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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.

Thirteen ideas for your city from the inaugural Urban Innovation Exchange

From September 24 through 26, a group of innovators working on small scale, place-based projects around the country convened in Detroit to talk about what works in their cities.

Kiva Zip brings microfinance to Philadelphia

Small businesses and startups in the City of Brotherly Love now have a powerful new tool: Kiva Zip provides crowdfunded, zero-interest loans to entrepreneurs that engage with their communities. Become a lender on October 15 and double your impact.

Memo to Innovators and CEOs: It takes a team

In a bit of serendipity, both a group of successful CEOs and best selling author Walter Isaacson were in Philadelphia last week. Across two events, they delivered a cohesive message: Innovation, execution and success depend on teamwork.

Life after AxisPhilly

After the shuttering of a much-touted media hub, what's next for Temple University's Center for Public Interest Journalism and Philadelphia media as a whole?

Invisible Sentinel and Victory Brewing join forces to defeat the evils of bacteria in beer

Two Philadelphia-area companies, a life-sciences firm and a Downingtown-based brewery, have partnered to develop a diagnostic tool to detect beer-spoiling bacteria.

Getting pumped for DesignPhiladelphia 2014

The recently released schedule only confirms what we already know: This festival, which highlights the role of design in everyday life, is one of Philadelphia's most exciting institutions.

Dreaming big at Philly's top tech accelerator

Last week, the latest class of startups entered DreamIt Ventures' tech accelerator. These fledgling entrepreneurs could be building the next billion-dollar company or learning to fail fast -- the next 90 days will say a lot.

Boosting train travel in the Commonwealth is a complicated challenge

A push to improve and repopularize passenger train routes has had varying degrees of success across the state. Fortunately, riding the rails is still one of the most relaxing, greenest ways to travel.

Discover a book lover's mecca nestled near West Chester

Baldwin's Book Barn, housed in a revamped historic dairy, is the country's largest used book store. Run by a true Pennsylvania character, it's one of the state's hidden gems.

East Market project gets financial boost from the state

Big changes are coming to one of Philadelphia's most central neighborhoods -- and now Governor Cornett has committed $2.5 million to this groundbreaking development, bringing the state's total investment to $10 million.

An eco-friendly art installation floats creative ideas on the Delaware

WetLand, an inventive experiment in off-the-grid, on-the-water living, showcases a daring side of Philadelphia's FringeArts. The festival runs September 5-21, but the houseboat/art installation is open now.
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