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Eight small things that will have a big impact on Philadelphia in 2015

Check out our list of projects, initiatives and infrastructure upgrades that will boost the City of Brotherly Love in the new year.

Design News: Stunning, shifting "Blueprint" installation debuts

When science-inspired software meets art, an installation literally takes on a life of its own. See it for yourself -- for free -- in Philadelphia's University City. 

Trolley Tourism: Cruising to Delaware County for classic bars, ethnic eats and walkable main streets

Starting with Upper Darby and ending in Media, our writer hitches a ride on SEPTA's 101 Trolley, taking in all the sites and flavors southwest DelCo has to offer.

The Philadelphia region's Italian-American legacy endures

From charming restaurants to annual events to sidewalk socializing, this strong, tight-knit community helped shape the city as we know it. And while iconic Italian neighborhoods continue to evolve and diversify, a rich tradition remains.

New to PA: Rental Beast brings the tools of homebuying to the rental search

Thanks to a rapidly expanding Boston-based startup, apartment hunting in Southeastern Pennsylvania is about to get a lot easier. The company is already building a team in Center City Philadelphia.

Philadelphia writer Nic Esposito wanted to publish a book, so he built a publishing company

The Head & the Hand Press gives a voice to local writers, especially those outside the literary establishment. But that's only part of their mission -- they are also building community at their shared space on Fishtown's Frankford Avenue.

News: Pennsylvania will be home to the Northeast's first Advanced Data Center

The Northeast corridor's first Advanced Data Center -- being built right here in the Commonwealth --will meet the needs of modern web-scale businesses from Boston to Washington, D.C., and beyond. 

Building the library of the future in Philadelphia

From innovative cooking classes to job training to community gathering spaces, the Free Library and its many branches are evolving to meet 21st Century needs. Now, thanks to a huge influx of funds, that process is more ambitious than ever.

12 development projects that will reshape Pennsylvania

From rehabbed breweries to innovative housing to soaring skyscrapers, these Commonwealth construction projects are transforming cities and towns across the state. 

Ninth Annual Philly Startup Weekend comes to Drexel

Hopeful entrepreneurs will gather for a shot at international notice at this year's 54-hour company-building sprint.

A West Philadelphia neighborhood pushes for the right kind of development

The Mantua community comes together to drive a revolutionary rezoning process that will foster homeownership, vibrant commercial corridors and increased food access in this West Philadelphia neighborhood.

Development News: University City District ahead of schedule on reinvention of trolley portal

West Philadelphia's University City District has raised over $2 million in funding to begin construction on the stunning, green 40th Street Trolley Portal in 2015.

VIDEO: Hundreds find new ideas for their cities at inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

In September, the Urban Innovation Exchange hosted its first convening in Detroit. Participants came from around the country -- including Pittsburgh and Philadelphia -- to turn Motor City into a marketplace for ideas.

Jenkintown's commercial heart makes a comeback

This tiny borough outside Philadelphia is benefitting from broader urban trends towards walkability, independent businesses and unique restaurants. Jenkintown's success reviving its town square and adjacent corridors bodes well for the region as a whole.

Riding the Rails: A trip on Philly's Chestnut Hill West Line wows

Spend the day in Northwest Philadelphia and revel in the verdant charms of Germantown, Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill. All you need is a SEPTA ticket.
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