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New PWD Project To Teach Children Ecology & Technology

New PWD Project To Teach Children Ecology & Technology

April 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

GreenSTEM systems to be installed in four schools, the inequality of urban pollution, jazz month in Philly, parklets being installed in West Philly, and terrible timing in closing Kensington store > more

PATCO Announces $7.5 System Upgrade

PATCO Announces $7.5 System Upgrade

April 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Clearer information and working escalators for PATCO, delays in UC student housing development, the William Penn Foundation’s new approach to safe watershed awareness, and what the Lower Northwest invented for the world > more

Advocacy Group To Urge Lawmakers To End “Lingering” Zoning Variances

Advocacy Group To Urge Lawmakers To End “Lingering” Zoning Variances

April 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

CDAG to work towards “reasonable sunset provisions” on waterfront development proposals, the promise of the Mantua Promise Zone, Charles Willson Peale and the revolutionary museum imperative, SEPTA to test all-night subway service this summer, and cherries blossoming in Chestnut Hill > more

Ground Broken On Luxurious AQ Rittenhouse

Ground Broken On Luxurious AQ Rittenhouse

April 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Old YWCA annex makes way for 12-story luxury apartments in Center City, Feibush calls foul in latest Kenyatta Johnson move in Point Breeze, a lack of ambition at South Broad’s St. Rita’s Shrine, and how Gratz High turned itself around > more

Parishioners of “Manayunk’s Cathedral” Determined To Save Historic Church

Parishioners of “Manayunk’s Cathedral” Determined To Save Historic Church

April 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Committee formed to tackle St. John the Baptist’s challenges, high levels of lead detected in Philly soil, first hotel opens at the Navy Yard, and N3RD St signs being installed > more

“Glorified Billboards” & Dishonest Promises For Urban Development

“Glorified Billboards” & Dishonest Promises For Urban Development

April 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

UEDs as gaudy and tired props, judge affirms previous 40th & Pine demolition decision, Drexel set to announce firms for upcoming development projects, and learn how to maintain your historic home > more

Train Derailment In Port Richmond

Train Derailment In Port Richmond

April 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Three train cars derail in the Northeast, what the East Falls Development Corporation knows now about façade improvements, a proposal for “urban experiential displays,” and ten years with Citizens Bank Park > more

SEPTA Petitions Washington To Help Stabilize Weather-Beaten Infrastructure

SEPTA Petitions Washington To Help Stabilize Weather-Beaten Infrastructure

April 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Agency wants $186.6 from Sandy relief funds, almost 300 “imminently dangerous” buildings actually owned by the City, proof that expensive preservation efforts are still worth it, and littering in the streets for the sake of parking in the streets > more

Significant Renovations Coming To Two Center City Apartment Complexes

Significant Renovations Coming To Two Center City Apartment Complexes

April 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Aimco to re-work Park Towne Place and the Sterling, phase 1 for viaduct work, renderings for Broad & South development, Sànchez for tax assistance, and delinquent Philly mapped > more

Delays Expected For Pier 68 Park Project

Delays Expected For Pier 68 Park Project

April 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

DRWC just might have a liability on its hands, the economic sense for and against free municipal parking, half a billion dollars coming to area roads this year, and imagining the sounds of Philadelphia > more

$7 Million Campaign Announced To Keep USS Olympia At Penn’s Landing

$7 Million Campaign Announced To Keep USS Olympia At Penn’s Landing

April 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Independence Seaport Museum officials see the light, Germantown muralist discusses Psychylustro, La Salle to build new facility, and social entrepreneurs receive some investment advice > more

A Look At Two Efforts To Fight Crime Through Entrepreneurship

A Look At Two Efforts To Fight Crime Through Entrepreneurship

April 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Nutter breaks ground on vocational training program for inmates, Atlanta man developing public safety communication network in North Philly, renovations at Gorgas Park begin, a cathartic break for one high school, and public art comes crashing down > more

Revisions For Clark Park Mixed-Use Development Presented To Community

Revisions For Clark Park Mixed-Use Development Presented To Community

April 1, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Modern meets Victorian in Spruce Hill, anti-gentrification concerns in North Central, urbanists’ lessons from Memphis, and a Walnut Street building changes hands > more

Were Philly's KOZs DOA?

