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    • Preservation plan may be amended for Green Woods Charter School

Preservation plan may be amended for Green Woods Charter School

The owner of an early-century Chestnut Hill mansion is looking to amend its conservation easements, which permanently protect the property from development, in order to make way for a school. In…

    • Jane Golden, founder of the Philadelphia Mural Arts Program, says project will be vehicle for economic and community development

Mural Arts Program launches public art project in Manayunk

The Mural Arts Program has chosen Manayunk as a "public arts district," where a large amount of works, which could include murals, light and sound More »

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Fresh Grocer closing on Chelten; Save-A-Lot opening amid many concerns

Sometime in the next couple weeks, Fresh Grocer on Chelten Avenue and Pulaski Street will shut its doors. The store's spokesperson, Carlie Stross, declined to say what would become of the…

    • Plans are in the works to add a playground to Inn Yard Park on Ridge Avenue in East Falls. (Megan Pinto)

Playground plans swing into full gear at Inn Yard Park

This week, two mothers announced that they've secured more than $100,000 from Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr.'s office in order to build a playground at Inn More »

    • The Fox Gun Factory across the street from Stenton Mansion is being demolished by the city. (Matt Satullo/for Newsworks)

Historic warehouse near Stenton Mansion finally comes down

An eyesore across the street from one of the oldest historic homes in Philadelphia will soon be nothing but dust. Neighbors say the hulking warehouse at 18th and Courtland streets in…

    • The Transit Village as it would look from the corner of Chew Avenue and East Washington Lane. (Image by Piatt Associates)

Mayor to announce additional funding for Mt. Airy Transit Village

A proposed "transit village" alongside the Washington Lane Regional Rail station just got one step closer to fruition. The mixed-use, mixed-income development headed by Mt. Airy, USA has won a $100,000…

    • nterim Executive Director Karen Forbes and Board President John Howard at the Schuylkill Center in Roxborough

Schuylkill Center protections not strong enough for some

Eleanor Smith Morris, the daughter of the woman who gave the Schuylkill Center most of its land, is joining a small group of conservationists opposed More »

    • Maura McCarthy, executive director of the FOW, and Kevin Groves, volunteer coordinator, look at a map of the Wissahickon

Wissahickon Valley Park improvement projects under way

This week, the city's Department of Parks Recreation began repairing a gully along the Wissahickon Creek, in hopes of curbing stormwater runoff, erosion and the death of several trees. It's one…

    • Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno wants to build a literary arts center in Mt. Airy.

Knight Arts Challenge's shortlist includes plan for literary arts center in NW Philly

Kathleen Sheeder Bonanno's plan to open a literary arts center in Mt. Airy, though itself a rosy idea, sprouted from unspeakable tragedy. In 2003, Bonanno's daughter, Leidy, a 21-year-old, ...  …

    • Girls' group home won't return

Girls' group home won't return

A group home for girls, which was once located on 6612 N. 12th Street, won't be coming back to Oak Lane. Last week, the Juvenile Justice Center (JJC), a nonprofit that…

    • Historic face-lift in Blue Bell Hill

Historic face-lift in Blue Bell Hill

As you’re waxing up the snowboard or dusting off your floppy flyer, you may have noticed construction going on at the top of Tommy’s Hill. More »

    • Historic Wissahickon building gets new tenant

Historic Wissahickon building gets new tenant

After searching for 10 years, the Fairmount Park Historic Foundation Trust has finally found a tenant for Glen Fern, an 18th-century stone house alongside Wissahickon Creek. The Trust signed a lease…

    • On Germantown Avenue it's easy to see all the different zoning uses at play. (Nathaniel Hamilton/For NewsWorks)

G-town reacts to planned zoning code changes

It tells us where to shop, where to sleep and where to go out for a dinner date, and it hasn’t been revamped since the 1960s. But now, just months before…

    • Betty Turner, far right, pictured with a group of CPI graduates (Photo by Bridget Kulik)

NW Philadelphian graduates from Citizens Planning Institute

 Betty Turner, a 73-year-old Northwest Philadelphian, has years of experience struggling through the thickets of the city's bureaucracy in order to better her hometown. She's presided over two community development corporations,…

    • If the new zoning rules are approved new requirements would be placed on Weavers Way's farm.

How the new zoning code will affect Mt. Airy & East Falls

Urban farmers in both these areas have a lot to consider about the zoning code reform. For instance, market farms and community gardens — such as the Weaver's Way Co-op farm…

    • Wissahickon Hall renewal

Wissahickon Hall renewal

Something's been missing in the historic building on Lincoln Drive and Gypsy Lane: cops. Erected in the 1850s, Wissahickon Hall is a city-owned property with a roomy balcony and a striking…

    • Plan's aim: Make N.W. Philly better for bikers, walkers

Plan's aim: Make N.W. Philly better for bikers, walkers

As a haven for bikers and walkers, Northwest Philadelphia is a far cry from Portland, San Francisco and even sections of Center City. But a new city plan could help. The…

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