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Festival zone map showing secure perimetersDrive your car outside the green box above after Thursday, Sept. 24, and you can't drive it back in until sometime Monday, Sept. 28. If your car is parked either within the area outlined in black above or on any of the streets highlighted in yellow, you will have to move it either to a parking space outside the area or to a garage or lot where you can store it for the duration of the papal visit. Read on for details.

First off, it's no longer the "traffic box" - it's the Francis Festival Zone.

And if you live within it. there are some things you may need to take care of in the days leading up to the papal visit.

The most important thing, if you own a car, is getting that car out of the "secure vehicle perimeter" or off the "authorized vehicle

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Pope FrancisNot only Catholics are wild about Pope Francis, whose humility and openness have won him fans well beyond the Church. Some of those fans are expected to be part of the Francis Festival weekend in Philadelphia. Not only they, but you too, will have an easier time getting around that weekend thanks to changes in SEPTA service in the city.

We mustn't forget that while official Philadelphia may be taking a long weekend when Pope Francis pays us a visit on Sept. 26-27, lots of private businesses will be #OpenInPHL to accommodate visitors to the World Meeting of Families and serve the needs of those of us who are sticking around that weekend.

Last week, SEPTA made a major change to its service plans for the weekend that will make it easier for the people

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He may no longer climb through the window of Gimbels department store, but Santa Claus remains the special guest of honor at the 6ABC/Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade, the nation's oldest. He will have plenty of other celebrities to keep him company.

Tomorrow morning around 8 a.m., the 95th edition of the oldest Thanksgiving Day parade in the country steps off from 20th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard for its annual march up the Ben Franklin Parkway to Eakins Oval and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

While its younger New York sibling enjoys greater national fame, the 6ABC/Dunkin' Donuts Thanksgiving Day Parade garners its share of national star power, thanks in part to the clout of 6ABC's parent, the Walt Disney Company. Disney characters

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Seems some folks in Ardmore still don't like Carl Dranoff's proposed downtown stimulus project; The author of that magisterial biography of Ed Bacon has a recommendation for a 100th birthday present for the Ben Franklin Parkway — putting the square back in Logan Square; An encounter between Mayor Michael Nutter and the son of Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres has launched a boomlet of Israeli firms interested in setting up shop in Philadelphia, drawn by the city's "European style"; and panelists at a discussion last night in Center City had plenty of ideas for making Philly more family-friendly while still keeping its appeal to younger Millennials:

Montco protest planned for Ardmore project (
The Parkway is a disaster — let's fix it! (Broad

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Philadelphia City Planning Commission planner Marty Gregorski walks the commission through proposed zoning changes for the Center City Overlay at Tuesday's PCPC meeting.

By Gabriel Gottlieb

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission (PCPC) is considering whether to approve new regulations for development in the Center City Overlay District that would allow for taller and denser construction without requiring a zoning variance from the Zoning Board of Adjustment. The new rules, contained in a bill introduced by Councilman Mark Squilla (D-1st District), would apply to residential and commercial construction in an overlay zone extending from Poplar Street to Washington Avenue between the Schuylkill and Delaware rivers. The commission heard testimony

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The Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia's grand urban boulevard, will mark 100 years since its completion in 1917-18. The leaders of the institutions that define and shape it came together Tuesday to discuss how the Parkway is moving ahead into its second century.

As the Benjamin Franklin Parkway approaches the 100th anniversary of its completion in 2017-18, the street has been getting livelier and more pedestrian-friendly, one crosswalk at a time. Without making major changes in the Parkway's configuration or footprint, the small changes have already stimulated several other changes that have enlivened the grand thoroughfare.

At its September meeting at the Union League this past Tuesday, the Central Philadelphia Development Corporation invited

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Lunchtime Quick Hits

An update on the Inquirer's Family Feud, with more juicy backstory added - we too wonder what the company's doing running a free website that not only serves up all the content of the papers' paywalled sites, such as this story, but also behaves at times like it's competing with them; in West Philly's Mill Creek section, a new apartment development looks like America; Thanks to its neighbors, Cedar Park's neighborhood diner is back in business after a fire and a botched demolition job next door all but destroyed it; and in case you've found it difficult to keep track of all the game-changing Philly developments we here at the RE Blog and our peers in the development media have been reporting on, Curbed offers a handy map for you to…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

The American Planning Association honors Philly's Ben Franklin Parkway as one of its "Great Streets" for 2013; A local group offers a last-ditch proposal to keep the USS Olympia, the oldest steel warship still afloat, in Philadelphia; A Fitler Square neighbor throws a monkey wrench in Carl Dranoff's efforts to build One Riverside; and while SEPTA struggles to find funding so it can maintain its system to handle a surge in ridership, it appears that maintenance woes have taken the bloom off PATCO's rose: Benjamin Franklin Parkway Listed as Great Street (Fox29 Philadelphia) A plan to save the USS Olympia ( Neighbor appeals permit for Dranoff tower in Fitler Square (Plan Philly) PATCO ridership drops, ending decade of growth…
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Get set for a jump in the cost of your resident parking permit. The kicker? Even after the hike, the permit program will still lose money; Last year, Council member Jim Kenney predicted the zoning code's "basement" would fill up with boxes again by the time it gets its next total makeover. Council member Brian O'Neill tossed the first boxes down the stairs at Council's first meeting of the legislative year; In a new interview, developer Bart Blatstein touts the transformative power of the Provence casino/entertainment/shopping/dining complex he proposes to build on North Broad Street; and the city's civic organization leaders give City Hall's performance an even lower grade than residents who responded to that recent Pew poll…
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Lunchtime Quick Hits

Philly's small landlords weigh in on the issue of how to handle all those closed schools (warning: you may have to pick up a copy of today's Inquirer to read the entire opinion piece); meanwhile, with the clock ticking towards midnight on the current School District teachers' contract, the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers says it's ready to offer concessions - but they may not be enough to free the $45 milliion Harrisburg is sitting on; The Logan Square Neighborhood Association gets a little more time to study possible traffic congestion caused by the proposed Rodin Square development; and your editor normally doesn't promote his own stories that run elsewhere here, but hey, he's on a crusade right now: Back Council plan for…
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