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    • The plan recommends giving away lidded recycling bins to prevent trash flying on windy days

Pathway to greener pastures: Philadelphia presents plan for a litter-free city by 2035

It may be hard to imagine, but if Philadelphia succeeds in implementing its new and comprehensive Zero Waste and Litter Plan, the city’s infamous nickname Filthadelphia may be completely obsolete in…

    • Neighbors gather at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Thursday to consider the Boys and Girls Club proposal

For the proposed replacement of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club, community consensus comes in baby steps

At first glance, the ongoing cacophony over the future of Germantown’s Boys and Girls Club looked ready to hit a rare harmonious note. About 45 nearby residents and neighborhood organizers gathered…

    • Staying cool in a changing climate workshop in North Philadelphia.

Climate change’s impacts on health are not new, but the Health Department’s response is

It wasn’t too difficult for the crowd of around 40 seniors gathered at the McPherson Public Library in Kensington on Wednesday to get into the right mindset for the evening’s discussion:…

    • Vox building

August 4: Latino businesses organize | Beer’s economic impact | Victorian cradle graves

The city and the artist. The city and the Latino business. The city and the cradle grave. These and more in this morning’s news: Can South Philly Latino Business Community, the…

    • Paine Plaza

Before design community, chief of new Department of Planning & Development charts course ahead for Philly’s real estate development

The myriad departments overseeing property development in Philadelphia have acted like islands, marooned on different floors of government buildings. But a recent tidal shift has ended their isolation: the new Department…

    • The community center in a planned Philadelphia Housing Authority project

Civic Design Review Meeting Offers Hesitant Praise to Proposed Developments.

The Civic Design Review Committee's (CDR) August session granted approval with numerous suggestions. While both were met with general praise from the staffers, there was also a consensus that each would…

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August 3: Pop-up growing pains | Multi-family market expands | Taxi rates up 2 cents

Design, multi-family construction, and metal markets in the news today. Amtrak’s preliminary design for Station Square needs to reinfuse the Porch’s playful spirit, writes Inga Saffron. In transitioning to a…

    • Rendering of Logan Library's new reference desk and entrance atrium

In Logan, bold reopening of an old library may soon show other branches the future

The doors are locked at Logan Library in North Philadelphia. Starting last summer, would-be patrons were turned away, too. From the outside, the 1918 edifice appears as stoic and stately as…

    • Food waste disposer

City explores ways to transform commercial food waste into renewable energy

Everytime you throw scraps of vegetables or leftover food into your garbage disposal, the organic matter gets liquefied and transported through Philadelphia’s sewage system to water pollution control plants, where they’re…

    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

August 2: Rebel Ventures | Frankford Chocolate Factory | Minimum wage, purchasing power

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has issued a code orange air quality alert for Philadelphia due to high concentrations of pollutants in the air. The National Weather Service forecasts 90…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

August 1: Bella Vista’s civic saved | Wells Fargo purge | LIHEAP uncertainty

Survival, reshuffles, and uncertainty in today’s news. A Utah-based high-risk insurance carrier has swooped in to save the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA), which was scheduled to dissolve itself Monday, the…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney welcomes news that the William Penn Foundation will commit up to $100 million to his Rebuild initiative, November 2016. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild begins soliciting nonprofits to oversee rehab construction of city’s libraries, parks and rec centers

Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Tuesday, seeking nonprofits with considerable construction experience and neighborhood connections to help manage the 150-200 rehabilitation projects planned for the…

    • Play Streets are active from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Play Streets, the Parks and Rec program that tells Philly kids: “Go run around in the middle of the road”

When the sign is up, children can cross the street without looking both ways. The usual sounds of rumbling engines and car tires treading over pavement are gone, because there are…

    • Heroin encampment along Conrail route

July 31: Alternative housing | Rust Belt immigration | Pre-grid

Alternative housing—“digital nomads, boom-mates, tiny houses and microapartments, co-housing and co-living, and even Airbnb” will soon be the new normal, argues the Philadelphia Citizen’s Diana Lind. To keep up with…

    • Just one of many riders who accidentally ordered multiple SEPTA Keys, Olivia Duffy with her four cards.

You weren’t the only one: After hundreds of riders accidentally get 2nd Key card, SEPTA pledges to fix kiosks, website

We all make mistakes. Often, they are our fault, a product of our own haste or laziness or stupidity. These are the blunders which we ourselves must own. We end up…

    • 818 Chestnut Street, the first Horn & Hardart Automat

July 28: Visualizing traffic | Topping the tower | Toppling the townhomes | Horn & Hardart

Econsult has a neat visualization of travel flows in Greater Philadelphia based on data from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Mark Dent at Billy Penn turns his eye skyward and…

    • 'Bella Vista' by R. Kennedy

Fallout from lawsuit fells Bella Vista Neighbors Association, fills other community groups with fear

The Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA) is in deep trouble. Next Monday, July 31, the community group will meet to vote on a proposal to dissolve itself because it can no…

    • Great Dane Lucian meets bull dog puppy Beau

July 27: Hidden Fairmount | Less Park, Less Drive | Pupside to Gentrification

Need plans for the weekend? Don't worry: Curbed has got you covered with  a list of 17 hidden gems of Fairmount Park. Angie Schmitt over at Streetsblog has the skinny on…

    • Water main replacement at S. Carlisle St. in South Philadelphia

Neighbors in River Wards convene panel of experts over lead poisoning concerns

Concerned by recent reports on the dangers of lead poisoning from contaminated soil, dust, and old plumbing, residents in Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss ways of…

    • Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 120th year with major renovations

July 26: Real-time transit info | Wells Fargo blasts Philly lawsuit | 20th and Wharton construction

Water, air, and fire in today’s morning roundup: Wells Fargo has filed a motion to dismiss Philadelphia’s lawsuit that claims the bank violated the Fair Housing Act by targeting minority borrowers,…

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