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    • Bob Kaufman, Ken Weinstein, and Josh Romalis talk at an open house earlier this week. (Photo by Erica Hawthorne)

Philly Office Retail opens new offices in Mt. Airy

Philly Office Retail, a Germantown-based real estate company, is growing its operations. On Monday, it officially opened a new office, which is located at 6825 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy. Though…

    • 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 »

    • 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 »

    • Green Woods Charter considers move to Chestnut Hill

Green Woods Charter considers move to Chestnut Hill

The School Reform Commission (SRC) delayed a vote this week that would allow Green Woods Charter School to expand. According to Barry Sunshine, a Green Woods board member, the school must…

    • 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…

    • 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 Hunting Park West industrial area. (Image from the Philadelphia City Planning Commission)

Roxborough and Hunting Park West industrial zones, they are a-changing

In a January city Planning Commission meeting, John Grady, the senior vice president of the Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation made a claim that might stun some: Philly, he said, is not…

    • 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, ...  …

    • 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 »

    • Bernard Guet, executive director of the Roxborough Development Corporation

Ridge Avenue revitalization plans move forward

This summer, construction will kick off on a $2.2 million streetscape project for Ridge Avenue in Roxborough, bringing new signage, green space and sidewalks to 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 »

    • Meg Greenfield is the chairwoman of the EFCC's zoning and land use committee. (Holly Otterbein of PlanPhilly/For NewsWorks)

Redlined zoning code draft proposes more changes

The Zoning Code Commission is currently undergoing the Herculean task of rewriting the city's zoning code for the first time in nearly 50 years, and last month, it released its redlined…

    • The 3400 block of Conrad Street in East Falls (Holly Otterbein of PlanPhilly/For NewsWorks)

EFCC meeting highlights need for city rezoning

At a recent East Falls Community Council meeting, it became clear why the government needs to rezone several parts of the city. On Wednesday, the EFCC More »

    • 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 »

    • 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…

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