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    • After much delay, the Venice Island revamp project may move forward this week. (Holly Otterbein of PlanPhilly/for NewsWorks)

PWD to put Venice Island project out to bid this week

The Philadelphia Water Department says a project to remake the Venice Island Recreation Center in Manayunk, which will cost $45 million, has reached a milestone. Spokeswoman More »

    • The Manayunk Canal dredging project is scheduled to be complete by late 2012.

Dredging plans for Manayunk Canal move forward

If nature had its way, the Manayunk Canal would eventually turn into wetlands. To keep that from happening, the city's Department of Parks Recreation will begin dredging the waterway in 2012.…

    • The towpath improvement project is scheduled to begin mid-year and will take up to four months to complete. (Megan Pinto)

Manayunk Towpath rehabilitation to begin this summer

Bikers, joggers and walkers, take note: Parts of the Manayunk Towpath will be closed periodically this summer. The city's Department of Parks & Recreation is More »

    • Center in the Park. (Patrick Cobbs/for NewsWorks)

New grant will help seniors get wired on coffee and Internet

If your Granny from the Northwest doesn’t know how to check email, she could soon. Center in the Park, a Germantown-based senior center, has won a $50,000 grant from the city’s…

    • Matt Wysong, N.W. Philly's community planner, talks with the East Falls Community Council about an educational land use plan

Taking a "proactive" approach to land use plans in East Falls

The East Falls community has embarked on a year-long land use plan with Philadelphia University, Drexel University and the William Penn Charter School. At a meeting on Monday, the East Falls…

    • The blue-line draft expands where market and community-supported farms can operate (Michelle Goodwin/For NewsWorks/File photo)

How the blue-line zoning code draft affects N.W. Philly

Last week, the Zoning Code Commission (ZCC) released its blue-line draft of the city's new zoning code, which details the most recent changes to the More »

    • 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…

    • The MDC will start looking into ways to connect the Manayunk Canal and Towpath to Pretzel Park and historic Main Street.

Connecting community assets in Manayunk

In Garrett Elwood's estimation, Manayunk is a little disconnected. Not from the outside world, that is — but from itself. "Pretzel Park feels detached from Main More »

    • Students participate in outdoor activities at Green Woods Charter School in Roxborough. (Photo courtesy of GWCS)

Green Woods Charter School will relocate by 2012

According to the Green Woods board of trustees, the school will leave its current site at the Schuylkill Center in Roxborough by September 2012.  More »

    • Mt. Airy Business Improvement District moves to beautify Germantown Ave

Mt. Airy Business Improvement District moves to beautify Germantown Ave

By mid-year, the Mt. Airy business district should look a bit spiffier. Two new projects funded by the Mt. Airy Business Improvement District (BID) — the "Clean and Green" program and…

    • Lisa Levinson and Christina Kobland are fighting for higher land protections at the Schuylkill Center in Roxborough

Critics: Schuylkill Center needs higher level of protections

When the Schuylkill Center signed a conservation easement in December protecting 325 acres of land, it was a historical achievement: The biggest swath of private More »

    • Plans shelved for composting facility at the Schuylkill Center

Plans shelved for composting facility at the Schuylkill Center

This summer, the Schuylkill Center in Roxborough announced that it was going to house Philly Compost's new facility, where it would transform food waste into "black gold." Grid magazine praised the…

    • City could settle Roxborough dispute over townhomes

City could settle Roxborough dispute over townhomes

The fate of Green Tree Run, a stream in Roxborough, is now in the hands of Fourth District Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. In 1980, the city approved development on the area northwest…

    • Breathing new life into Wissahickon Valley

Breathing new life into Wissahickon Valley

The city has loved Wissahickon Valley Park to death, literally. We've stomped along its trails, leading to erosion, sedimentation and the uprooting of whole trees. We've invited our dogs, horses and…

    • 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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