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    • 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…

    • Chamarra McCrorey gives Indego's new e-bikes a test ride on Thomas Paine Plaza

Philly adds electric bikes to Indego fleet

Like Bob Dylan at the Newport Folk Festival, Indego has gone electric, adding 10 pedal-assist bicycles to its bike share fleet. Unlike Dylan in ‘65, though, the move is eliciting cheers.…

    • A row of mixed-use buildings along Ridge Ave.

West Philly-bred developer seeks 'return on community' when eyeing new projects

When I was growing up in West Philadelphia, I walked past a historic cemetery in my neighborhood almost every day. It may seem like a creepy part of a daily route…

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Riding the (firing) range: Gunfire keeps new Delaware River trail closed

Mountain biker Stan Needle is a devotee of the Pennypack bike trail. He starts his rides on a rail-to-trail route near his home in Bryn Athyn, enters Pennypack Park,…

    • A rendering

City design board, neighbors decry plan for Callowhill storage facility

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review board has added its voice to a loud chorus of opposition to a plan to build a six-story storage facility in the middle of the growing Callowhill…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters | Brandywine Realty Trust

Kenney 'won't speculate on speculation' that Philly's out of running for Amazon HQ2

Amid media reports that Philadelphia is not among the final contenders for Amazon’s planned second headquarters, Mayor Jim Kenney is keeping his chin up and his mouth shut. "We're in the…

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New Hunting Park mural honors graffiti legend Karaz

The corner of Fifth and Luray streets in Hunting Park resembled a 1990s hip-hop video. With Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, and other classics from that time booming from a…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Bill to ban new 3-story homes in Point Breeze, Grays Ferry introduced by Councilman Johnson

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced a bill that would make it easier to build new homes and taller buildings in some sections of Point Breeze and Grays Ferry, while making…

    • Septa Bus Advertisement/Emma Lee, WHYY

Judge could force SEPTA to end ban on political ads

A federal judge may force SEPTA to scale back its effort to keep politically charged advertisements off its bus shelters and vehicles when he issues a decision in a free speech…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Inspired by King of Prussia, West Chester ramps up campaign to restore rail service

Down a long, quiet hallway, Jo An Kelton sat alone in Room 2b and called the Advisory Ad Hoc Committee to Reestablish Rail Service to West Chester to order. Two members…

    • A city worker inspects a sewer in Philadelphia, Pa. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New partnership will protect 475,000 Philly homeowners from sewer snafus

John Coats said he began to a panic when he found that his basement toilet was overflowing on its own. A faulty sewer line from the street was sending water back…

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