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    • South Broad | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street group pool
Eyes on the Street

Closure possible for Furness High, City Council sues over fracking, Historical Commission approvals, State of Young Philly wraps

South Broad | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street group pool Philadelphia will announce school closures later this month, and Public School Notebook/NewsWorks examines the consequences for one on the…

    • DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

DAGspace: Neither Black Nor White, Preservation is a Gray Area

In the newest DAGSpace, Elise Vider previews Gray Area: Provocations on the Future of Preservation, a convening of serious thinkers to consider preservation theory and practice, new design and the historic…

    • A leaky roof and crumbling brick exterior have led to extensive water damage inside Furness High

At Furness High, a tough choice looms

By Benjamin HeroldFor the Notebook and WHYY/NewsWorksBecause it is located in an ancient facility that has become a fiscal albatross for the cash-strapped School District, the school could soon be shuttered…

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As Parkway grows, so does its homeless problem

Sister Cities Park— under construction. Rodin Museum and Gardens — under construction. The Barnes Foundation — under construction. With these three huge projects underway, much of the eastern end of the…

    • The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is accepting proposals from developers for this site. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Rivage community meeting put on hold

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyThe city Redevelopment Authority is looking over proposals from developers interested in remaking the empty Rivage site in East Falls.  More »

    • 1853 mansion on W. 40th and Pine streets.

Historical Commission hears about UPenn, Old City projects

After a lengthy bout of presentations, debate, and commentary, the Historical Commission Friday granted final approval to a University of Pennsylvania project that involves the erection of a 7-story apartment building…

    • BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South Street
Eyes on the Street

BigBelly Solar Compactors Get Noticed

BigBelly Solar compactor critter on South StreetNew York magazine named Philly’s BigBelly Solar trashcans a favorite recent urban invention in its current issue on Urban Global Design, in which our…

    • Kathy Fagan teaches literacy to non-native English speakers at Bustleton Library. Photo by Kirsten Stamn.

Bustleton Library assists non-native English speakers

Kathy Fagan teaches literacy to non-native English speakers at Bustleton Library. Photo by Kirsten Stamn. “Alright class, now which of these has food and which of these has actions?” Kathy…

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Frankford Quicky Mart owners weigh community reaction to seating plans

The small grocery store at Frankford Avenue and Unity Street in Frankford has plans to sell beer and incorporate seating. But before the store makes those changes, the owners are getting…

Eyes on the Street

October 14-16: Harvest Fest, Orchard Planting, Blocktoberfest, Community Arts Fest, Philadelphia Stories, Laurel Hill's Sordid Side

Harvest Festival at Reading Terminal Market Saturday, October 15, 10am-4pm, Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Flibert Streets. Reading Terminal Market throws its 11th annual fall festival this weekend, celebrating the harvest…

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Summerdale man cuts off own arm, taken for psychiatric evaluation

A 34-year-old Summerdale man cut off his own arm Wednesday night, say rescuers. First responders were called to the 800-block of Brill Street around 8:30 p.m. after reports of an…

Eyes on the Street

PHA's parking problem and surplus property auction, $20 million for SEPTA in North Philly, Zoning reform and Chelten Plaza move toward decisions

Stephen Smith, an urbanism blogger for Forbes, says there’s too much parking at new low-rise affordable housing developments. He critiques the suburban-style design and parking approach taken by housing agencies,…

    • PHA will auction off more than 400 of its surplus properties. | Max Spann
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphia Housing Authority will offer 400+ properties at auction

On November 16, the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) will put more than 400 of its surplus vacant properties on the auction block, the Inquirer reports. Max Spann will auction off…

    • Holmesburg Civic Association President Fred Moore (foreground) speaks about proposed legislation for narcotics treatment facilities. Background from left: Mayfair Civic Association Joe DeFelice, 6th D

Legislators announce bill to regulate narcotics treatment facilities

Holmesburg Civic Association President Fred Moore (foreground) speaks about proposed legislation for narcotics treatment facilities. Background from left: Mayfair Civic Association Joe DeFelice, 6th District City Council candidate Bobby Henon, State…

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Somerton residents vote in favor of four zoning variances

The Somerton Civic Association met for its regular monthly meeting Tuesday to discuss a variety of issues within the community. The first issue addressed was the recent resignation of the association's vice president,…

    • Shoemaker Green Perspective East | Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services
Eyes on the Street

Penn begins building Shoemaker Green

Shoemaker Green Perspective East | Penn Facilities and Real Estate Services Construction of Shoemaker Green is underway as PennConnects continues its green march along the eastern edge of the Penn Campus. Shoemaker…

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Cat of the Week: Thomas

Thomas (A14147210) is one cool cat! Even with the stress of living in a shelter, this big boy remains cool, calm and collected. Thomas has been hanging out at the shelter since his family…

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Dog of the Week: June

Have you ever looked into the eyes of a dog and melted? Wondered what hardships he/ she was lived through? Sometimes we wish our dog friends can talk but in this case, we…

    • Pocket Farm in April, 2011 | via PhiladelphiaGreen, PHS
Eyes on the Street

Green Roundup: More LEED affordable housing opens, Southwest Philly Farm grows, Wells Fargo Center composts, Einstein and MLK High partner

More rain ahead today (you didn’t think fall was going to be entirely sunny and humidity-free, did you?) so bring the umbrella. DesignPhiladelphia kicks off today, and there are lots of…

SCRUB: How trees make way for billboards.

This report was produced by SCRUB, the Public Voice for Public Space By Frances V. Ryan and Sabrine Tribié This summer, SCRUB was contacted by a distraught Philadelphian who observed the…

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