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    • The winning design's grand

Bacon Awards given to NYC transportation commissioner and University of Toronto team

The transportation commissioner who made Broadway a pedestrian-only street and a student team that imagines a giant set of steps offering views down Market Street from the Delaware River to City…

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Rally for the Ramp at Delaware River Port Authority 2/1 - UPDATED

UPDATE: The Bicycle Coalition tweeted that DRPA "approved $350k to design the Ben Franklin ramp w/ intent to build." The Bicycle Coalition for Greater Philadelphia is holding out hope that a…

    • Photo/Historic Tacony Revitalization Project

Historic Tacony Revitalization Project makes hire for Torresdale Avenue improvements

Photo/Historic Tacony Revitalization Project Things are progressing in Tacony, where the Community Development Corporation announced in October the creation of its Historic Tacony Revitalization Project to make improvements along Torresdale Avenue.…

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Lower South and West Park district plan presentations

Devoted PlanPhilly readers know that the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) has been hard at work developing the city's first district plans as part of the comprehensive planning process. Tonight, PCPC will…

    • Holmesburg Junction Station in December 2011. Photo/Shannon McDonald

Legislators want transportation funding for Holmesburg Junction

Holmesburg Junction Station in December 2011. Photo/Shannon McDonald For many who take the train every day, Holmesburg Junction is their first (and sometimes only) glimpse at the neighborhood. The aging train…

    • Fleur-de-lis | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr pool
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Whither Overbrook Farms Historic District, legalizing bandit signs, Boy Scouts HQ still in limbo, Performance Garage to close

Fleur-de-lis | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr poolOverbrook Farms isn’t sure it wants to become a local historic district, even though the homeowners’ association has…

    • Greensgrow | Shrimpcracker, Flickr
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Greensgrow's Mary Seton Corboy wins sustainable ag award

Since sprouting its first lettuces in 1997 on the site of a former galvanizing plant, Greensgrow Farms has grown into an urban agriculture powerhouse that is often citied as a national model. And…

    • Cheryl Gourdine, outreach coordinator of Grace Temple Baptist Church in Lawnside, N.J. (left) and Frances Williams, founder and program director of Do Over Ministry organized volunteers and donations
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Carroll Park: Ministry Provides 'Helping Hands'

Thomas Smith of Cedar Park stood in line with more than 50 people waiting outside Philadelphia Police Department's 19th District station at 61st and Thompson streets. Smith was one of hundreds of…

    • Laura Rubenstein and her fourth-grade classmates at Anne Frank School use Skype to chat with Astronaut Tim and learn about space.  Lindsay Lazarski/NewsWorks

Artist simulates outer space for Anne Frank Elementary students [video]

Laura Rubenstein and her fourth-grade classmates at Anne Frank School use Skype to chat with Astronaut Tim and learn about space.  Lindsay Lazarski/NewsWorks At first, Astronaut Tim is little more than…

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January 30-February 3: Preservation economics, Megaprojects forum, Janette Sadik-Khan, Ed Bacon student design competition, South Philly street design, political gridlock and transportation

Donovan Rypkema on Economics of Historic Preservation, Home and Abroad Monday, January 30, 8-9pm. The Ethical Society of Philadelphia, 1906 S. Rittenhouse Square. Donovan Rypkema comes to the Ethical Society to…

Missing the Northeast: Reflections from a Catholic high school graduate

For four years of our lives – definitely some of the most formative years of our lives – high schools become our second homes. In addition to classes, we might spend additional…

    • A feasibility study finds Pier 9's (foreground) pilings and structure are in good shape, but its cladding and clerestory windows need to be replaced.
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Pier 9's reuse, Philly papers for sale again, bringing health services to the homeless, Dilworth Plaza construction kicks off, Dyott and his bottles

What will become of Pier 9? Bohlin Cywinksi Jackson’s feasibility study of the pier for Delaware River Waterfront Corporation envisions a flexible event space for near-term, reports PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates. The…

    • Animal remains were discovered Friday (A) and a body was found Sunday (B) in two Northeast Philadelphia parks. Image/Google Maps

Dead body, animal remains found in parks

Animal remains were discovered Friday (A) and a body was found Sunday (B) in two Northeast Philadelphia parks. Image/Google Maps Police in the 8th District has a busy weekend tracking gruesome…

Former ZCC issues survey on sign-control preferences

A post on the website of the former Zoning Code Commission this morning invites Philadelphians to complete a survey assessing public preferences for sign controls.  The survey provides some background information…

    • How the business looked late last week

"Jackpot Internet Cafe" will offer high-end computers and software, as well as sweepstakes games

The proprietors of the yet-unopened Jackpot Internet Cafe at 1802 Frankford Ave. have told New Kensington Community Development Corporation that the business will offer games of chance, but also many other…

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Amy Hillier on mapping experiences and opportunities in cities at TEDx

In November, TEDxPhilly brought together some of our city's brightest urbanists and performers for a day full of urban inspiration and ideas about The City. As promised, I'm sharing some…

    • Holmesburg Prison, as seen from Torresdale Avenue. Photo/Christopher Wink

Spanish artists debut exhibit based on works found in Holmesburg Prison [video]

Holmesburg Prison, as seen from Torresdale Avenue. Photo/Christopher Wink Like in any prison, the walls of Holmesburg Prison tell its story. Two Spanish artists are bringing those tales to life with their…

    • Jordan Griska's 'Grumman Greenhouse' in PAFA's Lenfest Plaza.
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January 27-29 weekend arts: Impressions of Holmesburg Prison, Henry Ossawa Tanner retrospective, construction critiques in cake

Doing Time | Depth of Surface Opening reception, Friday, January 27, 5:30-8pm. Moore College of Art and Design, Goldie Paley Gallery, 20th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Spanish artists Patricia…

    • Calvary Christian Academy in Somerton. Image/Google Maps

Somerton student saves classmates when bus driver collapses

Calvary Christian Academy in Somerton. Image/Google Maps Graceann Rumer has only been driving for two weeks, but compared with everyone else she rode the bus with Tuesday, she's an old pro.…

    • One design concept for a typical South Philly block. | Community Design Collaborative
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Rethinking space on South Philly's narrow streets

South Philly's narrow streets can't accomodate bike lanes. So what are the design alternatives to make small streets safer and more bike-friendly? That's the question the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia…

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