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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: South side of Bridge Street is undeniably Frankford

There's some argument over Frankford's northern border. Some say it's Cheltenham Avenue; others say Bridge Street. Regardless, the shootings that played out this past spring on the 2000-block of Bridge Street…

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September 23-25: Public Lands | Popped | Fall Garden Festival | College Day

POPPED! Music Festival Temple University's Liacouras Center [VENUE CHANGE], 1776 N. Broad Street. Friday and Saturday, September 23-24.  Due to a really wet forecast, the POPPED! Music Festival has changed venues…

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Enjoying the last days of summer at Fox Chase Rec Center

It is often referred to as the heart of Fox Chase and one visit to the Fox Chase Recreation Center leaves no doubt that is. Located at 7901 Ridgeway Ave., the center…

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The Buzz: Green Infrastructure | Urban Foraging | Student Housing | Satellite Dishes | SEPTA Accessibility

With more rain on the way, the Water Department shows how the city's green infrastructure handled stormwater during Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee on their Watersheds Blog. Urban foraging in…

    • The Germantown overlay plays a big role in next week's Chelten Plaza hearing

The Germantown overlay plays a big role in next week's Chelten Plaza hearing

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIn Northwest Philadelphia, zoning overlays govern what kind of sign you can hang above your Manayunk boutique, what your corner store can sell in Germantown,…

    • Plans for Umbria Village, located at 1 Parker Avenue by SEPTA's Ivy Ridge station in Roxborough, got the green light

Umbria Village apartment complex gets the green light from city officials

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyFile this one under Transit-Oriented Development: An apartment complex almost attached to the Ivy Ridge SEPTA station got the go-ahead from city agencies this week.…

Contractor selected for Wayne Junction rebuild

Plans for the reconstruction of the Wayne Junction regional rail station moved forward Thursday, with the SEPTA Board awarding a series of contracts to build a new station.The board awarded…

    • Photo credit: Maggy Maffia/Flickr user zogglet, Creative Commons
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Philadelphia Named "Walk Friendly" City for its Efforts to Encourage Walking

Photo credit: Maggy Maffia/Flickr user zogglet, Creative CommonsPhiladelphia has been honored as a Walk Friendly Community for its efforts to encourage walking and make it safer. The designation comes from…

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Cat of the Week: Midnight

URGENT Midnight (A13934727) is a long, tall, beautiful wisp of smoke! Her owner could no longer care for her, so Midnight was surrendered to the shelter. This super-friendly girl is between…

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Dog of the Week: Dutchess

Meet Dutchess (A14041533), she's a 9-month-old pit mix who has beautiful eyes and a sad expression on her face. She is pretty thin and will need some TLC to help fatten…

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Bravo: Bicycle Coalition's Park(ing) Day Corrals Stay Until November, Maybe Longer

This week’s Bravo* goes to the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia for installing of two bike parking corrals for Park(ing) Day that they arranged to keep in place for weeks beyond…

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Heart Conditions: Learning to live with a margin

This morning I made myself a cup of coffee. Because it was early in the morning and I was still not fully awake, I made a mistake. Once the coffee has…

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The Buzz: More rain | Philly's problems with smog, poverty | Northern Home expanding | Curfew changes

Good morning, Philly. Bring your umbrella today, rain and high humidity are in the forecast. Tomorrow heavy rain might cause flooding. PennEnvironment says Philly has a smog problem. The Inquirer…

    • A schematic of SEPTA's project underneath Dilworth Plaza, including new elevators provided for in the agreement.

SEPTA riders getting City Hall elevators down to the El

SEPTA riders will be getting elevators at the 15th Street Market-Frankford El station thanks to a consent decree that ends a contentious lawsuit filed against SEPTA eight years ago.The two…

Philadelphia named "Walk Friendly" city for its efforts to encourage just that

Philadelphia has been honored as a Walk Friendly Community for its efforts to encourage walking and make it safer. The designation comes from the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center, which is…

    • Divine Lorraine Hotel, April 2011 | flickr user MarisaAnn94, CreativeCommons
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Reminder: Calling All Endangered Properties

Divine Lorraine Hotel, April 2011 | flickr user MarisaAnn94, CreativeCommons If you know of a historic building in or around Philadelphia that is vulnerable to development, demolition, or neglect, now’s the…

    • The zoning crowd, assembled at the Inquirer and Daily News Building last fall.
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Takeaways: Zoning Reform Forum

Last night’s zoning reform forum offered the audience box seats to negotiations between Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Alan Greenberger and council members Frank DiCicco, Darrell Clarke, and Bill Green.…

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Free trees available to more Northeast residents

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has expanded its Tree in Every Yard program this fall to include more of the Northeast. Previously only available in the 19114 and 19115 ZIP codes,…

    • Northwood Civic Association President Barry Howell discusses the Frankford Y at the Sept. 20, 2011 meeting.

Frankford Y 'needs to be leveled,' says Northwood civic president [VIDEO]

If action isn't made on the historic Frankford Y, "it needs to be leveled before something awful happens there," said Northwood Civic Association President Barry Howell Tuesday night. "It is…

Real NEastate: What should I do to protect my vacant house?

Q: I have an investment house in Tacony that I am selling. The tenants have moved out and now it is empty. I don’t want to try to get another tenant,…

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