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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

Resident Appeals ZBA Approval For Mosque Expansion On The Boulevard

Resident Appeals ZBA Approval For Mosque Expansion On The Boulevard

September 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Northeast residents claim mosque addition would be too much, Cedar Park business district gets its first strategic plan in two decades, drink and sketch for LOVE Park, and the changing face of 3rd & Market > more

Architectural Committee Approves Azalea Gardens Design

Architectural Committee Approves Azalea Gardens Design

September 24, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Update on the 40th & Pine preservation battle, SEPTA to get $68 million from federal government, Council Committee seeking $30 million loan for school district, and protracted construction on Temple University’s Streets > more

Observation Deck Planned For One Liberty Place

Observation Deck Planned For One Liberty Place

September 23, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Stunning views coming to the 57th floor of Philly's second-tallest skyscraper, previewing Bok's second life, appreciating the Dow Chemical building, and wondering what historians will say > more

Blue-Ribbon Panel's Advice to L&I: Become Two Agencies

Blue-Ribbon Panel’s Advice to L&I: Become Two Agencies

September 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

L&I report calls for mix-up, Johnson still fighting for watermain money, CHOP begins construction on community literacy center, and an orphanage to music hall at Penn > more

40th Street Trolley Station Fundraising Gets A Boost

40th Street Trolley Station Fundraising Gets A Boost

September 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Over half a million for the University City gateway project, Old City building complex to be renamed and rebranded, Saffron’s thoughts on a riverside museum, and FLOW on the Schuylkill > more

Drexel Law School Gets $50 Million, New Center City Building

Drexel Law School Gets $50 Million, New Center City Building

September 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Litigator Thomas R. Kline donates big, Spring Garden Greenway preview this weekend, thoughts on Philly bike politics, and bagels coming to 7th & Walnut > more

City Hall Apron To Be Redone

City Hall Apron To Be Redone

September 17, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Improvements for Dilworth Park’s visual flow, more details on the Bridesburg land swap with Dietz and Watson, Philly Bike Share locations, and a “creative hub” in Brewerytown > more

Preliminary Plans For Maplewood Mall Presented To Germantown Residents

Preliminary Plans For Maplewood Mall Presented To Germantown Residents

September 16, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A community meeting unveils early design thoughts for the corridor revitalization, previewing phase 3 of Fishtown’s Icehouse, Penn teams up with Swiss firm for innovative cancer research facility on its campus, and Dranoff musing on the market > more

Redevelopment In Fishtown Threatened By NIMBYs

Redevelopment In Fishtown Threatened By NIMBYs

September 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Samschick’s lynchpin draws the ire of the myopic, Two Liberty Place scraps hotel plan for condos, 30 more police for the Northeast, and some selective gentrification concern in Point Breeze > more

City Council Bets On Cig Tax Before Reassumption of Education Board

City Council Bets On Cig Tax Before Reassumption of Education Board

September 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Efforts to dissolve SRC will have to wait, goats cleaning up the Manayunk Bridge Trail head, SEPTA’s desperation with naming rights, and Fishtown’s Delaware Station up for sale > more

William Penn Foundation To Give $25 Million For Free Library Renovations

William Penn Foundation To Give $25 Million For Free Library Renovations

September 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Donation will help add space and services to six branches, artist selected for 22nd & Market memorial sculpture, Lea Elementary gets playground equipment and planting beds, and the West Philly Tool Library raises $10K > more

New Renderings For South Philly Development

New Renderings For South Philly Development

September 10, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Developer updates building plans, Avenue North at Temple losing tenants, Brown and Holt families both want control of Southport facilities, Socialist campaigns for homestead exemption in West Philly, and tips to stay in your home (in a gentrifying neighborhood) > more

Gensler To Design Next Comcast Building's Interiors

Gensler To Design Next Comcast Building’s Interiors

September 9, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Firm to seek “functional, aesthetic, sustainable and progressive" interior, finalists for green building award, Corbett Administration to grant $2.5 million for East Market, and a coworking space for women to open in October > more

US Housing Secretary Tours Mantua Promise Zone

US Housing Secretary Tours Mantua Promise Zone

September 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Julián Castro comes to town, first American Salvation Army facility being shopped around, fundrasing for a new Columbus Square Park, and mysterious signage pops up in vacant South Philly Blatstein lot > more

Beta Testing Venice Island

Beta Testing Venice Island

September 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Previewing the Venice Island Performing Arts Center and Schuylkill River Boardwalk, the legacy of Nutter and the Delaware, donation for Jewish center at Drexel, and travelogue of beneath Center City > more

Drexel Looking For Master Developer For Innovation Neighborhood

Drexel Looking For Master Developer For Innovation Neighborhood

September 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

RFPs sent out for Drexel’s next big thing, Parks & Rec and the public priority, how to support Mantua and Powelton Village’s artists, NLNA goads developer to add office space, and bemoaning a “city of logos” > more