Were Philly’s KOZs DOA?

March 31, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Debating the worth of the Philly’s Keystone Opportunity Zones, the story of Temple University’s temple, debating the worth of the Philly’s Keystone Opportunity Zones, Jefferson University to take over former steakhouse, and Mt Airy to plant some trees > more

SEPTA Serious On Preservation Of Shawmont Station

SEPTA Serious On Preservation Of Shawmont Station

March 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Roxborough historical treasure in early stages of preservation, steering committee to guide new Germantown beautification initiative, Silk Companies’ plans for two condo buildings at 13th & South, and no billboard overhaul expected for this spring > more

Trial Pedestrian Plaza Coming To Graduate Hospital This Summer

Trial Pedestrian Plaza Coming To Graduate Hospital This Summer

March 27, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Grays Ferry Triangle to act as dual-gateway, the design imperative within public transport, Philly still growing, and a South Philly shopping center swaps hands > more

Now With A Land Bank, Philly Needs To Learn Some Lessons From The NTI Days

Now With A Land Bank, Philly Needs To Learn Some Lessons From The NTI Days

March 26, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Some additional legislative moves needed to ensure the Land Bank’s success, Councilman wants more funding for fire houses, Moyamensing Place’s 15 townhouses for sale (before construction starts), and $100K for Philly Innovation > more

Senator Casey Raises Hopes That North Central Will Get $30 Million Federal Grant

Senator Casey Raises Hopes That North Central Will Get $30 Million Federal Grant

March 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Norris Apartments to come down eventually, South Philadelphia’s “Bloody Angle,” snowy winter brings a library to PHL and building delays to NoLibs, and an all-in-one bike data map > more

Oak Lane Art Deco Bank Waits Patiently For Reuse

Oak Lane Art Deco Bank Waits Patiently For Reuse

March 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The promise that is the Beneficial Savings bank at Broad & Chew Streets, a look at what TEDx has to offer, the ZooBalloon to rise again, and trail planners to get better numbers this spring > more

Postgreen To Bring Some “Awesomeness” To Fishtown

Postgreen To Bring Some “Awesomeness” To Fishtown

March 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The environmentally conscious development firm teams up with NKCDC, PA Chief Justice okays public art expenditures for Family Court, Salvation Army to donate land for memorial park, wandering into Powelton’s past, and a Philly-centric Instagram Hall of Fame > more

The Garden Upstairs

The Garden Upstairs

March 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at three hotel kitchen gardens, plans afoot to replace an entire block of Market Street retail space, new exhibit juxtaposes astronomy and dogs, West Poplar school to be redeveloped as apartment complex, and a call to close Parks & Rec’s funding gap > more

CHOP & Drexel’s Plans To Ford The Schuylkill

CHOP & Drexel’s Plans To Ford The Schuylkill

March 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Plans presented for next CHOP building, John Fry talks Drexel’s ambitions, the need for better L&I data, and a call for corporate tax reform > more

Clarke Announces “Bold” Plan To Slow Gentrification

Clarke Announces “Bold” Plan To Slow Gentrification

March 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mayoral hopeful introduces his vision for more affordable housing units, Church of the Advocate hosts anti-gentrification meetings, casino applicant offers to purchase old Food Distribution Center lot, and offices for sale on South 11th > more

Vacant Buildings: “Imminently Dangerous,” Yet Conditionally Demolished

Vacant Buildings: “Imminently Dangerous,” Yet Conditionally Demolished

March 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

L&I cannot afford demolition of a third of buildings on most dangerous list, from Gladstone yo Khan-crete at 11th & Pine, concerns grow over leaking concourse beneath Broad Street, and wi-fi use increasing in LFP branches > more

