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    • Site Perspective of proposed Soko Development

Planning Commission approves rezoning for Soko Lofts, six other sites

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval of a bill on Tuesday that would rezone a thin strip of land on American Street between Master and Thompson from industrial to commercial…

Why didn't the seller accept my offer? [Real NEastate]

Q: Several months ago, I made an offer on a duplex -- an estate sale in Northeast Philly up for $200,000. My offer was not accepted so I moved on. I’ve…

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May 22: Smart A/C | feedback on 43rd/Baltimore development | North Catholic charter reuse | Chestnut Place apt conversion | East Passyunk community garden | GSK design and health

Good morning, Streeters. As Memorial Day approaches, today promises to feel like summer, possibly hitting 87° with a chance of thunderstorms. Now that warm weather is really here, PECO has reintroduced…

    • Bok High School sold for $1.75 million

PennDesign students develop a model for managing closed school buildings

This June, 23 Philadelphia public schools will be closed for good, adding around 65 acres to the city’s already heavy burden of vacant land. For the city, dealing with these soon-to-be-empty…

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In Praise of Civic Horticulture

As University of Pennsylvania professor David Brownlee set the stage for last Friday's Civic Horticulture Conference, jointly presented by The Cultural Landscape Foundation and the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, audience members couldn't…

    • Inside John Grass Wood Turning | Joseph E.B. Elliott, courtesy of Hidden City
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May 23-June 30: Hidden City Festival to illuminate overlooked sites citywide

Starting Thursday, and running for the next six weeks, the 2013 Hidden City Festival offers unique opportunities to explore places in the city through the lens of engaging artwork. For this…

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Unemployment still a problem in Philadelphia [Financial Perspectives]

There has been a lot of press about the improving national unemployment rate.  The job market in various fields -- namely construction, some manufacturing and energy production -- have seen marked improvement.  This…

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May 21: Subaru considers Navy Yard | Grad Hospital retail | City Hall's Peregrine Falcons | costly concourse slips | Samuel Machinery reuse | Zagar's garage

Happy Tuesday, Streeters. If you’re a registered party voter, don’t forget to head out to the polls for primary day today. Here’s the Committee of Seventy’s guide for who’s on the…

    • councilwoman maria q sanchez stands in front of 2432 n 4th street a blighted tax delinquent property in her district march 1 2013 david swanson inquirer staff photographer 752 502 s

As Philly land bank momentum slows, proponents want administration to take lead

Political progress on Philadelphia’s proposed land bank - which many advocates see as central to solving the vacancy and property tax delinquency crises - has ground to a near halt in…

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Four Philly projects awarded ArtPlace America grants

Of the 54 creative placemaking projects awarded 2013-2014 ArtPlace America grants today, four went to Philly organizations planning to use art as a tool to activate public spaces and arts-based community…

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May 20-24: Lantern House | Primary Day | Delaware Valley Modernism | Paine's Park opening

Wondering what's on tap this week? You can tour an award-winning stable-turned-live/work-space, celebrate Philly's new public space for skating, and learn about the misfits of modernism. And, don't forget to vote…

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Look Up! The “concrete castles” of Doylestown

Henry Mercer was a great collector, but also an architect with a singular vision.   “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The…

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May 20: Parks Roundup: Paine's Park praise | Mother Bethel AME burial ground below Weccacoe Playground | Improved Pleasant Hill Park | Ralph Brooks Park renovations planned

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. We’ve got a roundup of park-related news to kick off your Monday: Skateboarders and casual park visitors are invited to commingle at Paine’s Park, Philadelphia’s…

    • Two students knocked down the front door of 2006 Wingohocking St. to signify the start of the second sustainable rehab project

Nicetown building project kicks off with demolition pep-rally event

The latest step in a unique building project in Nicetown will involve a 350-year-old French company, about 120 alternative high-school students and two long-vacant houses on Wingohocking Street. Also in that…

    • Broad Street between Callowhill and Noble streets is one of the city's structurally deficient bridges

PennDOT to rebuild hidden Broad Street bridge

Many Philadelphians have driven over one of the city’s structurally deficient spans countless times and not even known it was a bridge. But when imminent construction begins to disrupt traffic over…

    • Atlantic Refining Co., June 22, 1926 (Image # 6111) | Aero Service Corp. | Courtesy of Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Refining along the Lower Schuylkill, 1926

In honor of the Lower Schuylkill Master Plan’s [pdf] release earlier this month, we head back into the past to look at a section of the Lower Schuylkill from above.…

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State Senator drafting anti-SLAPP legislation after civic group's demise

State Senator Larry Farnese says he'll introduce legislation in Harrisburg making it easier for groups subject to intimidating SLAPP lawsuits to have the cases dismissed or recover legal costs after the…

    • Entry in 2012 Kinetic Sculpture Derby
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May 17-19: Barnes Foundation anniversary | Trenton Ave Arts Fest | Clark Park Party | Parkwood Farmers' Market | Brewerytown, Rittenhouse and Italian Market festivals | Dinner and Bikes with Elly Blue

Clear your calendars Streeters. We've got a jam packed weekend of festivals, farmers markets and food planned for you. ANNIVERSARY Barnes Foundation First Anniversary Party Friday, May 17, 6 p.m. -…

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Fishing competition highlights improvements to Pleasant Hill Park [photos]

See the slideshow below from the park, with photos taken by Bill Achuff and Michelle Alton. If you didn't know about Pleasant Hill Park, you probably wouldn't be able to find…

    • Even thought you'll still see a sign every now and again, SEPTA's slogan isn't 'We're Getting There' anymore.
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May 17: Sheriff's Office can't track funds | SEPTA delays budget votes | Squilla wants community group protection | Nutter sets $31M aside for firefighters' arbitration | 3rd Ward opens

Happy Friday Streeters!  The Philadelphia Sheriff's Office doesn't have an accounting system despite the fact that tens of millions of dollars flow through the office annually and that the office has…

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