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Claiming Fraud, Owner Of Metropolitan Opera House Seeks To Dissolve Ties To Eric Blumenfeld

Claiming Fraud, Owner Of Metropolitan Opera House Seeks To Dissolve Ties To Eric Blumenfeld

March 3, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Church group says developer misrepresented himself, a transatlantic discussion for the Lehigh Viaduct’s reuse, Maxfield Tower completed in Fairmount, and nearly 4 million PA residents at risk in event of “bomb train” derailment > more

The Costs Of Selling Schools

The Costs Of Selling Schools

March 2, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Why the City only sees two-thirds of profits from selling its inventory of vacant schools, a call for subsidized transportation for students, funding ready for South Philly art installation, urban poverty as everyone’s problem, and Council Districts’ most dangerous intersections > more

Historical Commission To Consider Protecting Blue Horizon Exterior

Historical Commission To Consider Protecting Blue Horizon Exterior

February 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Developers still looking for funds for historic boxing venue’s reuse, the benefits of “loose” playgrounds, construction underway for W Hotel, and arts studio to open on S. 11th Street > more

Mayor’s Office Awards $60K For Performances In Public Spaces Program

Mayor’s Office Awards $60K For Performances In Public Spaces Program

February 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Pilot program will bring the arts to 23 public spaces throughout the city, Grays Ferry park to be renovated, Nebinger to install new gateway, microgrants for Newbold, and stained-glass on the Avenue of the Arts > more

Committee Approves 3D Signage For Center City

Committee Approves 3D Signage For Center City

February 25, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Council counters Planning Commission’s recommendation, a petition to save and redevelop the Germantown YWCA, connecting communities in West and North Philly, and more cultural grants this year > more

East Falls Residents “Blindsided” By Sale of Former Psychiatric Institute

East Falls Residents “Blindsided” By Sale of Former Psychiatric Institute

February 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

NewCourtland Senior Services purchases facility for $2.1 million, still no word on plans for The Gallery’s renovations, rising rents in South Philly, and nearly a quarter-century after the Meridian fire > more

Inquirer Investigation Suggests L&I Reforms Are Not Happening

Inquirer Investigation Suggests L&I Reforms Are Not Happening

February 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

An “illegal demolition” in Fairmount, artists as economic drivers, admiring an Italian bank in South Philly, and esoteric street names explained > more

Nearly $1 Million In Improvements Coming To Vernon Park This Summer

Nearly $1 Million In Improvements Coming To Vernon Park This Summer

February 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Friends of Vernon Park present details, Clarke’s bid for city charter modifications as “too much, too soon,” the Temple effect, and a look at Philadelphia’s deficient bridge network > more

New Report Calls For

New Report Calls For “Equitable Development,” Offers Policy Recommendations

February 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

"Beyond Gentrification Toward Equitable Neighborhoods,” Fishtown approves Frankford Ave project, Temple to demolish William Penn High, an accidental “ice palace” on 52nd Street, and Bob Brady procures a Veteran’s Day parade > more

Time Is Right To Redevelop Festival Pier, Says Waterfront Corporation

Time Is Right To Redevelop Festival Pier, Says Waterfront Corporation

February 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

DRWC requests “expressions of interest,” Divine Lorraine Hotel to be reused as apartments instead, Center City’s real estate market in 2014 by the numbers, and Planning Commission opposes 3D signage bill > more

Clarke’s Charter Proposal Draws Ire Of Strong Mayor Advocates

Clarke’s Charter Proposal Draws Ire Of Strong Mayor Advocates

February 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Proposal would allow for Council-appointed department head, Mural Arts looking for Bella Vista wall for next mural, 115-year old church steeple tumbles, and forcing flowers for next week’s show > more

Comcast Developer Purchasing Entire Block Cater-Corner To Latest Skyscraper Build

Comcast Developer Purchasing Entire Block Cater-Corner To Latest Skyscraper Build

February 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A possible third Comcast building, Historical Commission okays Logan FLP alterations, L&I seeks to double vacant property registration fees, and a construction boom in Queen Village > more

Ahead of Convention, SEPTA To Undertake “Targeted Heavy Maintenance” & Beautification

Ahead of Convention, SEPTA To Undertake “Targeted Heavy Maintenance” & Beautification

February 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA to delay major renovation project a few more months, Bissinger’s dos and don’ts for convention-goers, Army to use explosives to deepen section of Delaware River, and a freelance illustrator sets up shop at Reading Terminal > more