Acting On A Little Blind Faith, Preservation Of Frankford Mansion Moving Along

Acting On A Little Blind Faith, Preservation Of Frankford Mansion Moving Along

March 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Another go for the reuse of Frankford mansion, restriping approved for Washington Ave, architectural portraiture at its finest, and planning underway for senior living project in Mantua > more

How Philly Fares In The National Transit Study

How Philly Fares In The National Transit Study

March 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why the Broad Street Line is an underestimated asset, fostering community one elevator ride at a time in Callowhill, Post Bros. positioned for City Ave reuse project, and nerdom made official on North 3rd > more

A “Glass Needle” Proposed By Independence Hall

A “Glass Needle” Proposed By Independence Hall

March 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Developer says demand is there for “ultra-luxury,” a large game of Tetris in UCity next month, Dranoff showing unfinished Southstar Lofts, South Philly civic expects art installation to begin this summer, and writing on the El > more

Retroactive Zoning Proposed For Northern Liberties Commercial District

Retroactive Zoning Proposed For Northern Liberties Commercial District

March 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Much of 2nd Street still auto-related, Trenton China & Pottery interior demolition begins, CSX executives to talk rail safety, a Strawberry Mansion house collapses, and PPA on Pine and Spruce bike-lane parking > more

Eakins-Inspired Mural Coming To Girard Avenue Bridge This May

Eakins-Inspired Mural Coming To Girard Avenue Bridge This May

March 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mural honors four generations of rowing in Philadelphia, Commonwealth Court upholds methadone clinic permit in Holmesburg, City Council seeing results in blight fight, and a baseball exhibit opens this week at the National Museum of American Jewish History > more

Museum Design Ignorant Of Architectural & Revolutionary Context

Museum Design Ignorant Of Architectural & Revolutionary Context

March 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Popkin urges design revolution for INHP space, Germantown residents eager for demolition of Queen Lane Apartments, Roxborough residents push for another dog park for the Lower Northwest, Mt. Sinai conversion approved, and Philly’s economy as large as Thailand’s > more

Massive North Broad Telecommunications Node Changes Hands

Massive North Broad Telecommunications Node Changes Hands

March 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Local firm Amerimar Enterprises and partners team up to acquire 401 N. Broad, improvements for Gorgas Park war memorial, Rendell’s funding pitch for the Museum of the American Revolution, and the latest doings of the Art Commission > more

Where Philadelphians Crash Their Cars

Where Philadelphians Crash Their Cars

March 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The statistics of Philly roadways’ safety, a look at the LOVE mythos, Dranoff talks Schuylkill development, and Starr trying to net $100K for schools > more

Is Crime-Plagued Lawncrest Set For A Comeback?

Is Crime-Plagued Lawncrest Set For A Comeback?

March 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Market shifts pushing neighborhood to the brink, Controller irked by lack of upkeep of public art, NoLibs proposal called too bulky and cliché, and a survey of the Land Bank’s winning coalition > more

Philly Market Well Positioned For The Near-Term, Says Expert Panel

Philly Market Well Positioned For The Near-Term, Says Expert Panel

March 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Investment looks promising moving ahead, some counterintuitive thoughts on urban congestion, what The Inky can still serve up, a controversial dog park proposed in Spring Garden, and the remnants of a trolley car empire > more

Philly Dominates In 2014 ArtPlace Grant Finalist List

Philly Dominates In 2014 ArtPlace Grant Finalist List

February 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A plurality of art grant finalists are in Philly, everything came together for Paseo Verde, the ethics of a developer fighting for gentrification as a City Councilman, and the Boyd inches closer to its demise > more

School District To Reportedly Unload Four Properties

School District To Reportedly Unload Four Properties

February 27, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Deals would net City less than half of promised funds, take 2 for Blumberg apartments in Sharswood, Calder’s depiction of William Penn, and Lancaster Square brings its namesake hope > more

This July 4, Celebrate Where It All Began—With Beer

This July 4, Celebrate Where It All Began—With Beer

February 26, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Dow Chemical building to open beer garden by Independence Mall, stitching communities and fabrics together in Old City, the lingering specter of Foxwoods, and Comcast # 2 advances in City Council > more

