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    • Colorful chairs lined up on one of the three Spruce Street Harbor Park barges

Spruce Street Harbor opens Friday

Lounge in a hammock orchard. Sit beneath an umbrella on an anchored barge overlooking floating flower gardens and the river. Drink Philly beer, eat Philly or boardwalkesque food, play bocce ball.…

    • Spruce Street Harbor Park
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June 23-29: Talk Design Review | plan Lower NW | get outside for art, trails, SS Harbor Park

This week brings planning talk as well as summery of options for spending time outside, from bike rides to movies and beyond: DISCUSS: Civic Design Review – How does it work…

    • A scene from two days after the water-main break at East Falls' Bakers Centre. (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks, file)

Reparations for businesses impacted by massive Bakers Centre water-main break remain uncertain

The giant crater has been paved over. The cause of the 13-million-gallon water main gusher has been determined. And the store buildings have been repaired and are open again at Bakers…

    • The University Bike Collective hopes to encourage more cycling throughout University City
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June 23: Temple buying William Penn HS | Naudain St explosion mysteries | NextFab growth | Dietz & Watson courted | CyclePhilly data

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. Hope you enjoyed the beautiful weekend. Here’s what we’re reading: Last week Drexel closed on University City High School and Temple’s $15 million bid for…

    • Mormon Temple under construction, June 2014
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SPOTTED: Dilworth Park, Mormon towers, La Colombe, copper domes

Our eyes are ever peeled for interesting sights and sites. Here’s what we spotted this week: Dilworth Plaza to Park Construction on Dilworth Plaza – excuse me Dilworth Park (when did…

    • PATCO trains to New Jersey, Photo by Phillytrax
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June 20: City budget, $30m more for schools | PATCO ridership drop | Buffered bike lane dreams | Pedestrian safety | Cunningham Piano

Happy Friday! At its final session before summer recess City Council passed a $4.5 billion operating budget, rafts of bills enabling things like bike share and affordable housing development, the…

    • Photo taken in May shows that DRWC fencing was cut

Exclusive: Teens using waterfront trail, piers in Pennsport for drinking parties

Organization that controls the trail and piers says it will change security procedures; police will reportedly increase patrols. Pennsport Civic Pres. says an improved community/river connection would bring more people and…

    • Huey garden club students lending a hand
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Huey Elementary School gets pop-up improvements

Samuel B. Huey Elementary School’s front garden woke up last Thursday as an overgrown patch of green and ended the day looking a bit brighter and decidedly less overgrown. In the…

    • Piazza gathering | David Swift, EOTS Flickr group
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June 19: Blatstein's vision for Broad and Washington | Planning for Comcast tower | Open data frustrations | PHA and unions cut deal | Inside Beth Shalom Synagogue

Happy Thursday Streeters. Like a jolt of coffee, here's your morning Buzz:  Developer Bart Blatstein shared his vision for the vacant northeast corner of Broad and Washington streets: a vertical version…

    • Proposed PHL Skyspire

Space Needle for South Philly?

Could you see a Space Needle-like structure rising 615 feet out of the ground in South Philadelphia? PHL Local Gaming says you will, if the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board grants them…

    • 606-608 S 8th Street, completed in 2014
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Parking logic: Three reasons ZBA should say no to garage-fronted rowhouses

Say zoning and eyes glaze over. But really zoning is code for capturing the kind of city we want to live in. Zoning is where planning gets personal. For me that’s…

    • Abandoned slurpee.
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Can Instagram help curb litter?

Can photos of crushed cigarette packs or discarded soft drinks help rescue Philly from its overwhelming litter problems? Probably not, but isn't it worth a try? Litterati is a startup that…

    • Suburban Station | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group
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June 18: 22nd and Market memorial artwork | Suburban Station naming rights | Pitched school funding fight | Blackwell on University City HS sale | Clarke fundraiser

Good morning Streeters. We may be a few days before the official start of summer but we’ve got the year’s first heat advisory today. Go lightly. Three sculptors are finalists to…

    • JKR Queen Village site
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Site work underway at JKR's Queen Village townhome development

JKR Partners is doing the literal groundwork at its 75-townhome BridgeView development in Queen Village, where the I-95 Washington Avenue off-ramp meets Columbus Boulevard. “They are really doing what they said…

    • Center City transit concourse
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June 17: PGW sale drags on | University City HS site nets $21.1m | SEPTA concourse cleaning, overnight ridership | Google Earth and the city

Good morning Streeters. It's gonna feel like real summer out there today. Is City Council willfully dragging its feet on the PGW sale? The Daily News finds that council’s consultant, performing…

    • Waiting for the bus

SEPTA New Payment Technology more than a year behind schedule

SEPTA Deputy General Manager Jeff Knueppel can “neither confirm nor deny” whether or not New Payment Technology (NPT) – the electronic payment system SEPTA is building to replace tokens – will…

    • Old City resident Mike Daddario and Winston

Part of Penn's Landing literally goes to the dogs

Yo Philly dogs! Tell your people there's a new place to play on the Delaware River. Old City residents Mike Daddario and Jeff Meteer brought their dogs and one they were…

    • pa gaming board 752 502 s

Court dismisses suit alleging state gaming board lacks authority to re-issue former Foxwoods license

A lawsuit claiming the state gaming board has no legal right to re-issue Philadelphia's second casino license was Monday dismissed by state Commonwealth Court. RPRS Gaming, L.P., a minority partner in…

    • Bloomsday at the Rosenbach
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June 16-22: Al fresco all week

This week it's all about being outside: for literature, supper, entertainment, and exploring green spots. Here's what's on: READ: Bloomsday Monday, June 16, 9:30am-11:30am at the Free Library Parkway Central branch…

    • Front and Girard | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group
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June 16: SEPTA's brief strike, overnite subway service | Affordable housing funds | Lancaster Avenue Redevelopment Corp's unraveling | Mander Rec cleanup | National Archives move irks

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. Here goes:  SEPTA’s regional rail workers struck in the wee hours of Saturday morning, but it was brief. By early Sunday service on SEPTA’s 13…

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