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    • 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…

    • A moment of fun during On the Table Philly at WHYY. Credit: Jonathan A Wilson/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Openness is secret ingredient in meal shared with strangers

Leon Caldwell, a socially minded real estate developer who was born and raised in West Philadelphia, spends a lot of time thinking about how neighborhoods grow and change. So does Phoebe…

    • 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.
Eyes on the Street

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…

    • The Philadelphia skyline is visible above the Eastwick tree line.

City to survey land in flood-prone Eastwick before soliciting developer bids

Despite some continued concerns about flooding, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority isn’t ruling out commercial development in a low-lying swath of Eastwick near John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The vacant land in…

    • Needle drop boxes have been installed at SEPTA stations in Kensington. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Needle drop boxes land in Kensington parks and SEPTA stations

Sharps deposit boxes are Philadelphia’s newest tool in its four-week-old recovery campaign for opioid-plagued Kensington. Last week, the Philadelphia Public Health Department installed seven of the safe syringe disposal bins at…

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