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    • A rendering of the proposed American Commerce Center

Commercial developers have concepts drawn but markets prevent groundbreaking

Enjoying the Philadelphia skyline, with the shimmering Comcast tower punctuating the end of the 20th century? Get used to it. In late November 2008, as world markets were reeling from the…

    • Sister Cities pond plan, Studio Bryan Hanes / Digsau

Why play spaces need to get created, and how we do it

"When we stop playing, we start dying," clinical psychiatrist Stuart Brown has famously said. Nancy Goldenberg, a Parks & Recreation commissioner and vice president for planning at the Center City…

    • SEPTA taking another run at Smart Card

SEPTA taking another run at Smart Card

Faced with a big hole in its capital budget, SEPTA is turning to the federal government for help getting the long-overdue smart card system off the ground.The authority submitted a…

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Second Annual True Vine Church Community Carnival

Residents of Wissinoming and Tacony flocked to the American Legion Playground at Torresdale Avenue and Devereaux Street Saturday for the second annual True Vine Church Community Carnival. The event had a…

Financial Perspectives: how will 2011 tax changes affect you?

Congress is mulling over what to do about the soon-to-expire Bush tax cuts that were enacted in 2001 and 2003. As a result of the sunset provision in the tax law,…

    • SEPTA replaced signage around television displays at 30th Street Station.

Little confusion around regional rail designations during first busy commuter days

Walking around Suburban Station the last two mornings, you’d never guess SEPTA had made major changes to its regional rail system over the weekend. People were calmly sitting on the main…

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Missing the Northeast: neighborhood identities

I think a lot about how drastic the difference seems to be between people from the Northeast and those from New Jersey in how they identify themselves. Obviously, a lot of…

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Weekend News Briefs: 7/23-7/25

Friday -- District Attorney Seth Williams hosted Take Back the Night in Frankford in the neighborhood's ongoing effort to prevent crime and foster neighborhood relations. A group of residents, politicians and…

SEPTA considers bus route changes

SEPTA held two public hearings Monday on a series of proposed minor bus route changes and service reductions. The changes would affect city transit routes 24, 26, 31, 38, 60 and…

With lay-offs the norm, Philly construction companies prepare for ramp-up

Skanska USA Building Inc., a Blue Bell-based construction firm is making hires and making moves as it prepares for what it hopes is a building boom. Though the industry has seen…

Frankford park association says resident to blame for damaged trees

The Friends of Overington, a group of residents that have helped revive the Frankford neighborhood's Overington Park, say that a careless resident is reponsible for damage to 28 new trees planted…

    • William Steele & Sons used polychrome Art Deco ornamentation on the upper levels of the Terminal Commerce Building.

Gritty Callowhill is recognized as National Historic District

The newest national historic district in Philadelphia is not what you might expect. It isn’t a mall of Revolutionary landmarks, a neighborhood of Colonial homes, or a row of 19th-century brownstones.…

    • Image taken by Flickr user taberandrew, illustration by PlanPhilly

New bus shelter plans shelved, contract to be scaled down

Philadelphians will have to wait under the city’s aging bus shelters for at least a few more years, as plans to replace the structures collapsed last week. The city had issued…

SEPTA Board: ridership increases 7 percent; Art program debate continues

SEPTA ridership improved for a fourth consecutive month in June. CFO and treasurer Rich Burnfield told the SEPTA Board, at its monthly meeting Thursday, that the city transit division saw ridership…

    • Le Meridien's lobby

Hip Center City hotels blend contemporary design with architectural preservation

Philadelphia's lineup of hotels is prosaic; a grande dame here, a business hotel there, a family-friendly one over there. But its recently received a jolt with the addition of two fresh boutique properties,…

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Northeast Metro: July 21 edition

Here's a roundup of the latest edition of NEast Philly Metro, which ran yesterday. The main story -- full text below -- is about Krispy Kreme coming to Fox Chase.…

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Illegal gambling operation shut down in Castor Gardens

Police yesterday raided and shut down an illegal gambling operation in Castor Gardens. Two people were arrested, and several gambling devices were removed from a property on the 6800-block of Bustleton…

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Frankford to host "Take Back the Night"

Community leaders in Frankford announced this week a weekend event called Take Back the Night. On Friday, July 23, District Attorney Seth Williams, along with Frankford residents, business owners and neighborhood…

Real NEastate: Homebuyer tax credit extension

Q: I heard that the $8,000 Buyer Tax Credit was extended. I am looking for a house now and could really use the incentive if I find a fixer-upper. How long…

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Police seize 45 guns from Bustleton man

Police yesterday seized 45 guns and matching ammunition from a Somerton man. According to reports, Yuri Arkadyev, 44, walked into the 7th District Police station yesterday afternoon wearing a bullet…

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