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Vote of approval at Frankford's first Neighborhood Advisory Council meeting

The Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Council met Jan 17 for the first zoning issue vote in its history. The owners of 5029 Charles St. need a variance to legalize the fence that…

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Jan 28: Farnham defends Historical Commission | PA transportation-funding plan update | Route 52 route change | ad-wrap veto | love for The Woodlands, the old days in Swampoodle

Good morning and welcome to the working week. Hope you enjoyed Friday’s frosting of snow and had a cozy weekend. Today promises to be a bit messy so be careful out…

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The Executive Director of the Historical Commission defends the city’s record on protecting historic buildings and explains the challenges of the city agency.

PlanPhilly sat down on Jan. 23 with Jonathan Farnham, executive director of the Philadelphia Historical Commission, to discuss challenges facing the Commission and to discuss recent concerns and comments from the…

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Do wishes come true? 2012 review

This year I’ve got a wish list of ten ideas for the city. But, do wishes come true? It is heartening to look back and see that progress has been made…

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Archaeological dig at Germantown Potter's Field site will not start before March

An archaeological dig to see if human remains lie beneath the Queen Lane Apartments site won't begin until at least March, as a months-long historic review of the 18th-century Potter's Field…

    • 23rd Street Armory hosts the Holiday Art Start Craft Bazaar this weekend.
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Jan 25-27: Baltimore Ave Fire Fundraiser | Winter in the Parks | Clover Market's Winter Market

To hell with the cold. Here's a way to get out and about every day this weekend: Baltimore Avenue Fire Fundraiser Friday, January 25, 7-10pm. The Cedar Works, 4919 Pentridge Street.…

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SEPTA's sustainability program saves system money

As part of a series on SEPTA’s bleak financial situation, PlanPhilly scoured SEPTA’s annual sustainability report to find out just how much those initiatives are saving the cash-strapped transit authority and…

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Jan 25: RCOs, zoning update | master plan the Schuylkill | The Stella | union reality check | Silverliner VIs?

Happy Friday, Streeters! It’s a bit of a gloomy, chilly day, and it’s going to snow a bit during the evening commute. So leave yourself extra time when you head…

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Charter-school expansion plans, supermarket appeal the focus of Chew and Washington development meeting

Two plans that would transform the area around Chew Avenue and Washington Lane are now in the works, though neither is yet guaranteed. At 815 E. Washington Lane, an offshoot of…

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Council overrides Mayoral veto of RCO bill as O’Neill backs off community garden restrictions

In its first meeting of 2013, City Council voted to override a Mayoral veto—not announced until Thursday morning—of Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell’s bill changing some provisions of the new zoning code’s Registered…

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Love Note #141: Steve Weinik looks back on Independence Hall stoop sitting

Today Eyes on the Street continues our Philly Love Notes collaboration with this appreciation of the bygone days when Philadelphians could move through Independence Hall's arcade and sit down on its stoop…

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Sánchez tells Council zoning amendments would hurt her district

Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez sent a memo to her fellow members of City Council Thursday morning asking that they not be “overly eager” to support a bill introduced by Councilman Brian O’Neill…

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SEPTA's bicycle policy, amenities cause confusion

Fewer than half of regional rail riders know where to secure a bicycle on a SEPTA train and only about half know how to find out if a station has bike…

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Wishing on 2013 [part 2]

With 2012 safely behind us, I've been ruminating on what I hope 2013 will hold in store for our city. As I did last year, I have compiled a New Year's…

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On verge of local trial, U.S. Attorney indicts in Tacony basement captive case

Days before a trial was set to begin in a Philadelphia court, a 196 count federal indictment has come down against those accused of holding mentally disabled people in order to…

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Jan 24: Council's back | contentious Bridesburg rezoning | Washington Avenue cleanup | community conflict over Kensington Bank demos | Chestnut East beer garden

Happy Thursday, Streeters. It’s supposed to stay cold today, but we expect things will be plenty toasty in City Council’s first full session of the new year [agenda pdf…

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Frankford man arrested for Roxborough pizza shop robbery

A Frankford man has been arrested by the Philadelphia Police Department in connection to a 2012 burglary at a Roxborough pizza shop. John Heiler, 33, of the 2100 block of Orthodox…

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Wishing on 2013 [part 1]

With 2012 safely behind us, I've been ruminating on what I hope 2013 will hold in store for our city.  In 2012 we saw plenty of planning successes and several years-in-the-making…

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