Black Writers Museum Reopens In Historic Germantown Residence

Black Writers Museum Reopens In Historic Germantown Residence

February 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A cultural attraction opens its doors in Germantown, Gayborhood senior living center a “gift to the community,” majority of Avenue of the Arts building purchased, 4 decades of Philly’s shrinking middle class, and the Water Dept. requests student graphic designs > more

Lovett Memorial Library Expansion Set For 2015

Lovett Memorial Library Expansion Set For 2015

February 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Preliminary designs for expanded Lovett Memorial Library revealed, Nutter ends the practice of informing on illegal immigrants, 40th Street Station together elevators, and SEPTA to entertain the thought of resumed 24/7 service > more

When Good Urbanism Meets Bad Architecture

When Good Urbanism Meets Bad Architecture

February 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Cliche and courage at 16th & Vine, plans developing to core out Lit Brothers building, traffic anxieties for plann Walnut Lane Bride work, and an open house in Hawthorne Hall > more

Gentrification & Caffeination In Fishtown

Gentrification & Caffeination In Fishtown

February 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A sociological look at Fishtown, Councilman lobby's for LOVE Park skateboarders, green cards-for-cash for Chinatown community center, and heavy taxes for Philly > more

PCPC Supports Project, Yet Demands Greater Respect For Civic Design Review Suggestions

PCPC Supports Project, Yet Demands Greater Respect For Civic Design Review Suggestions

February 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Broad & Callowhill apartments “set an expectation of quality,” an older NoLibs on display, petitioning SEPTA for continuous subway operations, Sloan church demolished, and union leaders arrested > more

Wood Pulp Distribution Center Coming To Tioga Terminal

Wood Pulp Distribution Center Coming To Tioga Terminal

February 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The Corbett administration entices a Brazilian firm to Philly, Logan Square Family Court building to become luxury hotel, ticket shock on East Passyunk, and some old-time Philly industrial trivia > more

The Unexpected Challenge Of The Roxy’s Rebirth

The Unexpected Challenge Of The Roxy’s Rebirth

February 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why round 2 for the Sansom Street theater almost didn’t happen, preservation through demolition, mystery project by Rittenhouse, a pop-up garden in the snow, and a roof collapse next to Pat’s > more

Why Self-Driving Vehicles Won’t Be Enough To Reinvent Urban Space

Why Self-Driving Vehicles Won’t Be Enough To Reinvent Urban Space

February 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Contentious discussions ahead before any “AVs” hit the streets, L&I’s campaign against blight making headway, reconsidering the Lower North’s traffic flow, Philly as a city of makers, and free trees > more

Phase 2 Of Mormon Church Development Announced

Phase 2 Of Mormon Church Development Announced

February 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

An apartment tower and meetinghouse planned for 16th & Vine, $5 million in grants for traffic improvements, first design for Passyunk Square apartment complex not too popular, and literal grassroots development in North Central > more

Vestige Of The Workshop Of The World Looks Ahead

Vestige Of The Workshop Of The World Looks Ahead

February 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at DisstonPrecision, Water Dept. releases guide for green streets, Market8 gets endorsements, Fishtown Rec Center receives new hockey rink, and healthy food options a harder sell than first thought > more

Nutter & Clarke Reach LOVE Park Design & Funding Compromise

Nutter & Clarke Reach LOVE Park Design & Funding Compromise

February 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Less restaurants and less tax-based funds for LOVE Park renovations, Washington West seen as eventual mixed-use hub, the last look of Penn’s unwanted Victorian mansions, Weinstein goes non-union for Germantown project, and Trenton China Pottery moves along > more

The Overlapping Centuries Of Mayfair Florist

The Overlapping Centuries Of Mayfair Florist

February 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Inside Stein Your Florist in Mayfair, Woodlands selects master plan coordinator, Blackwell moves on Market Street Police HQ, and transit-oriented development proposals sought for far West Philly > more

