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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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The Parke Building, 2015The Parke Building today. The building was supposed to have eight floors, but instead it rises only seven stories high, "about as high as a building oughta go."

By Mattie Stringer

Building on yesterday's story about the newest and tallest tower to grace West Philadelphia's skyline, perhaps it's time to go back to the area's roots— the first skyscraper to be built in West Philly: The Parke Building, still standing at 17-23 S. 52nd St.

After the completion of the Market Street El in 1907, commerce exploded along 52nd Street near Market and beyond, and the area eventually became known as “The Strip” for its lively stores, bustling restaurants and thriving nightlife. In 1910, the properties at 17-23 S. 52nd St., which consisted of four row homes

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FMC Tower coreThe core of the FMC Tower rises above the level of Chestnut Street at 30th in University City

By Mattie Stringer

Construction is well underway on the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South, at 30th and Walnut streets in University City. It's smaller, but just as reflective as its sibling, the Evo residential tower, which is already finished up the block at 30th and Chestnut streets. And now the foundation of the newest, and one of the tallest, towers in Philadelphia,  has risen to the level of the elevated streets from the courtyard it ascended from below.

In all, the $341 million FMC Tower will peak at 47 stories, which is about 650 feet high. The tower will include 575,000 square feet of office space, 10,000 square feet of retail space, and 260

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They'll have to find other ways to "keep things weird" on East Passyunk Avenue, as the effort to keep an iconic bit of '80s kitsch on display in the neighborhood has failed, but the good news is, the sign will remain available for viewing elsewhere; Lynnewood Hall, the slowly decaying 110-room mansion Horace Trumbauer designed for the Wideners, gets another million-dollar haircut; the locked-out Carpenters launch a social media PR campaign against the Convention Center and its marketers; and they're still holding their breath in Spruce Hill, waiting for a burned-out social service center to be transformed into 24 affordable apartments:

King of Jeans sign being removed today, to be displayed at Provenance Salvage in NoLibs (Passyunk Post, Thursday

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East Market's developer talks about that project, some others it's currently building, and why it would like to build something closer to its Washington home; NPR's "Code Switch" team takes a look at Drexel's efforts to rewrite the town-gown conflict story with a different ending in Mantua; in turning an abandoned Callowhill Loft District warehouse into the spiffy Goldtex apartments, Post Brothers didn't forget the building's past; and cheap rents in Fishtown and East Kensington have turned the area into a startup-band Nirvana:

Why National Real Estate Development Wants to Build in DC Now (
University Re-Imagines Town and Gown Relationship in Philadelphia (NPR) 
Streets Dept Says: Eraserhood's Goldtex Apartments Leaves Graffiti Exposed

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Philadelphia Auto ShowBrands you know and cars you've never heard of share pride of place at the Philadelphia Auto Show. Photo from Philadelphia Auto Show.

One of the oldest auto shows in the nation, the Philadelphia Auto Show, rolls into the Pennsylvania Convention Center tomorrow for a nine-day visit. (The charity-ball crowd will get a classy preview tonight at the annual Black-Tie Tailgate fundraiser.)

This year's edition includes classic blasts from the past and cars yet to come—everything from a 1929 Dupont le Mans Speedster to the latest from Aston Martin, Fiat, Buick, Bentley and more. Over 700 classic, current, luxury, exotic and concept cars will be on display. Ride-and-drives will give you the chance to let your inner explorer roam behind the wheel of a Jeep or

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A Kansas City-style steakhouse chain is putting down stakes in Philadelphia, leading one reporter to ask whether we might have too much beef; An urban explorer uncovers the buried support system beneath William Hamilton's Woodlands mansion; urban advocacy organizations are rolling out the red carpet to bestow awards on cities that advance their goals; and it looks like the owner of a long-vacant bit of blight on South Street West wants to play "Let's Make a Deal," but a reversal of the building's fortunes depends on whether "The Price is Right":

High-end steakhouse expanding in Philadelphia, but is the city reaching a point of saturation? (Philadelphia Business Journal)
Cryptoporticus Exposed: Tunnels Beneath Woodlands Mansion Bare All (Hidden City

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