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    • Facades on Ridge Ave. in East Falls (Bas Slabbers for Newsworks)

Reimagining the East Falls business corridor

The beer distributor needs a more-masculine color scheme and strong, steely signage. The eye doctor's office looks a little tired and could be more transparent. The pizza shop would benefit from…

    • Maplewood Mall

Maplewood Mall redesign selections expected in early April amid online local-hire debate

Ten months after the city announced a $2.2 million capital-improvement project for Germantown's Maplewood Mall, a selection is expected early next month on the lead design and engineering firms for the…

    • Bakers Centre update

Repair work and fiscal recovery continues one month after Bakers Centre water-main break

A month after a 48-inch water main ruptured at the new Bakers Centre shopping plaza in East Falls, work continues deep inside the gaping crater in the parking lot. Two neighboring…

    • Philadelphia Flower Show

PHS launches search for perfect “Green Room” host

Video auditions will find the “IT” spokesperson for Flower Show social media hub Have you always wanted to be the next Ryan Seacrest? Do you idolize Cat Deeley from So You…

    • Bakers Centre water-main break

Investigation into massive Bakers Centre water-main break continues

Winter is water-main break season, and January has been a doozy.  On Jan. 12 alone, there were 25 main breaks across the city of Philadelphia,including a couple in Mt. Airy…

    • victory east view

Look Up! The Victory Building proves the power of patience

After decades of deterioration, the historic Second Empire office building was restored and reborn for residential and commercial use.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our…

    • Green Woods Charter School, shown here while still under construction in August, will welcome students starting Tuesday morning. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Green Woods Charter School opens $13.5 million Roxborough location

What had been a brownfield site in Roxborough will begin its new life as a campus devoted to environmental education this week. The ribbon-cutting for the Green Woods Charter School is…

    • The Philadelphia Police Department will someday leave the Roundhouse for a new headquarters in West Philly. 

Preservation news during the past year featured re-use, new leadership and historic battles

2013 Historic Preservation Review   It’s been an interesting year on the preservation front, with new challenges and new voices raised in defense of historic buildings. There was also renewed interest…

    • Weinstein development projects

Local developer Ken Weinstein discusses plans for NW Philadelphia in 2014

The coming year is going to be busy time for development in Germantown and Mt. Airy if Ken Weinstein has anything to do with it — and he often does. Weinstein…

    • robinson

Look Up! Two Mid-Century storefronts on the wane

The buildings on Market and Chestnut Streets were designed by renowned architects of the era, but they have since been altered and neglected. One will soon be demolished.   “Look Up”…

    • st tim

Look Up! Roxborough’s remarkable country church

It took 23 years and two architects to complete one of the region’s great High Victorian Gothic buildings.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

    • Allison Building

Allison Building project and parklet to enhance Roxborough's Ridge corridor

A century-old building at the heart of the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor will be preserved and renovated next year, and a new adjacent parklet will add some green to the neighborhood.…

    • overbrook

Look Up! A Spanish mission for education in Overbrook

The Overbrook School for the Blind is a grand example of the Spanish Renaissance style adopted for a campus.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our…

    • Max Levy Autography Company building

'Gray Area' discussion series moves on from Germantown

Germantown residents completed an academic exercise on Wednesday night that may have some practical and fascinating implementations for the many historic buildings in their community. Could an old industrial complex be…

    • Copperwood Estate

Conservative institute withdraws variance application for Copperwood estate

Plans by a conservative nonprofit to transform one of Chestnut Hill's most esteemed mansions into a school and student residence have been withdrawn because of neighbors' objections. The John Jay Institute,…

    • The iPic plan

Movie chain owner says only hope for Boyd is 8-screen complex

Preservationists will challenge plan to demolish Art Deco interior when the proposal comes before the Historical Commission next month.   The Florida-based movie theater company, iPic Entertainment, has begun showing previews…

    • ledger chestnut entrance

Look Up! Public Ledger Building recalls golden age of publishing

Horace Trumbauer wrapped his building in angelic white marble and strong, gritty brick.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. Each week,…

    • East Falls development brings concerns about parking, land 'integrity'

East Falls development brings concerns about parking, land 'integrity'

At the intersection of Cranky Joe's Sports Bar and Billy Murphy's Irish Saloonery in East Falls, there's a new development in the works. For now, it's just four, single-family dwellings on…

    • The source of ongoing neighborhood friction, the city just spruced 5357 Knox St. up for what it hopes is the last time. (Neema Roshania/WHYY)

L&I cleans up Germantown spite-blight property for the 11th time

For the neighbors in Germantown — and in the spirit of the season — this is the ongoing story of the "Nightmare on Knox Street." Earlier this month, a crew from the Department…

    • lippincott mural

Look Up! A quirky Queen Anne home with a colorful history

Once attributed to Frank Furness, the building on South Broad was actually designed by another creative residential architect.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

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