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Happy Memorial Day from Flying Kite!

We're taking a little break to put our toes in the sand. See you on June 7!
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Philly's biggest green roof gets the green light at Temple

A PENNVEST state loan topping $6,700,000 will boost plans for a major new island of stormwater management in North Philly.
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UPenn's Parker Institute works to fight cancer with new immunotherapies

Tech zillionaire and philanthropist Sean Parker has made a massive contribution to cancer research, establishing the Parker Institute for Cancer Immunotherapy at locations across the country, including UPenn.
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Philadelphia Public History Truck brings 'a houseless museum' to Asian Arts Initiative

The Philadelphia Public History Truck wraps up a year in Callowhill/Chinatown North with a multifaceted community exhibit at Asian Arts Initiative.
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Statewide Spotlight: Rebirth in Midtown Harrisburg

This evolving neighborhood has been drawing in young professionals, artists and historic preservation fanatics since at least the 1970s. In recent years, the number of entertainment and culinary options -- from breweries to art galleries to coffee shops -- has boomed, ...
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PHS brings new Green Resource Center to South Philly

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society boosts food security around the city by distributing hundreds of thousands of vegetable seedlings each year -- and soon that number will grow. 
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KIND Institute preps for a summer of arts and community in Point Breeze

Located on a South Philly corner, this organization is finishing its third year of offering space for arts, culture and community dialogue in a changing neighborhood.
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Philly's parks mapped via Google Street View

A new Google Street View initiative -- launched in collaboration with Philadelphia Parks & Recreation and the Fairmount Park Conservancy -- will make it possible to visualize 200 miles of trails and visit various sites within the country's largest urban park ...
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Suburban Chinatowns on the rise, including one in Exton

Chinese immigrants are increasingly gravitating towards suburban communities. This is both a result of urban core gentrification and shifting tastes.
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International company establishes U.S. headquarters in Philly

Pruftechnik, global provider of high-quality testing and measuring systems for industrial maintenance, has decided on Philadelphia for it's United States base.
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Slide the City bails on Philly

The giant urban waterslide event is once again ditching its Philadelphia stop. 
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Drink Up: Long a dry town, Collingswood welcomes downtown microbrewery

The Jersey hamlet adds another jewel to its bustling main street with Devil's Creek Brewery, the borough's first foray into serving suds since 1873. Initially met with skepticism by local restauranteurs, the taproom is now being embraced by the evolving town.
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Animal Kingdom: Can Philadelphia become a "no-kill" city?

Philly is poised to become a leader both in the humane treatment of shelter animals and the prevention of stray and abandoned pets. Flying Kite takes a look at several organizations working hard to make the city friendlier for its furriest citizens.
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On the Ground: What does a longtime local print paper mean to Southwest Philadelphia?

For over 60 years, The Southwest Globe Times has been delivering good news in a section of the city that gets more than its fair share of bad press.
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AIA kicks off its annual conference with a day of service to rehab local rec center

Every year before the American Institute of Architects launches its annual conference, participants descend on a city site to give a pro bono makeover where it's needed most.
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Keep Philadelphia Beautiful litter convenings continue to draw a crowd

For its third citywide meet-up of citizens, groups, and agencies concerned about keeping Philly streets and sidewalks clean, attendees heard from city leaders who handle a range of requests and complaints.
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UArts brings a Philadelphia EcoDistrict Oasis to Spring Garden

A semester-long research, community engagement, and prototype-building industrial design project offered a sampling of sustainable environments for city-dwellers.
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Long-horizon tech startups get a much-needed boost

The University City Science Center's Phase 1 Ventures Program offers support to long-horizon technology startups.
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Temple gifts 'baby boxes' to new moms to promote infant health

In a year-long project, Temple University Hospital will give free "baby boxes" to all moms who deliver there. This simple act could save lives.
In The News

Curtis Institute receives $55 million gift

The Center City music school gets a huge boost.
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Say goodbye to the University City you know

Whether it's Drexel's Schuylkill Yards strategy, the Science Center's uCity Square expansion or visions for capping and developing the rail yards north of 30th Street Station, the neighborhood we see today is not long for this world.
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UPenn's BioCellection may hold the key to plastics pollution worldwide

After sweeping the Wharton Business Plan Competition, an undergraduate-founded company has plans to transform the way we deal with discarded plastic.
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Philly's second ADA-accessible playground planned for Kensington

A wide range of supporters are coming together at Hackett Elementary School to transform a concrete schoolyard into an fun eco-friendly and accessible space for all.
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UE Lifesciences targets breast cancer diagnosis in the developing world

