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Financial Perspectives: Year-end planning

  We all know the government does a very poor job with planning – evidenced by the fact that we have no idea what our income or estate tax rates are…

    • Transit planners talk bike policy with Council aides

Transit planners talk bike policy with Council aides

Fresh off a four-hour bike tour of Philadelphia on Thursday, transit officials from around the country dropped by a meeting with City Council aides Friday afternoon to talk about the city's…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Oxford Circle crosses the Boulevard again

There's a lot of confusion among our large news outlets about where Oxford Circle is. It's not in Frankford. It's not everything west of the Boulevard. It's not east…

    • Row houses built in the Tudor Revival style lend East Falls' main thoroughfare its distinctive character.

Look Up! 20th-Century evolution in East Falls

“Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. Each week, the photo essay will focus on a different Philadelphia area neighborhood and its distinctive…

    • Zoning Feedback: Sitting down with John Claypool from AIA Philadelphia

Zoning Feedback: Sitting down with John Claypool from AIA Philadelphia

At PlanPhilly, we're striving to bring you feedback from representatives of different stakeholders in the zoning reform process. As we describe it on our website, "Zoning is an 'indirect' form of…

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West Frankford Town Watch report: Two shootings last night

West Frankford Town Watch President Mike Mawson has reported that two shootings occurred overnight during town watch patrols. Around 11:30 p.m., a teenager was shot on the 5700-block of Leonard Street…

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Thanks to our weekly sponsor 10/24 - 10/30

Thanks to our weekly sponsor, Father Judge High School! Last weekend, Judge hosted a successful sixth annual Taste of Northeast Philly. Now, they're gearing up for the fall Open House.…

NEast Links: Friendlier streets coming our way, arrest in toddler death and more

Here’s a summary of the week’s Northeast news we didn’t cover. See others here. The Philadelphia Planning Commission is now working on the Philadelphia Pedestrian Bicycle, which aims to make…

News from SCRUB: Digital Signage- I-95 Expansion- Zoning Code- Updates

SCRUB Friends, Councilman DiCicco introduced two new bills that could accelerate billboard proliferation in Philadelphia, and increase the numbers of intensely bright and dangerously distracting digital billboards.  Rules Committee Hearings have…

    • The Silverliner V interior.

First Silverliner V train has its inaugural run

Arriving only a few minutes late, the first of SEPTA's new Silverliner V train cars pulled into Suburban Station this morning, carrying SEPTA officials, members of the media and a few…

    • When the downtown showdown was primetime

When the downtown showdown was primetime

In an evening that was part nostalgic, part self-congratulatory, five of Queen Village's most pivotal community activists of yore sat down to talk about how they once battled federal and state…

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An update from the Parkwood Civic Association

We were unable to attend Tuesday night's meeting of the Parkwood Civic Association, but the board provided the following update: We had to move our location to Community College of…

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Shooting at Boulevard gas station

Police are investigating an early morning shooting at  gas station on the 6200-block of Roosevelt Boulevard between Devereaux Bustleton avenues. Two men robbed a man at the Hess Station around 4:30…

CDAG to seek more information on the Central Delaware Master Plan at a special meeting next week

The Central Delaware Advocacy Group will hold a special meeting Thursday to get more information about proposals for the Central Delaware Master Plan – the in-progress guide to redeveloping the waterfront…

Environmental overlay for Manatawna Farm passes City Council

City Council unanimously passed a zoning bill Thursday that bans commercial farming or an expansion of community gardens at Roxborough's Manatawna Farm.The farm is managed by Fairmount Park. Much of…

    • A selection of Native American tools and an amulet found near I-95

Archaeologists working on the I-95 project unearth neighborhood history, stories

A lot can be learned about people's lives by digging up the stuff they threw away or left behind, said the archaeologist leading the dig along I-95's expanding path in Philadelphia.…

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Parks & Recreation airs out open lands protection ordinance

In a brisk public hearing last night at the Central Branch of the Free Library, 10 parks and recreation commissioners listened to brief comments from a handful of parks activists, concerned…

Real NEastate: Moving back

Q: I am a Northeast Philly native moving back to the Northeast after 10 years. Things have changed in the 10 years I’ve been away, and the row homes have become…

    • New edits, realistic density, neighborhood conservation: Zoning revision continues

New edits, realistic density, neighborhood conservation: Zoning revision continues

During Wednesday's relatively short meeting of the Zoning Code Commission, lead consultant Don Elliott briefed the commission and members of the public on suggested updates to the draft code revision.…

    • Center City buildings and landmarks aglow for Halloween

Center City buildings and landmarks aglow for Halloween

The spirit of ghosts and goblins will be on display throughout Center City Sunday night as property owners join the Center City District in jack-o-lantern-style lighting.Year-round, the Center City District…

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