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July 12, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
The owner of a pop-up beer garden in Point Breeze won a court order against the city Friday when a judge ruled that he could reopen while fighting a zoning dispute that shut down the venue the day before. John Longacre said he would reopen his nascent beer garden on Saturday. "I couldn't believe it," Longacre said minutes after emerging from a 31/2-hour hearing before Municipal Court Judge Nina Wright Padilla that began at 3 p.m. "It's a big, big deal. " Longacre said Padilla heard testimony before lifting a cease-and-desist order issued by the Department of Licenses and Inspections against the beer garden, which debuted in May on a long-vacant lot on Point Breeze Avenue near 22d and Tasker Streets.
NEWS
July 11, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
A pop-up beer garden in Philadelphia's Point Breeze neighborhood was shut down Thursday after city inspectors said it violated the zoning code. The cease-and-desist order from the Department of Licenses and Inspections enraged property owner John Longacre and left Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wondering what could be done to reopen what one aide said was a well-received newcomer on a long-vacant lot at 22d and Tasker Streets. The lot is zoned residential. L&I said a seasonal outpost for serving beer, an increasingly popular concept across the city, was prohibited under such zoning.
NEWS
July 8, 2015 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE CITY'S Promise Zone in West Philadelphia and the Los Angeles Promise Zone were awarded yesterday nearly $650,000 in federal grants to support college and career readiness programs, the Mayor's Office announced. The federal funds, awarded by the Corporation for National and Community Service, will be used to train AmeriCorps members in West Philadelphia and Los Angeles. The members, in turn, will help students figure out what they want to do after high school and how to achieve it, whether it be college, military service, job training or another option.
NEWS
June 19, 2015 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
It was a faceoff between city planners and city residents. And the residents won. The Philadelphia zoning board voted unanimously Wednesday to block a developer's hotly contested plan to build a four-story apartment complex across from Pat's King of Steaks. The 4-0 vote to deny a zoning variance drew elation from neighbors and disappointment from developer Paul Mirabello, and left the future of the long-vacant parcel at one of the city's marquee intersections uncertain. "I'm super-excited," said Robert Stewart, 35, among a handful of residents who pleaded during the two-hour meeting to allow only single-family homes on the large lot at Ninth and Wharton Streets.
BUSINESS
May 7, 2015 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Staff Writer
Comcast showed its kinder, gentler nature with two product introductions Tuesday at the INTX 2015 Internet and cable trade show - one content-based, the other a hardware refinement. Kids Zone, newly launched on X1 boxes, aims to be Mom and Dad's best helper. Combining ratings and reviews from Common Sense Media with filtering fine-tuned to your child (or children's) age range and development level, the Kids Zone menu sorts and reveals only movies and TV shows that are appropriate and nourishing for the young ones.
NEWS
May 5, 2015 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
Forty years after the landmark Mount Laurel I decision was handed down by the New Jersey State Supreme Court, the original team of trial lawyers who argued that the poor were being denied affordable housing in the suburbs will gather Tuesday for a panel discussion at the historic Olde Burlington County courthouse. The event, part of Law Day activities sponsored by the Burlington County Vicinage and Bar Association, is open to the public. The panel will be composed of Peter J. O'Connor, Carl S. Bisgaier, and Kenneth E. Meiser, the Camden Legal Regional Services lawyers who filed the class-action litigation on behalf of Ethel Lawrence and members of low- and moderate-income families who were unable to find affordable housing in the Burlington County township.
NEWS
April 30, 2015 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Camden was named one of eight new "Promise Zones" by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development on Tuesday, meaning the city will receive help in securing federal funding for revitalization efforts. The Promise Zone program, initiated last year by President Obama's administration, is aimed at creating jobs, reducing crime, and improving schools. The program does not come with any immediate funding but asks communities to work with businesses and civic leaders to develop an improvement plan.
NEWS
April 23, 2015 | BY VALERIE RUSS, Daily News Staff Writer russv@phillynews.com, 215-854-5987
JUST TWO WEEKS after Philadelphia City Council passed laws allowing "Urban Experiential Displays" with full-motion 3-D video ads in Center City, the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation canceled the city's four-decade-long authority to regulate outdoor advertising in certain areas. In a letter dated April 13, Leslie Richards, acting secretary of transportation, wrote to the Federal Highway Administration that the certification granted to the city in 1974 "to establish and enforce regulations with respect to size, lighting and spacing of outdoor advertising devices in zoned commercial and industrial areas has been canceled.
REAL_ESTATE
March 15, 2015 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
Homeowners are taking on the Federal Emergency Management Agency and its efforts to redraw the nation's flood-zone maps by 2017. The leader of this fight is Toms River, N.J., homeowner George Kasimos, who discovered that because of FEMA's new map for his town he must pay nearly $7,000 a year for flood insurance, rather than the current $1,000. Toms River property owners were so upset that they filed an appeal of the FEMA map revisions and won. But that wasn't enough for Kasimos, a Realtor who runs a national group, Stop FEMA Now, that gained traction after a March 1 report on 60 Minutes about fraud among engineers hired to assess post-Sandy insurance claims.
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