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UIX invites urban innovators from across the country to exchange ideas in Detroit

Cities are reinventing themselves in exciting new ways. Can small-scale projects have big impact? Join the Urban Innovation Exchange this September 24-26 in Detroit to explore creative projects driving neighborhood transformation.

Night Market in Old City drew thousands

Night Market will bring thousands of hungry, thirsty, curious Philadelphians to Lancaster Avenue

For four years, The Food Trust's Night Markets have invigorated commercial corridors across the city, drawing hordes for strolling, snacking and engagement with the arts, while also providing an economic boost. On August 14, the phenomenon rolls into Mantua.

Downtown Pittsburgh

Statewide Spotlight: What smart cities can learn from Pittsburgh

With a culture of collaboration, a willingness to change and a focus on creating the kind of urban environment that attracts creative talent, the Steel City has moved from gritty to green and is now poised for the next wave of growth.

McGillin's Old Ale House

PHILLY 3 FOR ALL: Strolling in Media, Philly Beer Week fun and The Spruce Foundation's Gala

Check out our picks for the week's top events.


Riding the (regional) Rails: Day-tripping on the Doylestown/Lansdale line

Many of Philadelphia's inner-ring suburbs are recapturing that Main Street magic -- their resurgent downtown districts feature cool bars, creative dining and plenty of charm. To explore, all you need is a SEPTA ticket and an open mind.

An Art All Night exhibit celebrating Yayoi Kusama

Statewide Spotlight: Across PA, artists help rebuild and unify up-and-coming neighborhoods

In an effort to upend gentrification and boost struggling areas, community groups and artists are banding together to throw blockbuster events and push creative development strategies.

William Penn High School

What's Next for William Penn High School?

Flying Kite continues our look at the fate of the city's shuttered schools. In North Philadelphia, a valuable neighborhood institution is caught between community interests and an ascendent university.

Germantown High School was built in 1914

What's next for Germantown High School?

This century-old neighborhood institution closed its doors last year. As with other schools shuttered by the district, its future is in limbo. Could it become a vocational school? A community space? A mixed-use hub? Time will tell.

Lancaster Avenue in Mantua

What does it mean to be a Promise Zone?

An area of West Philadelphia earns a prestigious national designation, but according to stakeholders and residents, this decree from President Obama is actually a symbol of the changes already underway in Mantua, Belmont, Mill Creek, Powelton and West Powelton.

2014's TEDx Philadelphia

TEDxPhiladelphia returns with a manifesto for the 'New Workshop of the World'

Friday's showcase of 'ideas worth sharing' made an argument for Philadelphia as 'The New Workshop of the World.' Speakers touched on education, development, access and modern manufacturing.

Over 100 Take Back Vacant Land supporters turned out at City Hall

A diverse coalition made Philly's groundbreaking Land Bank a reality

Recently passed legislation will help create the largest municipal land bank in the country. But what's truly miraculous is the motley crew of backers who helped make it happen, from developers to affordable housing advocates to urban farmers and community groups.

The Porch at 30th Street Station

All Aboard: Urban train stations redeveloped as neighborhood amenities

Transit hubs across the country have the potential to be more than just places we pass through on our way to somewhere else -- all it takes it a little imagination. The process is already underway at 30th Street Station.

Pizza-themed bike racks outside Kermit's Bake Shoppe

The battle for the future of Washington Avenue West

This post-industrial corridor is the living, breathing heart of South Philly. City planners, residents and local businesses all claim to share a vision for its future -- so why is change so slow?
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