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August 17: Rizzo statue sculptor | PHL $10M grant | Arch Street bones

Would the creator of the contested Rizzo statue do it again? WHYY’s Joe Hernandez talks with sculptor Zenos Frudakis about portraying the former mayor and his reactions to the calls for…

    • Drama teacher Star Parker gathers her students for a discussion before starting rehearsal at Olney Rec Center. The group addresses issues like bullying in their performances. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild: we got your questions, now let's vote

After running on a slogan of "every neighborhood matters" as a mayoral candidate, Mayor Jim Kenney's administration developed Rebuild, an ambitious $500 million plan to remake public parks, rec centers, libraries…

    • SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel announces debut of SEPTA Transit Watch APP

SEPTA debuts new mobile app allowing riders to text tips to transit police

SEPTA introduced a new app this morning to advance its “see something, say something” safety campaign. The SEPTA Transit Watch app will allows riders to “to discretely report safety and security…

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City seeks pre-trial dismissal of South Broad median parking lawsuit

The City of Philadelphia’s lawyers argue that a lawsuit to compel the ticketing of cars in the Broad Street median should be dismissed with prejudice. Last month, urbanist advocacy group 5th…

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August 16: ‘Remove Rizzo’ | No permits? No problem | NMTC review

Of monuments and men, memorials and public land sales in today’s news: Following the events in Charlottesville, Councilmember Helen Gym calls for the removal of the Frank Rizzo statue outside the…

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Preservation of historic resources will be a priority as Rebuild develops list of projects

As the Rebuild initiative moves forward this fall, the preservation of historic buildings in the target areas will be a priority. “We don’t know yet which buildings will be historic preservation…

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Camera shy: Union opposed to SEPTA plan to video monitor employees

SEPTA’s largest union is vowing to fight a proposal for live video monitoring of the transit authority’s employees. Representatives from Transport Workers Union Local 234 will meet with management this week…

    • Jake Liefer and his PAC, 5th Square, are suing to stop parking in the median on South Broad Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

August 15: Median matters | ‘Camingerly’ | Rail Park drone footage

The battle over median parking on South Broad rages on: the Philadelphia Citizen’s Roxanne Patel Shepelavy sheds light on some of the perspectives at play, including the percentage of Philadelphians…

    • Accessibility activists gather on July 2 to witness Philadelphia's introduction of new wheelchair accessible taxis. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

August 14: Respect | Public-private paratransit | Housing right-to-counsel

Business owners and longtime residents in Brewerytown agree that respect is a key factor for the rapidly changing neighborhood, Keystone Crossroads’ Annette John-Hall writes. John-Hall discusses how Girard Avenue, an unspoken…

    • 10th and Ridge and Callowhill | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

August 11: Planning like ecologists | Colliding development goals | “All the Light You See”

Smoke from a Bucks County scrap metal fire floats to Brooklyn and skips Philly, but how? This and other news to start your day: As development and housing prices rise in…

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Q&A: The last word from Amy Laura Cahn, veteran lawyer for urban farmers

In one of the final sessions before the summer recess, City Council adopted a resolution honoring Amy Laura Cahn, a lawyer with the Public Interest Law Center. Cahn was praised…

    • Brian McIntire evaluates the new user interfaces of the SEPTA Key Fare Kiosk (Kim Paynter/WHYYY)

After hundreds accidentally get multiple Key cards, SEPTA takes a step to fix confusing kiosks

SEPTA is taking a tentative step towards improving the user interfaces on its new fare card kiosks, piloting a new set of screens at its headquarters. If the user experience (UX)…

    • Kahn's Sketch of the Esherick House in Chestnut Hill. Louis I. Kahn Collection, University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.​

August 10: Louis Kahn’s yearbook | Waste on the radio | Guerrilla Cartography

Zero waste and litter on the air, wastewater agreement in Delaware and water cartographic flair in today’s news. The trash talk continues, this time on the airwaves. On WHYY’s Radio Times…

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Parish the thought: Lawncrest neighbors fight plan to replace church building with Royal Farms

The venerable Trinity Oxford Church, in Northeast Philadelphia’s Lawncrest section, wants to lease roughly half of its land for a new Royal Farms gas station and fried chicken emporium. The proposal…

    • Community members, activists, academics and politicians rallied on Tuesday to demand for local action against climate change

Philadelphians rally to protect limits on power plants carbon emissions

Almost two years ago, on August 3, 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency set carbon dioxide emission limits for new fossil fuel-fired power plants for the first time. Plant emissions represent about…

    • Cai Guo-Qiang: Fireflies

August 9: Data for Black Lives | Not in Philly | Fireflies

Data science, representative leadership, and whimsical lanterns on the parkway in this morning’s news: Founded by an organizer and a mathematician, Data for Black Lives aims to mobilize “data scientists, software…

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August 8: Parking permit cap-and-trade | Nic Esposito Q+A | SEPTA station art

The intersection of art and public space, achieving parking peace, and “zero starts with one” in today’s news roundup: “Increasing parking minimums won’t work to reduce tight curb parking,” writes Jon…

    • Protesters against Philadelphia's sweetened drink tax (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

Aug 7: Soda tax killed bakery? | Philly water testing | Tax the rich to fix subway

“The soda tax was the kill shot” to Overbrook bakery CC Orlando & Sons, according to the family business's owners. The Orlando family tells the Inquirer’s Michael Klein that “business…

    • The plan recommends giving away lidded recycling bins to prevent trash flying on windy days

Pathway to greener pastures: Philadelphia presents plan for a litter-free city by 2035

It may be hard to imagine, but if Philadelphia succeeds in implementing its new and comprehensive Zero Waste and Litter Plan, the city’s infamous nickname Filthadelphia may be completely obsolete in…

    • Neighbors gather at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church Thursday to consider the Boys and Girls Club proposal

For the proposed replacement of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club, community consensus comes in baby steps

At first glance, the ongoing cacophony over the future of Germantown’s Boys and Girls Club looked ready to hit a rare harmonious note. About 45 nearby residents and neighborhood organizers gathered…

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