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Restaurant planned for former Wilkie Buick building gets the OK for a ramp and vestibule that juts onto the sidewalk

Mark Vetri's proposed restaurant at 600 North Broad and Mount Vernon Street can have a ramp and vestibule that juts onto the Mount Vernon sidewalk, says City Council. Council has unanimously…

Bill allowing flashier signs on East Market in exchange for investment passes city council

East Market Street could get glitzy.City Council Thursday unanimously passed a zoning bill creating a Commercial Advertising District between 7th and 13th Streets. In that district, developers get the…

    • A San Antonio bike share bicycle

Can Europe's famous bike share programs work in the U.S.?

Last year, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia conducted a feasibility study for the Mayor's Office of Transportation and Utilities to decide what value a bike share program would have in our…

    • Jones withdraws support for East Falls victims unit

Jones withdraws support for East Falls victims unit

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyA controversial plan to bring the Philadelphia Police Special Victims Unit to a new East Falls facility is officially off the table. After a meeting…

Please help Parks Alliance reach goals by contributing to annual appeals

The Parks Alliance’s ongoing programs help shape and advance sound policies and practices in support of thriving parks and recreation for all Philadelphians.  The Alliance is the link between citizens and…

    • Dennis McGlade, moderator Carol Franklin, Drew Becher

Botanical Garden execs discover Our Greene Countrie Towne

This week, a record 700 attendees have come to Philadelphia for the annual conference of the American Public Gardens Association. As the event kicked off its second day of meetings at…

    • Surprise Package

Surprise Package

Every system has its flaws. But when it comes to vacant and abandoned property in Philadelphia, there are sometimes more problems than answers. Despite a push by Mayor Michael Nutter's administration…

    • Residents packed Max Myers rec center for a Monday night Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting. Photo by Danny Donnelly.

Neighborhood group hopes to attract Northeast-wide membership

Residents packed Max Myers rec center for a Monday night Take Back Your Neighborhood meeting. Photo by Danny Donnelly. Last evening, 30 Northeast residents crowded into a classroom in the Max…

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1520 Arrott Street: former nusiance Primo's Sports Bar to face public scrutiny

Another Frankford bar with a troubled past due to reopen will get some community scrutiny at a forum next week, a city council representative said Tuesday night. The former Primo's Sports…

    • Upper Holmesburg residents have decided to pass for now on a chance to build a playground at Pennypack Street and Frankford Avenue.

Pennypack Street playground plans on hold for now

Upper Holmesburg residents have decided to pass for now on a chance to build a playground at Pennypack Street and Frankford Avenue. Stan Cywinski needed to act quickly. When the Upper…

Real NEastate: Will the Philadelphia tax increase deter buyers?

Q: My house is currently for sale in Torresdale. Will the new city tax increase for the public schools dissuade buyers from looking for a home in Philadelphia and make it…

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Inmate dies in Curran-Fromhold stabbing incident

An inmate at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility died last night after a stabbing incident inside the Holmesburg prison. A 42-year-old was pronounced dead at Aria Health-Torresdale around 10:30 p.m. from multiple wounds.…

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Triple shooting, bank robbery in 15th District

Officers in the 15th District were busy yesterday with two evening crimes in Mayfair and Frankford. At 6 p.m. officers responded to a robbery report at the First Republic Bank at…

    • Korean contingent visits the SCRUB Foundation 

Korean contingent visits the SCRUB Foundation 

By Willa GrangerFor SCRUB This past June the SCRUB Foundation, the Public Voice for Public Space, recently hosted a group of representatives of the Gyeonggi Province (South Korea) to discuss…

    • Roxborough auto body shop site likely to be replaced with new homes

Roxborough auto body shop site likely to be replaced with new homes

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyAfter a bit of back-and-forth, a portion of a Roxborough street will likely be rezoned to allow the building of eight new homes. More »…

    • Community meeting at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society

Historical Commission's Architecture Committee seeks context

The Philadelphia Historical Commission may have specific standards to which it adheres — namely those delineated by the Secretary of the Interior — but its Architectural Committee is specifically interested in…

    • A map of regional truck parking facilities

Where do all the trucks go?

When people talk about Philadelphia's infrastructure needs, they usually cite the age of SEPTA's rail bridges. Or the need to reconstruct Interstate 95.What they don't often mention: truck parking spaces.…

    • Celebrating 100 years of the Wanamaker Organ - and taking a peek inside

Celebrating 100 years of the Wanamaker Organ - and taking a peek inside

One hundred years after the world's largest working pipe organ was first played at Wanamaker's department store, world-class organist Peter Richard Conte worked his magic on the keys, foot pedals and…

    • 1213 Walnut Street: before and after

UPDATE: clearing way for U3's "Fergie Tower"

The recent demolition of a building located at 1213 Walnut Street suggests that a proposed structure approved by the Planning Commission in 2009 may finally be moving ahead.The building, which…

    • 1st public meeting for the Lower South District Plan

1st public meeting for the Lower South District Plan

First Public Meeting: American Swedish Historical Museum 1900 Pattison Avenue Tuesday, July 12th 6:00 PM Free parking, handicapped entrance off Pattison Avenue SEPTA route 17 bus and the Broad Street Subway…

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