L&I Still Grossly Overwhelmed, Suggests Report

L&I Still Grossly Overwhelmed, Suggests Report

February 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

City Controller cites 1,215 properties to be in violation of city code, condo residents complain of Lit Bros. signs’ brightness, of the mayor’s race and historic preservation, and the Convention Center labor dispute’s possible effects on hosting DNC > more

First Step Toward $1.5 Billion HUP Project Receives Initial Approval

First Step Toward $1.5 Billion HUP Project Receives Initial Approval

February 11, 2015  |  Morning Blend

City Council Committee recommends $3 million temporary walkway over Convention Ave, Logan Square residents move to block Franklin Institute digital sign, the retention of South Philly’s refineries, and rusting ship receives sizable anonymous donation > more

Fate Of Germantown YWCA Still Uncertain

Fate Of Germantown YWCA Still Uncertain

February 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A community meeting discusses the status of building’s sought redevelopment, PHA demand exceeds inventory, the state of arts funding in Philly, and apartment complex sold on Stenton Ave > more

On The Parkway, More French Masterpieces On Display

On The Parkway, More French Masterpieces On Display

February 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A bevy of late 19th century French art newly on display, the genius of the Boot & Saddle sign, Convention Center looking for PA-made art, and hopes for a redeveloped lot on Spring Garden > more

East Passyunk's King of Jeans Deposed, Exiled To Northern Liberties

East Passyunk’s King of Jeans Deposed, Exiled To Northern Liberties

February 6, 2015  |  Morning Blend

An iconic sign in South Philadelphia removed, Dranoff to develop 73 condos for Two Liberty Place, Reynolds-Brown wants more green roofs, stalled redevelopment in Spruce Hill, and Philly firm dedicated to “creative” office spaces > more

PPA To Beautify A “Terrible Street” By This Summer

PPA To Beautify A “Terrible Street” By This Summer

February 5, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A $28 million project for a Center City parking garage, demo permit filed on Mt Sinai, renewed interest in redeveloping Rittenhouse Square lot, PHS considers placement of pocket parks in South Philly, why some architectural jawns matter, and non profit helps school reopen library > more

New Study: Philly’s Immigrants Provide A Disproportionate Economic Boost

New Study: Philly’s Immigrants Provide A Disproportionate Economic Boost

February 4, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Foreign-born residents reviving Main Streets across America, honoring graffiti at Goldtex, on Philly’s homeless, and PPAC's fifth anniversary > more

Chris Matthews: Bring The DNC To Philly

Chris Matthews: Bring The DNC To Philly

February 2, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Political pundit and native son pleads Philadelphia’s case for the DNC next year, what can be done to ensure safe crude oil deliveries, Roxborough pizza shop defeats conservatorship attempt, and a look at the latest from Toll Bros > more

In Mantua, “All Things Considered”

In Mantua, “All Things Considered”

January 30, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at gentrification anxiety in West Philadelphia, Jim Kenney’s planning chops, Philly market good for millennials, and the City seeks feedback for revised website > more

Subway Complex Beneath City Hall To Be Renovated By 2020

Subway Complex Beneath City Hall To Be Renovated By 2020

January 29, 2015  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA announces timeline for revamped stations and concourse, previewing this summer’s Impressionism exhibit at the PMA, preservation woes in Darby, and Girard Square razed > more

Partial Roof Collapse In Center City Injures Three

Partial Roof Collapse In Center City Injures Three

January 28, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Weather likely to blame in Lululemon roof collapse, TEDxPhilly looking for speakers, Temple will not renew lease to Elmira Jeffries housing complex, and The Franklin Institute after hours > more

Washington Ave’s Antiquated Zoning Stymies Development

Washington Ave’s Antiquated Zoning Stymies Development

January 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Supermarket beats proposed development, Drexel set to demolish UCHS, photography in Mt. Airy, and CDCs might return to days of more tax credits > more

Verizon’s Suburban “Station Domination”

Verizon’s Suburban “Station Domination”

January 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA signs $7 million deal with Verizon, and announces realtime ETA system; bike lanes up 13% over eight years; and good eyes on Sansom > more

