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    • Marina View Tower | Ensemble Real Estate
Eyes on the Street

Poll: Is Philly losing its reform-minded planning backbone?

Time was, Philadelphia scared off out-of-town developers with our convoluted (sometimes crooked) ways, leaving behind only insiders who could navigate our strange channels to build here. But recent years have been…

Zoning, location and crime: How businesses interact with their neighborhoods

This is the first of a two-part look at three Northeast Philadelphia business corridors, the areas and around them and how those businesses impact their communities. Jeff Holden is the owner…

    • Independence Hall's eight-day clock | Alan Jaffe, PlanPhilly

Eyes on the Street poll: Poll: Is Philly losing its reform-minded planning backbone?

Time was, Philadelphia scared off out-of-town developers with our convoluted (sometimes crooked) ways, leaving only insiders who could navigate our strange channels behind to build here. But recent years have been…

    • Another view of the proposed tower. Rendering courtesy PCDC

Chinatown: New community center enters the financing stage

By Alicia DiGiovanni and Mark Lauterbach The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corp. plans to create a 23-story, multipurpose tower located at the northwest corner of 10th and Vine streets. The first two…

    • PHS Pops-Up Garden has taken over a vacant property on the 1900 block of Walnut Street.

PHS Pops-Up vibrantly on a vacant, tax-delinquent lot

As PlanPhilly’s JoAnn Greco recently reported, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s PHS Pops-Up Garden has returned for the second year running. This year a long-vacant lot on the 1900 block of Walnut Street…

    • Planned Mt. Airy residential complex could include communal living unit

Planned Mt. Airy residential complex could include communal living unit

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks With zoning approval now in place for a plan to develop the site of the former Garrett-Dunn House in Mt. Airy, the future could look…

    • St. William School in Lawncrest. Image/Google Maps

St. Wiliam's student wins national 'First in Math' title

Josephine Nguyen is the first in math. Nguyen, closed out her fourth-grade year at the now-closed St. William's in Lawncrest with a title she beat 1.4 million students in the country…

    • Celebrate the 4th touring historic sites in Germantown. | Gary Reed, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

July 2-6: 'Brazil' | Pops on Independence | Germantown 4th of July | Philly 4th of July Jam and Fireworks | 'Mission Impossible'

Celebrate the 4th touring historic sites in Germantown. | Gary Reed, Eyes on the Street Flickr GroupArchitecture in Film Series: Brazil Monday, July 2, 6:30pm, screening begins at 7:15. Philadelphia…

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Makeover for police department's district web pages

Go to the Philadelphia Police Department's districts web page and what'll you get? The first thing you'll see is a colorful map breaking down the department's districts and their Police Service…

    • It now costs more to visit the Art Museum, but tickets will be good for two days.
Eyes on the Street

Meet William Hite | giving Irwin T. Catharine his due | Rizzo defaced | Art Museum ups admission | Sunoco deal

Meet William R. Hite, Philadelphia’s new school superintendent. The Inquirer’s Kristen Graham profiled Hite, an educator who has served as school super in Prince George’s County, MD since 2009. Metropolis’…

    • Council members huddle, finalizing amendments to zoning code bill

New zoning code will take effect without Commission’s finishing touches

Note: In an earlier version of this article, the 50-foot stream buffer was mistakenly identified as one of the Administration's amendments to the zoning code; it was in fact passed as…

    • Master carpenter Edmund Wooley added the eight-day clock to the main building.

Look Up! The Spirit of '76 on Chestnut Street

“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…

Northeast Philly reacts: What's your take on the Affordable Care Act decision? [slideshow]

The pundits and politicians have had their say over the Supreme Court ruling on Health Care for over a day now. How about the regular folks? I took a walk around the…

    • Members of the Viola Street Residents Association conducting an inventory of vacant property on their street.
    • Frankford's Neighborhood Advisory Committee is based on the 4400-block of Frankford Avenue. Image/Google Maps

Lifelong Frankford resident to serve on Neighborhood Advisory Committee

Charlene Lewis-Walker, also known as Char, is a life-long Frankford native, and was chosen to work alongside director Kimberly Washington as the leaders of the Frankford Neighborhood Advisory Committee . Lewis-Walker…

    • Gary Reed organized a photo walk in Germantown this Saturday | Gary Reed, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

June 29-July 1: The Wizard of Oz | Germantown Photo Walk | Clark Park art and music | Fireworks

Gary Reed organized a photo walk in Germantown this Saturday | Gary Reed, Eyes on the Street Flickr GroupMoonlight Movies in Mt. Airy: The Wizard of Oz Friday, June 29,…

    • Louis' Fountain | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Heat wave | RCO hearings ahead | Council passed $3.6 billion budget | AVI slowed | Silverliner II and IIIs ride into sunset

Louis' Fountain | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group Weird morning, right Streeters? Did you see the hail and lightning? Today this weekend's heat wave will really kick in, and…

    • Commuters board the first train out of Fox Chase. Photo/G.E. Reutter

Heavy storms hamper morning commutes in the Northeast

  Severe thunderstorms hampered the morning commute in Northeast Philadelphia today. At around 5:30 a.m. as the storms roared through, a tree fell on Septa Train 805 while it was passing between Cheltenham…

    • PHS Pops-Up Garden has taken over a vacant property on the 1900 block of Walnut Street.
Eyes on the Street

PHS Pops-Up vibrantly on a vacant, tax-delinquent lot

As PlanPhilly's JoAnn Greco recently reported, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's PHS Pops-Up Garden has returned for the second year running. This year a long-vacant lot on the 1900 block of Walnut Street…

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