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Is there anything more debated in Philly than neighborhood names? Here's a look at some newer ones

...Denise Whittaker helped launch the Community Action Group in Northwest Philadelphia, claiming the swath from 24th and Allegheny to 30th and Hunting Park Avenue to Indiana Avenue for her RCO. The name she...

...he took a chance on an area of South Philadelphia bound by Jackson Street to Tasker and 18th Street to Broad. At a time when no one was developing that section of Point Breeze...

    What's my neighborhood called? In Philadelphia, the answer is not so clear
    Calls to Rich Boardman at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Maps Collection came from out-of-towners, genealogists, but mostly, rowdy bar patrons. "Often someone would call me and say, 'I'm having an argument with a friend! What's the boundary of this neighborhood or that neighborhood?' " said Boardman, who ran the Maps Collection for nearly 30 years.

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Updated 24 hours ago

On Philly panhandling, Baltimore Avenue and homeless outreach

...neighborhood fixtures, albeit controversial ones. Certain hotspots, such as outside Mariposa or the intersection of 45th and Baltimore four blocks east, attract a rotating cast of five or six of the same people...

“We wouldn’t tolerate anybody yelling at another customer,” says Annie Baum-Stein, owner of Milk & Honey, a coffee shop and casual restaurant at 44th and Baltimore. “We wouldn’t tolerate anybody stealing, or anybody destroying our bathroom.”

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...manager at Resources for Human Development, a national non-profit that operates a shelter on 49th and Baltimore. Non-profits contracted by the City send teams out to build relationships with homeless people...

    Sparing some change: A deeply personal look at the panhandling situation in Philadelphia
    George Roscoe and Linda Smith lean against a wheelchair access ramp outside Mariposa Food Co-op, a grocery store located inside a former bank on Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. The June "Dollar Stroll" is underway, and vendors line the sidewalk selling $1 cups of beer, grilled corn, and barbeque chicken.

  • Strongforu 4600 Block of Cedar Avenue

    I'm tired of the guys outside Mariposa and the State Liquor Store on Baltimore Avenue. I feel like I'm being harassed everytime I go shopping.

2 days ago

BLM protesters halted a press conference at the Free Library to bring attention to a recent police shooting

...Justice. That event will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1414 S. Penn Sq.

    Black Lives Matter activists interrupt city parks announcement
    As a crowd gathered for a Thursday morning announcement on new parks and completed construction projects along the Ben Franklin Parkway at the Philadelphia Free Library's Main Branch, activists seized the opportunity to have their voices heard at a gathering of the city's elected officials.

2 days ago

There's been a noticeable spike in violence against women in Philly

...stabbing. The incident, prompted by a recent breakup, occurred at 2 a.m. in the 2700 block of Daly Terrace in South Philadelphia...

• On Wednesday, in the city’s Kensington section a 38-year-old man shot and critically wounded his 48-year-old wife. Police later shot and wounded the husband who pointed a weapon at officers. The events unfolded about 7:30 p.m. in the 400 block of East Somerset Street near the SEPTA station.

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...a seven-hour standoff with police in East Germantown. Michelle Saint-Aude, 25, of the 1200 block of East Sanger Street, died from gunshot wounds after she was shot four times following an argument with the...

    Philadelphia is seeing unusual spike in violent attacks against women
    A string of violent incidents in the last two weeks has left five women dead and four women wounded in Philadelphia since July 12. There are no links between any of the six separate cases and there is no reason believe this is anything more than an unusual spike in the number of incidents involving women.

3 days ago

Fishtown is getting a huge new market/ restaurant/ outdoor eating space

It’s a market/restaurant/outdoor garden called Suraya (say it “sir-AY-ah”), and it’s going into a former machine shop at 1526-30 Frankford Ave., between Jefferson and Oxford Streets. And it’s enormous – stretching from Frankford Avenue all the way back to Front Street.

    Suraya: Market, restaurant, and garden on way to Fishtown
    Food will cover the Levant and it's enormous - stretching from Frankford Avenue all the way back to Front Street. - Michael Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

3 days ago

Inside Philly's second Luke's Lobster, opening soon on Market East

The upgrade makes sense. When the Maine and NYC-based company landed in Philadelphia back in 2013, the below-ground shop at 17th and Sansom was just the sixth or seventh outpost. This new one makes 23.

    Inside Philly's second Luke's Lobster, opening soon on Market East
    And how to score a free lobster roll on opening day. When Luke's Lobster opens its second Philly location on Friday, fans who've been to the first one will be wowed by the space. Located at 17 E.

3 days ago

A local youth advocate urges community members to become involved after helping a 15-yo boy w/ mult. gunshot wounds

The boy, 15, had ran about a third of the way down the 400 block of Alcott Street in Northeast Philadelphia's Lawncrest neighborhood before stopping on the stoop of a house, collapsing and falling down the stairs.

    After shot-up boy lands in his arms, Philly youth advocate gets angry
    Chase Lamar Smith was sitting on his porch with his wife late Sunday night when he heard the shots ring out and saw a white shirt moving in the shadows of his neighbor's lawn.

4 days ago

Inside the Fishtown Cheu: Bigger, maybe better, than the original Noodle Bar

Cheu Fishtown, which makes its home in a former stable at 1416 Frankford Ave. (at the corner of Belgrade), is a spinoff of the partners’ Wash West joint of the same name. But it just might be even better than the original.

