30th Street Station to greet DNC attendees with light show

July 22, 2016


A patriotic lighting installation will greet the thousands of people expected to visit 30th Street Station before, during and after the four-day Democratic National Convention (July 25-28). The programmable system of color-changing LED fixtures will sweep stars and swaths of red, white and blue across the station’s 29th Street facade.

This light show is sponsored by Amtrak and the University City District and is one of several across the city to welcome DNC attendees.

The lights will be projected onto the station’s 29th Street facade from 8:00 p.m. – 3:00 a.m. every night through July 31.

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Chimney collapse on S. 42nd Street

May 15, 2016


A tall elegant chimney on this Victorian twin at 424 S. 42nd St. collapsed into a heap of bricks on Saturday, at about 11 a.m. Neighbors said the chimney had been leaning for a while.

The three-story 7-bedroom single-family house was sold in February for $410,000 to a property developer.

Here’s an earlier photo of the house pulled out from Google Street View:

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‘Bandit sign’ problem on 4800 block of Larchwood

May 5, 2016


West Philly Local readers are reporting that several “bandit signs” were recently nailed onto trees and utility poles on the 4800 block of Larchwood and, possibly, on other blocks. Here’s what someone who lives on the block wrote us:

I walked outside this morning and saw this poster nailed into a tree [see photo; we have blurred the phone number on the sign]. Looking down the block there was one on every tree and pole down both sides of the street. We can’t get them out as they are reinforced with nails made by God… Do you know if there is anything we can do about it except for call and tell this electrician off?

Yes, signs like this one are illegal in Philadelphia, and you can report them to the Streets Department or call 311 (or tweet to @philly311). The signs on the 4800 block of Larchwood have already been reported, and the Streets Department said they’re investigating. One way that the city has dealt with illegal signs has been using a robo-call system.  Continue Reading

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Gunpoint robbery at Chipotle near 39th and Walnut (Update: police confirm, same suspect)

May 7, 2012

The Chipotle Mexican Grill at 3925 Walnut St. from Google Street View.


A masked man robbed the Chipotle Mexican Grill at 3925 Walnut St. last night, police said.

The suspect was described as a white male wearing a black mask and police have confirmed that he is the same person responsible for a string of gunpoint robberies at Green Line Cafes within the past two weeks.

The Chipotle robbery took place at about 10:30 p.m.. The restaurant closes at 10 p.m.

Stand by for updates.

(h/t The Daily Pennsylvanian)


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Try our Classifieds

May 1, 2012

Have you tried our Classifieds section yet? If you find Craigslist too overwhelming, give West Philly Local classifieds a try. Recently we modified this section to better fit your needs and budgets, with more options available. It’s still free for personal ads, and we ask that businesses choose one of the paid listing options. If you have questions, email us at:

Post your Classified ad today and reach thousands of local residents weekly.


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Help Neighborhood Bike Works win a $25,000 grant

April 27, 2012

bikesNeighborhood Bike Works’ Earn-a-Bike Education Cause has been selected as one of 100 finalists in the Cause an Effect program on Facebook and has a chance to win one of the $25,000 grants being awarded by State Farm through the program. From April 27 through May 17, any Facebook user can vote up to 10 times per day for Earn-a-Bike Education on the State Farm Facebook page.

The 40 Causes that receive the most votes will be announced on May 22, and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the winners.

Neighborhood Bike Works has been headquartered in the basement of St. Mary’s Church on 40th and Locust for the past 13 years. The organization seeks to increase opportunities for urban youth in underserved neighborhoods in greater Philadelphia by offering educational, recreational, and career-building opportunities through bicycling. Neighborhood Bike Works also promotes cycling as a healthy, affordable, environment-friendly form of transportation.

If funded, “Earn-a-Bike Education” would allow Neighborhood Bike Works to offer five 8-week after-school Earn-a-Bike classes in the area, providing a total of 60 youth with free, enriching programming.

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