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    • Dappled Streets
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April 30: CultureBlocks launches | inside UCD's Project Rehab | Erdy McHenry's Cira South design | new ZBA chair | South Philadelphia library to close

Good morning, Streeters. As we mentioned last week, today’s a big bike/ped day. Don’t forget to stop by the bike share demos in Rittenhouse Square from 10am-6:30pm. Here’s what’s making…

    • The virtual library will be
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Suburban Station: Nation's first train station virtual library

What is believed to be the nation’s first virtual library in a train station opened at Suburban Station this morning thanks to a partnership between SEPTA, The Free Library of Philadelphia…

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Love Note #103: Linda Huss loves the city’s written-word command center: the Free Library of Philadelphia

Today Eyes on the Street continues our Philly Love Notes collaboration with this appreciation of the Free Library of Philadelphia's Parkway Central Branch (among others) for its architectural splendor, vast and fabulous…

    • Some of the Logan parklet's first visitors used the various seating options in the
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Logan CDC launches the first parklet outside of University City District

The term parklet – a small park created in former parallel parking spaces – is relatively new to Philadelphia, especially Philadelphia’s low-income, less commercial neighborhoods. This week the Logan CDC and…

    • Delaware River, 1920 (Image no. 1928) | Aero Service Corp. | Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: The Central Delaware Waterfront, 1920

For this week's look at Philadelphia From Above we'll turn to Delaware Waterfront of 1920 in honor of the Behind PlanPhilly Delaware River boat tour on August 1. Head down to the…

    • Museum Construction, 1920 (Image no. 1933) | Aero Service Corp. | Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Building the Parkway and Art Museum, 1920 and 1921

Back in March, I mentioned that Eyes on the Street would start showcasing historic images from the Free Library's amazing Print and Pictures collection. We're starting off this feature with a…

    • Broad Street Station, 1920 | Aero Service Corp. #2017 | Credit: Original Aerial Imagery, Aerial Viewpoint, Spring Texas
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LENS: Photographing Philadelphia from above

In recent decades, there has been a renewed fascination with aerial photography among planners, motivated partly by the work of photographers like Alex MacLean and Yann Arthus-Bertrand's popular Earth From Above…

    • From Above: Building the Parkway and Art Museum, 1920 and 1921

From Above: Building the Parkway and Art Museum, 1920 and 1921

Back in March, I mentioned that Eyes on the Street would start showcasing historic images from the Free Library’s amazing Print and Pictures collection. We’re starting off this feature with a…

    • Art and Industry | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
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Renovated Philbrick Hall adds space, amenities for Parkway Central

After nine months of construction the Free Library's Philbrick Popular Library reopened in March as Philbrick Hall. I dropped by recently and found the rejuvenated popular reading room filled with life, modern amenities,…

    • Print and Pictures holds 1.5 million items at the Free Library's Parkway Central.
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Checking out: As Free Library's role shifts, where does that leave Parkway Central’s special collections?

The Free Library is grappling with how to be a better 21st century resource for a needy city. Recent years have been tough on the library – budget and staff cuts,…

    • Checking out: As Free Library’s role shifts, where does that leave Parkway Central’s special collections?

Checking out: As Free Library’s role shifts, where does that leave Parkway Central’s special collections?

The Free Library is grappling with how to be a better 21st century resource for a needy city. Recent years have been tough on the library – budget and staff cuts, threats…

    • What is the future of the Library in the City? Learn more at a panel discussion Wednesday night.
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March 12-16: Photographer Vincent Feldman, Next Great City coalition meeting, The Library in the City, benchmarking commercial buildings

Vincent Feldman and the Abandoned City Tuesday, March 13, 4:30-6:30. Temple University, Paley Library Lecture Hall, 927 W. Berks Street. Photographer Vincent Feldman has made a career of photographing vacant buildings…

    • Musical Skyline | Flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
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February 24-26: Arturo Schomburg Symposium, Beautiful Landscapes, Dickens for kids

Musical Skyline | Flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr groupTaller Puertorriqueño 16th Annual Arturo Schomburg Symposium Saturday, February 25, 9:30am-4:30pm. Education Building Taller Puertorriqueño, 2557-59 North 5th…

    • Gate | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr pool
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Less Marcellus Shale gas, Get Healthy Philly's impact, development rumble in Point Breeze, refreshing Roxborough's library

Gate | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr pool In last night's State of the Union address, President Obama touted his administration’s support for “all out all of…

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