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    • Will a Reading Viaduct park move forward even as the Callowhill NID dies?
    • This dumpster sits near Finnegan's Wake on Bodine Street

Finnegan's Wake growth dead for now

Proposed legislation that would have abandoned a section of Bodine Street to allow for the expansion of Finnegan's Wake, a Northern Liberties bar/catering hall, has died without a City Council vote.The bill…

Updated: Developers planning to turn former bank into pool hall get a deadline

The team that wants to turn an ornate, vacant bank building at Chestnut and 12th streets into a swank billiards hall will have to start construction in six months or lose…

    • David Grasso explains venue at Fishtown meeting

Zoning needed for controversial Fishtown music venue stays in place

The developer of a proposed 3,000-patron music venue has not lost the zoning he needs to build on Richmond Street in Fishtown.It was outgoing First District Councilman Frank DiCicco who…

2012 Flower Show brings wave of changes, unexpected vistas of Hawaii

PHILADELPHIA (December 2011 ) –  In 2012, the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society will take visitors on a trip to a whole new Philadelphia International Flower Show. Guests will have fun, learn more,…

    • Third grader Julio Pedraza was one of about 150 supporters of Sheppard Elementary in Kensington

An outpouring of emotion for Sheppard

by Benjamin Heroldfor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorks  The tears fell freely at Julia de Burgos Elementary School Tuesday night. During the fifth of 17 community meetings on the…

    • Nutter vetoes controversial wall wrap bill

Nutter vetoes controversial wall wrap bill

Mayor Michael Nutter has vetoed a controversial zoning bill that allowed large wall wrap advertising on buildings between Spring Garden, Willow, 6th and 7th streets.The bill, recently approved by city…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.
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Will zoning reform really shift City Council's land use powers?

December 15 is a big day for the City of Philadelphia. City Council should – fingers still crossed – pass a new zoning code. This moment is the culmination of four…

    • An area of green space on Griscom Street adjacent to a vacant property. These areas are targets of the PhillyRising Collaborative in Frankford. Photo by Pamela Seaton.

Part 2 of 2: Frankford takes steps toward revitalization

An area of green space on Griscom Street adjacent to a vacant property. These areas are targets of the PhillyRising Collaborative in Frankford. Photo by Pamela Seaton.This is the second…

    • Holiday lights illuminate South 11th Street.
Eyes on the Street

Lights and display contest illuminates LoMo for the holidays

The Lower Moyamensing Civic Association is celebrating its third annual Holiday Decorating Contest, and the public is invited to vote on their favorites before noon today. Twelve houses officially entered the…

Real NEastate: How can I buy this Parkwood foreclosure?

 Q: Someone told me that the house down the street from mine in Parkwood was foreclosed on and for sale by the bank. I am not happy about the foreclosure, but…

    • Reading Viaduct, elevated portion
    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

Will zoning reform really shift City Council’s land use powers?

December 15 is a big day for the City of Philadelphia.City Council should – fingers still crossed – pass a new zoning code. This moment is the culmination of four…

    • Washington Ave. vision

Grants allow city planners to study transportation on Washington Ave., transit-oriented development in East Kensington

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission will next year study the future of transportation along major corridors in two changing neighborhoods.Two Transportation and Community Development Initiative grants awarded to the PCPC…

    • The Planning Commission supports Bowman Properties plan to rezone the 8200 Germantown Ave. site for mixed use development.

Planning Commission backs rezoning for 8200 Germantown Ave. project

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyAs expected, the city Planning Commission signed off on the retail-residential development plan for 8200 Germantown Ave., ahead of a City Council vote on Thursday.…

    • The City wants to see the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine redeveloped.
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City seeks study of Family Court Building as prelude to redevelopment

After a false start in 2010, the Family Court Building at 1801 Vine Street could be redeveloped yet. First, the city wants to get to know the building a little bit…

    • Photo courtesy of Elsie Stevens, 8th PDAC.

8th PDAC members and volunteers serve a holiday meal to district officers [slideshow]

Photo courtesy of Elsie Stevens, 8th PDAC. The 8th Police District Advisory Council hosted their annual 8th District Police Appreciation Holiday Dinner Saturday, Dec. 3, at the district for three shifts of…

Eyes on the Street

SEPTA open house 12/14 on possible crosstown bus route

SEPTA is hosting an informational open house on Wednesday  to discuss the possibility of creating direct bus service from southeast Philadelphia to western parts of Center City. Currently riders from southeast…

    • Photo of the Market-Frankford Line by Kirsten Stamn

Part 1 of 2: Frankford takes steps toward revitalization

Photo of the Market-Frankford Line by Kirsten StamnThis is the first of a two-part look at revitalization efforts in Frankford. For the residents of Frankford, neighborhood revitalization efforts are nothing…

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Financial Perspectives: Still time for year-end planning

2011 seemed to fly by and if you did not do any planning this year, it is not too late. Some of the opportunities are related to taxes, while others are…

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