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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.

Company Spotlight: Neat

This Philadelphia company solves our modern paper problem, scanning and organizing receipts, bills, notes and contacts, and making them available through the cloud.

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.
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