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    • Old Dock St, 1925 (Image no. 4886) | Aero Service Corp. | Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Old City and Society Hill waterfront, 1925

Our last two From Above aerial selections have showcased the Central Delaware Waterfront in the 1920s, checking in on bridge construction in 1924 and catching a bird-eye view of waterfront life in…

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Dickinson Square Park renewed, reopened

For months the core of Dickinson Square Park has been blocked off with construction fencing while crews worked on a $1.2 million park renewal project. But on July 25 neighbors celebrated the…

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Sunset on the Delaware River [slideshow]

    • Emerald Street Urban Farm, Kensington | credit: Todd Henkin
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Urban Sustainability or Stability

Urban Sustainability or Stability by Nic Esposito   I was extremely conflicted when I made the move from West Philly to Kensington. Living on the heart of Baltimore Avenue afforded me…

    • Lot 8, between 33rd and 34th at Spruce Street, will become Spruce Street Plaza.
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Construction begins at Spruce Street Plaza

Between the Penn Museum and the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is Lot 8: an unremarkable wedge shaped parking lot between 33rd and 34th Streets at Spruce Street, probably best…

    • The Atlantic Building, 260 S. Broad Street.
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Atlantic Building bought by Post Brothers

The Atlantic Building, a 1920s office tower standing at Spruce and South Broad, has been sold to Post Brothers. Yes, that Post Brothers, Matthew and Michael Pestronk. The ones converting the…

    • Where are these odd birds of iron?
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Eye Spy: Fanciful, feathered ironwork

One day I will walk into a fire hydrant or parked car because I'm staring up at a building. I'm a total sucker for architectural detail - and if you're wired to…

    • Heron sprayground
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Help Desk: Is Seger Park's splash pad busted? Where's a toddler to cool off?

[updated 7/18/12 at 6:54pm] On a recent scorchingly hot afternoon, I stopped by Herron Playground at 2nd and Reed streets and saw throngs of kids and parents cooling off in the…

    • Mockup of the first Freewall project. | artwork by Robert Goodman
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Artist David Guinn launches Freewall mural project at Fergie's

Devoted Eyes on the Street readers will know David Guinn as the artist who created Autumn, the Bella Vista mural at 9th and Bainbridge streets that was covered up in…

    • The SS United States | Copyright photo: Steven B. Ujifusa for the SS United States Conservancy
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Q&A: Steven Ujifusa on the SS United States

Historian Steven Ujifusa first wrote about the SS United States for PlanPhilly five years ago, and this summer we’re proud to help him celebrate the release of his book,…

    • Hawthorne Park at 12th and Catharine streets is officially open.
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Hello Hawthorne Park

On Thursday, the ribbon was cut at Hawthorne Park, the latest among the city's new batch of public spaces to open in 2012. PlanPhilly's JoAnn Greco was on hand for the grand opening…

    • Marina View Tower | Ensemble Real Estate
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Poll: Is Philly losing its reform-minded planning backbone?

Time was, Philadelphia scared off out-of-town developers with our convoluted (sometimes crooked) ways, leaving behind only insiders who could navigate our strange channels to build here. But recent years have been…

    • Members of the Viola Street Residents Association conducting an inventory of vacant property on their street.
    • PHS Pops-Up Garden has taken over a vacant property on the 1900 block of Walnut Street.
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PHS Pops-Up vibrantly on a vacant, tax-delinquent lot

As PlanPhilly's JoAnn Greco recently reported, Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's PHS Pops-Up Garden has returned for the second year running. This year a long-vacant lot on the 1900 block of Walnut Street…

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How can Philly's walkability improve?

Do blocked sidewalks make you grit your teeth? Does it burn you up when a cyclist cruises down the sidewalk heading right for you? What about when you have to tempt…

    • March 18, 1953: Looking south along 26th Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
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Mid-Century Philly: Before Schuylkill Banks

What came before Schuylkill Banks and Schuylkill River Park? For today's Mid-Century Philly, we shift our gaze from commercial corridors to look down 26th Street from Locust. Before the recreational…

    • Feb. 7 1949: 415-425 South Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
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Mid-Century Philly: 415-425 South Street

For today's Mid-Century Philly, we look to the north side of South Street between 4th and 5th streets in 1949. Back then the retail mix included a Tri-Plex shoe store,…

    • July 9, 1954: Inquirer Building | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Picture Collection
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Mid-Century Philly: Inquirer and Daily News HQs

As the Inquirer and Daily News move to their new home at 8th and Market this month, we look back at their old homes for today's installation of Mid-Century Philly.…

    • May 9, 1950: 1227-29 Market Street | Parker & Mullikin, Free Library of Philadelphia Print and Pictures Collection
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Mid-Century Philly: 12th and Market

Today 12th and Market is dominated by SEPTA's headquarters, the PSFS (Loews Hotel), the Convention Center Marriott. But back in 1950, storefronts like these ruled the day. In today's Mid-Century Philly…

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