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City’s Oldest Active Fire Hall Designated Historic

City’s Oldest Active Fire Hall Designated Historic

July 28, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Two of John T. Windrim’s buildings being preserved, an urban garden in Chinatown North, and learning another language through a mural > more

New Haas Mural Revels In The City’s Many Architectural Layers

New Haas Mural Revels In The City’s Many Architectural Layers

July 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Latest work by famed muralist begins, a look at Devil's Pool, and the story of advertising told on doors > more

Philly, Meet Ibrahim

Philly, Meet Ibrahim

July 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mural Arts commissions French artist to hang giant wheat paster on Chestnut, leaked security details for the Pope Visit, and the gentrification of Point Breeze > more

Eminent Domain On The Cheap With PHA

Eminent Domain On The Cheap With PHA

July 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Inadequate compensation for Sharswood property owners, some “funky” architecture beneath the El, and a bigger influx of money expected from Pope Visit > more

River Wards Draft Plan Released

River Wards Draft Plan Released

July 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Community feedback welcomed for River Wards plan, Andorra residents love green space, hate traffic, testing the micro-unit market, and a look at some quintessential Old Philadelphia living > more

Philly, In The Round

Philly, In The Round

July 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Atop One Liberty in black-and-white, previewing the NTI legacy, construction begins on East Kensington’s Fairgrounds, and anticipating park improvements in Bella Vista > more

Mrs. Venturi’s House And The Post Modern Paradox

Mrs. Venturi’s House And The Post Modern Paradox

July 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Iconic manifesto for Post Modernism for sale, Chestnut’s Hale Building to be renovated, suburban senior living in East Kensington, and a new parklet in University City > more

Lessons From A Well-Designed Building Boom

Lessons From A Well-Designed Building Boom

July 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Procuring the best aesthetics out of Philly’s boom, study suggests a coat of paint and new windows prevents crime, the housing and rental markets by the numbers, and a new medical center in the far Northwest > more

Water Department Cracks Down On Runoff Regulations

Water Department Cracks Down On Runoff Regulations

July 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

City department implements regulation upgrade, Allan Domb suggests Philly follow NYC’s lead on tax collection, and Philly ranked as a terrible city to drive in > more

Historic Designation Granted To St. Augustine Frescoes In Old City

Historic Designation Granted To St. Augustine Frescoes In Old City

July 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Oldest known wet frescoes in US to be restored, reviewing the place of “informal authority” in Philly neighborhood politics, and the Point Breeze pop-up garden fight continues > more

Prefiguring The Papal Transit Debacle

Prefiguring The Papal Transit Debacle

July 14, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Deconstructing early transit plans with the upcoming Pope visit, The Oval at three, East Market concrete poured, and the zoo recognized for superb architecture > more

Jim Kenney: The Pedestrian’s Mayor-To-Be

Jim Kenney: The Pedestrian’s Mayor-To-Be

July 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Kenney on the need for mandatory construction-site crosswalks, Philly likely to become World Heritage City, new amenities for South Philly public space, and vacant warehouse becomes storage facility > more

Edward Bok, South Philly's

Edward Bok, South Philly’s “Living Room,” A Go

July 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Scannapieco closes on Edward Bok Tech building, Point Breeze pop-up beer garden closed by L&I, low interest in papal rentals, and movement on long-delayed Manayunk apartment complex > more

Civic Design Review Committee Takes A Stand Against Lackluster Old City Apartment Proposal

Civic Design Review Committee Takes A Stand Against Lackluster Old City Apartment Proposal

July 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Non-binding committee wants a stand-out building for city gateway project, Philly the unequal city, and better signs for better voter engagement > more

Wissahickon Valley Park Poised To Expand

Wissahickon Valley Park Poised To Expand

July 7, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A few more acres for Wissahickon Valley Park?, Roxborough civic gives up on Wendy’s fight, philanthropy to support literacy programs in schools, and developments in GHo > more

Parkway Institutions To Take Revenue Hit From Pope Visit

Parkway Institutions To Take Revenue Hit From Pope Visit

July 6, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The financial inconvenience of being part of history, Taller Puertorriqueño to break ground on $11.4 million project in Fairhill this fall, celebrating the half-century fight for LGBT rights in the Gayborhood, and frequent commuter discounts likely to return for Delaware River bridge users > more

More Starchitecture Coming To The Navy Yard

More Starchitecture Coming To The Navy Yard

June 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A “landmark event” set for Tuesday, Temple (likely) makes room for new stadium, ROYGBIV in the Gayborhood, and contemplating the future of a South Philly community center > more

When Pastorius Monument Unsettled Germantown

When Pastorius Monument Unsettled Germantown

June 25, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Contemplating monumental art in Germantown, a look at Indego's great two-month numbers, another pilot program to get more school funding, and a textile warehouse conversion in Queen Village > more

Reactivating Kensington’s Megalots

Reactivating Kensington’s Megalots

June 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The shifting winds of development in Kensington, a new RCO for East Falls, and soliciting feedback on bike lane protectors on Walnut Street Bridge > more

Too New For Old City?