Furness Church Escapes Demolition, Will Be Reused For School Space

Furness Church Escapes Demolition, Will Be Reused For School Space

January 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Penn professor preserves Episcopal Church of the Atonement, a remnant from the early days of the Lincoln Highway, SOSNA considered Washington Ave mixed use, and some "Vintage Vaudeville" on display at the Barnes > more

Comcast To Monopolize Office Space In Next Skyscraper

Comcast To Monopolize Office Space In Next Skyscraper

January 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

David Cohen speaks at Union League, Francophilia in mid-nineteenth century Philadelphia architecture, chaperoned “urbexing” in the old Thaddeus Stevens school, and development delays for one South Philadelphia restaurant > more

Preservation And Contemporary Design For 36th And Walnut

Preservation And Contemporary Design For 36th And Walnut

January 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Ronald O. Perelman Center for Political Science and Economics to open in three years, annual homeless census tonight, Woodford Mansion in need of stewards, and a look the Bicycle Coalition’s goals for 2020 > more

Blatstein Pulls Appeal, Will Reconsider His Redevelopment Of Former Inquirer Building

Blatstein Pulls Appeal, Will Reconsider His Redevelopment Of Former Inquirer Building

January 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

NoLibs developer withdraws appeal of gaming control board decision, Germantown schoolyard to be transformed thanks to PhillyU students, Pennsport warehouse to become storage facility, and the final public meeting for LOVE Park redo > more

Apartment Tower Redesign Would Still Detract From The Rodin Museum

Apartment Tower Redesign Would Still Detract From The Rodin Museum

January 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

David Blumenfeld’s re-envisioning of Rodin backdrop still unsatisfactory, Schuylkill Center to lose its “Green Wall,” Palmer charter gets the official ax, and a look at the Schuylkill Boardwalk’s pergolas > more

Philly Tech Week Lands Comcast As Title Sponsor

Philly Tech Week Lands Comcast As Title Sponsor

January 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

5th annual conference to be sponsored by largest tech company, proposed Germantown charter to focus on STEM vocational training, Orchestra invites concertgoers towards smartphone app, and travel blog names Philly second best shopping city > more

It’s 2015, So Just How Green Is Philly?

It’s 2015, So Just How Green Is Philly?

January 14, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A post-green initiative evaluation, regarding the Curtis Center’s recently finalized plans for its $125 million renovation, a plea to fill an Aramark Tower front, and a lit Lit Brothers set for next week > more

New PMA Exhibit Highlights Works Of African American Artists From Permanent Collection

New PMA Exhibit Highlights Works Of African American Artists From Permanent Collection

January 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

“Represent” promotes the museum’s African American Art collection, Cindy Bass interested in municipal composting problem, and trekking through Philly’s housing projects > more

Storefront Property Owner Faces Possible Order Of Possession By Court In Wissahickon

Storefront Property Owner Faces Possible Order Of Possession By Court In Wissahickon

January 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A conservatorship battle brews in Wissahickon, Blumenfeld eyes colorful building on North Broad, Spanish immersion pre-school to open next month, and the tricky sale of 1818 Market gets trickier > more

A New Lease For The Old Bookbinder’s

A New Lease For The Old Bookbinder’s

January 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Olde Bar opens today, Thaddeus Stevens School conversion to be a speedy one, Target interested in set of small stores for downtown Philly, and the Port Authority moves to unload ferry system > more

West Powelton Residents Debate Future Of Wiota Street Garden

West Powelton Residents Debate Future Of Wiota Street Garden

January 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A heated community meeting reveals divergent philosophies of growth, community planning in South Philly, considering the dispersion of Eds N’ Meds, and a look at the city’s persistent prison problem > more

Organic Market Announced For East Market Redevelopment

Organic Market Announced For East Market Redevelopment

January 7, 2015  |  Morning Blend

East Market gets its first retail tenant, NoLibs log cabin to eventually get neighbor, metro’s apartment vacancy rate still looking promising, Mantua church to be replaced with rentals, and the Rodin to close for a month > more

Re-Portioning The Blame For A Missed Opportunity At Logan Square

Re-Portioning The Blame For A Missed Opportunity At Logan Square

January 6, 2015  |  Morning Blend

How PennDOT’s Vine Street myopia could have been avoided, Woodlands raising funds for renovations, dreaming of limitless investment for Greater Philadelphia, and event promotion the old-fashioned way in Mantua > more

Penn’s Landing Hyatt To Be Rebranded As Hilton

Penn’s Landing Hyatt To Be Rebranded As Hilton

January 5, 2015  |  Morning Blend

“Extensive” renovations seen as a sign of local market’s health, a caveat for Temple’s stadium dreams from Ohio, art and volunteer residency ready to begin in West Philly, and Philly Bike Share to be accessible to all classes > more

Roxborough’s Historic Benjamin Kenworthy House Preserved

Roxborough’s Historic Benjamin Kenworthy House Preserved

December 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Native son buys property, will rehab it, prepping for Christmas masses at the basilica, and PWD installs stormwater management system in South Philadelphia > more

Deck The Trolleys!

