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Wissinoming man gets prison time for straw purchase

Wissinoming resident Johnny Leach, 20, will spend at least two years in prison for his participation in a straw purchase, in which he illegally acquired a gun in exchange for erasing…

    • DVRPC-led study will look at improved public transit on Roosevelt Boulevard

Roosevelt Boulevard heavy rail too expensive, study looks at other options

For years, the city, regional planners and residents have looked at Roosevelt Boulevard and daydreamed of bringing heavy-rail mass transit to the wide, high-traffic corridor that bisects Lower Northeast Philadelphia. But…

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Parks and Recreation Commission hears testimony on reservoir project

As it did during its previous meeting, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commission devoted the bulk of this Wednesday's meeting to a project that triggers a review to make sure it…

    • Autumn on Fleisher's west wall
Eyes on the Street

New Autumn helps Palumbo Park come alive

Look east from the corner at 8th and Catharine streets, and the bright washes of color in David Guinn’s new mural instantly catch your eye. Tall trees in full autumnal…

    • Ogontz Avenue Revitalization Corporation

State AG's office seeks OARC lawsuit dismissal

The state Attorney General's office, on behalf of Gov. Tom Corbett and administration budget and economic development officials, is seeking to have a lawsuit filed against them by the Ogontz Avenue…

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Feb 28: Phase-in AVI? | East Park Leadership and Conservation Center | redevelopment at 27th and Girard | PWD's rain barrel wraps

Good morning, Streeters. Here’s what’s making news on this last day of February: In City Council today First District Councilman Mark Squilla will introduce legislation to phase-in the Actual Value Initiative…

    • Members showed support for the proposed Fairmount Bike Lanes by raising their pink voting cards
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Civics support proposed Fairmount Ave bike lanes

A snowstorm postponed one vote, poor attendance another and a mail-in vote a third, but after approximately two months of public meetings, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia has gathered votes…

    • Once Wed Again, Jennifer Waszak’s boutique, is located right next to Kiddie Kouture on Girard Avenue.
Eyes on the Street

New Shops Provide Commercial Progress On Girard Avenue

 As part of her reporting for Philadelphia Neighborhoods and PlanPhilly Alyssa Saylor checked in with a few new businesses along West Girard Avenue that are hoping to see a revived retail environment…

    • The proposed location for the East Park  Leadership and Conservation Center—the  west basin of the East Park Reservoir and  surrounding grounds next to the Strawberry  Mansion neighborhood

National Audubon Society and Outward Bound Philadelphia want to preserve a virtually unknown and inaccessible lake in Philadelphia by creating an educational center for conservation and leadership development

IMPORTANT public meeting tonight!   In compliance with the Open Space Protection ordinance, the Parks and Recreation Commission has received a formal "Alternatives Analysis" from Audubon/Outward Bound outlining plans to build…

    • Independence Hall
Eyes on the Street

Feb 27: Johnson's Point Breeze strategy shifts to rehab | new revenue collection chief | SouthBowl for Oregon Ave | Independence NHP impact | Philly ranks 4th in creative-class freelance wages

Happy Wednesday, Streeters. Despite the fog and mist, it almost feels like spring today, no? Here’s what’s making news this morning: Remember how Councilman Kenyatta Johnson got the Redevelopment Authority to…

How much will my taxes go up in Millbrook? [Real NEastate]

Q: I bought my home in Millbrook in December, and I just got my AVI assessment from the city. It says my value in 2013 is 110,200 and then it says…

    • Omar Gray was a street-cleaning mainstay for the Germantown Special Services District until funding dried up.

Revamped Germantown Special Services District scheduled to launch July 1

Last year, city Planning Commission staffers spent months conducting a study of the Chelten Avenue corridor, part of an effort to bring back shoppers and a better mix of businesses to…

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Sequestration: Here we go again [Financial Perspectives]

If you have been watching any TV news or been reading the paper, you know that we are facing another fiscal cliff on March 1. Both sides are positioning themselves for…

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South Kensington Church Plans to Sell Building

 As part of her reporting for Philadelphia Neighborhoods and PlanPhilly Sara Khan checked in on the vacant St. Michael's Business School at 2nd and Jefferson, a property the Philadelphia Archdiocese is anticipated to…

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    • Current View on Elmwood of Auto House
Eyes on the Street

From auto house to church: A view into Kingsessing's past

On Elmwood Avenue, halfway between 58th and Alden streets, what looks like a small brick barn sits far back in a large lot that is otherwise empty. Since this barn was…

    • Mother Bethel AME Church
Eyes on the Street

Feb 25-March 1: African American Heritage Tour | Tom Wiscombe | Michael Teitz and Gary Hack | Central District Plan | Pietro Laureano

Discussion: African American Heritage Tour Monday, February 25, 5:30-8pm. (Program begins at 6:15pm) African American Museum, 701 Arch Street. The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission will host an event showcasing its…

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Mayfair's goal: Do one thing a month to keep people involved

Mayfair is creating its own niche in the Northeast by implementing ideas to try to keep the community fresh. From the third annual Easter Egg Hunt to the farmers market and…

    • Bob's Diner, Manayunk
Eyes on the Street

Feb 25: Preservation hardship updates | renewing Germantown Special Services District | BRT and AVI | awesome diners | remembering Thaddeus Stevens

Good morning and welcome to the working week, Streeters. Here’s your Monday morning Buzz: On Friday afternoon the L&I Review Board reached two decisions about preservation hardship appeals, reports PlanPhilly’s Jared…

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