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    • Work in progress at Pier 53. Photo courtesy DRWC.

A sneak peek at the transformation of Pier 53

While the city's former immigration pier won't officially open as the latest Delaware River park until August, a sneak peek at that history, and the current ecology, happens later this month.…

    • May 1 flood damage, Photo courtesy of Fairmount Water Works
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Fairmount Water Works still recovering from May 1 flood

The rainstorm that flooded the Schuylkill Banks, left passengers stranded on the roof of a SEPTA bus and forced the grade-level CSX pedestrian crossing at Locust Street to close, also…

    • The reconfigured and reconstructed west branch of Indian Creek, Photo courtesy of PWD
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City "daylights" first creek, restoring it from sewer to stream

Beneath Philly’s streets lies approximately 3,000 miles of sewers - both manmade channels and creeks that were capped and incorporated into the sewer system as the city developed. Now, thanks to…

    • Summer Winter Community Garden in its Powelton Village neighborhood

New gardens, new tools, and a summer garden tour

Under the wrought-iron arch of one of its most established community gardens, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust Wednesday announced the preservation of two new ones, a city-wide summer garden party, and the…

    • Pastorius Park, Photo by Gary Reed
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Events you'll love this LOVE Your Park Week

Philly's annual celebration of the city's unique, 10,200-acre park system is back this year with eight days of service projects, events, educational programming, tours and more. LOVE Your Park Week kicks…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent, now the southern most portion of the Schuylkill River Trail will soon lead into Bartram's Mile

William Penn uses trails to build Delaware River constituency

The William Penn Foundation made a splash this month when it announced a multi-year commitment to spend $35 million aimed at protecting the Delaware River watershed as a critical source of…

    • Two of the YouthBuild students help Andrew Palewski position one of the original porch columns | YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter
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TEDxPhiladelphia: The new classroom of the world

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can also join us for a …

    • The Thursday farmers' market returned to Clark Park this week
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New, simplified rules for farmers' markets

Philadelphia has 65 farmers' markets, and the city wants to encourage even more. New changes to the City’s Code could do just that. Last week City Council approved changes that eliminate…

    • Team Auto Civitas: The Auto Civitas team: Ida Qu (left) and Zhen Qin

Q-n-A with some Bacon student competition winners

Competitors in the Bacon Award's student design competition examined how autonomous cars would shape the future of a city or regional site. Their presentations had to address six areas of potential…

    • Auto Civitas Vision

Ed Bacon competition examines Philly with driver-less cars

Student winners include teams from Cornell, Penn and the University of Texas; Former Mayor and Governor Rendell gets Edmund N. Bacon Prize What would life in Philadelphia look like if cars,…

    • Pier 68 postcard

Public meeting with Pier 68 designers set; DRWC 5-year report released

Got an idea for the future of Pier 68? Everyone's invited to talk with the design team that will create a wetlands park from the former industrial pier at a Feb.…

    • Wissahickon East Project
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Neighbors clean newly secured East Mount Airy parkland

Just before the first snowfall of the season, volunteers gathered in East Mount Airy to clean six acres of former farm land that, after years of neighbor-developer conflict, the city has…

    • New American City

A two-day brainstorm on the future of cities

Mayors, urban planners and leaders in business, education and technology will converge in Philadelphia Wednesday and Thursday for the local edition of a traveling conversation on the future of cities. “There…

    • Berridge Bus Shop

SEPTA's green garage achieves environmental certification

I’m willing to bet that SEPTA’s Berridge Bus Shop in North Philly is one of the cleanest garages in the city, and thanks to environmental certification that the shop recently received,…

    • Tacony Creek Trail

Region's trail funding future is unclear

This fall, the pool of money that has been infusing the region’s budding trail network for the past three years dried up.  The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC) has doled…

    • Philadelphia's alleys

Plan to change Pearl Street from dark alley to community, cultural connector

The Asian Arts Initiative hopes to transform tiny Pearl Street from a foreboding alley to a lively linkage between the Callowhill and Chinatown neighborhoods. Based on community input and his own…

    • A cyclist cruises on the new Port Richmond Trail's new pervious pavement

Completed Port Richmond Trail returns the river to its neighbors

One year and one week after officials broke ground on the Port Richmond Trail, they returned to open the 1.6-mile segment, which runs along Allegheny and Delaware avenues to Lewis…

    • The current playground equipment at 37th and Mt. Vernon streets in Mantua. Photo courtesy of The Trust for Public Land
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Renovations planned for Mantua playground

By the summer of 2015, the corner of 37th and Mount Vernon streets in Mantua will have a revamped and greened playground thanks to a partnership between Philadelphia Parks & Recreation…

    • The project emphasizes green building technology and green living amenities
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reNewbold development breaks ground at 16th and Moore

In Newbold, a new name for a section of an old neighborhood, what's new is progress on reNewbold, a sustainable housing development coming to 16th and Moore streets. Yesterday John…

    • Lily Pond at Longwood Gardens, Photo by Bob Bruhin
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October 7-11: The city in the forest lecture | DIY Data Gathering | MOTU @ Nerd Nite | PHS Tree Tenders Training

Here are a few of this week's especially nerdy, plannerly events. Enjoy! LEARN: The City in the Forest, How Urban Nature Changes Lives and Saves the Planet Monday, October 7. 6…

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