Too New For Old City?

June 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Historical Commission to consider PMC proposal, Brown introduces bill to facilitate green roofs, and some more duplexes almost ready near TempleU > more

New Mural Fighting Intergenerational Recidivism

New Mural Fighting Intergenerational Recidivism

June 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

“Fathers and Children Together” in Southwest Philly, fundraising for Uptown and North Philly, making the world better for Smith Playground, and Johnson starts rezoning proposed Blatsetin construction > more

When Neighbors “Architect Up

When Neighbors “Architect Up”

June 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Neighbors call for redesign of proposed tower for the Boyd, architect reconsiders redesign of Lovett Memorial Library, Sharswood eminent domain plan approved, and integral funding package secured for The Gallery redevelopment > more

Tracking The Muhlenburg Monument

Tracking The Muhlenburg Monument

June 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

"When Public Art Becomes a Hot Potato," student art hangs throughout Old Kensington, segwaying from mural to mural, and Community Gardens Day this weekend > more

Dreaming Big Over The Railyards

Dreaming Big Over The Railyards

June 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Open house to offer peek at current thinking on capping the UCity rail yard, yearnings for preservation in Roxborough, Walter Smith School to be reused, and admiring the architecture of the Strawberry “Villa” > more

First District Land Auction Exceeds Expectations

First District Land Auction Exceeds Expectations

June 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Squilla land auction generally successful, creative brickwork on Girard Avenue, and YWCA-to-apartments in G-Ho > more

Updated: The End May Be Nigh For The City Hall Parking Lot, But Not Yet

Updated: The End May Be Nigh For The City Hall Parking Lot, But Not Yet

June 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

North apron closed for repairs and not because of public disapproval, Avalon and Blavat pledge money to replace mural, and Henon delays prison land purchase vote > more

Old City District To Facilitate Infill Development Before 2026

Old City District To Facilitate Infill Development Before 2026

June 11, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Honoring a quarter-millennium of American history with economic development, hucksters on Dock Street, Phillies mural finally set for summer unveiling, and civic aims to improve Ridge Avenue > more

Greenlight For Apartment Complex On West Washington Avenue

Greenlight For Apartment Complex On West Washington Avenue

June 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Zoning Board gets behind Washington Ave mixed-use, the last season of The Society Hill Playhouse?, and watermain issues on South 10th Street > more

Apartment Towers And Grocer Planned For 13th & Fairmount

Apartment Towers And Grocer Planned For 13th & Fairmount

June 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Development planned for site adjacent to the Divine Lorraine, a retrospective of the Philly Orchestra’s European tour, Temple wants Council to regulate campus food trucks, and some adaptive reuse in Queen Village > more

New Fishtown Mural Explores Residential Aesthetics

New Fishtown Mural Explores Residential Aesthetics

June 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

On the scaffolds with Gaia, design revealed for 22nd & Market memorial, bill requiring inspection of fire escapes, funding our hidden oral history, and a new and improved Boot and Saddle sign > more

Mural Arts Reveals Skateable Art In Paine’s Park

Mural Arts Reveals Skateable Art In Paine’s Park

June 5, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mural Arts goes 3D, Fishtowners hope to preserve deconsecrated church, the downside of solar power, and Spruce Hill to part with Ethiopian Gardens > more

Upping Your Seat Cred

Upping Your Seat Cred

June 4, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Active seating in University City, “Speaking Out For Equality” opens tomorrow, returning to The Woodlands, storefront advocacy on Pine Street, and Wi-Fi at Boathouse Row > more

PHA To Embrace The Commercial Imperative In Sharswood

PHA To Embrace The Commercial Imperative In Sharswood

June 3, 2015  |  Morning Blend

PHA dreams big in Sharswood, Comcast all but certainly to build third Center City tower, Tall Ship festival attraction may spark legal fight, and appreciating beer garden design on South Street > more

