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    • 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…

    • Venice Island: 156 luxury apartments coming. Bass Slabbers for Newsworks

Manayunk's Venice Island in final months of redevelopment

The relentless winter that slowed Mother Nature's clock this spring also delayed manmade projects. Venice Island — the $46 million complex designed for stormwater management, recreational activities, and performing arts in…

    • 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”…

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