Boardwalk And South Street Ramp: More River Improvements

In July, the Boardwalk to South Street trail project connecting West Philadelphia and University City to the Banks will be bid. The Schuylkill Banks Development Corporation is working with the city to build a 2000-foot-long concrete structuring that will run parallel to the eastern shore of the Schuylkill from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge. Michael Baker Engineers will build a ramp to link the 15′-wide boardwalk for bikers and pedestrians who would otherwise block the trail. […]


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Where To Put The Philly Pumptrack

Finally, Philly, we will be getting a chance to relive the inner Cru Jones in all of us. Philadelphia Parks & Recreation, the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia and others are teaming up to bring us the Rad-inspired bike park, Philly Pumptrack. The project, yet to establish a firm location, is looking to build up a following through promotions and word of mouth. By looking to bring one of the fastest growing elements of the […]


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Old City Creative Corridor Tonight With Live Cooking Demo From Bistro 7

Maiden Media Group came to Philadelphia’s Old City to be around young and talented creative professionals. To continue to be apart of the local art and creative talent and collaboration, Maiden created Old City Creative Corridor to bring together the local art galleries, design agencies, musicians, painters, photographers and other innovative creatives for monthly meetings. At tonight’s meeting, Creative Corridor will launch the social network of their site, which was designed to unite and promote […]


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Pave This: Fishtown Gets New Sidewalks

Looks like Chinatown’s not the only neighborhood to get some new sidewalks. Walking back from brunch this morning, I noticed a huge construction project rolling out on Fishtown’s main thoroughfare, Girard Avenue. According to the construction people I talked with, it looks like the project’s going to replace the well-worn walkways on Girard, from Front street to Susquehanna, in an effort to help spruce up the neighborhood’s main commercial stretch. (Sorry Frankford avenue, but maybe […]


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New LEED Youth Study Center Coming To West Philly

A new youth study center will be built at 48th and Haverford in West Philadelphia. The old facility, which is closed and has been functioning at a temporary location in the former Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute, was 54 years old and in very poor condition. According to Anne Marie Ambrose, the Department of Human Services commissioner, the new youth center will provide 150 beds and will meet the national best practice guidelines as well as the […]


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New Steam for the Free Library’s Main Branch Expansion

Is the Free Library‘s main branch expansion finally about to get put on the front burner? Potentially great news for Philadelphia’s book renters this past weekend as the long talked about $175M expansion and renovation of the Free Library’s main branch on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway seems to have picked up some steam. New plans to cut back the main branch’s expansion from 189,00 square feet to 80,000 square feet were announced at the Logan Square Neighborhood Association meeting. […]


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Second And Market Getting A New Building, Chance At Life

Landmark Architectural Design (the guys behind South Philly’s Pretzel Factory) are working on the new six-story building at 241, 243 and 245 Market Street next to Lucy’s, which was recently purchased with new plans in place. We got Vincent Mancini‘s plans for the project from Landmark (not The Godfather), which includes a nine-car cobblestone parking lot (which will open onto Church Street), ground-floor commercial spaces, eight 1,500-square-feet condo units (the fourth floor has Juliet balconies) and a 3,000-square-foot penthouse […]


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Pub and Kitchen’s Bedford Cafe Plans and Petition for 20th Street

We stopped into Pub & Kitchen this weekend to find the plans for Bedford Cafe, Dan Clark’s new (controversial) project we reported about back in March, just sitting out, freshly color-printed and bound at Kinko’s. We starting snapping photos with our secret spy cam (Droid, just humor us), knowing the opposition for the project was heated, then was asked by an angry man at the bar why we were taking photos, so obviously we took […]


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Washington Square West Relighting Project

The Washington Square West Civic Association’s relighting project has raised enough to light a particularly dark stretch of 12th Street. The WSWCA has secured full funding for street-light replacement with the assistance of former senator Vince Fumo and a grant of $100K from the state’s Department of Community and Economic Development. City Council member Frank DiCicco, who has worked closely with WSWCA president Judy Applebaum on the relighting effort, has secured $415K in city funding. The project is being managed by the Center City District […]


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North Philadelphia Replaces Dated Apartments With LEED Project

On March 25, just off the edge of Temple University campus in North Philadelphia, the Philadelphia Housing Authority began its demolition of the 1950s era high-rising Norris Apartments. Instead of controlled implosion with the use of explosives, the PHA’s weapon of choice this time (and for the first time) was the more energy-friendly and lower-costing wrecking ball. The PHA plans to replace this dated apartment complex with LEED-certified apartments in a project that will total […]


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