• Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.
      Learn about the conditions that led to Frank Furness' most incredible masterworks, including the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts seen here, on Wednesday.

Parks & Rec budget shift | Planning Commission supports Norris Square rezoning | townhouses for Rivers Edge | Mercy Street gardening | Grand Jury looks at Buck fire | SEPTA's nerve center | Moyer rules



Will the Department of Parks & Recreation see $8 million restored to its budget? PlanPhilly’s JoAnn Greco went to City Council’s budget hearing for Parks & Rec and she reports park advocates have found allies in freshmen Council Members like Mark Squilla.

Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez's controversial rezoning proposal for Norris Square, which would restrict multi-family housing development, was approved by a split-decision at the Planning Commission. PlanPhilly's Jared Brey reports that prior to the vote, the commission heard protests by supporters of the Norris Square Civic Association which is planning a 15-unit co-op housing development at the former St. Boniface site. NSCA has already pulled its zoning permits for the project, but Councilwoman Quiñones-Sánchez plans to contest the project's permits. The Councilwoman said, “I will challenge it, I will appeal it, and I will run down the clock on them."

Developer David Perlman presented the Planning Commission his proposal for a 38-unit townhouse development at Front and Willow, in the Rivers Edge nook of Old City. PlanPhilly's Kellie Patrick Gates reports the proposal’s low density, given the C-4 zoning, surprised and pleased members of the commission. “What's shocking is that you are sitting on a C-4 property, and behaving rationally instead of exuberantly,” said planning commission chair Alan Greenberger. “I don't know what to say, except thank you.”

NewsWorks visits the growing Mercy Street gardens, started/squatted by Occupy Vacant Lots (formerly Philly Food Forests), where free-form community gardening is taking root in South Philly.

The District Attorney’s Office announced a grand jury investigation into the Buck Hosiery fire, the Inquirer reports. Meanwhile, Curbed Philly posted Laura Kicey’s 2010 photos from inside the Buck Hosiery building.

Photographer Steve Weinik offers a peek into SEPTA’s “Nerve Center” at Hidden City Daily. It’s the high-tech hub of SEPTA’s activity and reveals how advanced the agency actually is in terms of real-time operations monitoring.

Last night Jamie Moyer became the oldest pitcher ever to win a major league baseball game. We salute you, Jamie! Too bad it was with the Rockies.

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