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    • Church of the Assumption, December 2012
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Stay of Demolition for Church of the Assumption

Barring some Act of God, the Church of the Assumption will live to see 2013. At a hearing Tuesday, the very day a demolition permit went into effect for the historic…

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6 charged for filing false claims as part of SEPTA accident in Frankford

The Philadelphia District Attorney's office has charged six people with filing false accident claims in connection with a SEPTA crash in Frankford in November 2010. The office has charged 62-year-old Clarence…

    • First place winner Lauren Wolf snapped a photo of flooded Locust and Hutchinson streets where graffiti reads “No Diving.” | Photo courtesy of the Clean Air Council.
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Feet First Philly "where's my effin' sidewalk?" contest winners

A few months ago Feet First Philly asked Philadelphians “where’s my effin’ sidewalk?” – kind of. They asked Philadelphians on foot to take photos of sidewalk obstructions that leave everyone asking…

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PhillyRising helping Lawncrest make the most of what it has

This is the second half of a series about PhillyRising and its role in Northeast neighborhoods. The first half was about Frankford. PhillyRising is relatively new to Lawncrest. Northeast Coordinator Manny Citron…

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    • The Penn's Landing Marina. | Eyes on the Street Flickr group
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Last ditch Assumption appeal | Seaport Museum plans overhaul | Fralinger fire | Indie bookstores faring well | Farewell Market West smut

The Penn's Landing Marina. | Eyes on the Street Flickr group Good morning, Streeters. Wasn't it strange to see Philly looking like London in all of that fog yesterday. Did you…

    • Reprieve granted for historic Spring Garden church

Reprieve granted for historic Spring Garden church

Hold the wrecking ball. The Church of the Assumption received a pre-holiday gift Tuesday from the Board of Licenses & Inspections Review, which granted a stay on the demolition permit pulled…

    • Planning Commission approves plan for Canal Street entertainment complex, with conditions

Planning Commission approves plan for Canal Street entertainment complex, with conditions

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission voted on Tuesday to approve—with a handful of key conditions—the Plan of Development for “Canal Street North,” the proposed complex at Delaware and Frankford avenues which…

    • Common Pleas Court Judge Idee C. Fox is considering whether to issue an injunction that would stop the demolition

Giovannone brothers voice their intentions for Ridge Ave. project; Bunting House demo decision due this week

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks Long before the ongoing court fight over a planned demolition of the Bunting House, owners Giovannone Construction say they originally planned to keep and restore…

    • George W. Childs Elementary School, vacated and locked tight since June 2010.

How vacant school buildings affect surrounding communities

By Kate Hartman and Ben Griffiths This article was created in partnership with Temple University's capstone journalism course Philadelphia Neighborhoods. A group of young boys shoot a basketball into an…

    • Take in the lights and window displays of South Philly on the Bicycle Coalition's Fun Ride this month.
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December 10-14: Environments of Memory | Fishtown archaeology | PAFA After Dark: Made in America | South Philly Fun Ride

Michael Walsh: Environments of Memory Tuesday, December 11, 4-5:30pm. PennDesign, Architectural Archives, Fine Arts Library, 34th between Walnut and Spruce. Join Michael Walsh for this Conservation in Conversation discussion about his…

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Jewish cop lights up Bustleton with Christmas display

A Philadelphia police officer is trying to rival a famous movie with his Christmas lights display. On Hardy Road in Bustleton, George Feinstein does his best Chevy Chase impersonation as he…

    • Southeast by Southeast, mural at 7th and Emily streets by Shira Walinsky, December 2012.
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Southeast by Southeast: Public art meets refugee art therapy

Stand on the corner of 7th and Dudley streets, and you’re in South Philly. But step inside a storefront on the southeast corner, and you’re immersed in a colorful space that…

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Frankford reaps benefits of PhillyRising, other programs

This is the first of a two-part series on PhillyRising's involvement in Frankford and Lawncrest. Vacant buildings have become spaces for art galleries, overgrown brush in parks has been trimmed, empty…

    • Callowhill Neighborhood Association is appealing the demolition of Church of the Assumption at 12th and Spring Garden.
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Church of the Assumption demo update, look inside | Bike share coming soon | Philly Painting defense | Arab business growth | Walnut water main break

Church of the Assumption's twin spires. | Eyes on the Street Flickr groupGood morning, Streeters. Here’s your Monday morning Buzz: When we wake up tomorrow, will the demolition of Church…

    • Where Route 322 used to make a 90 degree turn and join Route 45, Old Mill Antique Mall was hit by turning traffic numerous times

Mullica Hill Bypass named transportation program of the year

A long awaited solution to a 40-year transportation headache was named the “Regional Transportation Program of the Year,” at the annual Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission board retreat this month. Mullica…

    • The old West Philadelphia High School was just approved for sale to be converted into loft apartments.

School buyers use different tactics with surrounding communities

By Kate Hartman and Ben Griffiths This article was created in partnership with Temple University's capstone journalism course Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Coming Tuesday: How vacant school buildings affect surrounding communities. The…

    • Notices posted on the doors of the church say it will be demolished on or after Dec. 11.

Owner of historic Church of the Assumption says he isn’t able to preserve it

The owner of the Church of the Assumption, the historic structure at the center of a longstanding preservation battle, said he does not want to raze what he calls a “beautiful…

    • Gloria Dei, 1929. | Frank Seigner, Department of Records | PhillyHistory
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December 7-9: Lucia Fest | Crafty Balboa | March of Lights | Menorah lighting

75th Annual Lucia Fest Gloria Dei (Old Swede’s) Church, Columbus Boulevard and Christian Street. Friday, December 7, 6pm and 8pm. Saturday, December 8 and Sunday, December 9, 2pm, 3:30pm, and 5pm.…

    • A section of Germantown Avenue painted by Haas & Hahn as part of the Philly Painting project.
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Philly Painting critique | Mobilizing against Church of the Assumption demo | North Central gets parking minimums | RBA to design Spring Garden Connector | City seed savers

Good morning, Streeters.  Here's your Friday am Buzz: Dutch artists Haas & Hahn have finished painting a nearly-contiguous, color-block mural across two blocks of buildings on Germantown Avenue. Inquirer architecture critic…

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