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    • First bicyclist meet in front of Memorial Hall, Fairmount Park | Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Penrose Pictoral Philadelphia collection
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November 11: Public history in 21st century Philly

Devoted readers of this space know how much we love sharing images of the city’s past – from early 20th century aerials to streetviews of the mid-century city. These photographs…

    • Love Each Other. | Julia Rowe, EOTS Flickr Group

Advocates still want clear targets in Land Bank plan

The Philadelphia Land Bank should set clear, specific goals for how many properties it will transfer for urban gardens, side yards, affordable housing, market-rate development, and other uses in its next…

    • Rendering of Welcome Center seating terrace | Kieran Timberlake

Art Commission wants drinking fountains in LOVE Park

Philadelphia’s Art Commission voted to approve the plans for the redesigned LOVE Park on Tuesday while adding a requirement that two drinking fountains be installed at the park. A brief pause…

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November 4: Election night round-up | Verdant Temple | Bainbridge Green parklet | Amazon store

As expected, Jim Kenney won the Philadelphia Mayoral race handily, and Democrats took the five At-Large City Council seats. The race for the two minority-party Council seats is still too close…

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Q&A: New SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel

As Jeff Knueppel takes over as the general manager for SEPTA, he will lead an agency remarkably different from the one he joined as an entry-level structural engineer back in 1988.…

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City commissioning new public art at 46th and Market

The long-anticipated conversion of the huge the Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building will also recast the relationship of the 13-acre site to the neighborhood. Designers showed plans for the historic building…

    • Dilworth Park, August 2015 | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group
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Praxis Dialogues: The 'public good' in practice

On December 1, PennPraxis and PlanPhilly will kick off Praxis Dialogues, the first in a series of public conversations about the notion of "the public good" in design practice,…

    • SEPTA reminds you to vote (and who for) | @planphilly on Instagram

November 3: Election Day | Missed deadline for S.S. United States | Transportation Alternatives in the crosshairs

Happy voting! If you need help locating your polling place, or you want to know who'll be on the ballot in your area, the City Commissioners' Philadelphia Votes website has an…

    • The Please Touch Museum must raise $10 million by March to meet the terms of its recent bankruptcy settlement. | Please Touch Museum

Please Touch Museum hopes to keep growing with the Centennial District

The dome of Memorial Hall and its statue of Columbia can be seen from across the Schuylkill and from miles away -- a symbolic high point in Philadelphia’s reputation, when 10…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent, now the southern most portion of the Schuylkill River Trail will soon lead into Bartram's Mile

November 2: Voter guides galore | Brandywine Jenga tower | Philly-powered exercise

Tomorrow is election day! For those doing a last-minute cram session, read up on the candidates for the various offices on the Newsworks 2015 Voters Guide, Citified's No B.S. Voter…

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Full funding secured for Schuylkill River Swing Bridge, construction could begin next summer

Hammers could start swinging on the Schuylkill River Swing Bridge as early as summer 2016, thanks to the recently awarded federal TIGER grant. The pedestrian and bicycle bridge will cost…

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550 apartments, acres of public space planned for Festival Pier site

At its quarterly board meeting Friday morning, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation officially selected Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties to develop an empty waterfront site at the end of Spring…

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October 30: PICA criticizes tax appeal bottleneck | LOVE Park's missing road diet | Taxi revenues down

Solomon Leach flags a letter from the Intergovernment Cooperation Authority, the city's fiscal watchdog, to the Board of Revision of Taxes calling them out on their large and stubborn backlog of…

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The evolution of councilmanic prerogative and what to do about it

Ever wonder how the practice of "councilmanic prerogative," the process by which 10 district councilmembers control land use and public property decisions in their jurisdictions, came to be? Community contributor John…

    • Manayunk Bridge from Venice Island | Lindsay Lazarski/Keystone Crossroads

Manayunk Bridge reopens today as a trail, a symbol of a changing economy

Iconic. Ever since it opened in 1918, the Manayunk Bridge has been iconic, a symbol for its namesake section of Philadelphia. “It's one of those things that's always been the symbol…

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Congress extends Positive Train Control deadline and the Highway Trust Fund’s insolvency

Congress passed a bill yesterday extending the federal deadline for railroads to implement Positive Train Control safety technologies by three to five years. The original deadline to install PTC on all…

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October 29: DRWC close to selecting Festival Pier developer | S.S. United States could move to Brooklyn | Complete Streets in the House transpo bill

Jefferson Apartment Group and Haverford Properties Inc. are looking like the apparent favorites to develop the Festival Pier site on the Delaware River, reports Jacob Adelman. The team will present its proposal…

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Learning from McGillin's: Pedestrianizing alleys means taming trash

Earlier this month we told you about a neighborhood campaign to turn the 2000 block of Moravian Street next to Shake Shack into Philadelphia’s first “green” alley and set an example…

    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Proposal to coordinate planning and development on Tuesday's ballot

Next week, Philadelphia voters will be asked to elect a new mayor, new state Supreme Court judges, and at least a few new members of City Council. Turnout is expected to…

    • Rev. Duffield sculpture, finished
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Spotted: Old Pine's maple minister

If you’ve walked down the 400 block of Pine Street, then you’ve likely noticed Old Pine Street Presbyterian Church’s beautiful churchyard and the radical tilt of its historic cast iron fence,…

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