The Best Yet From Dranoff

The Best Yet From Dranoff

February 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why the "long-legged" Spruce Street building gets it right, shuttered Alexander Wilson Elementary to go residential, Black History Month exhibition in Chestnut Hill, and tax help sites open across the city > more

Ensuring Abandoned Buildings Are Safe— Easier Said Than Done

Ensuring Abandoned Buildings Are Safe— Easier Said Than Done

February 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

L&I still in over its head, ground broken for UCity apartment tower, pedestrian amenities now easier to obtain, and Mt. Airy book shop and community center to close > more

Groups To Appeal Variance For Franklin Institute’s Flashing Signage On Parkway

Groups To Appeal Variance For Franklin Institute’s Flashing Signage On Parkway

February 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Logan Square residents fight to preserve Parkway streetscape, the possibilities and difficulties in reopening Franklin Square Park’s PATCO station, targeting blight in select neighborhoods seems to be working, and the Veep to speak in University City > more

The Shirt Corner To Be Demolished Tomorrow

The Shirt Corner To Be Demolished Tomorrow

February 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Cracks in walls force change of plans in reuse of port buildings, pealing back the layers of one rowhome, homeless healthcare to expand in North Central Philly with new center, and a water main breaks next to the Boulevard > more

City Seal Statue To Be Repurposed For Bella Vista’s Cianfrani Park

City Seal Statue To Be Repurposed For Bella Vista’s Cianfrani Park

February 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

“Peace” & “Plenty” to stick around, subdividing The Galley’s Kmart space, no drive-thru permitted for Ridge Ave Wendy’s, and perhaps a Super Bowl in Philly? > more

Local Casino Chairmen Say Second License Would Be Self-Defeating

Local Casino Chairmen Say Second License Would Be Self-Defeating

January 31, 2014  |  Morning Blend

SugarHouse’s Neil Bluhm flies in from Chicago, DeSimone proposes lotless car dealership in NoLibs, report urges a refocus in taxation, Philly’s hidden libraries, and residents won’t get their police mini-station in Germantown > more

Bill Seeks For Philly To

Bill Seeks For Philly To “Lead The Way” In Preventing Future Warehouse Fires

January 30, 2014  |  Morning Blend

O’Brien to introduce bill that would strengthen Fire Code, Eagles to install new HD screens, checking up on the homeless, and work underway on the Coltrane House > more

Fundraising Sources Within Sight For Phase 1 Of Rail Park

Fundraising Sources Within Sight For Phase 1 Of Rail Park

January 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Still waiting for phase 1 of Rail Park, too much density for one NoLibs proposal, SEPTA looking at bi-level train cars, and chunk of Grays Ferry bridge comes crashing down > more

East Passyunk Gateway To Be Unveiled To Public

East Passyunk Gateway To Be Unveiled To Public

January 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A $500K grant for East Passyunk project, a modest proposal for LOVE Park, incentivizing off-street parking, and SEPTA fights the cold > more

Artists & Libertarians Coming To Mantua Artist’s Defense In Eminent Domain Proposal

Artists & Libertarians Coming To Mantua Artist’s Defense In Eminent Domain Proposal

January 27, 2014  |  Morning Blend

No fair market value for James Dupree, a mayoral workshop in DC, Templetown’s latest push to the west, and crude oil removal in the Delaware > more

School District Success Story Receives Grant To Become A Model For Others

School District Success Story Receives Grant To Become A Model For Others

January 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Science Leadership Academy receives $620K, a transparent university library for the Digital Age, Blatstein gets neighborhood agreement, and a look back at “The Fairmount Parkway” > more

Henon Seeking Clearer Zoning Process With RCOs

Henon Seeking Clearer Zoning Process With RCOs

January 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

How overlapping RCOs can inhibit development, rethinking gentrification, Curtis Building up for sale again, and Philly making do with the little plows it has > more

Why Not Speed Cameras For The Boulevard?

Why Not Speed Cameras For The Boulevard?

