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    • Colorful chairs lined up on one of the three Spruce Street Harbor Park barges

Spruce Street Harbor opens Friday

Lounge in a hammock orchard. Sit beneath an umbrella on an anchored barge overlooking floating flower gardens and the river. Drink Philly beer, eat Philly or boardwalkesque food, play bocce ball.…

    • Photo taken in May shows that DRWC fencing was cut

Exclusive: Teens using waterfront trail, piers in Pennsport for drinking parties

Organization that controls the trail and piers says it will change security procedures; police will reportedly increase patrols. Pennsport Civic Pres. says an improved community/river connection would bring more people and…

    • Proposed PHL Skyspire

Space Needle for South Philly?

Could you see a Space Needle-like structure rising 615 feet out of the ground in South Philadelphia? PHL Local Gaming says you will, if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board grants them…

    • JKR Queen Village site
Eyes on the Street

Site work underway at JKR's Queen Village townhome development

JKR Partners is doing the literal groundwork at its 75-townhome BridgeView development in Queen Village, where the I-95 Washington Avenue off-ramp meets Columbus Boulevard. “They are really doing what they said…

    • Old City resident Mike Daddario and Winston

Part of Penn's Landing literally goes to the dogs

Yo Philly dogs! Tell your people there's a new place to play on the Delaware River. Old City residents Mike Daddario and Jeff Meteer brought their dogs and one they were…

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Court dismisses suit alleging state gaming board lacks authority to re-issue former Foxwoods license

A lawsuit claiming the state gaming board has no legal right to re-issue Philadelphia's second casino license was Monday dismissed by state Commonwealth Court. RPRS Gaming, L.P., a minority partner in…

    • Lower Northwest: A different kind of vacancy. Courtesy PCPC

In Lower Northwest Philadelphia, a different kind of vacancy

In rural Shawmont Valley, the empty spaces aren't abandoned houses or factories, but former agricultural land. The Lower Northwest District Plan will look at preservation. Other issues in the district that…

    • Lit Brothers

Lit Bros. owner promises subway, other improvements, in exchange for large, digital sign

The owners of the historic Lit Brothers Building say they'll upgrade the Ridge Avenue subway concourse as part of $10 million in public investments made in exchange for the right to…

    • Work in progress at Pier 53. Photo courtesy DRWC.

A sneak peek at the transformation of Pier 53

While the city's former immigration pier won't officially open as the latest Delaware River park until August, a sneak peek at that history, and the current ecology, happens later this month.…

    • Live Nation's Festival Pier rendering | Groundswell Design Group
Eyes on the Street

Beach-meets-city at new Festival Pier space

Festival Pier at Penn's Landing debuts its new Shore-inspired look and vibe with Friday's Wired Fest. Groundswell Design Group principal David Fierabend describes the space as “an urban beach summer-time…

    • Launching the skiff Nemo, which was built at the museum.

Boat race, scavenger hunt tie city's two rivers together

This weekend, canoes, kayaks, skiffs and whale boats will race around Philadelphia via the city's two rivers. Saturday's Walnut2Walnut Regatta is part of the latest Independence Seaport Museum effort to remind…

    • Lower North plan zoning recomendations, west of Broad

Lower North Plan recommends gentrification impact study, speedier transit, protection of single-family blocks

The image above, taken from the Lower North PCPC presentation, shows proposed changes west of Broad Street. See more maps and other images within the full presentation, included beneath this article.…

    • Summer Winter Community Garden in its Powelton Village neighborhood

New gardens, new tools, and a summer garden tour

Under the wrought-iron arch of one of its most established community gardens, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust Wednesday announced the preservation of two new ones, a city-wide summer garden party, and the…

    • CHOP's new rendering, facing the river. Pelli Clarke Pelli architects.

Planning endorses zoning relief for CHOP's Schuylkill Ave. project

Approval came with provisos: CHOP must flesh out plans for future phases, work with the community on those plans, and seek rezoning of the site from industrial to mixed use. Planning…

    • plan illustration

Should words other than 'Master' be used to describe long-range plans?

Community activists say some African-Americans find the term Master Plan offensive. Some PCPC members say using another word is worth discussing, not only for the activists' reasons, but because the term's…

    • Proposed site of AAA

Planning Commission rejects AAA's waterfront plan

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) has rejected AAA's plan to open a travel/insurance/car repair shop at 1601 S. Columbus Boulevard in Pennsport, with the majority agreeing the proposal is too…

    • Mantua Peace Garden this spring, photo courtesy PHS

New Neighborhood Gardens Trust launches this week with goals to better target garden preservation, protect more land

The revamped community garden advocacy organization Neighborhood Gardens Trust will make its official debut this week, armed with a new board of directors, a tighter alliance with the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society…

    • Dranoff's SLS International, Broad and Spruce. Rendering courtesy KPF Associates

590-foot hotel/condo tower for Broad and Spruce clears last hurdle

With the recent Civic Design Review Committee (CDR) hearing complete, Carl Dranoff is clear to begin construction of SLS International Hotel and Residences - a 47-story, 590-foot tower with 125 condos…

    • Sign on corner of Frankford and Delaware

Cash-for-Gold, gone? For good, says Squilla's office

[STORY UPDATED May 16, 12:30pm] Not only is the gold-buying store across from SugarHouse closed, no such store can open there again. The city's department of Licenses & Inspections was expected…

    • 1 Water Street model; Varenhorst, architect

250 apartments planned for site near Ben Franklin Bridge

A group of waterfront advocates say the by-right proposal proves the Central Delaware Overlay and base zoning are not too restrictive PMC Property Group hopes to break ground on a 250-unit…

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