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Eyes on the Street

Five hopeful things about the Land Bank

Philadelphia will be the biggest American city to establish a municipal land bank once Mayor Nutter signs the land bank bill passed by City Council 15-0 last Thursday. The land…

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Look Up! Roxborough’s remarkable country church

It took 23 years and two architects to complete one of the region’s great High Victorian Gothic buildings.   “Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural…

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Eyes on the Street

December 16-20: College Night at Waterfront Winterfest | 'A Christmas Story' | Stag and Doe | 'Coltrane's Philadelphia'

This week, get your holiday spirit on and take in the new documentary about John Coltrane. SKATE: College Night at Waterfront Winterfest Monday, December 16, 5pm-12:30am. RiverRink at Penn’s Landing, Market…

    • View at Montgomery, December 2013
Eyes on the Street

December 16: Homicides down | Change at Wannamaker School site | Cashing in on LOVE Park | Reusing Greater St. Matthew | Bike share's demographic problem | Reimagining Roosevelt Blvd

Welcome to the working week, Streeters. We hope you enjoyed a safe weekend amid the slush and ice – there’s more where that came from overnight. As 2013 winds down,…

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Historical Commission breezes through final 2014 meeting

As an early Christmas present to everyone involved, the Philadelphia Historical Commission held an impressively brief (15 minutes!) December meeting on Friday. That's not to suggest that the two cases under…

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UPDATED! Apartments, townhomes planned for former Mt. Sinai Hospital

UPDATED! The former Mt. Sinai Hospital in Dickinson Square West may be transformed into 237 residences. "The main hospital buildings will remain and be reused,"  said Richard C. DeMarco, attorney for…

    • A set of twins behind the bank building was demolished earlier in the year to make way for a parking lot.
Eyes on the Street

Recognizing Roxborough: Is the neighborhood losing its character?

Roxborough has been in the news recently due to new development projects along Ridge Avenue, the main artery of this Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood. In the one mile stretch from Hermit Street…

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Eyes on the Street

December 13-15: Second Friday on Lancaster Ave | History happy hour | Pennypacker Mills Open House | Fairmount Water Works opera | Zoo Noel

Enjoy your weekend! STROLL Second Friday on Lancaster Ave Friday, December 13. 5pm - 10pm. Lancaster Avenue from 34th Street to 41st Street. This month Lancaster Ave brings you a special…

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Re-imagining Roosevelt Boulevard

A century ago, Northeast Philadelphia didn’t look anything like it does today. Before the mid-20th century, Northeast Philadelphia was all farmland and trailer parks that was home to small Dutch communities…

    • Reading Viaduct shadow, Photo by Phillytrax
Eyes on the Street

December 13: Council approves land bank | W Hotel gets $33 million subsidy | Gaming Control Board hearings | Rail Park video | Rolling Stone visits Camden

Happy Friday, Streeters! As I'm sure you've heard, it is going to snow this weekend, but the experts are "still thinking" about exactly how much snow will fall. In its…

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Philadelphia gets a Land Bank, W Hotel gets $33 million subsidy

Philadelphia’s City Council unanimously approved the formation of a land bank on Thursday, inching toward the goal of finding productive, community-building, and tax-paying uses for the city’s 40,000 vacant properties. After…

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Developer plans to lift and trim too-tall Pennsport project

Neighbors complained, L&I measured. The in-the-works Constitution Court townhouses at 3rd and Reed in Pennsport are about 22 inches taller than the variance granted to developer and former Philadelphia jeweler-to-the-stars Barry…

    • An EPA official at the trail opening ceremony commended the city for its greening efforts
Eyes on the Street

Grant funding for Penn Treaty Park playground and Pulaski Park pier

As part of $38 million in PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants announced last week, two of the city's Delaware waterfront parks will be getting upgrades. The Department of…

    • Delaware River from Penn Treaty Park, Photo by Gary Reed
Eyes on the Street

December 12: PATCO's new cars | Unclear who will pay water-main damages | Council debates development notification | Metal fabricator moving to American St.

Good morning Eyes on the Street! PATCO unveiled the first two of its refurbished commuter rail cars this week. The cars feature brighter colors, higher ceilings, better lighting, digital displays,…

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SEPTA to improve user experience in Center City’s underground concourses

If you have ever cursed SEPTA while enduring a smelly Center City station that included suspect puddles which leaked through the walls even though it wasn’t raining, chances are you should…

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RCO bill amended, passed out of Committee

City Council’s Committee on Rules recommended approval of an amended bill reorganizing the rules for Registered Community Organizations in a split vote Wednesday morning, but the bill won’t be able to…

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Eyes on the Street

Neighbors clean newly secured East Mount Airy parkland

Just before the first snowfall of the season, volunteers gathered in East Mount Airy to clean six acres of former farm land that, after years of neighbor-developer conflict, the city has…

    • The Kelly Leak Gang, Photo by Convicted Melon
Eyes on the Street

December 11: NBC10 awards nonprofits $100,000 | Bike crash map | PATCO escalator update | Market-Frankford Line fire | Two held until building collapse hearing

Happy Wednesday Streeters! We hope you made it to work safely in the ice and cold.  In partnership with The NBCUniversal Foundation, NBC10 Philadelphia awarded $100,000 to the Bicycle Coalition of…

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Planning Commission supports apartment complex at 16th and Washington

The days of heavy industry on Washington Avenue are mostly behind us, said dozens of business owners and residents who showed up at the Planning Commission Tuesday afternoon to support the…

    • Rally for the Boyd, December 10, 2013
Eyes on the Street

Advocates rally for Boyd Theatre reuse

As snow fell Tuesday, about 35 hardy souls rallied under the Boyd Theatre’s canopy to protest the historic theater’s possible demolition, dutifully holding signs and sporting “Save the Boyd” t-shirts over winter…

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