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    • Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative
Eyes on the Street

Solar schools initiative working to put 5,000 solar panels on 20 schools

Philadelphia Solar Schools Initiative (PSSI) wants to use solar energy and solar energy education to brighten the future of 20 Philadelphia public schools and nearly 1,000 students. Next year PSSI, which…

    • Attorney Robert Archie, architect Jerry Roller and attorney Allison Levy present plans for 1801 Courtland

Triumph Baptist senior-housing plan approved, but Rev. Hall can't discuss it

By Amy Z. Quinn For NewsWorks A plan by Triumph Baptist Church and Universal Companies to build a senior housing development in Nicetown got city zoning board approval Wednesday, but an…

    • Rev. James Hall is pastor of Triumph Baptist Church, which is one of the project's co-developers. (Triumph Baptist Church)

Controversy lurks as zoning board considers Nicetown affordable senior-housing plan

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks A plan that would see 50 units of affordable senior housing at 18th and Courtland streets in Nicetown will be before the city zoning board…

    • The vacant lot next to Doris Berris’ house has filled with weeds and trash

North Philadelphia: Land bank could help residents living next to blight

By Kate Hartman For PlanPhilly  This article was created in partnership with Temple University's capstone journalism course Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Doris Berris stood in front of the lot where her community…

    • The Bakers Centre site is at the corner of Roberts Ave. and Fox St. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

As Bakers Centre rises, a look toward what's next for Allegheny West and a call to develop the city's other 'food deserts'

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks As Jeff Brown's long-in-the-works ShopRite takes shape at the corner of Fox and Roberts Streets in Allegheny West, the area supermarket mogul is talking about…

    • Hunting Park revitalization plan gets city's endorsement

Hunting Park revitalization plan gets city's endorsement

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks A community-based plan for commercial area revitalization in Hunting Park now has the city's endorsement, as the Planning Commission voted this week to accept the…

    • Construction continues at Bakers Centre site, opening slated for Fall 2013

Construction continues at Bakers Centre site, opening slated for Fall 2013

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks With large trucks and earth-moving equipment busy, the Bakers Centre shopping plaza is beginning to come to life at the former Tastykake site. The retail…

    • Greco/Kroc Center

MGA Architects wins AIA Pennsylvania Award for Kroc Center

In Hunting Park, local firm MGA Partners Architects, has crafted a new low-slung orange brick and white stucco building with swooping expanses of glass windows, anigre wood ceilings and walls, and…

    • APM overhead / Neal Santos

Planning Commission accepts "quality of life" plan for Eastern North Philadelphia

The Asociación de Puertorriqueños en Marcha – otherwise known as The Association of Puerto Ricans on the March or simply APM – has worked to improve Eastern North Philadelphia neighborhoods for…

    • Will iconic Broad Street boxing venue get new life as boutique hotel?

Will iconic Broad Street boxing venue get new life as boutique hotel?

The Blue Horizon, a legendary former boxing venue on North Broad Street, may be reborn as The Hotel Blue on Broad, a boutique spot with restaurants, a jazz club, and some…

    • A new entrance to Fern Rock envisioned by DVRPC.

DVRPC releases plan to make Fern Rock work better

Fern Rock Transportation Center is too big for its own good.The North Philadelphia facility ― a key transfer point between SEPTA buses, regional rail and the Broad Street Line ― was…

    • The current Columbia Avenue and a prospective future

Ideas for the Columbia Avenue Connector project

The Columbia Avenue of the future will likely be lined with trees, but just how many specimens remains under discussion.Some neighbors of the Fishtown street are concerned about sacrificing parking…

Architectural Walking Tours

The Center for Architecture is pleased to partner with the Preservation Alliance of Greater Philadelphia to bring you more walking tours of Philadelphia and its architecture. Preservation Alliance tours focus mainly…

    • Ready for residents

The story of Sheridan Street

Posted by Beth Miller, Executive Director:Since we’ve been celebrating our 20thanniversary, 2011 has been an action-packed year at the Collaborative. But even in this extraordinary year, the ribbon cutting for…

    • Yvonne McGough, right (standing), addressed PHA Executive Director Michael Kelly, left, at a board of commissioners meeting.

North Philadelphia: Philadelphia Housing Authority auction upsets residents

By Christine FisherFor PlanPhilly This article was created in partnership with Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Temple University's capstone multimedia journalism class. Betsy Esteves was surprised to see the empty lot next…

    • Ashby Leavell, a graduate student in University of Delaware's public horticulture program, examines the green roof deck.

North Philadelphia: ‘Design in Action’ tour explores affordable, green housing

By Kara Savidge and Christine FisherFor PlanPhilly As part of the Community Design Collaborative’s three-day “Design in Action 2011” conference, the collaborative led a tour of affordable housing projects that…

    • chainlinkGREEn living benches

A must read from Eyes on the Street: Restored Spaces: the Garden vs. the Wasteland

By Ashley HahnFor Eyes on the Street I’ve spent most of this week ruminating on public art, preservation, and urban ecology – from the Autumn mural to Gray Area to…

    • The 51-unit mix of walkups and townhomes is located in the 2000 block of north 11th street near Temple University.

PHA development in North Philly a winner at the Commonwealth Awards

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s first ever LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified development has gained statewide recognition at the Commonwealth Awards.10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania, an environmental group devoted…

    • Nicetown kids with Melissa and Shane Victorino | Shane Victorino Foundation

From Eyes on the Street: Shane Victorino rehabs Nicetown Boys & Girls Club, Bravo.

This week’s Bravo* goes to Shane Victorino for completely overhauling the Nicetown Boys & Girls Club at North 18th Street and Hunting Park Avenue. The 106 year-old building was built as…

    • Commissioners listen to Girard and 9th proposal

Girard and 9th project calls for supermarket, retail

A plan for a supermarket and retail shopping plaza on Girard Avenue at N. 9th Street received some needed approvals from the city planning commission this week.But some commissioners are…

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