January 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Regulations needed on the Northeast thoroughfare, Comcast to engage the local startup community with next project, re-stocking the stacks in West Philly, and some preemptive demo work in Point Breeze > more

On Diamond Street, A View Of Medieval France

On Diamond Street, A View Of Medieval France

January 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Gothic Revival at the doorsteps of TempleTown, MLK Day of Service in North Philly cemetery, the BRT booked through ’19, and three suggestions to get out this week > more

Train Carrying Crude Derails Over Schuylkill

Train Carrying Crude Derails Over Schuylkill

January 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Seven train cars derailed early this morning on the Schuylkill Arsenal Railroad Bridge, located just south of the South Street bridge. Six of the cars were carrying crude oil. Although no spills were reported, there are growing concerns about transporting crude oil through Philadelphia's densely populated downtown > more

Martha Mayer Erlebacher, “Just In” At The Woodmere

Martha Mayer Erlebacher, “Just In” At The Woodmere

January 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Four decades of Figurative Realism on display in Chestnut Hill, City and state promise $35 million for public work in new Comcast build, two decades of work at Gorgas Park, and the Marriott settles in at the Navy Yard > more

Functional And Striking, Bike Racks Coming To Center City This Summer

Functional And Striking, Bike Racks Coming To Center City This Summer

January 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New bike rack designs coming to Center City, temporary memorial park planned for 22nd & Market, the therapy of a green city, Nathaniel Popkin’s book reading and signing at Christ Church, and “The Breakthrough” of Philadelphia to air tonight > more

Casino Applicant Makes Neighborhood A Promise—For A Price

Casino Applicant Makes Neighborhood A Promise—For A Price

January 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Blatstein pushing for early neighborhood benefits agreement, City ready for bids for Manayunk Bridge trail project, Wissahickon receives $1 million for trail and wayfinding systems, and a return to the days of Philly Progressivism > more

What Shifting Trends In Academia Mean For University City

What Shifting Trends In Academia Mean For University City

January 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A caveat for UCity, a feasibility study for a connector road along the Lower Schuylkill, Marriott sells for less than expected, Toll Bros. Society Hill condos going quick, and Nutter signs land bank bill > more

5-Month-Old Shopping Center, Source Of Community Pride, Flooded After Water Main Break

5-Month-Old Shopping Center, Source Of Community Pride, Flooded After Water Main Break

January 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Tioga ShopRite greeted with 13 million gallons of water, Mt. Airy Business Improvement District gets new leader, a look at the Historical Commission’s docket from Friday, and the inherent promises of Mantua > more

With Private Gift, Art Museum To Significantly Augment Contemporary Holdings

With Private Gift, Art Museum To Significantly Augment Contemporary Holdings

January 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Sachs collection's 97 works to put the PMA "on the forefront," a somewhat bittersweet project in Old City, the Planning Commission's annual report on the comprehensive plan, and goodbye to a FLP branch > more

Obama Promises West Philly First Dibs On Federal Investment

Obama Promises West Philly First Dibs On Federal Investment

January 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mantua to get some preferential treatment, Civic Design Review Committee happy with Museum Towers' phase-two plans, a Shakespearean year for Philly, and a look back at the Corn Exchange > more

Promising Early Interest In Vacant School Buildings

Promising Early Interest In Vacant School Buildings

January 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

City says it received 20 bids, Columbus Square Park conceptual redesign offers diversity of uses, PGW contractor to pay up for shoddy work, and Five Below HQ to nearly double > more

Proposal Would Do Away With Cars On Bainbridge In Queen Village

Proposal Would Do Away With Cars On Bainbridge In Queen Village

January 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Another vision for Queen Village public space, new charter school to open today, the beauty of urban grit, Blatstein purchase good news for proposed arts market, and eminent domain in West Philly > more

The Struggles & Resilience of Kensington High

The Struggles & Resilience of Kensington High

January 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

All hands on deck at KCAPA, many layers of tape to untangle for Clarke's LOVE Park proposal, arts store coming to 2nd & CBM, and animated city maps from yesteryear > more

