• Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

    • skyline light

"Negadelphia" no more: In bid for Amazon's HQ2, city turns the page on an old narrative

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

October 17: Butkovitz, soda tax | “Renter’s market?” | NJ backs Newark

Realtors are throwing out all sorts of incentives like free parking spots and flat screen TVs to woo renters, Bobby Allyn reports. Thanks in part to a recent apartment building boom,…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

Not so Christian Street? Preservationists seek to save Bella Vista church from developer’s wrecking ball

Just a short walk west from the Italian Market, the Christian Street Baptist Church sits nestled mid-block among the surrounding three-story rowhouses. The church’s mix of terracotta, red sandstone, and red…

    • Vaux High School, Sharswood

October 16: SEPTA Steffen steppin’ | Sharswood, Vaux HS | Geographic center

Once upon a time, when William Penn first laid out the four quadrants of Philadelphia, City Hall was the geographic center. Harry Kyriakodis, contributing to Hidden City Philadelphia, traces Philadelphia’s…

    • Cherelle Parker

City Council introduces home-repair loan bill

At Thursday’s City Council session, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced legislation that would create a $40 million housing repair loan program for homeowners and small landlords. Introduced on behalf of Council President…

    • MBTA Rotem bi-level coaches

October 13: Amazon, job diversity | LGBT Elders bill | Third best

As Philly races forward to ensnare Amazon, WHYY’s fellow public media station, KUOW in Seattle, has some observations to ponder on the equitable distribution of jobs and wealth. Tech and diversity…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

How excited should Philly be about its growing office market?

In early 2016, the health care technology company IntegriChain moved to Center City from an office park near Princeton. The suburban location had once made a lot of sense. In the…

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

KOZs proposed, renewed to lure Amazon to University City

Philadelphia is preparing an incentive package for Amazon, in hopes of attracting the corporation to establish its second headquarters in the city. This week, legislation is advancing to help sweeten the…

    • Aerial view of 60 N. 23rd Street from 23rd & Arch Street

October 12: Tracking Drexel’s commitments | ‘Urbanism sells’ | The View II

Quite a bit on university construction and their role in communities in today’s news: The Goldenberg Group has begun construction on the View II student housing project near Temple’s campus, the…

    • SS United States' telephone switchboards, still aboard vessel, years after her final crossing. Photo credit: Steve Ujifusa

October 11: Revoking clean power | Modern Trail Tour | Please and hello

Systems designs, old school hellos, and PA energy in today’s news: Missed connections: In 1912, there were millions of miles of telephone wires and nearly 12.5 million telephones in the world,…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Analysis: How SEPTA can turn Regional Rail in Philly into high-frequency rapid transit

Philadelphia has a bunch of passenger rail lines, but only a few fast and frequent enough to be considered “rapid”: PATCO and SEPTA’s Broad Street and the Market Frankford Elevated Lines.…





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