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    • West Philadelphia Fresh Food Hub on Lancaster Avenue.
    • Rendering of Ensemble's Pier 34 and 35 proposal | Cope Linder Architects

Planning Commission won't approve extra height on waterfront unless developer does something for the public in return

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission did not approve the plan for a 180-foot tall residential tower Ensemble Real Estate wants to build on the site of Piers 34 and 35 South…

    • The Sparks Shot Tower looks down on 19th century homes and 20th century wiring on narrow Carpenter Street.

Look Up! 19th century tower finds peace in the 21st century

“Look Up!” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. The photo essays focus on different Philadelphia areas and their distinctive building styles and details, all…

    • On Thursday Night Market returns to Germantown Avenue in Mt. Airy with more than 50 vendors.
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August 13-17: Fun Ride | Baltimore Ave. Dollar Stroll | Night Market Mt. Airy | 'Predator'

Fun Ride: Benjamin Franklin Bridge Wednesday, August 15, 5:25-7:30pm. Meet at Sydenham and Walnut Streets (at the bike corral.) A Bicycle Coalition staffer will lead a 5-mile ride through Philly, visiting…

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Bustleton starts the summer with new civic association leadership

This is the second in a two-part report on leadership changes within the Greater Bustleton Civic League. Before breaking for the summer, the new leadership of the Greater Bustleton Civic League…

    • Old Dock St, 1925 (Image no. 4886) | Aero Service Corp. | Aerial Viewpoint, Spring, TX
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From Above: Old City and Society Hill waterfront, 1925

Our last two From Above aerial selections have showcased the Central Delaware Waterfront in the 1920s, checking in on bridge construction in 1924 and catching a bird-eye view of waterfront life in…

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Suspect sought for multiple 7th District beer store robberies [crime]

Police in the 7th District are looking for the man they believe has robbed multiple beer stores over the last two weeks. Just before 1 a.m. Aug. 2, a man smashed…

    • Finnegan's Wake: The owners and neighbors are still at odds over balconies the bar has permission to build.
    • Maura Kennedy demonstrates new L&I site at press conference

L&I releases new apps in website upgrade

The Department of Licenses and Inspections has completely overhauled its website, liberating a vast amount of data that was previously relegated to hard-to-find corners of the web or altogether unavailable…

    • People in Rittenhouse | Flickr user Matt Colo | Creative Commons
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August 10-12: Second Friday on Lancaster | Pennsylvania Dutch Festival | Dragon Boat Festival | 'Midnight in Paris'

People in Rittenhouse | Flickr user Matt Colo | Creative CommonsSecond Friday on Lancaster Avenue Friday, August 10, 5-8pm.  Lancaster Avenue from 35th to 43rd Streets. Join neighbors and businesses for an…

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Highlights of Lower Northeast District plan include short- and long-term ideas

In the lobby of a building filled with innovators, residents of the Lower Northeast District planning area gathered Tuesday to see the highlights of four months' worth of ideas for Frankford…

    • The Benjamin Franklin Bridge's robust abutment.
    • Rendering of Marina View | BLT Architects

Historical Commission Okays Waterfront Project

The Philadelphia Historical Commission today approved a controversial waterfront proposal that opponents and critics had lambasted for its incompatibility with the Old City Historic District and Master Plan for the Central…

    • Members of civic and neighborhood groups gathered at William Penn Charter for the Citizens Planning Institute. (Amy Z. Quinn)

Citizens Planning Institute equips NW Philadelphia community with tools to participate in city zoning issues

By Amy Z. QuinnFor NewsWorks With the city's new zoning code going into effect later this month, representatives of local civic organizations who could benefit from some of the changeshave…

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Planning Commission enters new frontier: blogging

We'd like to be among the first to welcome a new addition to our online community: Philadelphia Planeto, the newly launched staff blog for the Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC). In…

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Man sentenced for straw-purchased gun found at Frankford shooting scene

A 24-year-old man was sentenced to prison Monday for the straw purchase of firearms - the practice of having another person buy the firearm for you. According to office of Philadelphia…

    • The Divine Lorraine and beyond.
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Divine Lorraine could become Blumenfeld's (again)

Hidden City Daily reports that "developer Eric Blumenfeld appears to be close to acquiring the note on the Divine Lorraine hotel held by Amalgamated Bank, our sources say, and has…

    • Dancing Water | phillytrax, Eyes on the Street Flickr group
    • David Ertz of Cope Linder Architects and Ron Patterson of law firm Klehr Harrison Harvey Branzburg present plans to CDAG

Developer presents updated plans for Piers 34 and 35 to CDAG

Representatives of Ensemble Real Estate, the developer proposing to build several new residential projects on the Central Delaware, presented updated plans for an apartment building on Piers 34 and 35 to…

    • Three conversations, two waterfronts, one river

Three conversations, two waterfronts, one river

As part of its behind the news event series, PlanPhilly hosted a two-hour Delaware River cruise that celebrated a historic treasure currently docked on our Central Delaware riverfront and the former…

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