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    • Will PGW be privatized? | Philadelphia Gas Works 02 | Flickr user wavingatyou, Creative Commons
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Privatizing PGW, NoLibs parking scuffle, SEPTA police could strike, emergency repairs along Lincoln Drive

Will PGW be privatized? | Philadelphia Gas Works 02 | Flickr user wavingatyou, Creative Commons Mayor Nutter said the Philadelphia Gas Works could be for sale, during his speech to…

    • School bus in Chinatown, Philadelphia | Flickr user flodigrip | Creative Commons
    • No door at the Divine Lorraine | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr group
    • Vacant lots on Point Breeze Avenue that OCF Realty wants to develop. | GoogleMaps
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Point Breeze development rumbles? Blame the process.

Monday night’s South Philadelphia H.O.M.E.S. (SPHINC) zoning meeting was not about zoning. Of the projects on the agenda, the only one heard was OCF Realty’s proposed mixed-use development at the corner…

    • Fleur-de-lis | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr pool
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Whither Overbrook Farms Historic District, legalizing bandit signs, Boy Scouts HQ still in limbo, Performance Garage to close

Fleur-de-lis | flickr user Rob Lybeck, Eyes on the Street flickr poolOverbrook Farms isn’t sure it wants to become a local historic district, even though the homeowners’ association has…

    • Into Fame | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street flickr group
    • West Rockland Street neighbors had cleaned and mulched three vacant lots in September. PHA auctioned one of the lots in December for $11,000 but the buyer has backed out. | courtesy of Aine Doley
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Lots by the lot: What happened after the PHA vacant property auctions?

When the Philadelphia Housing Authority held its second scattered-site property auction in December, Ainé Doley went to the sale in hopes of removing a property on her block from the list.…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke

City Council starts the year with a handful of revenue- and job-generation bills

In their first meeting of 2012, City Council members introduced a raft of bills and resolutions both ceremonial and substantial, including two bills previously submitted by Councilman Darrell Clarke at the…

    • The 4,100-acre study area for Lower Schuylkill Master Plan. | PIDC
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Mayor Nutter on 'Press Pass,' asking feds to do more for cities

Via msnbc.com America's mayors want Congress to stop the infighting and lend us a hand. Last week Mayor Michael Nutter was in Washington D.C. with the U.S. Conference of Mayors to…

    • 1301 | flickr user eskepe, Eyes on the Street flickr group
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January 23-27: Deep Green Seminar, State of the Union Bingo, 'Clybourne Park' opens, Architecture and Energy

1301 | flickr user eskepe, Eyes on the Street flickr groupDeep Green Seminar with the Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Tuesday, January 24, 6-7pm. Coral Street Arts House, 2446 Coral Street.…

    • E.M. Stanton Elementary School's decorative cornice. | PlanPhilly
    • The construction of the old West Philadelphia High School building, from 1912.

100 years ago, new schools were built for growing city

This guest blog post comes from Ken Finkel, who compiled some historical photos of the construction of several District schools that are now facing closure. He blogs at The Philly History…

    • Frown | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • Crevasse | Flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr pool
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Zoning remapping plan okayed, 12-story apartment house to replace YWCA Annex, Yorktown student housing ban stands, City loses millions to Wall Street swaps

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission approved the way forward for zoning remapping at Tuesday’s meeting, reports PlanPhilly’s Jared Brey. On August 22, 2012 (the day the new zoning code takes effect)…

West Passyunk Revitalization Kickoff Event this Thursday 1/19/12

Hello everyone, This week, we are having a huge event to let the community about changes that will be happening in West Passyunk with two major projects that are taking place…

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MLK Day of Service, Central Delaware zoning, Philly first in modesty, mod-minded rebirth for Mercantile Library

Good morning, chilly Philly. If you're free, warm up by participating in the Martin Luther King Day of Service. Opportunities abound in every neighborhood, and Girard College is the city’s…

    • CDAG heartened at Squilla's stance on zoning ordinances, plans open letter to city council

CDAG heartened at Squilla's stance on zoning ordinances, plans open letter to city council

Central Delaware Advocacy Group members liked what First District Councilman Mark Squilla had to say about single-parcel zoning legislation at their Thursday night meeting.Squilla said he would only introduce such…

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Solving sprawl, circa 1959

The Atlantic Cities recently posted this promotional anti-sprawl film from 1959 made by the National Association of Home Builders in partnership with the Urban Land Institute. I could not resist sharing this…

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