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    • Renaissance Plaza update

More changes to Renaissance Plaza proposal

There's been another revision to plans for Renaissance Plaza - the residential and retail complex Waterfront Renaissance Associaties - an affiliate of Carl Marks Real Estate - plans to build at…

    • Convention Center, Phillytrax
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November 15: Convention Center loses client | Building collapse was avoidable | TIF districts under perform | Clarke pushes for extended LOOP deadline | West Powelton residents fight zoning variance

Happy Friday, Streeters!  The already struggling Pennsylvania Convention Center lost an important customer. UBM Canon, an international communications firm who held an event at the Convention Center this year, canceled…

    • A publicly subsidized W Hotel is proposed for 15th and Chestnut streets in Center City

TIF districts generate less property tax revenue than expected

When city officials decided to create a $5 million tax-increment financing (TIF) district for Bart Blatstein’s Avenue North project near Temple University, in 2005, they had a few figures in mind.…

    • George Washington Reviewing His Troops at Valley Forge / Don Herbert photo

Upper Merion mural embodies spirit of township's tricentennial logo: Preserving the past, shaping the future

This is the story of the mural: In 1976, this mural was installed on the Louderback building along the PA Turnpike. It was painted by local resident and business owner Ted…

    • Webberking Sculpture
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New salvaged metal sculpture at 40th and Powelton

As part of their reporting for Philadelphia Neighborhoods this fall, Micaella J. Wesley and Samuel Scimeca checked out the new sculpture at 40th and Powelton, a new addition to the 40th Street corridor.…

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Lighthouse Chapel International moving into Northeast Community Center

The Northeast Community Center on Holme Avenue won’t be empty for very long. New tenants from Lighthouse Chapel International should be moving in within the week, but the community is still…

    • Memorial Hall dome
    • Septa platform view / credit Raman Gardner

Time to conduct change at rail yard

Reprinted from Philadelphia Daily News THERE ARE 96 acres of prime real estate hiding in plain sight in the middle of our resurgent city. We scuttle past them every day by…

    • Penn received permission to demolish the building it owns at 40th and Pine streets.

40th & Pine zoning case goes to Court of Common Pleas

Update: Oral arguments in the appeal of zoning variances for 400 S. 40th St., before the Court of Common Pleas, have been postponed until 2014, according to attorney Paul Boni. PlanPhilly…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge bicycle and pedestrian ramp

Thirteen projects receive remaining trail funds

Last week we reported that the region’s trail funding future is uncertain, in part because the $10 million grant that the William Penn Foundation dedicated to trail building three years…

    • Spot Burger at The Porch
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Food trucks parked at The Porch through December

With the days feeling shorter, a mid-day outdoor lunch break might be just the thing sun-starved 9-to-5'ers need, even despite our recent cold snap. Fortunately for the 17,000 employees who work…

    • Pier 53 from the shore

History and bird watching at Pier 53

Long before the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation thought to turn Pier 53 into a park, it was the place where many European immigrants first set foot on U.S. soil. Local historian…

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Fox Chase Elementary counselor told to teach or be laid off

Wanda Raudenbush does not consider herself a teacher. Yet for the first two months of school, she woke up every school day, went to Fox Chase Elementary school, and willed herself…

    • Memphis and Palmer streets, Fishtown
Eyes on the Street

November 13 - Real Estate Roundup: Filling Market West vacancy | Finders tap Unclaimed Property | La Salle's new biz school | W Hotel and TIFs | Pru Fox & Roach's new identity

Howdy Streeters. Here’s a roundup of real estate news for this crisp Wednesday morning: The 2100 block of Market Street is nearly entirely vacant, but for a firehouse. That has Naked…

    • New American City

A two-day brainstorm on the future of cities

Mayors, urban planners and leaders in business, education and technology will converge in Philadelphia Wednesday and Thursday for the local edition of a traveling conversation on the future of cities. “There…

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Overhaul of billboard regulations approved by Council committee

City Council’s Committee on Rules amended and approved a bill Tuesday that would overhaul the city’s regulations for non-accessory signs, known commonly as billboards. The bill was introduced by Councilman Bobby…

    • The Royal
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Royal Theater could be replaced by new mixed-use building

The Royal Theater will no longer exist if Universal Companies has its way. The Royal, now in its fourth decade of vacancy, was an iconic entertainment venue for black Philadelphia hosting…

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Holme-Crisp Cemetery flag flies despite storm, vandalism, snakes and poison sumac

Most people attribute Philadelphia's origins to William Penn. But not everyone realizes it was surveyor Thomas Holme who helped plan the city. His final resting place is located in the Holme-Crisp…

    • Broad Street between Callowhill and Noble streets is one of the city's structurally deficient bridges

Traffic counts show regional travel decreased, transit ridership increased

The latest travel numbers are in, and likely due to the recession, they show that overall travel activity in the Delaware Valley dropped between 2005 and 2010. That’s roughly on par…

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Kevin Boyle's offices become food drive collection sites

Holiday food drives are beginning, Pa. Rep. Kevin Boyle, D-172nd, was among the first to announce details of where to drop off donate goods. Through the holidays, Boyle's offices at…

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