Reviewing The Community Land Trust Housing Model

Reviewing The Community Land Trust Housing Model

June 2, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Preventing displacement in Port Richmond, a look at the Athenaeum’s very cool scanner, and re-imagining at the Maplewood Mall > more

Taking The Initiative In Kensington

Taking The Initiative In Kensington

June 1, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Ambitious development goals in Olde Kensington, some overlooked Corinthian columns, Philly’s most beautiful street views, South Philadelphians work to preserve their history, and more and more hauling to Philly > more

Papal Visit To Be Commemorated With North Philly Mural

Papal Visit To Be Commemorated With North Philly Mural

May 29, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mural Arts Program teams up with the World Meeting of Families, Germantown preservationists reach settlement in Wissahickon Playground case, SEPTA announces major purchase, and scenes from the N3RD St Farmers Market > more

Demolition Of Tourison's Hall In Mt. Airy Begins

Demolition Of Tourison’s Hall In Mt. Airy Begins

May 28, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Century-old building in Mt. Airy being replaced with mixed use, Historical Commission committee stands for retention of neon lighting for PSFS Building, and advocating for more solar energy > more

Mutually Beneficial Rivalry Coming To East Market Street

Mutually Beneficial Rivalry Coming To East Market Street

May 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Gallery and East Market as more than the sum of their competing parts, the history of Ridge Ave, undercounting the transit constituency, and tracking a half-century of intra-Commonwealth migration > more

Making A Case For Please Touch Museum

Making A Case For Please Touch Museum

May 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The larger funding imperative for the Please Touch Museum, a community input meeting for the Ridge Avenue Pocket Park, and Vietnam Memorial rededicated at Penn’s Landing > more

Indego Goes Well

Indego Goes Well

May 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Indego’s first month by the numbers, spot zoning fears in Andorra, finding your way through East Passyunk, and vacant land in Fishtown being developed > more

Planning Commission Fails To Recommend Empowering Bill For New Holmesburg Prison

Planning Commission Fails To Recommend Empowering Bill For New Holmesburg Prison

May 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Debating land usage on the Northeast’s waterfront, Temple inks deal for advanced dentistry equipment and technology, PAFA renovations, and why the Streets Department doesn’t bury those utility boxes > more

Theater Company Moving To The Drake

Theater Company Moving To The Drake

May 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Drake to become a theatre hub, the candidates talk prison replacement, towards visually innocuous utility boxes, and a symposium for better health through urban design > more

Offices To Replace Finnigan’s Wake

Offices To Replace Finnigan’s Wake

May 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Bill introduced to rezone former Democrat hangout, thinking about civic monuments, the expansive truss of the Wagner Free Institute of Science, the Good Samaritans of Port Richmond, and transit display unveiled in Commerce Square > more

Independence Seaport Museum Doubles Endowment

Independence Seaport Museum Doubles Endowment

May 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Maritime museum doubles its endowment, pointing the way to Venice Island, gentrification angst in Brewerytown, and readying for reNewbold II > more

Cameras Converge On Port Richmond

Cameras Converge On Port Richmond

May 14, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the media circus on Frankford Avenue, Brandywine Realty positions itself for East Market’s revival, Yards to celebrate its Manayunk beginnings, and DA and police to defend their property seizure policy > more

Navy Yard To Install Smart Power Grid In Coming Months

Navy Yard To Install Smart Power Grid In Coming Months

May 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

PIDC announces winning bidder for interconnected “microgrid,” charity work for Bridesburg public space, and remembering an earlier rail tragedy in Port Richmond > more

Bill Advances To Purchase Land For New Prison

Bill Advances To Purchase Land For New Prison

May 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A new prison more and more likely in the Northeast, previewing the Spring Garden Greenway, iconic South Philly Sign taken down for restoration, construction in West Philly, and no renewal for two charter schools > more

The Persistent Dream Of A Roosevelt Subway Line

The Persistent Dream Of A Roosevelt Subway Line

May 11, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Federal money kicks off another round of planning for a revived Roosevelt Boulevard, Clarke cancels community budget hearings, and rising bread in Olney > more

Drexel To Overhaul And Expand Quadrangle

Drexel To Overhaul And Expand Quadrangle

May 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Drexel reveals plans for Korman Quadrangle, anticipating greater traffic at the port, Nutter expected to sign anti-littering bill, and Elfreth's Alley open house > more

