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    • Planning Commission rejects Jones’ Germany Hill bill

Planning Commission rejects Jones’ Germany Hill bill

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhilly The city Planning Commission this week voted against a bill introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. that could potentially keep Germany Hill out of the…

    • Our very own waterfront highway. | photo by Bradley Maule, 2009
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Reimagining Urban Highways 2/23

In the coming decades I-95 will be rebuilt to the tune of billions in taxpayer dollars. And rather than seize this opportunity to create infrastructure that will beter serve Philadelphia in…

    • DiNic's new stand in Reading Terminal Market
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Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 120th year with major renovations

February 22 is Reading Terminal Market’s 120th anniversary and, far from ossifying into old age, the market has a major renovation project underway. I caught up with Paul Steinke, the market’s…

    • Image/Beautiful Street

Projects aims to find out what makes Philadelphia streets beautiful

Image/Beautiful Street What makes a street beautiful? Sunlight? Trees? Kids playing? Smooth asphalt? It might sound easy to define on paper, but scan through 200 randomly selected Philadelphia streets images, and…

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ICEdot emergency notification system comes to Philadelphia [video]

ICEdot has arrived in Philadelphia It's as simple as a sticker on your car or the window of your house. The yellow sticker and accompanying brochure hold your family members' names,…

Real Estate: How much can I get for my Holmesburg home?

Q: If I want to sell my home in Holmesburg, how much do you think I can get for it now? It is a three-bedroom and one-bathroom row. It is in…

    • architectural detail at Juniper and Chestnut | Flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • Planning Commission group proposes new sign regulations

Planning Commission group proposes new sign regulations

The new zoning code for the City of Philadelphia took one step closer to completion Tuesday afternoon, when the Sign Control Working Group, a committee of the former Zoning Code Commission,…

    • Rendering of O Havana Philadelphia from the flier

Mysterious flier and website woo investors for hotel that is news to city planners

A website and electronic flier offer potential investors an opportunity to partake in O Havana, a 300-room luxury hotel with restaurants, a spa and a nightclub “in front of the SugarHouse…

Planned hotel/entertainment/residential complex at foot of the Ben Franklin Bridge didn't fit area urban renewal plan

In April 2011, City Council approved zoning legislation that allows developer Robert Ambrosi of Arc Properties to build a hotel, residential, retail and entertainment development at 4th and Race Streets.But…

Time running out to comment on first two Philadephia2035 district-level comprehensive plans

The public can still comment on drafts of the first two district-level portions of the city's new comprehensive plan, but time runs out March 1. The plans for Lower South -…

    • Enter SCRUB's Clearing the Clutter Video Contest

Enter SCRUB's Clearing the Clutter Video Contest

Enter SCRUB's Clearing the Clutter Video Contest for a chance to have your video featured on YouTube and win a $300 prize!  The video should spread awareness on billboards as visual pollution.…

    • Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 120th year with major renovations

Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 120th year with major renovations

Today is Reading Terminal Market’s 120th anniversary and, far from ossifying into old age, the market has a major renovation project underway. I caught up with Paul Steinke, the market’s general manager,…

    • Chestnut Square, Drexel's huge new mixed-use development on Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd streets.
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Chestnut Square groundbreaking Tuesday at Drexel

This evening Drexel University will break ground on Chestnut Square, a major mixed-use development along Chestnut Street between 32nd and 33rd streets. The project, designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects, will add…

    • Aerial of Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant | phillywatersheds.org
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Biogas-to-energy facility for PWD plant in Bridesburg

Aerial of Northeast Water Pollution Control Plant | phillywatersheds.org The Philadelphia Water Department has awarded a $47.5 million contract to a Massachusetts renewable energy firm to build a biogas-to-energy facility at…

    • Do you know a beautiful street when you see it?
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Beautiful Streets: How do you define streetscape beauty?

Is a beautiful street something you feel? Is it context specific? Does beautiful equate to urbane, narrow, architecturally interesting, uniform, well kept, or busy? Is streetscape beauty like pornography? That is,…

    • Flickr Photo/tom_allen

As city focuses on waterfront revival, conversation turns toward I-95

Flickr Photo/tom_allen Interstate 95 is a much-used highway in Philadelphia. It also happens to separate parts of neighborhoods like Wissinoming, Tacony, Holmesburg, Upper Holmesburg and Torresdale from the Delaware River waterfront.…

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Financial Perspectives: Potential tax deductions and credits to keep in mind

Time is zipping by us quickly. As you contemplate getting your tax return done, there may be a few deductions that you can take advantage of. Here are a few that you…

    • Lines & Squares | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • PCPC doesn't like look of proposed Chestnut Street residential development, but supports it anyway

PCPC doesn't like look of proposed Chestnut Street residential development, but supports it anyway

Philadelphia City Planning Commissioners remain unhappy with the looks of a 12-story residential building Aquinas Realty plans to build at 2017-23 Chestnut Street, but they voted to support the zoning relief…

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