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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

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