The Studio Craft Movement & Urban Revitalization

The Studio Craft Movement & Urban Revitalization

May 7, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Fifty years of American Studio Crafts in Philadelphia, derelict building demolition initiative announced, SEPTA and City remove trolley tracks, and touring St. Francis de Sales > more

New Amenities Coming To 30th Street’s Porch

New Amenities Coming To 30th Street’s Porch

May 6, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at The Porch 2.0, eleven PMA reproductions coming to East Passyunk, Henon campaigns for Storefront Improvement Program, and Germantown Quaker school set to expand > more

Original Mt. Airy Post Office Reopens As High Point Wholesale

Original Mt. Airy Post Office Reopens As High Point Wholesale

May 5, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Mt. Airy residents step up to support adaptive reuse, record use for Broad Street Line for Run, improved pedestrian safety in West Philly, and South Street Spring Festival > more

Songs Of The Incarcerated At Eastern State

Songs Of The Incarcerated At Eastern State

May 4, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A chorus of voices on display at Eastern State Penitentiary, ad hoc committee formed for old Roxborough theater, seeking solutions for a problematic health center, and a look at construction in NoLibs > more

Student Housing Developers Threaten Iconic West Philly Block

Student Housing Developers Threaten Iconic West Philly Block

May 1, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the “tear it down, replace it” development mentality, Henon’s billboard victory reduced to defeat, and running down the architectural history of the (South) Broad Street Run > more

PHA To Have Another Go At Liddonfield Redevelopment

PHA To Have Another Go At Liddonfield Redevelopment

April 30, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Requesting proposals for former projects site, Drexel okayed for additional student housing, Strawberry Mansion garage to be reused, a last attempt to save St. Laurentius, and the neighborhood that the Pennsy built > more

Revealing A Secret Garden With Bartram's Mile

Revealing A Secret Garden With Bartram’s Mile

April 28, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Anticipating the final plans for Bartram’s Mile in ’16, a bike share weekend postmortem in Point Breeze, the Association for Public Art buys public art, and preserving a classic Northeast Catholic Church > more

Exhibit To Resuscitate Shuttered Fairhill Classroom

Exhibit To Resuscitate Shuttered Fairhill Classroom

April 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The restoration of a classroom in North Philly, the DRWC anticipates a full summer of work on reconnecting Philly to the Delaware, the economic draw of the Mall, and vetting regional hotel rooms for the 2016 DNC > more

Illegally Built Apartments Point To Another Failure From L&I

Illegally Built Apartments Point To Another Failure From L&I

April 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Off-campus Temple apartments raise yet more questions as to the purview of L&I, highlights from the Indego launch, derelict East Falls home being demolished, Japanese culture on display on the Hill, and Postgreen to celebrate at open house for new South Kensington project > more

Toward An Inclusive Revival Of Mayfair’s Frankford Ave

Toward An Inclusive Revival Of Mayfair’s Frankford Ave

April 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A bottom-top approach toward a BID, developers to explain their Spruce Hill mixed-use to residents, PHL expansion deal reached with neighbors, and life on Elfreth’s Alley > more

Philadelphia’s Blooming Roofs Are Booming

Philadelphia’s Blooming Roofs Are Booming

April 22, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The advantages of green roofing, 52nd Street reaches back to its former vitality, a high-tech bench for Independence Mall, and a look inside Indego’s HQ > more

Greater Center City’s Growth Spurt Continues

Greater Center City’s Growth Spurt Continues

April 21, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the 2015 State of Center City report, the legacy of Stephen Girard’s gentleman home, streamlining rehabilitation in Germantown, and the proliferation of potholes > more

US Navy Considering Permission For Residential Use In Navy Yard

US Navy Considering Permission For Residential Use In Navy Yard

April 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Adaptive reuse of former installation’s facilities possible, Fairmount Park Conservancy broadens mission, and a look at the design for Pat’s Steaks mixed-use > more

The City Of Neighborhoods, For Better Or Worse

The City Of Neighborhoods, For Better Or Worse

April 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at the decentralized state of affairs in Center City, Live Nation announces plans for reuse of Fishtown factory, and distressed parkers fight South Philly proposal > more

Broad, Market, And The Wholesome City

Broad, Market, And The Wholesome City

April 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Reflections on the laying of the cornerstone to City Hall, short film eavesdrops in on Philadelphians in motion, Samschick’s Delaware Avenue projects not too popular with residents, Rebuilding Together Philadelphia celebrates milestone, and community input for West Philly plan > more