The Dalian & Real Estate Determinism

The Dalian & Real Estate Determinism

September 3, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What The Dalian on Fairmount says about the Philly market, Fringe Arts president happy to have a sedentary HQ, Market East to become Jefferson Station, and CDR critiques Temple-area proposal > more

Coworking Firm Announces Two New Philly Locations

Coworking Firm Announces Two New Philly Locations

September 2, 2014  |  Morning Blend

40K more square-feet of office space by year’s end, ZBA says no to another story for off-campus housing, Sixers going 3D, department store to reopen in the Northeast, and the demolition that nearly wasn’t > more

The Physical & Political Importance Of Goldtex

The Physical & Political Importance Of Goldtex

August 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Loft District conversion project finally complete, Manayunk parish to preserve historic church, Temple professor talks ’64 riot, major mixed-use for NoLibs, and previewing Greenfest Philly 2014 > more

Roxborough Sawmill Preserves An Old Industrial Aesthetic

Roxborough Sawmill Preserves An Old Industrial Aesthetic

August 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

One man's mission to preserve the physical history of industrial Philadelphia, groundbreaking for Rodin Square, street mural requested for Triangles Plaza, the genesis of JFK and 30th Street Station, and this weekend's Made in America Fest > more

Rodeph Shalom As A Beacon On North Broad

Rodeph Shalom As A Beacon On North Broad

August 27, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at the historic Jewish synagogue’s expansion, the economic importance of bike lanes, Suzanne Roberts Theater gets $2.5 million boost, remembering the Philadelphia Trades School, and approvals from the Historical Commission > more

PhillyU’s Roxboro House Now A Repository For Arlen Specter’s Papers

PhillyU’s Roxboro House Now A Repository For Arlen Specter’s Papers

August 26, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at the renovated historic home in East Falls, talking with UCD’s Gupta on UCity walkability, judge strikes down Girard College program overhaul, and what to expect at 8th & Filbert come next summer > more

Port Authority Getting Serious About $10 Million Renovation Of Franklin Square Station

Port Authority Getting Serious About $10 Million Renovation Of Franklin Square Station

August 25, 2014  |  Morning Blend

With a “renaissance,” Franklin Square Station might reopen; Philly renters more involved than first thought; Comcast VP confident in philanthropy’s ability to fund DNC and Pope visit; Quaker modesty and tree naming; and Mini Golf in a South Kensington warehouse > more

The Obstacles To Preserving Joe Frazier’s Gym

The Obstacles To Preserving Joe Frazier’s Gym

August 22, 2014  |  Morning Blend

A look at the tough road ahead to preserve the North Broad treasure, Giovanni’s Room to become AIDS charity thrift store, Drexel health center doubling capacity, and how the PNB letters “slipped through the cracks” > more

$30 Million Mixed Use Project Finally Set To Begin In Chestnut Hill

$30 Million Mixed Use Project Finally Set To Begin In Chestnut Hill

August 21, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Grocery Store and condos coming to Germantown Ave, a look at Sugarhouse’s phase 2, Awesometown living up to its name already, and an exhibit of upstate woodland scenes > more

Smokin' Joe Almost Ready For Bronzin'

Smokin’ Joe Almost Ready For Bronzin’

August 20, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Boxing champion's memorial statue to be ready for April unveiling, partial building collapse in Queen Village, Roxborough residents question the viability of a Wendy's on Ridge Ave, and a talk tonight on neon signs in Philly > more

In Loft District, Upcoming Restaurant Aims To Bolster A Sense Of Community

In Loft District, Upcoming Restaurant Aims To Bolster A Sense Of Community

August 19, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The Brick & Mortar of a neighborhood, former leaders talk about closed transitional living program, expert says housing boom imminent, Convention Center labor agreement doing the trick, and inside Think Brownstone’s new Center City office > more

Church’s Commercial Replacement Cheats West Philly Of Appropriate Scale

Church’s Commercial Replacement Cheats West Philly Of Appropriate Scale

August 18, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The design of a one-story commercial development adds insult to injury, Blatstein preparing to demolish McIlhenny facade and dome, the history of the KYW Building, gleaning data in the Wissahickon, and the 12th Financial Empowerment Center opens > more

City Hires Lawyer To Fight Federal Lawsuit Against PGW Lien Policy

City Hires Lawyer To Fight Federal Lawsuit Against PGW Lien Policy

August 15, 2014  |  Morning Blend

What happens when tenants steal their last month’s gas, CDR approves The Study in UCity, Artisan Lofts developer Q&A, ZBA approves 10 homes for NoLibs, and woodworking in the Northwest > more

