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    • Co-Sign on our Lifetime, Photo by Phillytrax
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December 5: All eyes on Land Bank, City Council | DRPA hikes budget, not tolls | Bridesburg Trail nearing construction | Passyunk Square Civic Association celebrates 10th year

Hello Streeters! Today's temperature could hit an alarming 63 degrees. With only two full City Council hearings remaining before the new year, today could be decision day for the city's land…

    • Proposed changes at 8th and Filbert

Art Commission oks parking structure renovation, Frazier statue

A smaller group of commissioners than usual gathered for the year's final Philadelphia Art Commission meeting on Wednesday to hear four cases, the most significant of which moves along plans to…

    • One of 10,000 city-owned vacant properties
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Land Bank bill caught in twilight zone

UPDATED, 12/5/13 8:15am: The Inquirer reports that Council President Clarke and Councilwoman Quiñones-Sánchez have negotiated a deal to advance the land bank legislation. Clarke's amendment to include the Vacant Property Review…

    • Seymour and Keyser streets

Signs of progress in delinquency fight

Nine months after shaking up the city’s tax enforcement leadership and collection processes, the Nutter administration continues to make modest but measurable gains in the collection of taxes, chipping away at…

    • About 40 people gave planners input at the final Central Northeast meeting

Suggestions, praise, criticism at final Central Northeast meeting

Highlights of a still-under-construction draft plan calling for strengthened commercial corridors in Fox Chase/Rockledge, Five Points and Rhawnhurst, better mass transit, and a safer Roosevelt Boulevard for all who use or…

    • The Gallery
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December 4: Development Roundup: Paseo Verde | Avenue Place | YWCA Annex | Pearl Arts and Crafts | The Gallery

Good morning, Streeters. Here’s a development roundup to start off your Wednesday: Officials cut the ribbon on Paseo Verde yesterday, the Inquirer reports. Paseo Verde is a transit-oriented mixed-income development at…

    • Southwest zoning map

Council debates industrial zoning changes in Southwest Philly

Tracey Gordon, a member of the Southwest Concerned Citizens group, testified at a Council committee hearing on Tuesday that automobile chop shops and salvage yards have been opening in near-residential areas…

    • Boyd Theatre, 1935 | photographed by Alonzo Biggard, Public Works | phillyhistory.org
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Rally for the Boyd Theatre December 10

The Boyd Theatre on Chestnut Street is Philly's last grand movie palace, a vacant Art Deco marvel waiting for its next chapter. Later this month the Historical Commission will hear a…

    • Canal Street North site, at Frankford and Delaware avenues

Committee recommends bill shrinking North Delaware overlay

City Council’s Committee on Rules approved a bill Tuesday that would reduce the size of the North Delaware Avenue Neighborhood Commercial Area Overlay, which was adopted more than a decade ago…

    • School District advertising

Council Committee approves advertising on school property

City Council’s Committee on Rules approved a bill Tuesday morning that would allow advertisements to be placed on public school property. The bill, which was sponsored by Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds-Brown and…

    • Pop-up ice rink at The Piazza

Pop-up "ice" skating rink opens at Piazza

A deejay spinning '80s holiday music, carolers singing more traditional standards, a coterie of food trucks, and even a convincing Santa Claus showed up for Monday night's official unveiling of Skate…

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Technically Philly: How Northeast High School tripled college-eligible test scores in 6 years

As one of the oldest and most diverse schools in Philadelphia, Northeast High School is used to change. In 2010, the school decided to completely overhaul its Advanced Placement program with…

    • Strawbridge & Clothier
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December 3: Dilworth Plaza delays | Eataly for Philly? | Grant Avenue dangers | Hexamer Redux | Uptown update

Good morning Streeters and happy Giving Tuesday! It’s a day for giving back to nonprofits that make our communities better. For information on Giving Tuesday PHL, hit up Generocity’s guide…

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Australia has the right idea about retirement [Financial Perspectives]

With all the focus on Obamacare lately, few people are talking about the looming retirement crisis that the U.S.  is facing. Social Security is scheduled to run out of money by…

    • Allison Building

Allison Building project and parklet to enhance Roxborough's Ridge corridor

A century-old building at the heart of the Ridge Avenue commercial corridor will be preserved and renovated next year, and a new adjacent parklet will add some green to the neighborhood.…

    • Laurie Olin
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Laurie Olin oral history

The Cultural Landscape Foundation has been working up a series of oral histories for a project they call the Pioneers of American Landscape Design. The 10th and latest one is…

    • Reading Viaduct at Noble | Bob Bruhin
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December 2-6: Central Northeast District Plan | Kate Orff | Rail Park fundraiser | Holiday lightings | 'Engineering Philadelphia'

In this first week of December we've got events ahead about planning the Central Northeast, sustainable landscape design, and industrial history as well as holiday festivities and a Rail Park concert…

    • LeBow Hall
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December 2: American made clothes | LeBow Hall praise | Avenue of the Arts North action | Roberto Clemente school reuse | Community policing in the 39th

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. We hope you enjoyed a good Thanksgiving. Here’s what’s buzzing this Monday morning: Today is Makers Monday, a day geared at shifting the focus…

    • Decorating Laurel Hill

Get "charmed" by Fairmount Park gems

Each year, groups of hardy volunteers make sure the Charms of Fairmount Park are decked out in seasonal swag for two festive weeks. Decorated by various interior designers and garden clubs…

    • Happy Thanksgiving | NYPL Digital ID: 1588384
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Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, Streeters! We hope you enjoy a relaxing and delicious Thanksgiving full of good cheer. We'll see you back here bright and early on Monday morning.

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