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    • Backyards, Rand Street. Jamie Moffett photo

Kensington community activist hopes to become a one-man CDC

It sounds so simple: Raise money to buy vacant homes, enlist a small crew of volunteers to fix them up and sell them at reasonable prices to responsible long-term renters.Then,…

    • Patrick Kerkstra’s ‘Deluge of Deadbeats’ series wins recognition

Patrick Kerkstra’s ‘Deluge of Deadbeats’ series wins recognition

Patrick Kerkstra’s series “Deluge of Deadbeats” earned a Special Recognition from judges in the inaugural Weiss Award for Investigative Journalism. Cheers, Patrick! read more

    • Inquirer team wins inaugural Weiss Award for Investigative Journalism

Inquirer team wins inaugural Weiss Award for Investigative Journalism

An immersive, multimedia investigation of violence and unsafe learning conditions within Philadelphia public schools has earned a team of reporters from the Philadelphia Inquirer a $10,000 prize and the inaugural Weiss…

    • A rock salt dome is located on the Philadelphia Streets Department Facility's 2.5-acre lot.

West Parkside: District plan to revitalize Parkside Avenue

This article was created in partnership with Philadelphia Neighborhoods, Temple University's capstone multimedia journalism class. By Jade C. McKenzie and Connor Showalter The Philadelphia City Planning Commission is expected to…

    • Taking inventory of what Germantown Settlement physically left behind

Taking inventory of what Germantown Settlement physically left behind

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyThe counting is complete at the former Germantown Settlement Charter School campus, where the new owners have tallied the remains left behind when the school…

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Mid-century Philadelphia boosterism [video]

Here's a peek at our fair city, glowingly reflected on by WPTZ some 60 years ago. While the film is really dated, check out the fabulous color shots of the familiar…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Daily News says Burholme is 'Far Northeast'

We get it, Daily News. You don't own an updated map and you don't send reporters to the Northeast unless someone commits a crime or gets elected to office. So…

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viaBooks launches Dirt tonight

Dirt book launch Friday, March 16, 5:30pm. Meyerson Hall, PennDesign, 210 S. 34th Street. Dirt "presents a selection of works that share dirty attitudes: essays, interviews, excavations, and projects that…

    • Contestants dig their faces into pies during Holy Family University's Pi Day contest. Photo/Matthew Flowers

Holy Family students celebrate Pi Day with pie-eating contest

Contestants dig their faces into pies during Holy Family University's Pi Day contest. Photo/Matthew Flowers What better way to celebrate Pi Day, than diving head-first into delicious pudding pies?  That is…

NEast Links: Crimes in Torresdale, Frankford, Holmesburg

NEast Links: Bringing you additional Northeast news A Torresdale man has been charged with the death of his 82-year-old father. Thomas Hauck of the 3400-block of Kirkwood Road is accused of starving…

    • Will the new Barnes hang on to its spirit and eccentricity?

Learn about, give input on, the draft signs section of the new zoning code. This includes billboards.

Starting Monday, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission is holding a series of public workshops "to engage you in a discussion of a draft sign code." Registration for each of the five…

    • Calder's Swann Memorial Fountain

In April, a new way of looking at Parkway sculpture

They're informally calling it "dance, walk, bike and light" — but what the new Fairmont Park Art Association program, Site Seeing, is really about is "celebrate.""It's the latest in…

    • Stanton group

Straight talk to the SRC: Video voices for Sheppard and Stanton

By Dale MezzacappaFor The Notebook and PlanPhillyThursday night bright-shirted supporters of E.M. Stanton (yellow tees) and Sheppard (purple), two of nine schools slated for closing, brought their case to…

    • Danny Quinn playing and singing

Singer Danny Quinn entertains WEL Pennypack residents during Community Irish Festival [slideshow]

Danny Quinn playing and singing "Danny Boy" for WEL Pennypack residents. Photo/Michelle Alton Tuesday Wesley Enhanced Living Pennypack held a Community Irish Festival with a live performance by musician Danny Quinn.…

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Dog of the Week: Murphy

Hi! My name is Murphy! (A15477139) You know, like Drop Kick Murphy's, Murphy's Irish Stout or even Murphy's Law! Two of those things are Irish! Did you know that St. Patrick's Day…

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Cat of the Week: Jane

This girl desperately needs your help! Jane (A15591778) is a grey and white female cat. She was found as a stray who was not feeling well at all. She has a cold…

    • Team Ryan after the St. Baldrick's shave. Photo courtesy of Archbishop Ryan High School

Archbishop Ryan students, faculty go bald for childhood cancer research

Team Ryan after the St. Baldrick's shave. Photo courtesy of Archbishop Ryan High School A group of faculty and students at Archbishop Ryan High School might be feeling a chill these…

    • Waterview Grande, part of developer Michael Samschick's Penn Treaty Village development, at Brown Street and Delaware Avenue.
Eyes on the Street

Will Penn Treaty Village reuse more waterfront industrial buildings?

What is Michael Samschick planning for his Penn Treaty Village development? Is O Havana real? Like River Ward neighbors, our curiosity is piqued. PlanPhilly’s Kellie Patrick Gates has been following the…

NEast Links: Fire, arrest reward, more news in Frankford

NEast Links: Bringing you additional Northeast news Three people were injured Wednesday morning in a Morrell Park fire. It took firefighters 20 minutes to extinguish the blaze on the 3200-block of…

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