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News Gleaner this week

My gripe with the News Gleaner is that they have a poor online edition. But this week’s print edition features the Great Neighborhoods of Northeast Philadelphia as a separate section. It has short histories of Frankford, Mayfair, Tacony, Holmsburg, Torresdale, Byberry, Bustleton, Oxford Circle and Rhawnhurst. For the price you can’t beat it. The downside is that those of us who are older may actually remember seeing some of the ancient history of the northeast. I guess if you live long enough you become history.

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When is demolition of a house a good idea. When the structure is such an eyesore or hazard that we have no choice. The Northeast Times reports that 43 properties are slated to be demolished in Frankford. Although we are seeing a fair number of properties being reborn there are also a large number that look beyond hope. Elimination of those dangerous eyesores can’t help but make the neighborhood more attractive to future development. When the dust settles, we will have taken another step on the road to the “Next Great Neighborhood in the Next Great City”.

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Parking meters on Frankford Avenue in Frankford

The good news keeps rolling in thanks to councilman Dan Savage. Parking meters were previously required to be fed up until 9:30 PM Friday and Saturday nights. Today the new signs were posted that give you free parking after 6PM every night of the week. This then provides free parking for those patronizing Mozaic.