“Air” Installed By The Schuylkill

“Air” Installed By The Schuylkill

April 15, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Famed sculptor’s 1979 piece back on public display, storefront improvement program reportedly strangled by federal regulation, northern concrete City Hall apron to be repoured, and using co-working spaces as a reinvigorator of East Market Street > more

Original Design Of Courtyard Gates To Be Installed At City Hall

Original Design Of Courtyard Gates To Be Installed At City Hall

April 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

New gates for City Hall were designed in 1869, the mixed blessing of the South Philly refinery, Guinn to design mural for Wissahickon train station, Brandywine Realty moves into Old City, and Squilla promotes valet parking as solution for waterfront clubs > more

Rushing Plans For LOVE Park

Rushing Plans For LOVE Park

April 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Not there yet on LOVE Park design, Nutter agrees to UEDs in proviso, South Philly traffic triangle to become public space, and Depression-era Northwest Philly theater to be demolished > more

Extensive Repairs For 25th Street Viaduct Announced

Extensive Repairs For 25th Street Viaduct Announced

April 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Crumbling South Philly bridge to receive multi-year redo, the importance of schoolyards in the development of communities, King of Jeans building finally ready for demolition, and a new office for Mural Arts > more

Farming Petty Island In 2115?

Farming Petty Island In 2115?

April 8, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Food scarcity explored in latest Better Philadelphia Challenge winning design, rejuvenating American Street, touring futuristic art exhibit to stop by The Oval in June, and another try for the revival of Squirrel Hill Park > more

Stemming The Tides Of Demolition

Stemming The Tides Of Demolition

April 7, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Policy recommendations for Philadelphia preservation, standing up for federal transportation dollars, commemorating Billie Holiday, and work to begin next week on Vine Street Expressway bridges > more

A Preservation Win & (Probable) Loss For Fishtown

A Preservation Win & (Probable) Loss For Fishtown

April 6, 2015  |  Morning Blend

El-side banks to be redeveloped by Onion Flats, Core Realty wants to demolish the Edward Corner Building, The Palmer to open next month, and some examples of surprising wildlife in Philly > more

Advocates Of Affordable Housing Urge Adoption Of “Flip Tax”

Advocates Of Affordable Housing Urge Adoption Of “Flip Tax”

April 2, 2015  |  Morning Blend

An attempt to double the size of the Housing Trust Fund, illuminating Fabric Row, Clarke irate over state of police and fire fighter facilities, and a symposium on prescriptive landscape architecture > more

Temple Planning Major Re-landscaping Of Main Campus

Temple Planning Major Re-landscaping Of Main Campus

April 1, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Temple to redo walkways, Knight names new round of grantees, a petition for zoning changes for a Furness church, and a century of the Italian Market > more

Century-Old Ghost Sign Uncovered In Port Richmond

Century-Old Ghost Sign Uncovered In Port Richmond

March 31, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Kolb Bakery advertisement found behind wall in Port Richmond, messianic architecture on South Broad, Bloomingdale’s interested in Liberty Place location, and a new public space at Lea School > more

A Broad Street Line Extension Would Need “A Broad Base Of Support”

A Broad Street Line Extension Would Need “A Broad Base Of Support”

March 30, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Previewing the fundraising effort for a BSL extension to the Navy Yard, Woodlands meets fundraising goal, environmental education in a “native meadow” in the Northwest, and Philly once again cited as excellent biking city > more

The Prognosticating Developers

The Prognosticating Developers

March 27, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Three ascendent ZIPs and their developers, Temple to lead the effort in environmental cleanup of Kensington, Council approves Squilla's UEDs, and checking up with Rodin Square > more

Past & Future On Chestnut's 700 Block

Past & Future On Chestnut’s 700 Block

March 26, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Four commercial properties to be nominated for historical designation, a 32-story apartment tower planned for 7th & Chestnut, and Philly's population ever so slightly increases > more

Difficulty Ahead In Preserving Socioeconomic Diversity For Gentrifying Neighborhoods

Difficulty Ahead In Preserving Socioeconomic Diversity For Gentrifying Neighborhoods

March 25, 2015  |  Morning Blend

What the data suggests for the future of economic equality in Philadelphia, Tinicum approves PHL runway expansion plans, food trucks push for less restrictive municipal regulations, and Clark urges Archdiocese to refrain from demolishing Fishtown church just yet > more

More Homes Coming To South Kensington

More Homes Coming To South Kensington

March 24, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Development pressure creeps up from Fishtown and Northern Liberties, another scandal for L&I, a history of sink-ins, and adaptive reuse on the Main Line > more

