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    • Toy drive photo by Flickr user tyner_slay

Holiday toy drives from Tartaglione, Brendan Boyle

Though stores (and maybe some of your neighbors) began decorating awhile ago, the holiday season officially began with Black Friday. And with it in full swing, politicians are announcing their holiday…

    • The buildings along the 400 block of Chestnut Street made up a 19th century Bank Row.

Look Up! A marble tribute to a Civil War casualty

“Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details, all…

    • SEPTA will monitor

SEPTA will monitor "slippery rails" through December

As rain and snow showers hit Philadelphia this week, SEPTA is only about two-thirds through its “slippery rail” fall season, but it is already gearing up for winter weather conditions.  Slippery…

    • Rev. James Hall is pastor of Triumph Baptist Church, which is one of the project's co-developers. (Triumph Baptist Church)

Controversy lurks as zoning board considers Nicetown affordable senior-housing plan

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks A plan that would see 50 units of affordable senior housing at 18th and Courtland streets in Nicetown will be before the city zoning board…

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Eyes on the Street

Soak It Up!: Green infrastructure design competition

Philadelphia’s pioneering Green City, Clean Waters plan to manage stormwater using green infrastructure is slowly rolling out through early action projects like streets with permeable paving and green schoolyards. But greening…

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Ryan HS is pet food drive drop-off site

The holiday season brings many collections — from food to toys to pajamas and winter coats, organizations and businesses across the city use the holidays as a way to pitch in…

    • Holiday lightings start around the city this week. | Eyes on the Street Flickr group
Eyes on the Street

November 26-30: Holiday celebrations | Architecture and ethics | Industrial conservation

Holiday lightings start around the city this week. | Eyes on the Street Flickr groupFranklin Square Holiday Celebration Tuesday, November 27, 5pm. Franklin Square, 6th and Race streets. Join Benjamin…

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New to the Northeast, Interfaith Hospitality Network turns 20

When Rachel Falkove first got involved with the Northwest Interfaith Hospitality Network, she didn't think much about how long it would last. Concerned citizens and congregations simply recognized that homeless families…

    • North Broad Street's Uptown Theater
Eyes on the Street

Drexel's URBN Center | Complete Streets debate | 19th Street Baptist Church update | tourism marketing | North Broad revival

North Broad Street's Uptown Theater | Eyes on the Street Flickr groupHappy (Cyber) Monday, Streeters. After taking a Thanksgiving holiday we are back to business here at Eyes on the…

    • City Avenue district draws 25,000 employees. The study will consider how employers might be able to encourage public transit use

City Avenue Transportation Connectivity Plan opened to public input

The City Avenue Special Services District and Lower Merion Township held the first public workshop to get feedback on the City Avenue Transportation Connectivity Plan – a study that will analyze…

    • The church at 1253 S. 19th St. is an outstanding example of Furness & Hewitt design, with a distinctive serpentine façade.

Landmark Furness church on the road to salvation

It has survived decades of urban upheaval, deferred maintenance and, in just the past year, two hurricanes and one small earthquake. Now it looks like the stubbornly standing 19th Street Baptist…

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Family traditions make Black Friday at Franklin Mills bearable [photos]

The parking lot of the super Walmart at Franklin Mills Mall was nearing capacity around 7:30 p.m. Thursday, and the crowds were already idly standing in the rows. Some sections were…

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Philly DA: Beware holiday thieves and shopping scams

The holidays are near and Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams says along with new toys, there are new schemes to separate you from your money and gifts. Williams says unfortunately, every…

What can I do about the abandoned home on my block? [Real NEastate]

Q: Is there any reason someone would leave a house abandoned for several years and still pay the electric bill and taxes? There is an abandoned home on my block that,…

    • NYPL Digital Gallery, Image ID 1588310
Eyes on the Street

Happy Thanksgiving

NYPL Digital Gallery, Image ID 1588310 The PlanPhilly and Eyes on the Street family wish you and yours a very Happy Thanksgiving. Eyes on the Street is on holiday and will…

    • Flavorhoods: Tacony Hoagie Trail
Eyes on the Street

Flavorhoods: Tacony Hoagie Trail

Philadelphia is a city of flavorhoods, packed with distinctive tastes, treats, and personality all their own. We’re setting out to explore some of the city's unique food assets – from specialty…

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Benjamin Rush State Park improvement project begins

Pa. Sen. Mike Stack and Rep. Brendan Boyle joined the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Monday to break ground on the much-anticipated improvement project at Benjamin Rush State Park,…

    • It's bike sweep time again.
Eyes on the Street

Winter abandoned bike sweep 11/29 and 12/6

If you've left a bike for dead on the street or simply haven't moved yours in a really long time, consider yourselves on notice: The Streets Department will be cruising the…

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Residual pollution stalls redevelopment of Frankford Arsenal site

At the height of World War II, the Frankford Arsenal produced more small- and medium-caliber ammunition than any other place in the world. Now, after years of false starts, it's lined…

    • Ties That Bind | Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
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