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South Philly group battles ongoing litter problem

Philadelphians might not like to admit it, but our city is trashy. Philly has a serious litter problem, and cleaning up our act is an ongoing battle that can often be…

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Burglar poses as plumber in Lawncrest theft

Police in the 2nd District are warning residents of a burglary that was just reported involving a thief who posed as a plumber in Lawncrest. From Lt. Thomas Maccartney: "On 02/05/03…

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Suspect sought in Mayfair bank robbery

Police in the 15th District and the FBI are on the hunt for the man who robbed a Mayfair bank Monday. The suspect entered the Wells Fargo at 6420 Frankford…

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Feb 6: Corbett announces more funding | Philly keeps shrugging | Less pollution, less money | Rain barrels get splash of color

Good morning Streeters. We have a little morning buzz for you this Wednesday.  Yesterday Governor Corbett gave his much anticipated 2013-2014 budget address. As Philadelphia schools continue to close and infrastructure…

What should I do about lead-based paint in my rental property? [Real NEastate]

Q: I am a Northeast Philly landlord. I have several duplexes and homes in the area. I have concerns about the new Lead-Based Paint Law for landlords and how I apply…

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In Profile: Mark Focht merges concrete and verdant jungles

Mark Focht long ago figured out how he got to where he is today: first deputy commissioner, Department of Parks and Recreation for Philadelphia, and president-elect of the American Society of…

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The plan for our greatest civic space: More Park, Less Way

Yoga stretches on the grass. Food trucks on Eakins Oval. And, why not, an ice sculpture from Andy Goldsworthy, the English artist famed for his work using materials he finds in…

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Condominiums Create Controversy on Thompson Street

As the development pressure from Northern Liberties and Fishtown expands, vacant parcels in South and East Kensington are being scooped up and redeveloped, often with interesting contemporary architecture with green design…

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Lawncrest tattoo shop owner debuts second location in Mt. Airy

When Bob Elfant first approached Sheena Allen inside Urban Athlete in Mt. Airy, she was a bit confused. "[He] goes, 'so you're into tattoos?' I thought he was jerking my chain…

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Tacony man convicted of third-degree murder in dog-droppings dispute

Jurors on Friday convicted a Northeast Philaphia man of third-degree murder charges in the shooting death of a neighbor in a dispute over dog droppings. Tyrirk Harris, 28, also was…

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Feb 5: confronting tax-delinquency | Blatstein owed taxes | Perelman's $25 million gift | Founder's Bell silent | inside Passyunk Post | Sustainability Workshop and Fresh Direct

Good morning and happy Tuesday. Here's what's making news this morning: At PlanPhilly, we’ve spent a lot of time focused on tax-delinquency – especially through Patrick Kerkstra’s ongoing investigative series in…

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Nutter describes new delinquent tax collection strategy

In a press conference Monday afternoon, Mayor Michael Nutter announced a new $40 million strategy for collecting delinquent taxes. The strategy, which Nutter called “aggressive and multi-faceted,” includes $25 million in…

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Bustleton residents warned of vehicle break-ins

The 7th District Police issued an advisory early Monday afternoon warning residents of three Bustleton blocks, and those nearby, of a rash of vehicle break-ins. From 7th District Capt. Joseph Zaffino:…

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More Park, Less Way unveiled

Questions about how the Benjamin Franklin Parkway can be a more urban, lively place have puzzled planners, politicians, and residents for decades. And Monday the Department of Parks and Recreation will…

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Tacony Hoagie Trail sandwiches put to the test

The Northeast is crawling with city planners these days, thanks to the city's Philadelphia2035 comprehensive plan and the need to create master zoning and improvement projects for Philly's countless neighborhoods. Over…

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Feb 4-8: Architecture in Film | Richard Saul Wurman | Inga Saffron and John King | From Tehran to Tahrir: Public Space Redefined

Here's what's on tap this week: SERIES: Architecture in Film: Aelita, Queen of Mars Monday, February 4, 6:30pm, film starts at 7pm. Center for Architecture, 1218 Arch Street. Architecture in Film,…

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Feb 4: Blatstein casino update | Bakers Centre ShopRite job access | Overbrook parish merger | St. Bonaventure's grim future | Pittsburgh-Harrisburg Amtrak jeopardized

Good morning, and welcome to the working week. Enjoy the sunny, albeit chilly, morning: The skies are going to cloud up and bring another evening dusting of snow our way. Bart…

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Ryan students video conference with former MLB pitcher for book program

Students and faculty at Archbishop Ryan High School had the opportunity last week to video conference with former major league baseball pitcher and author Jim Abbott, who was born without a right…

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Look Up! St. Stephen’s is a canvas of 19th century design

Three architects contributed distinctive styles to the landmark church on South 10th Street. “Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus…

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