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The Penn Relays start tomorrow, Philly.  Are you ready?  We have details on events, links to tickets, and suggestions for how to get to the Penn Relays.

Photo Credit: Don Robson  

Come to University of Pennsylvania’s Franklin Field, April 28-30, for the 122nd year of the Penn Relays and Penn Relay Carnival.  The world’s greatest track-and-field athletes, as well as thousands of spectators will descend upon University City for this renowned meet, featuring events like the USA vs. World series of races (the crown jewel of the Relays); the pole vault; javelin throw; long jump; the 100-meter dash, and much more.  The event features Olympic athletes and hopefuls, top high school competitors, as well as collegiate contenders.

For those less inclined to run, jump, or throw,

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Education + Drinking?  And You Thought that was Just for College Students

Philly is known as a place of liberty, but what about libations?  Dark history, dark brews, and compelling historical narratives coupled with a pub crawl—you can’t beat it!  March means Grim Philly is back at it with their Bootleggers Ball Prohibition Pub Crawl.

 According to their website, the tour explores everything from “ruthless "businessmen" gangsters shooting up the city in a war to control the liquor trade, to a few haunting stories of pirates and colonial brewers.”  Get immersed in the narrative—and a little booze along the way as the tour makes 3 tavern stops—as your guide explains “Philly's early tavern & waterfront drinking cultures” and stories about some famous

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Cut it up at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Do the impressive pieces and exhibits at the Philadelphia Museum of Art set your creative wheels spinning?  If so, then do something about it!

Starting March 16, every Wednesday in March will be a Cut & Paste studio at Make Stuff, The Philadelphia Art Museum’s “drop-in art making workshop.”

Philadelphia Art Museum at Twilight by Michael W Murphy

Philadelphia Art Museum at Twilight by Michael W Murphy

Get inspired by the museum’s exhibition, International Pop.  Mass media and consumerism are king in the pop art scene.  Influential works from Andy Warhol to Ushio Shinohara will surely get the creative juices flowing as you cut and paste your own collages.  Maybe your creation will generate some chin stroking or controversy--or maybe it will just look like a mess--but either way, it’s fun and the Make Stuff

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Now that you've been inspired by the creative muse, it's time to let it run free. These places offer classes and workshops that let you do just that:

University City Arts League

University City Arts League, University City
From drop-in classes to a summer arts camp to workshops and adult programs, this venerable University City institution offers education for all. It also offers inspiration through an active exhibition program featuring local artists and craftsfolk.

Fleisher Art Memorial entrance

Fleisher Art Memorial, Queen Village
One of Philadelphia's oldest community arts institutions, the Fleisher has as its mission "to make art accessible to everyone, regardless of means, background or artistic experience." That means there's room for you in the Fleisher's jam-packed calendar of workshops,

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Lego scale model of the VaticanThe art of the brick meets the splendor of the Roman Catholic Church in this meticulously assembled Lego scale model of the Vatican and St. Peter's Square. The actual Vatican artifacts on display with it at the Franklin Institute are even more impressive. Photo by D. Moran for the Franklin Institute.

Maybe you aren't jumping for joy at the prospect of seeing Pope Francis but just a little curious about the church (and the state) he runs and the interplay between religious liberty and American liberty.These exhibits, on display through the remainder of the World Meeting of Families and Francis Festival weekend, should satisfy your curiosity. If you can't make it out to see them this weekend, don't worry - most of these will remain around after the

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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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Hundreds of submissions. Fifteen finalists. Seven winners. The recipients of the Urban Land Institute Philadelphia's second annual Willard G. "Bill" Rouse Awards for Excellence represent the best of the best in urban design in the Mid-Atlantic region, from the Poconos to Harrisburg to the Jersey shore to the Delaware beaches.

The awards were bestowed on the winners at a ceremony at the Ballroom at the Franklin on June 17. Here are the residential projects among them:

Arbor Mews before and after

Arbor Mews, Norristown, Pa.
Two burned-out vacant buildings near the heart of the Montgomery County seat were combined with new construction to produce a 12-unit stacked townhome complex that blends seamlessly with the large century-old homes surrounding it. The homes in this Barton

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Map of initial Indego station network
This map, which is still being tweaked, gives you an idea of where the initial network of 60 Indego bike share stations will be located. We just hope the system's still called Indego when it formally launches this spring.

Mayor Michael Nutter yesterday formally unveiled the city's new bike-share network, a round-the-clock service that will offer 600 bikes for checkout at 60 stations located throughout Center City, North, South and West Philadelphia.

Nutter also announced that as Independence Blue Cross will pick up just over half the tab for the $16 million initial network, the system will be named "Indego," a combination of "independence" and "go" that also brings to mind a certain shade of deep blue, deeper than the blue being used to mark the

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How?, a local developer, targets its investments on "emerging neighborhoods"—and invites others to learn how as well; The 30th Street Partnership's plan for improving the area around Philly's grand railroad station has many moving parts, but if they all move together, the result will be spectacular; A former city managing director argues that Philly's middle class is getting squeezed and suggests ways to ease the squeeze; and who knew a faded 1950s neon sign could make Inga Saffron wax rhapsodic?

Rental redeveloper finds success in areas that 'need a little push' (The Philadelphia Inquirer|
The 30th Street District Plan Is Attractive, Ambitious, and Complicated (Hidden City Daily) 
Ease the burden on middle class (The Philadelphia

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