    Inside the Fishtown Cheu: Bigger, maybe better, than the original Noodle Bar
    You can expect more room in the house and more dishes on the menu. If you thought Fishtown was hot before, just wait till this weekend. On Friday, July 21, Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz open their third standalone restaurant, and it promises to be just as fun, creative and delicious as their previous endeavors.

4 days ago

The man accused of stabbing Councilman David Oh is heading to trial

...his SUV around 9:40 p.m. and was walking to his home in the 5800 block of Thomas Avenue. He said that in addition to the two injuries he suffered in the attack, Yarbray...

...array and police named him as a suspect. His last known address was in the 5900 block of Catharine Street, but police said he may have been homeless at the time of his arrest...

    Accused stabber of Councilman David Oh heading to trial
    Shawn Yarbray, the man charged with stabbing Philadelphia City Councilman David Oh in the left rib and slashing a forearm during an apparent robbery attempt in front of the councilman's Cobbs Creek home May 31, had appeared frustrated and unkempt as he muttered in disjointed fashion that he wanted his victim's car, car keys, wallet, and cash, Oh recalled in court Monday.

4 days ago

Philly judges will pick an interim DA on Thursday 'by dropping a slip of paper into a battered old top hat'

The hat expected to be employed Thursday — in just slightly better condition — is a Dunlap & Co. silk hat marked inside as being sold in Harrisburg. The backup top hat hails from Thackeray & Elliott, which once had a store at 808 Chestnut St.

    Judges will vote, via top hat, for interim DA
    By tradition, the 88-member Board of Judges will vote Thursday for an interim Philadelphia District Attorney by placing ballots in a battered old top hat. The hat's origin, like the rest of the process, is shrouded in mystery. - Chris Brennan, Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News

4 days ago

Midway through the year, the Historical Commission has protected the same number of sites it did in all of 2016

After a vigorous defense from the Historical Commission staff, the committee also notably voted against the delisting of a property at 152 N. 2nd Street. They also approved a “Skyspace” pavilion for the Philadelphia Museum of Art by famed Quaker Artist James Turrell.

1801 E Huntingdon Street

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5112-14 Germantown Avenue

5356 Chew Avenue

319 Green Lane

5805 Germantown Avenue

924 Arch Street

1026 Arch Street

30 Pelham Road & 15 Westview Avenue

30 Pelham Road & 15 Westview Avenue

    Pace of Philly historic preservation accelerates as Historical Commission matches last year's total by July
    At its July meeting, the Philadelphia Historical Commission accepted eight new nominations to the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, bringing the total number of newly protected individual sites in 2017 to 31. Midway through the year, the commission has now protected the exact same number of sites as it did in all of 2016, which was then the most new nominations accepted in the last decade.

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Updated 5 days ago

Ori Feibush sues Kenyatta Johnson again over Point Breeze real estate

...publicly-owned properties in Point Breeze. One of the sites listed in the RFP was 1138-42 S. 20th Street. People who’ve closely followed the Johnson-Feibush saga may recognize that address. It’s...

    Ori Feibush sues Kenyatta Johnson again over Point Breeze real estate
    The developer says the City Councilman iced him out of a deal in favor of a campaign donor. Call it Kenyatta vs. Ori, round two. Late last week, developer Ori Feibush filed a federal lawsuit against City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, accusing him once again of interfering with Feibush's real estate business in Point Breeze.

  • Michael E. Bell Concerned Citizen of Point Breeze

    Wow. If a Developer is considered the lowest responsible bidder, then Councilmanic privilege should not apply. Would love to hear both sides of this story.

5 days ago

Thousands of roaches invaded a street in Bridesburg

Wall and other neighbors say the roaches began crawling out of a manhole at the intersection of Salmon and Plum streets in the Bridgesburg section of Philadelphia Sunday night and haven't stopped since. At one point, according to Wall, there were so many that she couldn't see the ground.

    Roaches Crawl Out of Manhole and Invade Philly Street
    Residents in a Philadelphia neighborhood are keeping their bug spray on hand after they say thousands of cockroaches crawled out of a manhole and began invading their street.

5 days ago

Four killed and more injured in at least seven separate shootings over the last 24 hours

The gunfire began late Saturday night on the 2100 block of Fitzwater Street in southwest Center City.

A little less than two hours later, two people were shot to death on the 4700 block of James Street in the city’s Frankford section.

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The fourth death occurred around 7:20 a.m. Sunday, when, police said, they found a man shot and killed lying facedown in a parking lot on the 1000 block of South Fourth Street in Queen Village.

Just before 1:30 a.m., a man sitting inside his black Mercedes-Benz on the 2000 block of North 29th Street told police he was shot in the back by an unknown man who then fled on foot. The victim was in stable condition, police said.

Just before 2 a.m. at a strip mall on Harbison Avenue near Roosevelt Boulevard, police found a man shot multiple times in the back and chest. No information was available on his condition.

Just before 11:30 p.m., a 15-year-old boy was shot several times on the 400 block of Alcott Street in Crescentville. He was taken to Albert Einstein Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

    Violent 24 hours in Philly: 4 shot in Center City, 4 killed citywide
    A violent 24 hours in Philadelphia left four people dead and several others, including a 15-year-old boy, injured in at least seven separate shootings across the city. As of Monday morning, no arrests had been reported in any of the shootings.

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