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    • One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. (Courtesy of Adam Wallacavage, Space 1026)

One of Philly’s oldest art collectives, Space 1026, to lose its home of 20 years

One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. Space 1026 has been in Chinatown since 1997. On the…

    • Swimmers cool off in the Devil’s Pool in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Swimming in the Wissahickon isn't so idyllic: There’s poop in it.

On a summer day, taking a dip in the creek at Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park might seem like a really good idea. The stream is surrounded by birches, sycamores and poplars,…

    • A SEPTA Regional Rail train.

Freight trains using Regional Rail lines threaten to keep SEPTA from full Positive Train Control compliance

SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel took a moment to boast Tuesday afternoon while participating in an American Public Transportation Association conference call with national press on the efforts of commuter railroads…

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Art Museum summer program caters to young Modernists

For the next 10 weeks, the second floor east balcony of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — which arguably has the best view of the Parkway in the city — will…

    • Roofer Rob Nolfi applies a reflective topping on a rehabbed roof in North Philadelphia. Cool roofs help keep temperatures down when the city heats up. (Irina Zhorov/The Pulse)

A hotter topic: Building heat resilience into multifamily housing

Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades. Since May, the city…

    • Tony Guido explains features of a composting vessel he helped build for  a Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council design competition.

To vanquish food waste, a competition aims to design and compost

To the uninitiated, it sounds simple enough: Design a cheap, urban-friendly composting device that works at a neighborhood scale — something bigger than a backyard composting bin, but smaller than a commercial system…

    • PPA garage

Parking Authority chief Petri offers up a sweeping legislative agenda for change

Sitting at a conference table, sporting a tie emblazoned with lines from the U.S. Constitution and a likeness of Independence Hall, Scott Petri began an interview with a warning for the…

    • A worker cleans the ornate limestone capitals of the East Portico at 30th Street Station.

Facade work refreshes 30th Street Station as Amtrak shops its commercial-district plan

When Pennsylvania Railroad moved its headquarters from Broad Street to 30th Street Station upon its completion in 1935, the shift was seen as an attempt to move Philadelphia’s downtown to the…

    • Kelli McIntyre and Andy Trackman check out walking conditions along Germantown Avenue during a FeetFirstPhilly walk audit.

What a walk along Germantown Avenue reveals: Tough going for pedestrians

Kelli McIntyre stood in light rain on Germantown Avenue, holding a clipboard and watching as car after car ignored a “Do Not Enter” sign and turned up a small street called Ashmead Place. “Somebody just went the…

    • City Councilman Mark Squilla, at Monday's Rebuild announcement. | Malcolm Burnley

Now that court has ruled, a resurgent Rebuild selects Harrowgate playground for rehab

In the background of a Monday press conference at Heitzman Playground in Harrowgate, where city officials announced another site for Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative, a slogan painted on the old…

    • Steve Teare for Broke In Philly/WHYY

The high cost of being broke: Transportation

On the 11th floor of a Center City office building, Rian Franks and Jacqueline Chapman sit just a few feet away from each other. Both travel from West Philadelphia. But the…

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Grays Ferry's long-closed Lanier Playground reopens, with new hope and new purpose

Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, Lanier Playground had been closed since 2005, but memories of when it brimmed with activity stayed alive in longtime neighborhood residents. You’d hear stories…

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