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    • Bartram's Farm One Year Mark
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Bartram's Farm hits one-year mark, brings food sovereignty to Southwest Philadelphia

In its first year alone, Bartram’s Farm has built a crop field, greenhouse, community garden and orchard, grown 6,500 pounds of produce and held 21 weekly farmers markets. But more importantly,…

    • 40th Street Methodist Episcopal Church, October 2012
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City 'snafu' blamed for Fox Chase zoning issue

There are three identical sets of twin duplexes on the 8100-block of Ryers Avenue in Fox Chase, and 8124 is part of them. They've always been duplexes, and city documents recognize…

    • 40th Street Trolley Portal Concept Plan | courtesy of University City District
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Revamping 40th Street Trolley Portal | Support for 50-foot stream buffers | Contested Washington Avenue | Dolphin Tavern to reopen

Good morning, Streeters. Today is the deadline to apply for the homestead exemption for next year’s property taxes. The simple application [pdf] is due by the end of business…

    • Councilmen Bill Green, Brian O'Neill and Mark Squilla huddle

O’Neill bills reclassify uses in commercial mixed-use districts, create new district to be mapped in

Hold onto your hats, planning fans. Things are about to get weird. During the zoning reform process, the Zoning Code Commission created a series of districts labeled CMX, for Commercial Mixed…

Exploratory archaeology this weekend at Mt. Airy's Lovett Library. Volunteers wanted.

 Another search for history will take place at Lovett Library Saturday – this time with the help of volunteers. Interested? You can help. Preservationist Eugene Hough of Heritage Guild Works will…

    • The vacant lot next to Doris Berris’ house has filled with weeds and trash

North Philadelphia: Land bank could help residents living next to blight

By Kate Hartman For PlanPhilly  This article was created in partnership with Temple University's capstone journalism course Philadelphia Neighborhoods. Doris Berris stood in front of the lot where her community…

    • Parks & Recreation Commission meets, gets green in Hawthorne

Parks & Recreation Commission meets, gets green in Hawthorne

Wednesday's meeting of the Philadelphia Parks & Recreation Commission at Hawthorne Recreation Center saw the announcement of some triumphant news and some administrative changes.Chair Nancy Goldenberg began by announcing a…

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BREAKING: SPCA officers on the scene of possible animal hoarding case in Rhawnhurst

Pennsylvania SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Officers are executing a search warrant and removing dozens of animals from a house on the 1900-block of Emerson Street in Rhawnhurst, according to PSPCA…

    • The DVARP public service announcement will run through November and encourage riders to contact lawmakers to encourage mass public transit funding
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PSA calls attention to transit funding shortfall

With the transit funding shortfalls the Greater Philadelphia region will face in the coming years, agencies are going to have to get creative with their fundraising. This month, the Delaware Valley…

    • Autumn street| Eyes on the Street Flickr Group
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Point Breeze eminent domain moves ahead | more variances for retail? | Police still use typewriters | Germantown trash woes | Native American Museum decays | record Restaurant Week

Autumn street| Eyes on the Street Flickr GroupGood morning, Streeters. It’s GIS Day and we’ll be hanging out with mapmakers at the Free Library and at PennDesign to mark the…

When should I start looking for a new home? [Real NEastate]

Realtor Stacey McCarthy will return next week with a new column. This column originally ran in November 2011. Q: How much of a window should I give myself before I start…

    • Planning Commission launches work on University City/Southwest district plan

Planning Commission launches work on University City/Southwest district plan

Planning the future of the University City/Southwest District calls for a bit of a balancing act, said West Philadelphia planner and project manager Andrew Meloney at the first public input session…

    • UCD unveiled its initial plans for the 40th Street Trolley Portal, Photo courtesy of UCD

University City District will make 40th Street Trolley Portal pedestrian friendly

Riding the 11, 13, 34 or 36 trolleys west from Center City, riders leave the darkness of the underground tunnel and, as their eyes adjust to the natural light, meet an…

    • Rules Committee recommends code clean-up bill without amendments to RCOs, CMX-2 district

Rules Committee recommends code clean-up bill without amendments to RCOs, CMX-2 district

The bill drafted by the City Planning Commission and intended to make small technical changes to the new zoning code got a favorable recommendation from City Council’s Committee on Rules Wednesday…

    • Formerly TransitCheck, DVRPC's commuter benefit program is now RideECO. Photo courtesy of DVRPC

DVRPC renames commuter benefit program RideECO

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission launched the rebranding and expansion of its commuter benefit program Wednesday morning. Previously called TransitCheck, the DVRPC program will now be known as RideECO…

Thursday evening program presents artifacts, stories of Native American life in Philadelphia

Native American artifacts found during archaeological digs held in conjunction with the I-95 improvements project will be on display – and the topic of discussion – at The Independence Seaport Museum…

    • Compromise in Council sets 50-foot stream buffer citywide

Compromise in Council sets 50-foot stream buffer citywide

In a Rules Committee hearing on Wednesday morning, 6th-District Councilman Bobby Henon put forward an amendment to Bill No. 120654 reflecting a compromise worked out between his office and a coalition…

    • Appellants call final witness in ongoing 40th and Pine demolition case

Appellants call final witness in ongoing 40th and Pine demolition case

Appellants in the ongoing case of the historic Italianate mansion at the corner of 40th & Pine called their last witness at the Board of L&I Review Tuesday afternoon. The applicants…

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University City / Southwest District Plan kickoff meeting tonight

The Planning Commission continues its march through district planning as part of Phialdelphia 2035, and will hold the first public meeting for the University City / Southwest District Plan tonight, November…

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