Deck The Trolleys!

December 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Inside Dave Musgrove’s jolly trolley, the outlet behind a South Philadelphia holiday tradition, the ceremonial groundbreaking for Ralph Brooks Park redesign, and SFD taking shape in South Kensington > more

PennDOT To Cap Only Part of Vine Street Expressway During Bridge Replacement

PennDOT To Cap Only Part of Vine Street Expressway During Bridge Replacement

December 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Harrisburg says not enough money, Tilden Middle School to “blend” learning strategies, and two buildings approved for South Kensington > more

Temple Police Treading An Expanded Beat These Days

Temple Police Treading An Expanded Beat These Days

December 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

North Philly university moves to protect its off-campus students from violent crime, DVRPC approves I-95 capping study, Nightingale Properties to rebrand Seven Penn Center, and a “Little Farm” expands in South Kensington > more

Transforming The Schuylkill

Transforming The Schuylkill

December 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A re-bridging of sorts for the Central Schuylkill, good news for South Philly ship, Liberty Square work begins, and the lax enforcement of condos’ Christmas tree ban > more

On The Dangers Of Ad Hoc Interpretations Of The Zoning Code

On The Dangers Of Ad Hoc Interpretations Of The Zoning Code

December 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Just how slippery of a slope are laxer readings of “safety services," Mummers seek a more approachable experience this year, CDC gets $40K reward, and making way for East Market development > more

Isaiah Zagar To Preview Magic

Isaiah Zagar To Preview Magic “Cathedral”

December 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New mosaic project on Watkins Street, West Philly man to keep art studio, why you ought to visit Glen Foerd, and a singular redevelopment history at 7th & Snyder > more

Doubling Down In Brewerytown

Doubling Down In Brewerytown

December 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Small local firm to invest another $60 million in neighborhood, 2nd Comcast Tower to get its foundation tomorrow, cohousing in Mt. Airy, and the Bicycle Coalition's Safer Streets Philadelphia report > more

Snøhetta To Bring Innovative Library Design To North Philly

Snøhetta To Bring Innovative Library Design To North Philly

December 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Temple unveils library design, the prosaic redevelopment of North Central, community discusses UC High’s future, and boosting the Flying Saucer > more

Councilman Clarke Pushes For Department of Planning And Development

Councilman Clarke Pushes For Department of Planning And Development

December 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Bill would create a cabinet-level department of planning and development, anticipating a residential revival along West Washington Avenue, Drexel student irked at Fry’s priorities, and a community meeting for LOVE Park redesign > more

SRC Begins Hearings For Next Set Of Charters

SRC Begins Hearings For Next Set Of Charters

December 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The case for a charter school for Germantown, a possible charter for old West Philly High reuse as well, committee checks in on municipal arboriculture, and financing for Chinatown community center nearly complete > more

The Days Of Philadelphia’s Tubercular Slaughterhouses

The Days Of Philadelphia’s Tubercular Slaughterhouses

December 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Cutting corners in the turn of the century meat industry, group lobbies for project that will expand its outreach, and Council getting serious about bandit signs > more

Charter School Eyes Shuttered Abigail Vare Building

Charter School Eyes Shuttered Abigail Vare Building

December 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

String Theory Charter system applies for former school building in Pennsport, Henon gets tough (once again) on billboards, funding updates on the Divine Lorraine, and the legacy of Penn in University City > more

$100 Million Velodrome Proposed For FDR Park

$100 Million Velodrome Proposed For FDR Park

December 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Developers plan to beautify and replace South Philly parkland, a colorful art exhibit for Awbury Arboretum, and City Council gets to "Know Your Neighborhood" through data mapping > more

