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

New bill would protect neighborhood groups from lawsuit-happy developers

City Councilman Bobby Henon has introduced a bill that would make city funds for insurance available to all registered community groups that hold zoning meetings regarding new development projects in their…

    • A demolition crew tore down the roof of a historic building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy to make way for the Westview luxury apartments in 2015. Credit: Jana Shea/WHYY

A familiar Philly development dilemma hits Mount Airy

“The ritzier sections of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy look pretty much the way they did 50 years ago...until now,” writes the Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron. With two completed mid-rise…

    • The ride began on the Art Museum steps. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)

11 cyclists are dead and the city has done nothing, mourners say at silent ride

“This is really part of my healing process,” explains Lou Savastani as he leans against his road bike at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Two years ago, I…

    • Young men gather for an afternoon basketball game at Vare Recreation Center.  | Emma Lee/WHYY

Mayor Kenney announces first rec 'rebuild' as clash over union diversity heats up

Dilapidated Vare Recreation Center in Grays Ferry will be the first city facility improved through Mayor Jim Kenney’s stalled soda tax-financed upgrade for parks, rec centers and libraries. Announced at a…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with volunteers at Fisher Park. (Fairmount Park Conservancy)

3 cool things to do in Philadelphia parks this weekend

David Bower explains William Penn’s initial vision of Philadelphia as a city with parks sprinkled throughout its neighborhoods. “Penn gave instructions to his people to lay out a map,” says Bower,…

    • Garages on Lombard Street

City Council moves to require more parking in Philly neighborhoods

In the midst of a heated debate about how to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city, West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is resurrecting a two-year-old bill mandating…

    • An astroturf field and track direct rainwater runoff toward a containment basin in the recently rebuilt Taggart School playground in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Designed for green play, a South Philly schoolyard wins recognition

“It was an empty lot; concrete,” said Irene McKallop. “There wasn’t anything there. It was nothing, it was all cement.” McKallop is not talking about a parking lot. She’s talking about…

    • The West Philadelphia Fresh Food Hub will start selling groceries on the streets of West Philly this spring. | courtesy of Ryan Kuck

Philly tops other U.S. big cities on food access and walkability

Philly is more walkable and has more access to healthy food than other large American cities yet it still struggles with higher rates of violence and chronic school absence than peer…

    • RiverWards Group's 30-unit townhouse development, 'Avenue 30' in East Kensington, broke ground March 2017. Credit: Renderings by KJO Architects via RiverWards Group/The Somers Team

Kensington’s luxury townhouse kings experimenting with lower-priced condos

The very busy River Wards developer responsible for a large portion of those luxury townhomes you see popping up across Kensington and Port Richmond is at work on a new  South…

    • Screen shot of video showing what appears to be an intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia Police investigating Twitter video showing an apparently intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia police are actively investigating a video posted on Twitter that appears to show a driver purposefully hitting a cyclist and then driving off. The video was posted by Twitter user…

    • A  2014 pop-up greenway on the westbound lane on the 900 block of Spring Garden Street, one block from the accident on 10th and Spring Garden Streets. Credit: Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly

Cyclist killed while riding on Spring Garden bike lane

An SUV knocked over and fatally ran over 34-year-old Pablo Avendano on Saturday evening, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Chris Palmer reports. Authorities said that Avendano, a courier for Caviar, a food-delivery…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Philly mayor threatens council over lagging rec center rebuild

In a fiery letter sent on Friday, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney told City Council that he is willing to scale back his signature rec center, playground, and library improvement effort in…

    • Owner JP Teti stands behind the basement bar at Passyunk Avenue, a Philly-themed dive bar in London

A new Philly-themed bar is drawing crowds in London

On a recent Saturday, the Sixers were on TV, and the bar was packed as middle school teacher Melanie Manuel asked to get the remaining half of her cheesesteak wrapped up…

    • A kid with a view at Night Market Burholme 2017. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust

Be PlanPhilly's Eyes on the Street at Night Market Burholme!

Ever wish you could share how it feels to have tens of thousands of people smashed into a few blocks, along with an explosion of smells, sounds, and tastes, and capture…

    • The deadly fire that engulfed 1855 N. 21st St. began on the second floor. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City Council considering fire code upgrade that could affect all rental properties

There is an old saying that fire codes are written in blood. Reform only comes after a tragic and deadly accident. That’s what’s happening in Philadelphia City Hall right now. Three…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Rail Park announces June 14 opening, new executive director

Philadelphia's hotly anticipated, High Line-esque Rail Park will open to the public on June 14 with a new leader and freshly installed benches for summertime people watching. The June 14 opening will…

    • Cherry Street Pier garden rendering. (Groundswell Design Group)

On the Delaware River waterfront, summer starts Friday

Scientists say summer doesn’t technically start until late June, but in Philadelphia, if you take a walk along the waterfront, it starts this weekend. For the first time since the Delaware…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City budget hearings come to end with no consensus on who deserves a tax break

City Councilmembers raised difficult questions about tax breaks for developers at a time when costs are rising for residents at a Department of Revenue hearing on Tuesday, the last in a…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church is slated for demolition. Developer Ori Feibush plans to build townhouses on the lot.

Neighbors oppose plan to replace Christian Street Baptist Church with $800k townhouses

Residents of Bella Vista love the narrow little side streets that wind through the neighborhood, offering shelter from the buzz of heavy automobile traffic and providing community space for the cozy…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Domb: City must step up collections on out-of-town tax delinquents

Before we ask Philadelphia residents to pay more in taxes and fees, let's collect from delinquent property owners who are shirking their bills from out of town, argued Councilman Allan Domb…

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