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  • The Inquirer discusses the “Times Square-ification” of Market Street East, previewing the LED signs set to top the former Lit Bros. building at 7th & Market come New Year’s Eve. Scaffolding started “its crawl up the cake-frosting-white facade” just last week, a whole four years after Councilmen James Kenney and Frank DiCicco introduced a bill to transform the corridor. Not only is the illumination hoped to bring in advertising revenue — perhaps seven-figures annually — but to return “a little upbeat fun,” says Kenney, to a section that was once regularly densely packed with weekend shoppers.
  • Friends of Clark Park invites you to sign its petition to Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell to oppose the by-right proposal for 4224 Baltimore Avenue, whose “current zoning classification does not take into account the extreme importance to West Philadelphia of Clark Park.” Instead, an alternate mixed-use vision from U3 Ventures is offered, one “with 145,000 square feet of rental and for-sale housing, 8,000 square feet of retail, and 65 parking spaces.  This proposal is an alternative to the as-of-right zoning permit we received in March 2013 for 81,000 square feet of residential use (92 units) with no retail, 36 bicycle parking places and six automobile parking spaces,” says the petition.
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