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    • A possible future for Castor Avenue, from the Lower Northeast District Plan.
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PCPC approves Lower NE Plan, supports 50-foot stream buffer | Lou Kahn's new park | Philly seeking state help for AVI | PPA tickets Scalia

Tuesday’s Philadelphia City Planning Commission meeting had a full agenda, ranging from district plan approval, neighborhood plan acceptance, and evaluations of zoning questions. Some highlights from PlanPhilly: The Lower Northeast…

    • Capt. Joel Dales gives a briefing on potential security issues and police response at the planned store. (Amy Z. Quinn)

A 'yes' vote for Bottom Dollar Food project, and a look at other Washington Lane plans

Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorksA proposal for a new Bottom Dollar Food store near the Washington Lane SEPTA station will go forward to the city zoning board with the endorsement…

Sen. Williams to City Council: Don't move forward with Korman apartment proposal for Eastwick

Pennsylvania State Sen. Anthony Williams, D-District 8, opposes a proposal to build a large apartment complex on now-vacant land in Eastwick, he wrote in a letter to City Council President Darryl…

PCPC delays action on streets bill allowing creation of one portion of the Central Delaware River trail

Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said action on this bill was tabled. In fact, the commission requested an additional 45 days to review the bill. This technical difference…

    • Case of the mansion at 40th & Pine inches forward at L&I Review Board

Case of the mansion at 40th & Pine inches forward at L&I Review Board

At this rate, the Italianate mansion at 40th and Pine may fall down on its own before the University of Pennsylvania can demolish it and build anything new in its place.…

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October 26: Philly Photo Day returns

Philly, are you ready for your closeup? Philly Photo Day, a project of the Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, returns on Friday, October 26 for the third year running. The…

    • Before the scavenger hunt, Madeline Bell and Aisha Malika from the Fairmount Water Works Interpretive Center demonstrated how water can flow through porous pavement
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Searching South Philly for sustainable streets

Do you know how often a pedestrian is hit by a car in Philadelphia? Or how many bathtubs worth of water are treated by the stormwater planters on 13th Street? As…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Northwood crash gets North Philly label

  The 4600-block of Adams Avenue. It's relativel leafy, runs parallel to Greenwood Cemetery and is roughly three blocks from Northwood Park. And oh yeah, it's on the Northeast side…

    • Metropolitan Opera House, 2012 | Jeremy Marshall, Eyes on the Street Flickr group

Planning Commission recommends zoning amendments related to parking and family daycare

The City Planning Commission recommended approval of two zoning bills Tuesday afternoon related to parking regulations and family daycare centers. The first bill was introduced by Councilman Brian O’Neill last month.…

    • Vision for Castor Avenue, from the Lower Northeast District Plan

Planning Commission adopts district plan for Lower Northeast

The district-level comprehensive plan for Lower Northeast Philadelphia was Tuesday adopted by Philadelphia City Planning Commission.The Lower Northeast includes 5.92 square miles, more than 100,200 residents, and the neighborhoods of…

    • Planning Commission recommends citywide stream buffer of 50 feet

Planning Commission recommends citywide stream buffer of 50 feet

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission recommended approval Tuesday afternoon of City Council Bill No. 120654, which would adopt the Water Department’s hydrology map and enact a 50-foot buffer to new…

    • Work officially begins on 149-unit apartment complex near Ivy Ridge train station

Work officially begins on 149-unit apartment complex near Ivy Ridge train station

Talk about timing: A few minutes before officials gathered Friday to break ground on a new apartment complex called The Station at Manayunk, the SEPTA train that inspired the project rolled…

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VIADUCTgreene invites public input on Viaduct park

Skyline view from the elevated portion of the Reading Terminal Viaduct, October 2012. Imagine transforming an abandoned rail viaduct into an urban elevated park as a way to revitalize and connect…

    • The Architect's Newspaper hosted the panel on the city's mega-museums and their impact on smaller institutions at the Rosenbach Museum & Library.
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DesignPhiladelphia panel questions mega-museums

Philadelphia has been riding on the national bandwagon trend of tremendous cultural building and spending that boomed from roughly 1994 to 2008. With major museums and cultural institutions in place, Philadelphia,…

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New website to help parents choose a school in Philly

Many Philadelphia parents want to take advantage of the city's varied school options but feel they need better information. The Philadelphia School Partnership wants to help. PSP, along with Mayor Michael…

    • Learn about community organizing in Chinatown Monday night at HSP.
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October 15-19: Chinatown fight to survive | Ben Franklin Bridge bike ride | Brewfest | reexamining sustainable agriculture

Philadelphia Chinatown’s Fight for Survival Monday, October 15, 4:30-6:30pm. Historical Society of Pennsylvania, 1300 Locust Street. Learn how Philadelphia’s Chinatown has evolved over time and its ongoing struggle to maintain its…

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3 Far Northeast red-light cameras to be activated this week

First announced in June 2011 and installed this past July, three red-light cameras in the Far Northeast will be activated at the end of this week. The cameras at Bustleton Avenue…

    • Louis Kahn Park, 11th and Pine | Flickr user dan reed!, Creative Commons License
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3rd and Walnut gusher | Apple Lofts on market (again) | transpo project funding roundup | Kahn Park homelessness | RIP Sen. Specter

Louis Kahn Park, 11th and Pine | Flickr user dan reed!, Creative Commons LicenseGood morning, Streeters. Hope you enjoyed the beautiful fall weekend. Today's high will edge toward 70° but it…

    • The TIP includes a map of Philadelphia projects that will seek federal and state funding

DVRPC approves $3.8 billion in highway and transit improvements for Southeastern Pennsylvania

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission approved more than $3.8 billion in highway and transit improvements for southeastern Pennsylvania when it adopted the DVRPC FY2013 Transportation Improvement Program for Pennsylvania early…

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