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Financial Perspectives: Holidays are here again; watch those credit cards

The reports from retailers indicating that Black Friday revenues were 7 to 14 percent more than last year were encouraging from an economic perspective, but it could be disastrous for consumers who…

    • Church of the Assumption, Spring Garden Street.
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Church preservation, sparse school closing hearing, new senior housing in Wynnefield, NRDC contests Limerick license renewal, Brewerytown growth,

The Atlantic Cities explores the trouble with church preservation, calling out the preservation debates about Philadelphia’s Church of the Assumption among national examples illustrating the burdens of maintainance for large…

    • Close-reading the Final Report: zoning variances

Close-reading the Final Report: zoning variances

The Zoning Code Commission officially adopted its Final Report a few weeks back, and Councilman Frank DiCicco recently introduced a bill to City Council which would replace the city’s current code…

    • The Sidney Hillman Medical Center demolition started today.
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Modernist Hillman Medical Center demolition underway

Crews started demolishing the Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 22nd and Chestnut today to make way for a new high-rise residential tower built by Chicago’s John Buck Company. I watched the demolition…

    • GWHS grad Aaron Wilmer now plays as quarterback for Delaware Valley College. Photo by Bill Achuff

Photo: GWHS grad shines on the football field at Delaware Valley College

GWHS grad Aaron Wilmer now plays as quarterback for Delaware Valley College. Photo by Bill Achuff Aaron Wilmer, a product of George Washington High School, is now the quarterback for Delaware…

    • While waiting for its lights, the tree in Rittenhouse sports one ornament.
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Holiday lighting, CitiesAlive, high-speed rail forum, Chinatown Community Center presentation, Northeast Resurgent symposium

Franklin Square’s Grand Lighting and Rittenhouse Square Tree Lighting Tuesday, November 295-7pm, Franklin Square. Wednesday, November 30, 5pm, Rittenhouse Square. Two of Philadelphia’s squares are all dressed up and…

    • Father Judge athletes join Director of Institutional Advancement Brian Patrick King and President Fr. Joe Campellone for the groundbreaking ceremony at Ramp Playground. Photo by Michelle Alton.

Father Judge breaks ground at Ramp Playground Renovation Project [slideshow]

Father Judge athletes join Director of Institutional Advancement Brian Patrick King and President Fr. Joe Campellone for the groundbreaking ceremony at Ramp Playground. Photo by Michelle Alton. The rain couldn't keep…

    • Fox Chase will decorate this evergreen in Lions Park for its Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 3. Photo by G.E. Reutter

Christmas comes early in Fox Chase with three events Dec. 3

Fox Chase will decorate this evergreen in Lions Park for its Christmas Tree Lighting Dec. 3. Photo by G.E. Reutter Christmas is coming early to Fox Chase. Three celebrations on Dec.…

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DAGspace: Confessions of a Center City Booster

Confessions of a Center City Booster by Edwin Bronstein   Philadelphia is a great town in which to live. Center City, in particular, provides a rich backdrop in buildings, in the…

    • Market Street Miracle | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street flickr group
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Occupy remains at Dilworth, City tells pensioners to cough up back taxes, The Other Carpenter helps homeowners, NJ Transit restricts bikes

Market Street Miracle | flickr user phillytrax, Eyes on the Street flickr group The Daily News reports Occupy Philadelphia’s tent city remains this morning, albeit smaller, on Dilworth Plaza more than…

    • From Eyes on the Street: Modernist Hillman Medical Center demolition underway

From Eyes on the Street: Modernist Hillman Medical Center demolition underway

Demolition started today on the Sidney Hillman Medical Center at 22nd and Chestnut to make way for a new residential high-rise being built by John Buck Co. of Chicago. read more…

    • Potential transfer candidates for the Cruiser Olympia are based in California, South Carolina, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia.

Preservation Row: Olympia suitors are narrowed to four

Four of the six organizations that submitted applications to assume stewardship of the Cruiser Olympia have been approved to move on to the second phase of the transfer process, the Independence…

    • As Occupy moves, Dilworth Plaza work about to get under way

As Occupy moves, Dilworth Plaza work about to get under way

The Daniel J. Keating Company (www.djkeating.com) is set  to begin work immediately as the general contract for the renovation of Dilworth Plaza. The firm has extensive experience working with…

    • The former boathouse/Russian Tea House is the centerpiece of FDR Park.

Look Up! South Philly's historic green space

“Look Up” is a PlanPhilly feature that encourages appreciation of our architectural and historical environment. Each week, the photo essay will focus on a different Philadelphia area neighborhood and its distinctive…

    • SRC Chairman Wendell Pritchett (r) during facilities recommendations. At left is superintendent Leroy Nunery

City Council hears about school closings - sort of

This story is the product of a reporting partnership on the facilities master plan between the Notebook and PlanPhilly. The best proof yet that the School District of Philadelphia’s modest school…

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Third annual NEast Philly holiday song: 12 Days of NEastmas

It's the day after Thanksgiving, which means it's time for a NEast Philly tradition: our 12 Days of NEastmas holiday song. This song, which first ran on Nov. 27, 2009, after…

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Dog of the Week: Lula

My name is Lula (A14140202). I am a 1- to 2-year-old terrier mix who came to the shelter as a stray with my brother. Our parents were contacted, but they no…

    • The safest turkey of all.
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Long-Weekend Reads

If you're anything like me, you'll leap at the chance to catch up on some longer less straight-news reads over the long weekend, perhaps while marooned at the airport, escaping from…

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Cat of the Week: Brandy and kitten

Brandy (A14539071) is a super sweet tabby and white momma cat. She was looking for a warm dry place to have her kittens so she made her way into someone’s basement a couple…

    • Winston Charleston

Maximum juvenile sentence for 14-year-old involved in fatal Academy Road crash

Winston Charleston Winston Charleston's charges will be handled in juvenile court and he'll remain under court supervision until he turns 21. The ruling is the result of his involvement in a…

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