City Agrees To Increased Access, Educational Center In East Park Reservoir

City Agrees To Increased Access, Educational Center In East Park Reservoir

August 14, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Two groups leased the 37-acre site last month, Penn Health announces $1.5 billion expansion project, and Rendell and Nutter entertain the DNC > more

Out To Shut Down Asset Seizure Program, Homeowners Sue DA’s Office

Out To Shut Down Asset Seizure Program, Homeowners Sue DA’s Office

August 13, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The DA allegedly overextends itself in cash cow program, PHA breaks ground in Strawberry Mansion, the stumbling block for Cresheim Trail, a call for Amtrak trains between Suburban and Market East, and a look at the new Palladino’s design > more

City Piloting Anti-Graffiti Tech

City Piloting Anti-Graffiti Tech

August 12, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Crews streamline the process of cleaning up graffiti, the street photography of John Moran, neighbors “ecstatic” over The Lincoln’s renovation, bike lane problems for 22nd Street, and Promise Zone to get a manager > more

Designing A Place To Pause In Frankford

Designing A Place To Pause In Frankford

August 11, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Hot pink attraction set to pop up in the spring, coalition stops William Penn High deed transfer, Philly's housing market affordable for millenials, seven homes to rise in "Port Fishington," and on renaming 30th Street Station > more

Design Review Committee Gives Green Light to Mormon Church High Rise

Design Review Committee Gives Green Light to Mormon Church High Rise

August 8, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Mormon Church’s residential tower still without public art proposals, Saffron on the right mix behind the Rodin Museum, previewing next week’s visit from the DNC, remembering the Northeast’s Sears Tower, and La Salle to break ground on new business school > more

Sale Of Bok And Vare Schools Likely Imminent

Sale Of Bok And Vare Schools Likely Imminent

August 7, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The School District employs strategic language in sale of school buildings, Nutter talks to NYC paper about Philly’s bid for 2016 Democratic Convention, the end of the University City High garden, sustainable Philly to be studied by international students, and the Boulevard to be repaved > more

Mummers Parade Could Be Shortened By 60%

Mummers Parade Could Be Shortened By 60%

August 6, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Parade route to be altered, home for vets up and running, Fairey working on mural on Frankford Ave, ‘round the clock weekend subway service extended, and Spring Garden bridges to be renovated > more

Loft Conversion Proposal Needs Parking, Says Northern Liberties Zoning Board

Loft Conversion Proposal Needs Parking, Says Northern Liberties Zoning Board

August 5, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Fears of further clogging NoLibs’ streets, a local historian’s mission to reach greater audiences, theft and vandalism for Germantown Ave beautification effort, connecting public art with public health, and going exploring African American agriculture > more

Kimmel Center To Raise $100 Million By Various Naming Opportunities

Kimmel Center To Raise $100 Million By Various Naming Opportunities

August 4, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The biggest fundraising drive for the South Broad institution yet, Chestnut Hill preservationists fighting against an ominous precedent, parking garage variance for Central Delaware apartment complex, and Kenney on accelerating rezoning > more

A Missed Opportunity For One Forgotten Center City Neighborhood

A Missed Opportunity For One Forgotten Center City Neighborhood

August 1, 2014  |  Morning Blend

The Historical Commission drops the ball once more, how South Kensington’s Oxford Mills is succeeding in a “delicate balance,” the Corbett Administration to grant PMA $5 million for its renovation, and the Land Bank holds its first meeting > more

Researchers: World Trade Center Ship Built In Pre-Revolutionary Philly

Researchers: World Trade Center Ship Built In Pre-Revolutionary Philly

July 31, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Manhattan sloop said to be constructed from similar timber of Independence Hall, Comcast looking for temporary solution to office space shortage, City to get better neighborhood data, minimizing the impact of methdone clinics, and the Queen Lane Apartments well on their way to demolition > more

Over $200 Million In Improvements Coming To The Gallery

Over $200 Million In Improvements Coming To The Gallery

July 30, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Two companies announce their joint venture to revitalize the Market Street mall, two youth-athletic leagues also set to collaborate on new space, preventing inappropriate mixed-use in Bustleton, and crime down in UCity > more

Design Advocate Says New Zoning Classification Needs Revision

Design Advocate Says New Zoning Classification Needs Revision

July 29, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Ruben on the dangers of IRMX, US House votes to rename 30th Street Station, a look at the Linc’s $125 makeover, and the street melodies of yore > more

NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

NoLibs Zoning Chair Discusses How Best To Ensure Density

July 28, 2014  |  Morning Blend

Larry Freedman on the necessity of “sincere and informed” discussions with developers, Ken Weinstein offers to facilitate inclusion of Germantown Ave trestle in regional trail network, St. Joseph’s to get state historical marker, and readying for the Civic Design Review of the Morman Church’s apartment complex proposal > more