UE Lifesciences, a University City Science Center Company, is working to meet the challenge of breast cancer screening in the developing world with a low-cost, portable breast exam device.
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On the Ground: Strawberry Mansion defines its boundaries

Many city neighborhoods mark their territory with banners or flags, and in partnership with Flying Kite, Strawberry Mansion is gearing up to do the same.
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The New York Times lauds Philly's vegan dining scene

We can even forgive the lazy cheesesteak reference in this great rundown of Philly's vibrant vegan dining landscape.
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SLIDESHOW: A mural dedication in Parkside

Last week, the Parkside community came together to officially dedicate "North Star," a colorful mural adjacent to a neighborhood playground. Photographer Richard Barnes was on hand to document the event. #OntheGround
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Frecon Farms leads PA's cider revolution

This Boyertown orchard is producing fine hard ciders and becoming a major player in Pennsylvania's booming cider industry. Now to keep growing, they just need an assist from lawmakers in Harrisburg. Head out to the farm on May 7 for celebrating and sipping.
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Weckerly's Ice Cream to open its first retail location in Fishtown

In 2016, the beloved artisan creamery will open its first retail counter on Girard Avenue. 
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Jewelry company Riot Alliance builds a business plan designed to give back

Philadelphia jewelry maker and social worker Sara Schwartz melded her two passions, creating a new way to support local nonprofits.
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Science Central: 5 questions for Whose Your Landlord

Whose Your Landlord, a University City Science Center startup, provides a platform for tenants to hold landlords accountable.
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On the Ground: Strawberry Mansion is home to PHS's first solar-powered Green Resource Center

Thanks to a major gift from the Green Mountain Energy Sun Club, the Strawberry Mansion Green Resource Center will power more than just seedlings with the sun.
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A fresh take on a neighborhood stalwart in Queen Village

Situated on the corner of 4th and Bainbridge Streets at the gateway to Fabric Row, Southwark, a beloved bar and restaurant, is under new management. Chris D'Ambro and Marina De Oliveira have kept the soul of the place intact while freshening up the space and menu.
Innovation News

Startup 101: Look before you leap into crowdfunding

Speaking at a recent "Smart Talk" session at the University City Science Center's Quorum, experts warned that crowdfunding requires careful preparation and can be perilous to startups.
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The Enterprise Center launches a new fund to provide equity to businesses that need it most

Many small and mid-level businesses try to grow through debt when equity is the boost they really need. Now a new program makes that possible.
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Treating trauma at its roots

Sanctuary is a place of refuge or safety. In urban neighborhoods throughout America, sanctuary is a luxury that can be almost impossible to find. But Michael O'Bryan is working to bring that sense of security to North Philadelphia.
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Independence Beer Garden retakes the corner of 6th and Market

Philly’s biggest beer garden has four big bars, a big menu and a big selection of very big games. Starting this week, it’ll be open every day through October. 
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Our editor's 26 favorite dishes in Philadelphia

Looking for something tasty in the City of Brotherly Love? Check out this list of beloved menu items from across Philly. We've got it all: cheesesteaks, fine dining, Mexican eats, ice cold coffee, hot dumplings, and much more.
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Avoid the Obvious: A visitors guide to the REAL Philadelphia

Lonely Planet recently named our fair city the top U.S. destination for 2016. As a new wave of tourists and transplants discover all Philly has to offer, here are some tips to getting off the beaten path.
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Urban nature preschool lands at Smith Memorial Playground in Fairmount Park

When kids learn and explore outdoors, it has huge behavioral, emotional and educational benefits. This innovative preschool model, which has already been successful in the region, is coming to North Philadelphia. 

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Ben Doranz of Integral Molecular

Ben Doranz of Integral Molecular

Neighborhood/City: University City

He has helped drive growth because of his diverse scientific, commercialization and entrpreneurial background, all from the comfort of Philadelphia's brainiest square mile.

Bob Schena of Rajant

Bob Schena of Rajant

Neighborhood/City: Wayne

Starting from scratch has paid off big-time for Rajant and its Kinetic Mesh Networking technology used in communications by first responders, among others.

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Where the city gets its "Yo" and "Wit," South Philly is arguably its most diverse enclave, prominently representing dozens of nations from all over the map. Home to the city's most recognizable assets, like the Eagles, Phillies and Mummers, development across South Philly is attracting new, creative talent thanks to affordable and walkable living, vibrant food culture, and rallying retail.