When Philly Saved The Urban Squirrel

When Philly Saved The Urban Squirrel

December 20, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Zoological preservation, a strategy for reviving the a bit of the “workshop of the world,” Logan Triangle still has no finalized development plan, something missing in Ridge Ave reuse, and have yourself “A Very Philly Christmas” > more

Blatstein Purchases Broad And Washington Lot, Sources Say

Blatstein Purchases Broad And Washington Lot, Sources Say

December 19, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Blatstein to grab South Broad lot, Maintaining area forests, Sunoco to leave for Delco, and 75 townhouses approved for Queen Village > more

The Lower Northeast And Lower Northwest Have Gotten Poorer

The Lower Northeast And Lower Northwest Have Gotten Poorer

December 18, 2013  |  Morning Blend

South Philly gets richer, what the Philly Macy's says about the fate of urban department stores, Passyunk wants historic properties, smarter and more efficient emergency response, and stopping by Pier 124 > more

A Flea Market Proposed For Long-Vacant South Philly Lot

A Flea Market Proposed For Long-Vacant South Philly Lot

December 17, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Could a seasonal market be enough to enliven a South Philly lot?, City Council as an obstacle to development, and Philadelphia's cultural exchange with Rome & Reykjavik > more

North Philly Congregants Claim Misdirection In Wanamaker School Redevelopment Plans

North Philly Congregants Claim Misdirection In Wanamaker School Redevelopment Plans

December 16, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Cries of bait and switch in Temple-area project, confessions of an East Kensington gentrifier, dreaming of preservation, a water main break from last summer still unresolved, and Roxborough weary of development trends > more

No Love For LOVE Park Restaurant Scheme

No Love For LOVE Park Restaurant Scheme

December 13, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Saffron critiques Clarke's LOVE Park plan, building first and measuring second in Pennsport, Friends of the Rail Park release fundraising video, and crowdfunding solar roofing for Philly schools > more

Metal Fabrication Facility Coming To Kensington

Metal Fabrication Facility Coming To Kensington

December 12, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Federal and local incentives get Veyko Inc. to move and expand, SEPTA to likely maintain municipal subway concourses, Drexel and the Science Center team up for DreamIt Ventures HQ, and Campus Philly’s 3-year plan > more

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With “Doomsday” Averted, Head Of SEPTA Looks Ahead

December 11, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Harrisburg's money to make the wholly inadequate agency just inadequate, vacant land advocates networking, NBCUniversal awards grant money to Bicycle Coalition, and PATCO's escalator debacle gets worse > more

Two Residential Projects Break Ground In Francisville

Two Residential Projects Break Ground In Francisville

December 10, 2013  |  Morning Blend

The “ecological urbanism” and economic diversity of Folsom Powerhouse, duplexes finally to replace St. Clare’s Monastery, an impromptu Mandela shrine in South Philly, and reviving the heyday of 52nd Street > more

Playing The Hand That The El Dealt

Playing The Hand That The El Dealt

December 9, 2013  |  Morning Blend

A necessary variance granted in Old Kensington, twenty-six years of Philadelphia’s story recorded of posterity, Grays Ferry bridge gets grant money for trail system, and what’s in store for the Dow building > more

City Making Progress In Tax Collection Efforts

City Making Progress In Tax Collection Efforts

December 6, 2013  |  Morning Blend

How the Nutter administration is faring with delinquency collection campaign, Friends of the Wissahickon look ahead, coffins found by PWD in North Philly, and the need for more density and less cars > more

Land Bank Dispute Reportedly Settled

Land Bank Dispute Reportedly Settled

December 5, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Clarke and Sanchez have reached a deal on land bank bill, trumped up statistics for MontCo prison, Art Commission OKs Frazier for XFinity Live, and the elastic budget of the Port Authority > more

Beta Testing A Revolutionary Museum

Beta Testing A Revolutionary Museum

December 4, 2013  |  Morning Blend

George Washington's tent on display this Friday, Squilla closer to deregulating Delaware Ave nightlife, The Gallery as Market's lynchpin, and an arts center for the old Pearl > more

