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    • Winter Smokes | Convicted Melon, EOTS Flickr group
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January 21: MLK Day volunteers | CSX derailment update | Replacing Bill Green | AVI appeals could take years | Latino power gap

Good morning, Streeters. We are in for heavy snow and cold wind, so give yourself extra time to get around today. Flights are already being canceled, schools closed, and…

    • The Big Green Block initiative has created an art-filled greenspace to connect the Shissler Rec Center through neighborhood parks to the Delaware River
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January 20-24: MLK Day of Service | Eric Bunge | In With The Old | Big Green Block | GIS careers

HELP: MLK Day of Service Monday, January 20. Citywide. Pitch in to help your community - there are hundreds of opportunities and thousands of volunteers needed for projects like painting in…

    • Two freight cars derailed over the Schuylkill River, January 20, 2014 | NBC10
    • Route 47
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January 20: MLK day reflections | St. Bridget school conversion | Carl Greene to be barred | Route 47 pilot refresher | Comcast building as symbol, connector

Happy Martin Luther King Day, Streeters. We hope you have the day off today and are using it as an opportunity to give back. Mel Dorn reflected on his time…

    • The wide, high-traffic Boulevard poses a challenge to pedestrians

Panel to consider Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras

This week, Philadelphia will add two new automated red light enforcement (ARLE) cameras at the intersection of Ogontz and Stenton avenues. Since 2005, Philadelphia has been using ARLE to ticket drivers…

    • 1601 Columbus

UPDATE: Permits issued for non-permitted use in Central Delaware Overlay

Update: L&I Spokeswoman Rebecca Swanson tells PlanPhilly that the application for the vehicle-related use permit was submitted on June 4, 2013, one day prior to when City Council’s Rules Committee voted…

    • A prototype of the new, fiberglass MFL seating
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Say goodbye to cloth seats on the El

SEPTA's Market Frankford Line (MFL) cars are on their way to getting an interior facelift. Over the next five years, SEPTA will replace the blue, fabric seat upholstery with blue, fiberglass…

    • Bill Green - Caucus Room

On City Council, who will replace Bill Green?

Governor Tom Corbett announced Friday morning that he would appoint At-Large Councilman Bill Green to the top seat at the School Reform Commission, a move that will require Green to leave…

    • Eastern State Penitentiary, Photo by Jeremy Fountain
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January 17-19: Ben Franklin Museum free admission | Mill Creek Documentary screening | Eastern State celebrates MLK | Philadelphia Home Show | Clover Market

PARTY: Free admission at Benjamin Franklin Museum Friday, January 17 - Sunday, January 19. 9am - 5pm. 317 Chestnut Street. Celebrate Ben's birthday all weekend long at the Benjamin Franklin Museum,…

    • Navy Yard glass, Photo by Philadelphia Photos
    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

Details on $40 million in state and city grants for new Comcast tower

Comcast’s new Innovation and Technology Center, which the company unveiled yesterday and expects to begin building this summer, is estimated to cost $1.2 billion. Of that, $40 million—around three-and-a-half percent of…

    • PlanningCamp
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February 1: PlanningCamp comes to Philly

Get out your explorers gear and let your inner plannerd out for the day: PlanningCamp is headed to Philly on February 1. PlanningCamp is an “unconference” focused on the intersection of…

    • Free clothing and sneakers

Philadelphia's challenge: Planning for equity in the midst of growth

On December 30th, Council President Darrell Clarke tweeted an article entitled “Is the Creative Class the Enemy of Urban Equity?” The article is the latest critique of the Creative…

    • Center City skyline, Photo by David Swift
    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners
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Foster + Partners, Comcast, Liberty Property Trust adding new tower to Philly skyline

Comcast is adding to Philly’s skyline once again. Today Comcast and Liberty Property Trust announced they will develop a major new skyscraper at 1800 Arch Street for a cool $1.2 billion.…

    • 40th and Pine, November 2013

Court hears zoning appeal for housing on historic 40th & Pine property

Judge Ellen Ceisler of the Court of Common Pleas heard an hour of oral arguments Wednesday morning from attorneys in the ongoing battle over the future of a historic mansion owned…

    • The Lower Schuylkill Master Plan calls for a new river road to improve access and circulation. See the red line above for its possible alignment. | Graphic from Lower Schuylkill Master Plan
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Improving access in the Lower Schuylkill Innovation District

Much of the Lower Schuylkill is an impenetrable, legacy industrial landscape, and good access is one problem holding back its tremendous potential. But the Lower Schuylkill has been lavished with…

    • 400 N. Broad
    • Melon Street, Mantua | Ashley Hahn

Promise Zone tax incentives offer rare opportunity for bipartisan urban renewal

As of late, urban policy at the federal level has made for some strange bedfellows. Both Rand Paul and Mitch McConnell joined President Obama last Thursday to announce the formation of…

    • Wissahickon Valley Park
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More than $1 million floods Wissahickon Valley Park

More than one million people trek into Wissahickon Valley Park each year. That’s a lot for a park that was never designed to handle that level of traffic. Luckily, four recent…

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