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January 15, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
CHERRY HILL The suitability of a luxury apartment complex for a site near a busy Cherry Hill intersection remained the dividing line between attorneys at a Superior Court hearing Monday. The case underscores development tensions in one of the most heavily built-up municipalities in the state, and tests whether zoning can be changed if a project is deemed to promote the public welfare. The Cherry Hill zoning board in September 2012 granted use and height variances sought by Buckingham Partners of Cherry Hill for the residential complex.
NEWS
January 14, 2014 | By Jeff Gammage, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's a part of West Philadelphia known mostly for hardship and hard tries. The infamous Lex Street massacre occurred there, when gunmen lined up 10 people in the dining room of a crack house and opened fire, killing seven in 2000. It also was the home turf of the late, fearless antidrug activist Herman Wrice, whom President George H.W. Bush called "the John Wayne of Philadelphia. " Now, government officials and community activists say this stricken stretch of the city has a chance to become known for something else: revival.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2014 | By Inga Saffron, Inquirer Architecture Critic
Marvin Ginsberg made his living selling men's clothing in crayon colors at bargain prices, but he also accomplished something that frequently eluded renowned architectural theorists: He succeeded in turning his building at Third and Market Streets into an exuberant sign that was impossible to miss. Whatever your feelings about the three-story, red- white-and-blue graphic that envelops and brands the Shirt Corner, you can't deny the building/sign became a Philadelphia landmark, accidentally, to be sure, but one that perfectly captured a joyous, unbridled form of retail hucksterism that is now fading from American cities.
NEWS
January 11, 2014 | By Claudia Vargas, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANTUA President Obama pointed to one of Philadelphia's most depressing statistics - nearly four in 10 children live below the poverty line - as one of the main reasons the city's Mantua section was chosen as one of the nation's first five Promise Zones. The president officially announced Thursday that West Philadelphia, in particular the Mantua neighborhood, would receive federal help from the new Promise Zones program, aimed at cutting unemployment, poverty, and crime, enhancing education, and attracting private-sector investment and jobs.
NEWS
January 9, 2014 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON A plan to boost a struggling swath of West Philadelphia is getting top priority from the Obama administration. The White House has chosen the area as one of the nation's first five "Promise Zones," a program aimed at cutting unemployment, poverty, and crime, enhancing education, and attracting private-sector investment and jobs, all as part of President Obama's efforts to help hard-hit communities and spread economic opportunity, according to...
NEWS
December 23, 2013 | By Andrew Maykuth, Inquirer Staff Writer
Viewed narrowly, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's momentous decision Thursday to strike down key provisions of the law that regulates natural gas drilling doesn't change anything at all. The court's 4-2 decision restores local zoning control of drilling activity, which was in effect before the law known as Act 13 was passed last year. Despite having to navigate an uneven landscape of local zoning laws, Marcellus Shale gas producers flourished under the old rules. But opponents of shale gas drilling say the court decision carries substantial symbolic and political weight.
NEWS
December 6, 2013 | BY SEAN COLLINS WALSH, Daily News Staff Writer walshSE@phillynews.com, 215-854-4172
CITY COUNCIL yesterday voted 16-1 to override Mayor Nutter's veto of a bill that would require new doctors, dentists and medical offices to get zoning variances before opening in much of Northeast Philly. Councilmen Brian O'Neill and Bobby Henon championed the measure, which they say would give neighborhoods more input on development. Critics claimed it was a veiled attempt to keep methadone clinics out of their districts. "This bill effectively bans the establishment or expansion of medical, dental or other health practices . . . in these districts," Nutter wrote in his veto letter.
NEWS
December 5, 2013
A MASSACHUSETTS law that says that "no person" may enter or remain in the 35-foot buffer zones established outside abortion clinics in the state has set off a controversial legal battle about the proper balance between the rights of speakers and the rights of those who must listen to them. Although several federal courts have upheld the law over the past few years, the Supreme Court has now agreed to review it. The high court should uphold it as well. The petitioners, including a grandmother in her 70s who stands outside abortion clinics hoping to talk to women on their way in, claim that the law is an impermissible infringement on their right to express their opinion.
SPORTS
December 3, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
THE EAGLES' offense seemed to spend an unfortunate amount of time failing to pick up third-down conversions around midfield yesterday, which made Donnie Jones kind of important. The Eagles' 33-year-old punter put his left foot into the ball eight times in a 24-21 victory over the visiting Arizona Cardinals. Seven times, the ball was downed inside the Arizona 20, including a spectacular 69-yarder that rolled dead at the Cards' 17. It was among the keys to the game. No Eagles punter had ever downed seven inside the 20 before.
NEWS
November 20, 2013 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
LOWER MERION The Lower Merion school board on Monday turned the clock back to 2009, restoring the full size of a school-choice zone that had been the subject of a failed discrimination lawsuit. The 5-4 vote came during a sometimes combative three-hour meeting. The plan attempts to maintain an even balance of students at the two district high schools in the face of a sharp and unanticipated rise in enrollment. It does so by expanding the areas where students can choose to attend either Lower Merion High School or Harriton High School.
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