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Vice President Biden: nation's firefighters are 'special' [photos]

Vice President Joe Biden was in Philadelphia Wednesday to address the national firefighters union on behalf of the Obama administration. “You folks are special," he said to the firefighting crowd. "You really…

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Thorp leaving DRWC for city water department

After nearly three years of guiding the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation's planning for the Central Delaware Riverfront, Sarah Thorp is moving on.Thorp's last day with DRWC is Aug. 10. But…

    • Foot-long wooden pegs were found in the dark layer of dirt, which dates to the 17th Century

Large wooden pegs found beneath waterfront parking lot may be construction materials from 17th Century shipyard

Archaeologists working on the site of a former Philadelphia shipyard that was in business before the arrival of William Penn have found large, wooden pegs that might have been intended to…

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Two Northeast locales busted in synthetic pot raid

  Two Northeast Philadelphia locations were busted yesterday in Pennsylvania's "Operation Artificial High," a statewide sweep for synthetic marijuana. Search warrants went out across the state, but in Philadelphia, South Street…

    • Lot 8, between 33rd and 34th at Spruce Street, will become Spruce Street Plaza.
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Construction begins at Spruce Street Plaza

Between the Penn Museum and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is Lot 8: an unremarkable wedge shaped parking lot between 33rd and 34th Streets at Spruce Street, probably best…

    • 1801 Vine designed by John Windrim, and made possible through WPA funds.
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DAGspace: Watch That Space

Watch That Space by Eric Vincent   It’s safe to assume we’re not unveiling a profound observation in noting how the new Barnes Foundation on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway has “done…

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Civic association members invited to zoning workshops

Calling all civic association members - the Philadelphia Citizens Planning Institute in encouraging members of civic associations across the city to attend one of its summer zoning workshops. Established in 2010,…

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Red-light cameras installed at 3 more Northeast intersections

Drivers in the Far Northeast should take heed - red-light cameras have been installed in three more intersections, and will soon be operating. The city's red-light camera program has been reauthorized…

    • Traffic on DRPA toll bridges is down 13% since 2007.
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Developer feud: Blumenfeld v. Caplan | 30th Street reno work | Toll bridge traffic down | 'More park, less way'

It is a beautiful morning, Streeters, but we're heading for 96º today (feeling more like 105º). It's back to the territory of excessive heat, so do your best to stay…

    • The building owner of Greene Street Consignment wants to expand the building in the back. (Alan Tu/WHYY)

Greene Street Consignment building expansion now before the Philadelphia Zoning Board

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksThe zoning board is considering variance applications that would allow an expansion at Greene Street Consignment in Chestnut Hill. Gary Smith, attorney for building owner…

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    • Zoning board approves East Falls rock wall gym, reschedules vote on Chestnut Hill school fields

Zoning board approves East Falls rock wall gym, reschedules vote on Chestnut Hill school fields

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksPlans for a rock-climbing gym in East Falls are moving ahead, as the zoning board approved a needed use variance on Wednesday. The Philadelphia Rock…

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Beating the heat at Pennypack Park [photos]

Yet another heat wave has hovered over Northeast Philadelphia. Residents of the Northeast have been beating the heat at Pennypack Park since the 1800s when beaches dotted the slow-moving creek throughout the city.…

    • The historic mansion at 40th and Pine in 1963. |, Department of Records

Real NEastate: How much money do I need to buy this Tacony home?

I am thinking about buying a house for sale in Tacony. I am paying $1,200 in rent currently and I know owning would cost me a lot less than my landlord…

    • Keystone Outdoor Advertising wants to digitize a billboard at 1933 W. Moyamensing Street

Two zoning board hearings on digital billboard conversion continued

A hearing Wednesday afternoon at the Zoning Board of Adjustment regarding the proposed digitization of a billboard at 1933 West Moyamensing Avenue didn’t conclude so much as stop.At the hearing,…

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'More park, less way'

Currently, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is mostly a string of popular cultural institutions that residents and tourists visit, then leave, said participants in a Tuesday night discussion on the parkway's future.…

William Lynn gets 3 to 6 years in Philadelphia church sexual abuse case

The first U.S. church official convicted for his handling of sexual abuse allegations against other priests, has been sentenced to three to six years in prison. The punishment was handed…

    • Part of Venturi Scott Brown's ghost house at Franklin Court. | connery.cepeda, via Flickr, Creative Commons License
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Robert Venturi retires, VSBA is born

Postmodern architect Robert Venturi announced his retirement after more than 50 years in professional practice. With Venturi's retirement comes a new day for the firm he cofounded with his wife and…

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