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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Beekeepers Guild To Teach Bee-Yard-To-Farm-Stand Youth Program

A group of beekeepers in the West Philadelphia area plan to establish an apiary (also known as a bee yard) in a quarter-acre meadow within the Woodlands Cemetery in West Philadelphia. Backed by UC Green, an organization which serves to promote cooperative community greening, the beekeepers claim that teaching about proper apiary maintenance will be a means of promoting sustainable environmental stewardship. In addition, local volunteer beekeeper Daniel Duffy will be leading a workday structured […]


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Fishtown To Get Replacement For A Local “Old Man” Bar

A new brewpub is coming to Fishtown and its being brought to us by the people behind Azure (now Cantina Dos Segundo). Father/son duo Bob and Brandon Bitros will take over Moe’s at 1235 E. Palmer Street to open Interstate Draft House. Chef Julio Rivera, the former chef at Azure, will be taking the lead in the kitchen at the new digs, and for those that have missed them he will be incorporating his signature […]


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Race Street Pier Hard-Hat Tour Tomorrow

Those who can’t wait for a sneak peek at the Race Street Pier in May can get a hard-hat tour of the pier tomorrow, April 19, at 5:30pm. The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation and Penn Praxis are inviting people to this informal event to see the pier under construction. The Friends of Race Street Pier and the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society are inviting the public to the free event and will be celebrating after at Race […]


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Eight-Year-Old Houses Mayor Nutter In Table Tennis

Mayor Nutter picked up a paddle for The Trolley Car Table Tennis Club‘s grand opening in East Falls and challenged eight-year-old Amy Wang to a match (Wang is the 2010 US Open champion for Table Tennis for girls nine and under). The Tennis Club, founded by Trolley Car Cafe and Trolley Car Diner owner Ken Weinsteinat at 3300 Henry Avenue, was celebrating its brand new location featuring seven tournament tables, equipment rental area, on-site club store and […]


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