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    • Construction workers put finishing touches on Roberto Clemente Homes. (Photo credit: Esperanza)

From hosiery factory to school to apartments, a building is reborn

In the life cycle of a building, a few years’ time can mean the difference between being at the center of a community and falling into disrepair and blight. That was…

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Tiny houses to make Philadelphia debut on city land

Philadelphia is on track to begin construction of prefabricated tiny houses in Kensington, a new strategy for the city that advocates say could dramatically improve the region’s ability to respond to…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

"NIMBY does apply sometimes," says Jones on cannabis dispensaries

On Thursday, City Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill [PDF] that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries both in his district, which includes neighborhoods like Overbrook Farm and Roxborough, as well as…

    • An artist's rendering of a concept for the multi-use path that would incorporate the area's history as a rope-making hub

Proposed Washington Avenue overhaul wins resident support

Maybe it was the fond memories of New Year’s Day parades past evoked by the brigade banners hung along the Mummer Museum’s walls. But after planners from the Delaware River Waterfront…

    • Employees walk through a lobby at Amazon's Seattle headquarters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Wharton Prof: There's no amount of money that would've swung Amazon

Hope can blind people to reality, hindsight is always 20-20, and as the dust settles around Philadelphia’s failed bid to woo Amazon, it’s become clear that the city never really had…

    • A file shot of Philadelphia's submission to Amazon HQ2's RFP.

State, city offered Amazon a $5.7 billion incentive package to build Philly HQ2

On the heels of Amazon’s announcement that it would split its second headquarters into two large satellite offices in Northern Virginia and New York City -- plus a third, smaller office…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

Study: Spending now on legal aid for renters would save city down the road

An annual investment of $3.5 million would cover the cost of legal representation for the thousands of low-income tenants who find themselves facing eviction orders in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, according to…

    • Asa Khalif (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Activist Asa Khalif announces run for City Council

Local activist Asa Khalif is throwing his hat into the ring for one of Philadelphia City Council’s seven at-large seats. All 17 seats — there are 10 seats elected by district…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)

Philly's Amazon HQ2 loss could be a long-term win for city, experts say

Philadelphia won’t get the 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment that many hoped Amazon would deliver to the city. Instead, its HQ2 package is going to a pair of rival…

    •  Philadelphia is planning to redevelop the Maplewood Mall in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$3.3M Maplewood Mall remake to break ground in 2019

On a typical day, the intersection of Germantown and Chelten bustles with life as shoppers weave from stores to sidewalk, and  honking cars navigate traffic. But turn the corner, and you…

    • Najaye Davis cleans signs after they are cut by a laser cutter. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

As Baltimore Avenue changes, new signs honor ‘current history’

Brian Cirksey spent some time walking along Baltimore Avenue earlier this year, talking to people he encountered, and doing some soul searching about what made the popular Cedar Park thoroughfare a…

    • Schuylkill Banks offers new adopt-a-bench program

From trucks to trails, Philly’s new $181 million bond will pay for improvements citywide

A new dock for dragon boats, HVAC systems for the city’s homeless shelters, and a cap for I-95 along Penn’s Landing are among the capital projects Mayor Jim Kenney will fund…

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