Royal Theater’s Rezoning Approved By Committee

Royal Theater’s Rezoning Approved By Committee

December 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Some bulky redevelopment for a long-vacant South Street venue, making Germantown more walkable, Strand at the PMA, and shooting ourselves in the foot with another casino > more

South District Community Planning Process To Begin This Week

South District Community Planning Process To Begin This Week

December 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

First public meeting this week for South Philly planning, a love-letter to Mt. Airy, the Land Bank slowly manifesting itself, and NoLibs infill approved > more

With Marcellus Shale, Some Boosting & Prudence

With Marcellus Shale, Some Boosting & Prudence

December 1, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Framing the “energy hub” conversation, preserving UC high school murals from wrecking ball, Pittsburgh tries variable parking program, and the best in Philly NIMBYism > more

Moshulu Renovation Aims For A More Authentic Design

Moshulu Renovation Aims For A More Authentic Design

November 26, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Barque owner getting design-inspiration from Ralph Lauren, Orinoka Mills a go, holiday display tells of South Philly’s days as a celebrity hotspot, and new work rules really are improving Convention Center’s future prospects > more

Philly Still On The 2016 DNC Short List

Philly Still On The 2016 DNC Short List

November 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Philly included in the three prospective DNC cities, planning money for Fox Chase trail, apartment complex changes hands amid redevelopment, and East Falls residents debate where to put a dog park > more

On Improving Urban-Suburban Relations

On Improving Urban-Suburban Relations

November 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Giving thanks for living in a great Greater Philadelphia, developer promises a catalyst for renewal of one South Philly neighborhood, Waverly Court units to double, and a warehouse-to-residential > more

Developer Plans For Living & Making In Bok

Developer Plans For Living & Making In Bok

November 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Preliminary visions for a reused Bok Technical High revealed, wayfinding system in store for the Northwest, and anticipating the demise of the PGW sale > more

Our Elected Officials & The Cheapening Of Public Space

Our Elected Officials & The Cheapening Of Public Space

November 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Selling our visual landscape short with urban experiential displays, local government attitudes on display at the "City Hall Parking Lot", a nocturnal urban arts tour, and envisioning a high-speed line through Philly > more

Blatstein Discusses Plans For Southern “Gateway To Center City”

Blatstein Discusses Plans For Southern “Gateway To Center City”

November 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Broad & Washington lot discussed at community meeting, development angst in Upper Roxborough, the pragmatism of the Live! Hotel & Casino selection, and The Bourse to cater to N3rd Street > more

Reconsidering The Modern Urban Library

Reconsidering The Modern Urban Library

November 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The FLP “builds inspiration,” a rocky revitalization for West Girard, how much stimulus Pope Francis will bring to town, and regarding the legions of sweepers from yesteryear > more

On Spot Zoning

On Spot Zoning

November 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why selective re-zoning is here to stay, Wells Fargo finishes removal of PNB letters, and vandals cause five figures in damages to newly unveiled Manayunk public space > more

Evaluating Brain Drain

Evaluating Brain Drain

November 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Retaining graduates through community creation, "Summit Swamp" no more, 8 condos coming to Fishtown, and listing Philly's urban farms > more

Flying In South Kensington

Flying In South Kensington

November 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

An open air trapeze school amazes in North Philadelphia, a wandering blight protest for East Falls, new redevelopment brings boost (and bad name) to Brewerytown, and readying for ice skating beneath City Hall > more

Axalta Eyeing The Navy Yard For New Facility

Axalta Eyeing The Navy Yard For New Facility

November 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

New IPO also interested in expanding its presence in Philly, St. Laurentius parishioners worry about moved relics, a Veterans Center opens in the Southwest, and the reuse of vacant Spring Garden financial building > more

Feibush:

Feibush: “I’m Pro-vision, Pro-development”

November 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What makes Feibush tick, South Philly broker organizes anti-casino protest, when horses cleared the way for Philly’s cars, Temple to build commuter lounge, and a roundup of major development projects > more

Art Commission Not Impressed With Developer Plans

Art Commission Not Impressed With Developer Plans

November 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Art Commission puts the kibosh on developer proposal, brokering the right type of development for Point Breeze, applications sought for 2015 bevy of performance art works, and a week away from a second casino license > more

The Glackens Foundation

The Glackens Foundation

November 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Albert Barnes’ childhood friend at the Foundation, Sunoco to build yet another pipeline across the state, contemporary architecture for Packer Park, and Scannapieco gets conditional approval > more

