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    • Rise and Shine | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

Zoning code prep | Aker's shipbuilding comeback | Frankford Chocolate factory fate | PGW privatization update

Rise and Shine | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr GroupThe new zoning code goes into effect tomorrow: What have city departments been doing to prepare? PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey explains…

    • 2012 Rendering of former Renaissance Plaza proposal

1,458-unit, four-tower residential and retail complex proposed for former World Trade Center site

Developer Waterfront Renaissance Associates plans to build a 1,458-unit, four-tower residential and retail complex at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Spring Garden Street – the spot where WRA had once…

Planning Commission approves redevelopment proposal including 17 acquisitions for Mantua

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously approved a redevelopment proposal for the “eventual development” of a food market in the Mantua Urban Renewal Area in West Philadelphia at its monthly meeting…

    • Stanley's Hardware on Ridge Avenue in Roxborough is undergoing renovations. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Bricks, mortar and memories as Stanley's expansion gets underway

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksStanley's Hardware on Ridge Avenue is one of those local businesses that's been around so long it becomes part of the scenery, but it's impossible…

    • New zoning code takes effect Wednesday

New zoning code takes effect Wednesday

If you’re looking to build a small deck on the roof of your house, you should wait until tomorrow, when you can legally do so, under certain guidelines, without clearing your…

    • Rendering of Ensemble's Pier 34 and 35 proposal | Cope Linder Architects
Eyes on the Street

Check out Ensemble's proposal for Piers 34-35 South

Developer Lou Cicalese's Ensemble Investments is shopping around plans for three new Central Delaware waterfront developments, which are largely scaled-back versions of proposals advanced during last decade's development boom years. This…

    • Cliveden Carriage House | Flickr user Michael Feagens, Creative Commons
Eyes on the Street

August 20-24: High-speed rail open house | Shanta Schachter at DVGBC | Bill Bolger at Cliveden | 'Moneyball' | 'Beetlejuice'

Cliveden Carriage House | Flickr user Michael Feagens, Creative CommonsNortheast Corridor High-Speed Rail Open House Monday, August 20, 4:30-7:30pm. 1234 Market Street, Mezzanine Level. Federal rail planners come to Philly…

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Neighbors oppose grocery store at site of Frankford murder

In a community meeting at Aria Health-Frankford on Thursday, more than 30 residents came to voice their opposition to a zoning application for a grocery store at 4691 Hawthorne St., the…

    • The President's House memorial is still compromised by faulty equipment.
Eyes on the Street

Problems at President's House memorial | trash talk | Bainbridge water main update | Kerkstra's geek cred

The President’s House remains afflicted by lingering conservation and interpretation problems, reports the Inquirer. The faulty video displays (and their replacements) and unstable conditions for archaeological remains leave the…

    • The buildings along the 1900 block of Walnut have survived decades of residential and commercial evolution.

Look Up! Comings and Goings on Early Rittenhouse Row

“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…

    • Jeff Rush in May 2011, the day before the ribbon-cutting at the Race Street Pier. Photo credit: Rene Goodwin

Jeff Rush, zoning and planning advocate and Queen Village champion, dies

Waterfront planners, casino protestors, and especially Queen Villagers lost one of their most consistent advocates last Tuesday when Jeff Rush, a member of the Zoning Board of Adjustments and former president…

    • The back of this building will feature a roof deck. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

Greene Street Consignment building expansion approved

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksPlans for a building expansion at Greene Street Consignment can move ahead, the city zoning board has ruled. The ZBA voted to grant needed variances…

    • The SS United States: Until the first blows fall

The SS United States: Until the first blows fall

How best to describe the SS United States? Take the Chrysler Building, install engines powerful enough to drive an aircraft carrier, and outfit the inside with furnishings fit for John…

    • Patrick Kerkstra and wife Kaitlin Gurney

Nerd street cred: Kerkstra wins Geek Award

PlanPhilly investigative reporter Patrick Kerkstra took home top honors in the “Geek Headline of the Year" journalism category of the Philadelphia Geek Awards Friday Night at the Academy of Natural Sciences.…

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Evidence shows state-test cheating in Philadelphia schools likely far worse than previously revealed [infographic]

Additional reporting by Dale Mezzacappa of the Public School Notebook; Infographic by Todd Vachon The scope of the Philadelphia School District's problem with suspicious erasures on state standardized tests is far…

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How to have a wedding at the Pennypack Park gazebo

Pennypack Park has many beautiful features, but the gazebo on the Delaware River in Upper Holmesburg really stands out. It's no wonder Bridesburg resident Donna Ludwig wants to help her daughter and…

    • 'Love that Dirty Water' | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
Eyes on the Street

August 17-19: Fantastic Friday concert | Beach Bonanza | Caribbean Festival

'Love that Dirty Water' | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr GroupFantastic Fridays @ Penn Treaty Park Friday, August 17, 6:30pm. Penn Treaty Park, 1199 N. Delaware Avenue. Free Friday…

    • Pennypack Park's Gazebo | Credit: Major Artery Revitalization Committee
Eyes on the Street

Help Desk: Pennypack on the Delaware as a wedding venue?

Today Eyes on the Street's Help Desk takes on a new kind of planning question: wedding planning. Donna Ludwig is helping daughter Danielle and her fiancé Nick plan their wedding. The…

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Lower Northeast District Plan to be presented to Planning Commission Tuesday

One of many things on the Philadelphia City Planning Commission's agenda Tuesday is a review of the Lower Northeast District Plan. Residents of Frankford, Northwood, Summerdale, Lawncrest…

    • Hawthorne Park officially opened July 5.
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