PHS To Make Laurel Hill Entrance More Inviting

PHS To Make Laurel Hill Entrance More Inviting

March 23, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Traffic island to be remade by PHS, Fishtown church demolished, Penn study suggests the health benefits of green lots, and Oh moves to get bridges fixed > more

Introducing The “Funkier” Side Of Co-Working Spaces

Introducing The “Funkier” Side Of Co-Working Spaces

March 20, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at Penn’s plans for its Grays Ferry campus, Brewerytown in transition, and an update to the Philadelphia zoo’s 360 plan > more

Pennsport Segment Of Delaware River Trail Secured

Pennsport Segment Of Delaware River Trail Secured

March 19, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Washington Avenue Green to be extended, One Liberty Place observation pushed back, improvements on the Ben Franklin, modular housing in West Philly, and an edit-a-thon at the PMA > more

Former Hospital Facility Reused In South Philly

Former Hospital Facility Reused In South Philly

March 18, 2015  |  Morning Blend

A look at Constitution Health Plaza, Weinstein moves to “Jumpstart Germantown,” Planning Commission recommends temporary zoning overlay for West Washington Avenue, and over $18 million needed for a reopening of Franklin Square Station > more

$11 Million Investment Announced For 5 Civic Commons Spaces

$11 Million Investment Announced For 5 Civic Commons Spaces

March 17, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Two foundations announce a substantial investment in creating neighborhood assets, PHA’s big plans in Sharswood, creating a network of Friends groups for neighborhood schools, and development in South Kensington > more

A Void In The Boyd

A Void In The Boyd

March 16, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The "partial" demolition of the Boyd Theatre, Punch juggling atop the PAFA entranceway, and a new wellness center opens in North Philly > more

Squilla’s Digital Billboard Measure Concedes Too Much For Too Little

Squilla’s Digital Billboard Measure Concedes Too Much For Too Little

March 13, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Why “urban experiential displays” are not like the Lit Bros signage, over 100 units set for West Girard Ave, Councilwoman Reynolds Brown combatting litter, unique benches for UCity, and former GlaxoSmithKline HQ up for sale > more

Developers OF FDR Park Velodrome To Resubmit Plans

Developers OF FDR Park Velodrome To Resubmit Plans

March 12, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Project 250 to reconsider design for cycling track, ground broken for condo tower next to Independence Hall, West Philly housing project for homeless families ribbon cutting, and community gardeners attempt to save lot from development > more

Who Needs Silicon Valley When You Have Philly?

Who Needs Silicon Valley When You Have Philly?

March 11, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Tech start-up founder content with secondary market like Philly, tourism chief wants to grow market for Chinese visitors, SEPTA figuring out how to make the Center City Concourse less confusing, and an erroneous foundation dug in Bella Vista > more

A Third Way In Historic Preservation

A Third Way In Historic Preservation

March 10, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Penn professor extolls grassroots preservation methods, Council bill would require residential use within IRMX, input needed on Ridge Ave, advocating for skilled STEM immigrants, and 15 years of a Philly-owned Navy Yard > more

What Will Bring Shoppers Back To East Market?

What Will Bring Shoppers Back To East Market?

March 9, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Reviewing the perpetual dilemma that is East Market Street, revealing cognitive cartography in Graduate Hospital, more money for Philly’s parks and streets, and the “yawning chasm” of the Cohocksink Sewer > more

Owner Of River City Site To Pursue Rezoning & Sale

Owner Of River City Site To Pursue Rezoning & Sale

March 6, 2015  |  Morning Blend

Firm looking to make $30 from developer(s), Saffron on varied- and re-use in Fishtown, Germantowners fight to retain Wissahickon Playground, a partial building collapse, and trees for Philly > more

Coda For Mayor Street’s NTI

Coda For Mayor Street’s NTI

March 5, 2015  |  Morning Blend

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority considers the last budget for the Neighborhood Transformation Initiative, Squilla seeks rezoning of mill in Kensington, can Philly become a video game mecca, and entertaining thoughts of a Business Improvement District for the Italian Market > more

Peering Ahead To A New Festival Pier

Peering Ahead To A New Festival Pier

March 4, 2015  |  Morning Blend

What the DRWC’s redevelopment of Festival Pier would entail, Streets Commission considers ways to fund rebuilding of 78 retaining walls, creative infill in Poplar, and PMA to bring art to East Passyunk > more

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