Nutter Creates Bike Advocacy Task Force

Nutter Creates Bike Advocacy Task Force

November 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The Mayor signs an executive order creating the Philadelphia Bicycle Advocacy Board, Penn getting ambitious with new sustainable facility plan, state deal on East Falls building irks neighbors, and an expanded pizzeria for Clark Park > more

Royal Theater Facade Will Stay, Everything Else Goes

Royal Theater Facade Will Stay, Everything Else Goes

November 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Royal Theater to be replaced with mixed use project, Little Pete's gives way to new development, and Philadelphia pioneer of preservation and structural engineering retires > more

A New Way To Right Blight

A New Way To Right Blight

November 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Returning citizens salvaging from blighted properties, the economics of bike corral deregulations, design charrette to consider two shuttered schools, and a new fountain for a South Philly park > more

Considerate Italianate Intervention In Powelton Village

Considerate Italianate Intervention In Powelton Village

November 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Student housing addition maintains Victorian legacy, mixed-use coming to "long troubled lot" near Pat's Steaks, a petition for statewide ride-sharing, and the groundbreaking for Manayunk's Bridge Trail > more

Temple’s Next 15 Years

Temple’s Next 15 Years

October 31, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Temple releases latest plan, Bartram’s Mile fully funded, Penn Museum official talks up Philly as World Heritage City material, and senior living center in Roxborough opens > more

The Case For Logan Square

The Case For Logan Square

October 30, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Why the current thinking about the Parkway’s transformation needs to be more ambitious, development anxiety in Powelton Village, Brickstone’s latest acquistions in Midtown, and Councilwoman gets her district office > more

Getting A Pedestrian-Driven Main Street Right In Center City

Getting A Pedestrian-Driven Main Street Right In Center City

October 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Chestnut Walk as a new kind of Center City street, the multiplying effects of pop-up gardens, Penn to break ground on South Bank, and angry parents unleash on Walter Palmer > more

Philadelphia To Have Bus Shelters Replaced, Expanded

Philadelphia To Have Bus Shelters Replaced, Expanded

October 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Titan inks $52 million advertising deal with City, officials irked at Council’s unwillingness to sell PGW, a look back at Devil’s Pocket, and the resolve of one North Philly church to resist Temple U's encroachment > more

Kenney To Hist Commission: Put Buildings On Register, Get More Funding

Kenney To Hist Commission: Put Buildings On Register, Get More Funding

October 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Firm would simply recoup money through ads, Councilman Kenney wants to bolster Historical Commission, Councilman Henon undaunted by Planning Commission’s non-recommendation for Mayfair overlay, and Guinn hard at work on latest mural > more

Bill Seeks To Preempt Tragedy With Better Data For Firefighters

Bill Seeks To Preempt Tragedy With Better Data For Firefighters

October 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Blueprint reconnaissance for firefighter safety, improvements to the Burk Mansion, City Council considers beautification of vacant land by former convicts, and more inaction on PGW sale > more

Why The Flying Saucer Deserves Your LOVE

Why The Flying Saucer Deserves Your LOVE

October 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Preservation Alliance calls iconic LOVE Park building a “place to save,” zoning changes introduced for parts of North Philly, another firm for the Navy Yard, and a sinking pharmacy in South Philly > more

Of Birds And Drinking Water

Of Birds And Drinking Water

October 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Inside the East Park Reservoir, Temple students adopting blocks, UCD to start early on 40th Street plaza, and Jewish life gets a boost at Penn > more

Old City Orange Façade To Be Preserved

Old City Orange Façade To Be Preserved

October 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Historical Commission okays Old City development, the emblematic stairway at the Barnes, Blatstein serious yet anxious about The Provence, 10 homes for NoLibs, and a salvaged cornice delights in Fishtown > more

Existential Tug-Of-War Along West Cecil B. Moore Avenue

Existential Tug-Of-War Along West Cecil B. Moore Avenue

October 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The identity crisis of TempleTown, Family Court opens, artist space coming to Grays Ferry, mixed-use for Ridge, inside the Bok storage facility, and PhillyU collects $60M > more

Improvements Possible For The Schuylkill Boardwalk

Improvements Possible For The Schuylkill Boardwalk

October 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

How to upgrade the successful trail extension, Temple investing in its athletic programs once more, developer slowly selling houses in Somertown, and lackluster restriping plans for Washington Avenue > more

