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    • The construction of the old West Philadelphia High School building, from 1912.

100 years ago, new schools were built for growing city

This guest blog post comes from Ken Finkel, who compiled some historical photos of the construction of several District schools that are now facing closure. He blogs at The Philly History…

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Dog of the Week: Raquel [with video]

Raquel (A14577591) is an adorable compact 30 lb. terrier mix who’s as gentle as can be and who loves attention. She is very easy to walk on a leash and loves,…

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Cat of the Week: Ozzy

Ozzy (A14997726) hasn't had the easiest life. Life on the streets was tough for this petite little girl, who hasn't even reached her first birthday yet. Instead of playing with toys and cuddling…

    • Fairmount Water Works, c. 1901 | Detroit Publishing Company collection, Library of Congress
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Water Works: Philadelphia's clean water legacy

Fairmount Water Works, c. 1901 | Detroit Publishing Company collection, Library of Congress Philadelphia has always thought big when it came to water. Ours was the first American big city to…

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UPDATED: Suspect sought in bank robberies on Castor and Frankford avenues is caught

UPDATE, Jan. 19 -- Police have arrested Brandon Shields in connection with multiple bank robberies in the 2nd and 15th districts. Philadelphia Police and the FBI are looking for a suspect…

    • Frown | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • Judith Franzen. Photo/Philadelphia Police

Police find body of missing Wissinoming woman who suffered from dementia

Police have recovered the body of Judith Franzen, who went missing from her Wissinoming home Jan. 2. Franzen, 73, was found dead in her neighbor's garage -- on the same block…

    • Stanton supporters say school is worth saving

Stanton supporters say school is worth saving

The School District of Philadelphia weighed a lot of factors before settling on the nine schools it proposes closing to eliminate some of the 70,000 empty seats in the city’s public…

    • SS United States' telephone switchboards, still aboard vessel, years after her final crossing. Photo credit: Steve Ujifusa

SS United States Conservancy executive director update

Dear SS United States Conservancy Members and Supporters:    As we enter our "make or break year," we are working harder than ever to assure that the SS United States…

    • Former ZCC members to reform sign regulations

Former ZCC members to reform sign regulations

Philadelphia’s current zoning code doesn’t know what a projecting sign is. Or, rather, it has several ideas about what a projecting sign is, but it hasn’t made up its mind. Chapter…

    • Will the new Family Court Building at 15th and Arch get taller? Almost happened. | EwingCole
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Failings of the new Family Court's design and development process

The new Family Court Building at 15th and Arch is a development already scarred by political scandal, and a design process that was anything but public. In an opinion piece in Wednesday's…

    • Photo/Philadelphia Police

Arrest warrant issued for New Year's Day shooting in Frankford

Photo/Philadelphia PolicePolice have issued an arrest warrant for the man they believe is responsible for a fatal New Year's Day shooting in Frankford. North Philadelphia resident Christopher Johnson was involved…

    • Phil Grutmacher reviews Lawncrest's top zoning issues at the January Community Association meeting. Photo/Shannon McDonald

Zoning takes precedence at Lawncrest Community Association meeting

Phil Grutmacher reviews Lawncrest's top zoning issues at the January Community Association meeting. Photo/Shannon McDonald Last night's Lawncrest Community Association meeting began with a word about burglaries from 2nd District Community…

    • 'A Love Letter to You' murals | Picture This by flickr user Sabeth718 | Creative Commons
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Calling SEPTA Sweethearts

'A Love Letter to You' murals | Picture This by flickr user Sabeth718 | Creative Commons Ever locked eyes with a stranger on your bus, and come to find it was…

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Real NEastate: Is a flat roof more vulnerable to snow? [previously published]

Real NEastate's Stacey McCarthy has the week off. Today, enjoy a column of hers from this time last year. If we can't escape this winter without snow, at least make sure…

    • Crevasse | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr pool
Eyes on the Street

Zoning remapping plan okayed, 12-story apartment house to replace YWCA Annex, Yorktown student housing ban stands, City loses millions to Wall Street swaps

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the way forward for zoning remapping at Tuesday’s meeting, reports PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey. On August 22, 2012 (the day the new zoning code takes effect)…

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Kevin Boyle announces re-election bid for 172nd District seat

Just a year after taking state office, Rep. Kevin Boyle has announced his re-election bid for the 172nd District seat. "Despite being in office only a year, I promised and delivered…

    • Commissioner Carol Rice and PaRC Star Clarence Savage

Parks and Rec takes roadshow to West Oak Lane

Wednesday night, in a continuing effort to bring its show on the road to different city neighborhoods, the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commission arrived at the Simons Recreation Center in West…

Old City dog poop scoopers meet with reps from city transportation and utilities, streets

The Old City residents who organized the Scoop The Poop campaign to combat a neighborhood problem with dog waste met with city officials this week to talk about the future of…

    • Few turn out to protest loss of far-flung school

Few turn out to protest loss of far-flung school

At the far southwestern edge of Philadelphia, just north of the airport and two blocks away from the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge, lies George W. Pepper Middle School.By Philadelphia…

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