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October 28-November 1: Lower North District Plan | End of the suburbs | Power of eds and meds

This week envision a new future for Lower North Philadelphia, talk about the death of the suburbs, and the power of urban anchor institutions: PLAN: Lower North District Plan Meeting Tuesday,…

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Cell phone kiosk ban on hold for now in Philly

A Philadelphia City Council committee heard testimony about cell phone theft and the use of high-tech gear to buy phones last week as it considers the future of kiosks that dispense…

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A view of Lower North planning from a Stanley Street stoop

From the front stoop of the Strawberry Mansion home her mother bought in 1958, North Philadelphia community activist Judith Robinson can see the vacant ground where her neighbors' houses used to…

    • The University Bike Collective hopes to encourage more cycling throughout University City
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Students launch University City-wide bike collective

A group of University City students hopes to present a united student voice advocating for cycling in University City. The new University Bike Collective held its first meeting at the University…

    • Laurel Hill Cemetery after dark, Photo by Dragon Ball Yee
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October 25-27: Laurel Hill Cemetery Halloween Tour | Philadelphia Orchard Day | Growing Healthy Communities | Cobbs Creek 5K | Fernhill Park tree tour | Liberty Lands Park kids' festival

Happy weekend Streeters!  SPOOK: Soul Crawl, Haunted History Halloween Tour Friday, October 25. 7pm - 9pm. Laurel Hill Cemetery, 3822 Ridge Avenue. Get into the Halloween spirit as you creep…

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Repainting Washington Ave. could mean realigning Washington Ave.

In the last three years there have been more than 900 crashes on Washington Avenue, and in that time, the lines and pavement markings that are supposed to safely guide cars,…

    • Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez stands in front of 2432 N. 4th Street, a blighted, tax delinquent property in her district March 1, 2013. (David Swanson / Inquirer Staff Photographer)

A proposal for financing properties acquired by the Philadelphia Land Bank

The Philadelphia Land Bank needs a source of funding to pay for the maintenance of the blighted vacant buildings and lots that it will be acquiring, owning, and holding until they…

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Northeast Philadelphia zoning overlay would prohibit medical offices

Councilman Brian O’Neill introduced a bill on Thursday creating a “Northeast Zoning Overlay,” which would prohibit certain medical uses in many zoning districts throughout Northeast Philadelphia, in areas where they are…

    • The current playground equipment at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets in Mantua. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
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Renovations planned for Mantua playground

By the summer of 2015, the corner of 37th and Mount Vernon streets in Mantua will have a revamped and greened playground thanks to a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation…

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Look Up! A quirky Queen Anne home with a colorful history

Once attributed to Frank Furness, the building on South Broad was actually designed by another creative residential architect.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

    • Adolfina Villanueva Townhouses, on North Franklin Street between West Somerset and Cambria streets.
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Affordable housing rehabs in Fairhill and South Kensington improve 77 units for low-income families

As afforable housing developments age, managing and preserving them, both physically and financially, while neighborhoods change and energy costs rise is becoming a key concern for community developers. Here’s a look…

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Flag dedication ceremony at Holme-Crisp Cemetery

A ceremony is set to put the finishing touches at the grave of Thomas Holme at Holme-Crisp Cemetery. The small cemetery on the 3000-block of Holme Avenue near Convent Avenue is…

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Where in the Far Northeast can I buy a house for $100k? [Real NEstate]

I’m a first-time homebuyer from Frankford and am not familiar with home prices in the Far Northeast. How far in the Northeast can I go for a $100,000 home? I work…

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Streets Department wraps up Society Hill ADA ramps, ends headache

After years of work, negotiations and delays, the city has finished installing handicapped accessible curb ramps in Society Hill. The 488 ramps were installed, per federal requirement, on 327 corners and…

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One Riverside zoning hearing rescheduled

The fight over One Riverside Tower, Carl Dranoff’s proposed 21-story apartment complex at 25th and Locust, won’t be resolved for at least a month, after the zoning board scheduled a special…

    • Planting at Bartram's Community Farm.
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Celebrate fall on Philadelphia Orchard Day, October 26

Celebrate the fall’s bounty and lend a hand to support stronger local food systems this Saturday as the Philadelphia Orchard Project (POP) hosts the third annual Philadelphia Orchard Day. It’s an…

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