Investing In Schools To Maintain Mt Airy’s Diversity

Investing In Schools To Maintain Mt Airy’s Diversity

October 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

CDC seeks to pioneer new means of neighborhood diversification, some think Land Bank plan not explicit enough, why it took the Union League a century to install a ceiling, mixed-use in Queen Village, and a skyscraper sustainability race announced > more

Historic Germantown Cemeteries On Display

Historic Germantown Cemeteries On Display

October 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Places of burial as places of history in Germantown, Eastern State gets $.5 million from the Commonwealth, Temple University moves its vegetable garden to make way for development, and Center City apartment building to be expanded > more

Vacant Dairy In Newbold Goes To The Dogs

Vacant Dairy In Newbold Goes To The Dogs

October 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

South Philly dairy to get reused after three decades, Mayor’s Office agrees to move forward with affordable housing plan, a boring conversion in Pennsport, and impressive real estate data for UCity > more

Museum Of The American Revolution Breaks Ground

Museum Of The American Revolution Breaks Ground

October 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Scores of officials and donors gather for the ceremony on South 3rd Street, the power of social media to actualize transit needs, a fundraiser for Bainbridge Green, and the Mural Arts’ latest mural in West Philly > more

Overnight Weekend Rail Service Is Here To Stay

Overnight Weekend Rail Service Is Here To Stay

October 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

SEPTA puts the service in rail service, Clarke to get tough on rowdy Temple students, Blackwell silent on 4224 Baltimore rezoning request, and CDR grants lukewarm approval to proposal at 27th & Girard > more

“Funky-Cool Spaces” Attract Creative Firms To Midtown Village

“Funky-Cool Spaces” Attract Creative Firms To Midtown Village

October 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What the Biddle Building’s reuse says about the state of Midtown Village, Rina Cutler on how to fight councilmanic prerogative, The Sansom snatched up by New York firm, and Morley on the proto-Grays Ferry Triangle > more

Inside Philly’s 4-Million Gallon Underground Stormwater Tank

Inside Philly’s 4-Million Gallon Underground Stormwater Tank

October 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at the “less flashy” side of the new Venice Island, musing over that old Philly economic angst, fundraising at Paine’s Park, and 20 new homes for South Kensington > more

Henon Moves To Draw More Manufacturers To Philly

Henon Moves To Draw More Manufacturers To Philly

October 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Councilman wants hearings on land preservation, a look at Venice Island’s recreational amenities, some industrial remnants in NoLibs, and condos likely for 20th & Bainbridge > more

Free Access To The Germantown White House Tomorrow

Free Access To The Germantown White House Tomorrow

October 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

George Washington’s retreat from plague on display, Port Authority puts another $3.7 million towards bridge repairs, the Schuylkill Boardwalk and economic inequality, and UCD’s Project Rehab > more

Mantua’s Brandywine Park To Become A Stonehenge Of Neighborhood Memories

Mantua’s Brandywine Park To Become A Stonehenge Of Neighborhood Memories

October 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A community redesign of the public gateway, elevators coming to 40th Street Station, anticipating the Uptown’s reopening, and a new mural in Passyunk Square > more

Wary Neighbors Keep A Watchful Eye On Threatened Kenworthy House

Wary Neighbors Keep A Watchful Eye On Threatened Kenworthy House

October 1, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Developer received stop-work order from L&I, a slow year in Center City office space deals, 13th & South development news, and Rodin Square construction begins today > more

Demolition of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius More And More Likely

Demolition of Fishtown’s St. Laurentius More And More Likely

September 30, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Chaput decertifies Polish church, how to connect The Circuit, residences coming to 36th & Market Science Center project, and City Council reportedly mulling over selling PGW > more

A Councilman And An Army Of Volunteers Clean Up The Delaware Riverbank

A Councilman And An Army Of Volunteers Clean Up The Delaware Riverbank

September 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Over three tons removed from Delaware River, scaffolding goes up around Lit Bros., a petition for better development at Clark Park, and four new homes in Roxborough > more

National Liberty Museum Hopes To Inspire An Appreciation For Freedom

National Liberty Museum Hopes To Inspire An Appreciation For Freedom

September 26, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The National Liberty Museum updates its exhibitions, AAA claims vested rights for Pennsport project, Google to drop “Temple Town” designation, and some surprise storm water management work next to Dickinson Square Park > more