navy Yard will offer new attractions, including shopping at the popular Franklin Flea and toasting the start of autumn in the beer…

    • Neighborhood Gardens Trust

Neighborhood Gardens Trust names executive director

The rejuvenated Neighborhood Gardens Trust, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society with a mission of preserving, protecting and increasing the number of gardens and open spaces across the city, announces…

    • Jimmie Reed (left) and Jimmy Duran stand in front of 26 Maplewood Mall, before it was transformed into a coffee shop, during happier times. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Little Jimmie's Coffee Co. owners split after realizing 'we wanted to do different things'

Jimmie and Jimmy have parted ways. The business partners who worked together to build Little Jimmie's Bakery Caféin Mt. Airy and Little Jimmie's Coffee Roasters on Maplewood Mall in Germantown…

    • The Queen Lane Apartments tower, as reflected in the windows of nearby Mt. Moriah Church. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Queen Lane Apartments implosion part of PHA's ongoing citywide initiative [video]

The Sept. 13 demolition of the Queen Lane Apartments will be one in a long line of landscape-changing actions by the Philadelphia Housing Authority to replace an aging, obsolete, affordable-housing design.…

    • Rodeph Shalom daytime

Congregation Rodeph Shalom is set to become a beacon on North Broad

The slow but certain rebirth of North Broad Street has seen some surprising transformations and inspired proposals.   A former auto showroom, and later a state office building, became luxury apartments…

    • A sign at 8200 Germantown Ave. indicates the Fresh Market will open in fall 2015. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

Construction finally set to begin at 8200 Germantown Ave. site

For now, it looks more like an urban meadow than a grocery store, but a sign has sprouted in front of the six-foot-high grasses announcing that The Fresh Market is coming…

    • A 2012 photo of the property that housed New Directions for Women Inc. (NewsWorks, file art)

New Directions for Women's former leaders discuss recent closure, hopes for future

The recently announced closing of New Directions for Women, an organization that helped female offenders re-enter the community, has left a "huge void" in the criminal justice system, according to former…

    • Susan Dannenberg, board chair of the Friends of the Cresheim Trail, points out the nine-mile project already many years in the planning and building stages / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Plans for 9-mile trail through Wissahickon stumble over section of Germantown Avenue

The Philadelphia region currently has several hundred miles of trails and spurs, where hikers, runners and bikers can travel along the Schuylkill and Delaware Rivers, the Wissahickon and its tributaries, and…

    • The 104-year-old house at 415 W. Moreland Ave. / Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

'Beyond repair' home at heart of historic-preservation battle in Chestnut Hill

The proposed demolition of a historically significant house and the subdivision of the lot for the construction of two new homes would set a dangerous precedent for Chestnut Hill, according to…

    • A developer's nine-year attempt to construct housing on this strip of green space in Roxborough has devolved into a court battle. (NewsWorks, file art)

Councilman Jones under 'bizarre' eminent-domain fire in Germany Hill development lawsuit

A developer's nine-year attempt to construct housing on a strip of green space in Roxborough has devolved into a court battle over how much the city may have to pay for…

    • Jay R. Goldstein is chief executive officer, president and director of Valley Green Bank. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Northwest Philly's Valley Green Bank sold for $76 million, will retain name

Valley Green Bank, which takes its name from the verdant land that runs through its home turf in Northwest Philadelphia, will merge next year with Univest Corp., one of the…

    • A stone wall constructed in the late 1920s is coming between neighbors on Penn Street and Midvale Avenue in East Falls. Bas Slabbers for Newsworks

Residents of two East Falls blocks face $450K bill for alley-wall repairs

A stone wall constructed in the late 1920s is coming between neighbors on Penn Street and Midvale Avenue in East Falls. The stone-masonry retaining wall that separates the rear alley of…

    • A scene from two days after the water-main break at East Falls' Bakers Centre. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Reparations for businesses impacted by massive Bakers Centre water-main break remain uncertain

The giant crater has been paved over. The cause of the 13-million-gallon water main gusher has been determined. And the store buildings have been repaired and are open again at Bakers…

    • During a March 2012 tour of the property, Ken Weinstein was outside the former Germantown Settlement Charter School's Creative & Performing Arts Center. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Weinstein discusses '$10 million investment in Germantown' at community meeting

In a newly restored and freshly painted former church building at 4811 Germantown Ave., developer Ken Weinstein invited nearby residents to comment Tuesday night on plans for the five buildings he…

    • Amy Carolla owns Balance Chestnut Hill. She opened her business in Aug. 2008 / Brad Larrison for Newsworks

Independent gyms in Northwest Philly adapt to competition from big-box fitness chains

As physical workouts become a regular part of our lives, gym chains have become a regular part of our neighborhood landscapes. Big-gym franchises are nearly as ubiquitous as fast-food restaurants —…

    • IBEW Local 98 picketing / Bas Slabber for Newsworks

Weinstein rails against Local 98's 'desperate ... focus on Northwest Philly'

The recent focus on Philadelphia's building-trades unions has primarily focused on battles at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and surrounding other Center City projects. Confrontations have also spread in recent years to…

    • John Grady, CEO Seaport Museum

Olympia looks to local community and national support to keep her afloat

A new gangplank was installed last week to welcome visitors aboard the Cruiser Olympia, a practical upgrade but also a symbolic gesture for Philadelphia’s most historic and long-beleaguered warship.   The…

    • The Sidamo coffee shop in Washington's H Street Northeast neighborhood.

'Challenges and opportunities' of gentrification discussed at weekend forum in Germantown

To change or not to change: That isn't the question. How to manage the evolution occurring in Germantown in ways that benefit its longtime residents as well as newcomers, that is…

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