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    • Harbison milk bottle

Iconic Kensington milk bottle protected from wrecking ball

Kensington’s iconic milk bottle-shaped water tower and the aging industrial building it perches upon can no longer be demolished without a fight. In a unanimous Friday vote, the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

    • St. Laurentius nestled in tight rowhouse blocks | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Faith No More: Judge dismisses suit to prevent development of St. Laurentius site

On Tuesday, a neighborhood group suffered a severe setback in their stubborn attempt to keep apartments out of the abandoned St. Laurentius church in Fishtown. Last year, the Zoning Board…

    • The community center in a planned Philadelphia Housing Authority project

Civic Design Review Meeting Offers Hesitant Praise to Proposed Developments.

The Civic Design Review Committee's (CDR) August session granted approval with numerous suggestions. While both were met with general praise from the staffers, there was also a consensus that each would…

    • Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero created Las Parcelas and another five gardens in the late 1980s | Emma Lee/WHYY

As Norris Square changes, Las Parcelas puts down new roots

On a recent Tuesday evening, Ana Montañez was weeding her garden plot at Las Parcelas, a landmark community garden located in West Kensington. She teaches kids how to grow food in…

    • Planner David Fecteau discussing zoning changes with Somerset Neighbors for Better Living, January 2017

Scrap yard fight in Kensington won't end with rezoning

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) gave the members of Somerset Neighbors for Better Living (SNBL) some good news regarding the future of three scrap yards located north…

    • Dumpster Pool

August 1: Speeding up Amtrak on the cheap | 100 years of zoning | Dumpster pool

Alon Levy offers some cheaper alternatives to some of the budget-busting proposals in Amtrak's NEC Futures plan. One idea: fixing Frankford Junction to cut travel times between New York and…

    • Mega lot

July 21: Kensington pop-up landfill | Self-gerrymandering in Philly and Cleveland | Awesometown gets LEED Platinum

Ptah Gabrie at The Spirit of the Riverwards looks into the vicious cycle of illegal dumping on the Kensington "mega lots" formerly partly occupied by the Buck Hosiery building, which burned…

    • Rendering of proposed Orinoka Civic House, courtesy NKCDC and Jibe Design

March 11: Judge blocks school building sales | 20-year abatement reax | Two Kensingtons

A Court of Common Pleas judge blocked the sale of Walter G. Smith elementary in Point Breeze, along with four other SDP buildings, to Maryland-based Concordia Group, reports Wilford Shamlin III.…

    • Kensington

Shift Capital makes the bull case for Kensington redevelopment

Shift Capital is redeveloping properties in Kensington. Not East Kensington, not South Kensington, and not Olde Kensington. Kensington. In the area bounded roughly by Erie Avenue, Kensington Avenue, and G Street, far above…

    • Public property auction | Google Earth

City to auction off nearly 200 properties in South Philly and Kensington

More than 185 properties owned by the City of Philadelphia, the Redevelopment Authority, and the Philadelphia Housing Development Corporation will be sold at private auction in June. The properties, clustered in…

    • Albion Mills, Hagert and Jasper

Developers seek zoning change for mill redevelopment in Kensington

Last month, Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a zoning bill that would allow for an abandoned mill building in Kensington to be redeveloped into apartments and commercial space. The property, formerly Albion…

    • Cherelle Parker

February 24: Parker announces for 9th District | Kensington fire | Philly sprawl

Rep. Cherelle Parker formally announced her candidacy for 9th District Councilwoman Marian Tasco's seat. Tasco is retiring from Council. There was a massive fire in a commercial building in Kensington this…

    • Patrolling River Wards | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Pool
Eyes on the Street

May 9: Flashy Philly Phlash | Kensington fire shuts down El | Property assessment data released | Ads on municipal buildings | Philly commuters biking more, walking less | City Ave road repairs

Happy Friday, Eyes on the Street! A made-over Philly Phlash hits the streets today and will run through December. Philadelphia Business Journal reports that the new buses accommodate more people and…

    • The Ben Franklin Bridge was built with room to accomodate bicycles and pedestrians, Photo by Neal Santos
    • Old Coal Pier, Photo by BlogKing
    • Civic Design Review Committee holds inaugural meeting to consider senior housing

Civic Design Review Committee holds inaugural meeting to consider senior housing

The brand-new Civic Design Review Committee of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its first meeting Tuesday afternoon to discuss the merits of a proposed 40-unit affordable housing development for senior…

    • Furnessadelphia opens this evening for First Friday. Here's Nom Now's piece on a metal door at Drexel's Paul Peck Center, originally the Centennial National Bank.
Eyes on the Street

October 5-7: Furnessadelphia | River City Festival | Sustainability walking tour

Furnessadelphia Friday, October 5, 6-8pm. Art in the Age, 116 N. 3rd Street. Art in the Age and Streets Dept. presents a street art salute to the banks of Frank Furness.…

    • RFP goes out for Spring Garden Connector project, plus other riverfront project updates

RFP goes out for Spring Garden Connector project, plus other riverfront project updates

An RFP went out this week seeking a designer for the Spring Garden Connector project -  improvements with the goal of making walking or biking from Northern Liberties to the waterfront…

    • Friends of the Japanese House and Garden will be honored by HSP for their work restoring Fairmount Park's Sakura Pavilion. | Christine Fisher
Eyes on the Street

Making Phoenix Community Park last | Coyle pleads guilty | HIP Award honorees | UC's rusty water

Friends of the Japanese House and Garden will be honored by HSP for their work restoring Fairmount Park's Sakura Pavilion. | Christine Fisher Seven years ago, Phoenix Community Park rose from…

    • Since its launch in 2010, the South Philly Food Co-op has already reached more than 300 members. | Photo by Albert Yee
Eyes on the Street

Two Philadelphia Food Co-Ops Receive $25,000 Grants

If you want to see how community food co-ops launch, grow and flourish, Philadelphia is becoming a great case study. This month, two up-and-coming community food co-ops each received $25,000 in…

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