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    • Voters line up outside the polls on Election Day  in 2016. (WHYY)

Living a block from the polls makes you 28% more likely to vote

Fewer than one in three Philadelphians voted in the last mayoral primary, and that was for an open seat. Even if we’re very lucky on Tuesday, turnout in the primary election…

    • Market-rate town homes are under construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell steered the lot to the project's developer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Why Philly's councilmanic prerogative isn’t going away

Philadelphia’s 2019 municipal primary will be remembered for the sheer number of candidates running for spots on City Council. But it is also a political cycle in which broad themes like…

    • Workers from the city's street's department pave a street.

Want to know when the city is filling that pothole? There’s an app for that.

Peace out, potholes! It’s paving season! Philly kicked off the start of its annual campaign against its notoriously busted streets on Wednesday with the release of multiple online tools for tracking…

    • On York Street in East Kensington, a new rowhome towers above its neighbors. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is Philly growing too big, too fast? Gentrification concerns fuel City Council zoning reform call

City Council President Darrell Clarke thinks Philadelphia’s zoning regulations are accelerating gentrification and wants a redo of the code that governs construction and development in the city. Under a resolution authored…

    • This rendering shows a perspective view of Liberty on the River's first phase of development. (Barton Partners Architects)

Developer to extend Delaware River trail for OK on extra-tall towers

A mega development coming to the Delaware River waterfront will include a swath of a long-planned river trail in exchange for permission to build taller towers than local regulations permit. Developer…

    • Randy Hayman will take over as Philadelphia's water commissioner in June. (City of Philadelphia)

Philly’s next water commissioner wants to keep your H20 clean, green and affordable

Philadelphia’s next water commissioner Randy E. Hayman will enter city hall with four lofty goals on his to-do list, Mayor Jim Kenney’s incoming appointee said in an email to PlanPhilly. The…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney at the first groundbreaking of his signature Rebuild initiative.

Philly launches 2 programs designed to help minority businesses succeed

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney gathered members of City Council and small-business people Monday to tout his $500 million Rebuild program as a means of equitable economic development. Philadelphia — a majority-minority…

    • Gerald Renfro and his wife Connie survey the construction on the 6200 block of Osage Avenue.  (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

‘Music’ of construction greets Osage Ave. neighbors on MOVE bombing anniversary

Connie and Gerald Renfro have lived on an exceptionally quiet block of Osage Avenue for nearly 20 years. With more than half of the houses surrounding them vacant and boarded up,…

    • Jahandad Ghuman has been driving for Uber for 5 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

As Uber’s IPO hits potholes, Philly drivers prepare to make case before state Senate

Jahandad Ghuman says he makes $100 to $120 a day driving as an independent contractor for Uber. But that’s not enough. “Commercial insurance, car payment, gasoline,” plus multiple car washes per…

    • A rendering for Residences on Race. (Credit: Steven Eizen Real Estate)

17-story condo tower to rise in Comcast Center’s backyard

A string of row houses in Center City are set to come down to make way for a 17-story condo tower proposed just a stone’s throw from the Comcast Center, according…

    • Helen Gym | Emma Lee/WHYY

Philly renters guaranteed lawyers in eviction court under new City Council bill

If Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has her way, many more renters facing eviction will be represented by a lawyer when they have their day in court. Gym introduced a bill Thursday…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Activists file ethics complaint against Allan Domb

Opponents of Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against City Councilman Allan Domb, a real estate broker and developer who owns numerous properties across the city. The Philadelphia…

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