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(Workers put finishing touches on a section of Dilworth Plaza, now renamed Dilworth Park, in the shadow of Philadelphia City Hall.)

West Plaza of City Hall Readied For Reopening in Early September

The opening is about four months late and about ten percent over budget, but the public will be able to return to the plaza, on the west apron of City Hall, starting on Thursday, September 4th.

08/19/2014

(The main entrance to the Gallery, at Ninth and Market Streets.  File photo by KYW's Ian Bush)

Shopping Mall Developers Planning Major Redo For Philadelphia’s Gallery

The owners have attracted a partner to help renovate the aging downtown mall.

07/30/2014

(Construction workers and equipment still dominate Dilworth Plaza, on the west apron of City Hall, as it undergoes a massive makeover above and below ground.  Photo by Mike Dunn)

Dilworth Plaza Renovation Slightly Slower, Costlier Than Initial Plan

“During the last two years, we’ve encountered the normal things you find underground in a very old city,” notes Center City District president Paul Levy.

12/03/2013

(Photo provided)

A Logan Circle Park Finds Wintertime Alternative To Its Water Playground

The new “Imagination Playground” has giant, soft building blocks in various shapes that children can use to build whatever comes to mind.

10/01/2013

(Entrance to Gallery shopping mall.  File photo by Ian Bush)

Is An Upgrade To Gallery Mall and Market East In The Wind?

There have been a lot of guesses on how they might be able to transform that slightly frayed mall and its surrounding area, including the possible addition of an anchor store like a Bloomingdale’s.

07/12/2013

(Credit: Mike Dunn)

Property, Wages, or…? Stakeholders Argue Philadelphia’s Tax Policy

The discussion, titled “Philadelphia Taxes — Past, Present and Future.” was organized by the Pew Charitable Trusts and Temple University’s Center on Regional Politics.

05/03/2013

(Looking northwest from South Penn Square, near the Ritz-Carlton Residences.  Credit: Paul Kurtz)

Work Proceeds Apace on Renovation of Dilworth Plaza, at Philadelphia City Hall

Work crews have begun the next phase of the massive renovation of Dilworth Plaza, on the west apron of City Hall.

01/04/2013

(Credit: Paul Kurtz)

With Fanfare, Philadelphia’s Renovated ”Sister Cities Park” Reopens

Officials cut the ribbon one year to the day after ground was broken on the $5-million project that’s designed to draw visitors through a variety of amenities.

05/10/2012

(A newly planted tree is unveiled at 19th and Market Streets by Paul Levy of the Center City District, left, and Michael DiBerardinis of the city's Parks and Recreation Department.  Credit:  John McDevitt)

City of Philadelphia Digging In On Its Tree-Planting Mission

Thousands of dollars are being raised to increase the street canopy in Philadelphia.

12/07/2011

(Clear glass pyramidal entrances to underground transit, far left, and a huge section of lawn are among the features of the new Dilworth Plaza.  Artist's rendering provided)

As Makeover Begins, Philadelphia Shows Off Vision For New Dilworth Plaza

The $50-million project has begun, and officials say it will completely transform the plaza above and below ground.

12/01/2011

(Detail of elementary school catchment map for center city Philadelphia.)

Part 1: Understanding School Catchment Areas

Many people now take school “catchment” zones into consideration when looking to buy a family home.

09/30/2011

(File photo)

Part 3: Good Schools Creating Housing Value

“For those people who are building and selling housing, one way to guarantee the continual value of that real estate is to make sure that the families who are living there have good schools,” says the head of a community services district.

09/30/2011

(Students perform in the 2010 "Winter Showcase" at Meredith Elementary School in Philadelphia.  Photo provided)

Part 4: Improving The Schools To Improve The Neighborhood

“There has to be a strong parent organization that supports those schools if you expect the school to succeed,” says one local real estate agent.

09/30/2011

(Photos by Tim McLaughlin)

Philadelphia Lawmakers Back Plan To Allow Large, Electronic Signs Along Market St.

A Phialdelphia city council committee has given thumbs-up to a measure that would allow for large-scale electronic signage on Market Street East in center city.

06/08/2011

(Photos by John Ostapkovich)

Makeover Begins For ‘Sister Cities’ Park, Just Off Logan Circle

Philadelphia’s “Sister Cities Park,” on Logan Square, is getting a facelift, designed with the “wow” factor in mind.

05/10/2011

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