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    • Historic maps show the Potter's Field with houses and buildings fronting on the streets surrounding it.

Queen Lane Apartments demo in limbo as archaeologists, historic-preservation experts plan Potter's Field visit

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksArchaeological exploration could begin by mid-November to determine if remains of those once buried at a Germantown Potter's Field lie beneath the site of the…

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Pennypack Creek Bridge gets historical recognition at last [video]

More than 200 years ago, soldiers of the Continental Army marched across the Pennypack Creek Bridge toward a monumental victory in Yorktown during the Revolutionary War. Saturday, neighbors marched across that…

    • The Church of the Nativity was demolished in October, 2012
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Ruffin Nichols Memorial AME Church Demo Underway [slideshow]

And while we're on the subject of church demolition, here's the view from the corner of 11th and Mt. Vernon streets on Wednesday, where the sanctuary of the Ruffin Nichols Memorial…

    • 40th Street Methodist Episcopal Church, October 2012
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Last Days of 40th Street Methodist Episcopal Church

Across South 40th Street from The Fresh Grocer, tucked behind McDonald’s and The Radian, is Samuel Sloan’s little 40th Street Methodist Episcopal Church. But not for long. On a walk…

    • Mesh panel mockup on the roof of Lit Brothers.
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All Lit Up: Mesh mockup atop Lit Brothers

Lit Brothers could soon have large, animated digital ads on its roof as part of the Market East Commercial Advertising District. So, at the Historical Commission's request, a "media mesh" mockup…

    • Water main break sinkhole at 21st and Bainbridge, July 2012 | Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
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Philly tax credit a model | water woes | rowhouses for 6th and Fairmount | waterfront trail section delay | SEPTA baby

Water main break sinkhole at 21st and Bainbridge, July 2012 | Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr groupA corporate tax credit program in Philly that funds community development work…

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Northeast Philly Love Note: Pennypack Park in Fox Chase

Cresting this one particular hill on a bike can be challenging for some but the reward at the top is worth it- a great view of the creek and far enough…

    • New bicycle-pedestrian ramp coming to Ben Franklin bridge in Camden

New bicycle-pedestrian ramp coming to Ben Franklin bridge in Camden

Nearly 10,000 petition signatures later, plans for a new pedestrian and bicycle ramp on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge in Camden have been salvaged. The Delaware River Port Authority board of commissioners…

    • Workers began the renovation of the Mt. Vernon Manor Apartments about a month ago.

Mantua: Revitalizing the Mt. Vernon Manor Apartments

This article was created in partnership with Temple University's capstone journalism course Philadelphia Neighborhoods. By Kate Hartman and Ben GriffithsFor PlanPhillyDebris has been flying at the Mt. Vernon…

    • This rendering shows construction plans for Merrick Hall from the main front porch perspective. (Courtesy of Jacob Swyper)

Zoning board delays vote on Northern Children's Services expansion project by two weeks

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksThe zoning board is now considering plans for a $4.2 million project at Northern Children's Services in Roxborough that would significantly expand housing for homeless mothers…

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Part of Cottman Avenue renamed for fallen police officer

A portion of Cottman Avenue was renamed today for Sgt. Stephen Liczbinksi. Cottman Avenue at Algon outside Northeast High School now has a memorial highway sign in honor of the…

    • © Jerome Lukowicz
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DAGspace: Philadelphia, Photographs and Stories [Part III]

Part III Philadelphia, Photographs and Stories [read Part I, Part II] by Sean O'Rourke and Jerome Lukowicz It’s hard to see Falls Bridge (1895) as anything but awkwardly…

Real NEastate: Why don't sellers clean their homes before showings?

Q: I’m looking for a home around Holme Circle for a decent price. I have been into many homes I might have considered buying if they weren't such a mess. Why do people…

    • A possible future for Castor Avenue, from the Lower Northeast District Plan.
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PCPC approves Lower NE Plan, supports 50-foot stream buffer | Lou Kahn's new park | Philly seeking state help for AVI | PPA tickets Scalia

Tuesday’s Philadelphia City Planning Commission meeting had a full agenda, ranging from district plan approval, neighborhood plan acceptance, and evaluations of zoning questions. Some highlights from PlanPhilly: The Lower Northeast…

PCPC delays action on streets bill allowing creation of one portion of the Central Delaware River trail

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said action on this bill was tabled. In fact, the commission requested an additional 45 days to review the bill. This technical difference…

    • Case of the mansion at 40th & Pine inches forward at L&I Review Board

Case of the mansion at 40th & Pine inches forward at L&I Review Board

At this rate, the Italianate mansion at 40th and Pine may fall down on its own before the University of Pennsylvania can demolish it and build anything new in its place.…

    • Capt. Joel Dales gives a briefing on potential security issues and police response at the planned store. (Amy Z. Quinn)

A 'yes' vote for Bottom Dollar Food project, and a look at other Washington Lane plans

Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksA proposal for a new Bottom Dollar Food store near the Washington Lane SEPTA station will go forward to the city zoning board with the endorsement…

Sen. Williams to City Council: Don't move forward with Korman apartment proposal for Eastwick

Pennsylvania State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-District 8, opposes a proposal to build a large apartment complex on now-vacant land in Eastwick, he wrote in a letter to City Council President Darryl…

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October 26: Philly Photo Day returns

Philly, are you ready for your closeup? Philly Photo Day, a project of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, returns on Friday, October 26 for the third year running. The…

    • Before the scavenger hunt, Madeline Bell and Aisha Malika from the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center demonstrated how water can flow through porous pavement
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Searching South Philly for sustainable streets

Do you know how often a pedestrian is hit by a car in Philadelphia? Or how many bathtubs worth of water are treated by the stormwater planters on 13th Street? As…

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