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    • Bird friendly exterior

Blue Cross Blue Shield a bird ally

Mar. 5By Kellie GatesFor PlanPhilly The lights on top of Chicago's Blue Cross Blue Shield Building turn green for St. Patrick's Day, pink for Breast Cancer Awareness, and go…

Heard in City Hall: 10-year tax abatement going green?

Heard in City Hall: 10-year tax abatement going green? Check out this post by Patrick Kerkstra outlining an idea to make the 10-year tax abatement contingent upon Leadership in Energy and…

    • Phillyskyline

Phillyskyline calendars on sale

PlanPhilly friend Brad Maule, the creator behind still has plenty of his unique calendars in stock. With a special tribute page to the World Champ Phillies and wonderfully photographed monthly…

    • Light pollution

Working together in Toronto

Mar. 5By Kellie Patrick GatesFor PlanPhillySome of what's now done voluntarily for birds in Toronto will likely become mandatory for all new construction, starting this fall.The city…

    • Complaints circle around Philadelphia ambulances.

Century Ambulance vindicated in Bustleton woman's death

A complaint against the medical practices of Century Ambulance of Bustleton has been rejected by the state Department of Health. Century, located off Red Lion Road just west of the Northeast…

Real NEastate: Tax rebates for seniors

By Stacey McCarthy Q: My mother's homeowners taxes are very high in her East Torresdale home. She is collecting Social Security and is on a fixed income. Doesn't she qualify for…

    • Birds that collided with buildings

Birds, lights, glass = fatal mix

Photo: Toronto casualties Mar. 5 By Kellie Patrick GatesFor PlanPhillyHours before the sun arrived in Center City, Valerie Peckham was searching for birds. But this was not typical bird…

    • Alan Greenberger and Michael Nutter

Capital program, budget gets PCPC approval

Mar. 03 By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhilly The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously adopted the city’s new six-year capital program and budget in a special session on Tuesday, after an…

Police shoot Mayfair gunman

By Shannon McDonaldJames Henry, 32, was shot in the leg by police after he shot a man during a home invasion in Mayfair Sunday night. Police say Henry and another man…

Poll: Northeast residents love the police, their neighborhoods

A recent wide-ranging poll of 1,600 city residents has brought to light a number of unsurprising cultural trends, many divided between neighborhoods. The survey, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts' Philadelphia…

New PA casino opening soon

PRESS RELEASE Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem to Open its Doors on May 22Bethlehem, PA (March 3, 2009) – Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem, a new casino and entertainment destination being…

Treaty Elm event at Penn Treaty Park Thursday, artifacts on display

The anniversary of the falling of the Great Elm beneath which William Penn signed a peace treaty with the Lenape Indians will be marked with stories and music Thursday night. The…

    • Public Infrastructure

Infrastructure? In a word, no!

Mar. 03By Thomas J. WalshFor PlanPhillyThe upcoming conference of the American Planning Association, scheduled for April 25-29 in Minneapolis, does not appear to have any sessions on what…

PCPC: Broad & Erie transportation and community development plan

BROAD & ERIE TRANSPORTATION AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PLAN ***Coming Up: PUBLIC MEETING AND WORKSHOP:***Tuesday March 17, 2009, 6:00pmResurrection Life Church, 17th & TiogaAll interested citizens are invited to…

Northeast-headquartered army brigade begins Iraq tour

The 56th Stryker Brigade, a 4,100-member contingent of the Pennsylvania National Guard headquartered in the NEast, formally took over patrol of  a 900-square-mile area northwest of Baghdad last Tuesday. The troops,…

    • Postcard from Detroit

SEPTA announces final West Philly El shutdowns

The West Philadelphia El Reconstruction Project is set to be "substantially complete" by Fall 2009.  Only a few more shutdowns are planned: Final Weekend Shutdowns March 20-23 March 27-30 April 3-6…

Read report to Mayor Nutter on City Budget forums

The City Budget: Tight Times, Tough Choices -- A Report to the Mayor and His Cabinet March 2, 2009 Co-written by Harris Sokoloff, director, Penn Project for Civic Engagement, and Chris…

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