Delays & Unexpected Costs At Dilworth Plaza

Delays & Unexpected Costs At Dilworth Plaza

December 3, 2013  |  Morning Blend

City Hall's public plaza not to be unveiled until the end of next summer, a look ahead to Temple's next master plan, the high costs and low returns with another casino, and millenials explore their city > more

“Deal Breakers” Introduced To Land Bank Bill

“Deal Breakers” Introduced To Land Bank Bill

December 2, 2013  |  Morning Blend

City Council President Clarke seeking still more oversight, added focus on North Broad, wildlife felling trees along Tacony Creek, and suggestions for SEPTA > more

WebLinc Campus Expanding To Historic London Coffee House

WebLinc Campus Expanding To Historic London Coffee House

November 27, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Inside the stunning offices of a N. 3rd Street mainstay, a middle-way for 40th & Pine preservation fight, Episcopal Cathedral to break ground on apartments, and a peek back at Philly’s Iron Age > more

A Turnaround For Market East?

A Turnaround For Market East?

November 26, 2013  |  Morning Blend

The promise of Girard Square, lingering questions with Assumption preservation case, Cresheim Trail to get its trestle from PECO, and another development OKed for Fishtown > more

Historic Preservation Shouldn’t Come With A Time Limit

Historic Preservation Shouldn’t Come With A Time Limit

November 25, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Saffron urges patience with development of the Boyd and Royal, Temple's new library to go on 13th Street, Tacony’s one-man CDC, and mixed use on North Front and Ridge > more

Appreciating Philadelphia’s Sidewalk Ecosystem

Appreciating Philadelphia’s Sidewalk Ecosystem

November 22, 2013  |  Morning Blend

“We the Weeds” connecting children to their neighborhood, City Council votes against more methadone clinics in Northeast, the Redevelopment Authority wants to build a supermarket in studio’s place, and a reprieve for the Church of the Assumption > more

A (Virtual) Open-House For A (Virtual) Cira Centre South

A (Virtual) Open-House For A (Virtual) Cira Centre South

November 21, 2013  |  Morning Blend

A “Simulation Cube” to help preview University City project, architecturally inclined couple marries sustainability with good design, the spectrum of Philly rental landmarks, and rehabbed PATCO cars soon to return to fleet > more

Council's Land Bank Tug-Of-War

Council’s Land Bank Tug-Of-War

November 20, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Quiñones-Sánchez proposes compromise in bill's language, the Planning Commission weights in on zoning matters, African-American leaders endorse casino proposal, and recalling the marathon glory of Ted Corbitt > more

Eulogizing Vacant Homes Through Art

Eulogizing Vacant Homes Through Art

November 19, 2013  |  Morning Blend

A "funeral for a home" in Mantua, L&I demolition regulation bill clears first hurdle, transportation bill killed, and Ruffin Nichols Memorial AME meets its end > more

Railside Beautification

Railside Beautification

November 18, 2013  |  Morning Blend

The arrival of the aesthetically pleasing post-industrial train corridor, Viveros depicts Frankford’s past and character in murals, previewing the Central Northeast District Plan, and an interactive gallery for the National Liberty Museum > more

Roxborough Residents Oppose Wendy's Drive-Thru

Roxborough Residents Oppose Wendy’s Drive-Thru

November 15, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Organizing against a Wendy’s for the Bunting House site, Powelton residents defeat development plan, Manton Street Park to be unveiled tomorrow, and public art for 40th Street > more

Woodmere Expansion To Restore, Clarify, Connect

Woodmere Expansion To Restore, Clarify, Connect

November 14, 2013  |  Morning Blend

Chestnut Hill museum to hold design workshop, swindled Kensington residents hope for land bank, the ripples of Morgan Hall, art to crash the Kimmel Center, and condo conversion in Manayunk > more

Advocating For The Reopening Of William Penn High

Advocating For The Reopening Of William Penn High

November 13, 2013  |  Morning Blend

The latest and specially designed College House, William Penn alumni anxious for school’s reuse, La Salle to get new Business School building, and a late call for action on state transportation funding > more