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    • Buildings shapefile

Tough decisions about city facility closures, consolidations to be data-driven

City planners are using new database and mapping software to help decide which rec centers, libraries, fire stations, pools and other city facilities should remain open, and which should be closed…

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Eyes on the Street

DVRPC seeks Public Participation Task Force members

Want a say in regional planning choices? You may be in luck. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) is accepting applications for eight spots on its Public Participation…

    • PWD's Flower Show exhibit won the PHS Sustainability Award. Expect it to turn up in a new location soon.

PHS Flower Show wins 11 international awards

The PHS Philadelphia Flower Show received 11 international awards for excellence for the 2013 presentation, “Brilliant!”, at ceremonies held Sept. 16 in Pittsburgh, Pa. The honors included seven Gold Awards, the…

    • St. Michael's Church, Photo by Philadelphia Photos
Eyes on the Street

September 20-22: Church preservation workshop | Transit apps hackathon | Camp Crescent | Manayunk Streat Food Festival | PHS Fall Garden Festival | Spring Garden architectural tour

Happy Friday Eyes on the Street! Here is what's happening this weekend. LEARN: Philadelphia Churches: Plight and Potential Saturday, September 20 - Sunday, September 21. 9am - 5pm. Upper Gallery, Meyerson…

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Henon wants to double fines for posting bandit signs

Councilman Bobby Henon, D-6th, says wants the fine for putting up a so-called "bandit sign" to be $1,000 in the worst cases. "We're trying to change behavior, we…

    • Bart Blatstein already owns the Inquirer/Daily News Building at 400 North Broad, and now he's making a move for the papers themselves.
    • distance from christines to the oasis

Southwest Philly cabaret cleared to reopen

The Zoning Board of Adjustment voted 3-2 on Wednesday to sustain an appeal of a Licences & Inspections violation handed to the operators of a shuttered go-go bar and steakhouse at…

    • Looped In at The Porch, Photos by Neal Santos
Eyes on the Street

Looped In brings "social seating" to University City

If you've passed through The Porch at 30th Street Station recently, you may have noticed some funky looking seating structures that appear to loop around on themselves with wooden benches below…

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Fundraisers help St. Tim's pay for repairs [video]

St. Timothy’s Church has a long and sacred history in Northeast Philadelphia.  The Mayfair Catholic parish has been 1928, and recently welcomed new students from parishes the Archdiocese of Philadelphia has…

    • Autumn, Photo by phillytrax
    • A taxi driver raised his hand to ask a question during the meeting

Taxi drivers want cameras, other safety measures

Sit in a room full of taxi drivers for an hour and two things become clear. First, being a taxi driver in Philadelphia is not a particularly safe occupation. Second, the…

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Consolation, St. Leo create new community following parish merger [video]

Catholic school closures around Philly have been making headlines for years. But the parishes that stand behind those schools are struggling as well, and some of them are now being…

    • Northern Liberties litter
Eyes on the Street

Northern Liberties Neighborhood Association creates litter report form

Like many Philadelphia neighborhoods, Northern Liberties has always had to work to control its litter problem. In the past few years, though, Northern Liberties has become more of a destination neighborhood,…

    • Pine Street bike lane

Complete Streets Design Handbook now enforceable

This week, three years after Mayor Nutter issued his "Complete Streets" executive order and nine months after City Council passed the Complete Streets Bill, which called for the creation of…

    • Transit-oriented development grows in Fox Chase

Pedestrian, traffic and commercial center improvements in emerging Central Northeast plan

The Central Northeast District-level Comprehensive Plan will focus on improving three key areas: Foxchase Town Center, Five Points, and the area around Cottman Avenue and Roosevelt Boulevard. Residents, community and business…

    • Bridge Line, Photo by phillytrax
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Growing up Catholic in Northeast Philly, one thing you'll never lose is St. Anthony

Essay by Gina Rider for NewsWorks Growing up, I was notorious for losing things. I lost gloves, library books, and every sock I've ever owned. Luckily I didn't have to find lost…

    • Morris brick

Look Up! Colonial house reborn as a boutique hotel

The Morris House Hotel has a modestly elegant presence, but a grand history.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo…

    • Christine's Cabaret

Zoning board to decide fate of closed Southwest Philly go-go bar

Christine’s Cabaret, a go-go bar and steakhouse in Southwest Philly, was closed in March of 2012, shortly after owner Rob Laflar died of an apparent drug overdose the previous January while…

    • Wynn Philadelphia

CDAG to Gaming Board: Changes would make Wynn a better waterfront fit

The Wynn Philadelphia casino proposal would be a better Central Delaware fit if river access was improved, the parking garage took up less space, its roof was open for river-viewing and…

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