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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: Castor Gardens may be hard to find, but it's not in Lawncrest

It's rare a mainstream news outlet can find Castor Gardens. Summerdale, Oxford Circle and Lawncrest often get the Castor Gardens label. Or simply, 'Castor,' whatever that's supposed to mean. When a…

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New traffic lights at Ashton and Willits finally activated

Though it's been more than "a week or so" since PennDOT said the new traffic lights at Ashton and Willits roads would be activated, the change has finally be made. Left-turn…

    • Smart card working group pans one-way fare collection plan

Smart card working group pans one-way fare collection plan

A report put out by a smart card working group gives some clues as to how the new fare payment system may be implemented on SEPTA’s regional rail system. The…

    • View from 48th street (Bas Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Construction advances at new Youth Study Center site

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIt's a steel-gray morning, and the streets around 48th and Haverford are just beginning to dry out after a fierce late-summer thunderstorm. On the site…

    • A short trot from the park, the 2000 block of Rittenhouse Square was stable row in the late 1800s.

Look Up! Rittenhouse Square's stable row

“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…

Coastal Resources Management program grant round opens!

Coastal Resources Management Program Grant Round This grant program funds activities and initiatives aimed at improving Pennsylvania’s coastal zone. Eligible activities may relate to wetlands enhancement, fisheries management, public waterfront access,…

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Right NEast/Wrong NEast: the Daily News thinks the Northeast is pretty small

Two men are arrested for running a fencing operation. One lives at Pearson and Cottage. One lives at Magee and Jackson. The items they stole were recovered at Torresdale and Longshore.…

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15th District Police look for suspect in spring robbery

Police in the 15th District continue to look for the man wanted in connection with an April 7 robbery on the 2800-block of Cottman Avenue. According to the police report, the…

    • Mt. Airy USA is participating in a program that redevelops foreclosed or abandoned homes and sells them, at reduced rates,

Mt. Airy USA program helps home buyers get foreclosed properties cheaper

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyProspective home buyers in Mt. Airy, take note: You might be eligible to participate in a federal housing stabilization program through a partnership of Mt.…

    • The Architects Building at 17th & Sansom is LEED certified at the Gold level

The Goals of Zoning Reform, Part II: Promoting sustainable development

Last week, we posted the first in a series of stories holding the draft zoning code up against its stated purposes. Today, that series continues by looking at Purpose 2(a): Promoting…

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Is Philadelphia suffering from mural fatigue?

During the past few weekends, a dozen or so budding artists have taken glue in hand to painstakingly apply bits of shattered mirrors and smashed plates to the side wall of…

    • NewsWorks takes a before-and-after look at zoning overlays in East Falls if the zoning code proposal goes through. (Megan Pinto)

How the zoning code draft affects East Falls

By Amy Z. QuinnFor PlanPhillyIn Northwest Philadelphia, zoning overlays govern what kind of sign you can hang above your Manayunk boutique, what your corner store can sell in Germantown,…

    • Joann Corte Grossi

How the Affordable Care Act will affect Pennsylvanians

Joann Corte Grossi Pennsylvania has more people with pre-existing conditions signed up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. That's good news for Pennsylvania, but how does it affect you?…

    • Lynn Levin

Poets on the Porch preview: Lynn Levin

Lynn Levin As Fox Chase gears up for its second annual Poets on the Porch event at Ryerss Museum and Library, six of the seven poets slated to read at the…

    • Mark Keeley

Legislation would add natural gas responders to death benefits list

Mark Keeley City and state legislators yesterday joined Philadelphia Gas Works officials to announce legislation that would include natural gas responders in those who receive death benefits under the Emergency and…

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PSPCA confirms animal hoarding case in Frankford

The PSPCA Thursday confirmed to NEast Philly a case of animal hoarding reported earlier this week in Frankford. Ruth Bogdan, 61, of the 1600-block of Granite Street, has been charged with…

    • When streets give way to plazas

When streets give way to plazas

The small triangle bounded by 23rd Street, South Street and Grays Ferry Avenue isn't much to look at. It's small. It has a non-functional fountain. And a big chain is the…

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Cat of the Week: Yogi Berra

URGENT! Check out the mitts on this boy! He might have given Yogi a run for his money! Yogi (A13768378) is a 1-year-old male cat. He has a gorgeous silver tabby…

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Dog of the Week: Dottie

This little darling was found as a stray, but aside from being skinny, and having a little boo-boo on her back, you would never know that this sweet girl was a…

    • Photo by Flickr user ryanrules.

Bottom Dollar to open at former Ilona Keller's

Photo by Flickr user ryanrules.Bottom Dollar will open another Philadelphia store in the Northeast. The 19,600-square-foot store will replace Ilona Keller’s Dugan Banquet Hall at Roosevelt Boulevard and Borbeck Avenue…

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