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    • Vox building

June 30: “Near limitless supply of energy” | Vox artists hopeful | Lyft Lux Philly

Now that Vox Populi has been forcibly vacated following a stairway fire, some tenants worry the owner will turn the building into condos, writes NewsWorks’ Peter Crimmins. Vox is one…

    • On Viola Street
Eyes on the Street

Neighbors helping Neighbors: East Parkside and Strawberry Mansion learn from each other

Every neighborhood has its sparkplug advocates, the do-ers who move mountains to improve their corners of the city, who doggedly find resources to benefit their neighbors, and who occasionally take on…

    • yazmin vasquez

Philadelphia sets aside $500,000 to help renters fight eviction

Standing beneath dozens of portraits of Philadelphia mayors in City Hall’s reception room, Yazmin Vasquez told the assembled crowd what it’s like to sleep in a house without a functioning heater.…

    • Kids at Wister Playground in Germantown (2016) | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Now that Rebuild passed City Council, what's next?

Slowed by a series of legislative amendments and the ongoing litigation surrounding the soda tax, Rebuild — Mayor Jim Kenney’s $500 million plan to remake public facilities like rec centers and…

    • A volunteer uncovers a body at the former site of First Baptist church cemetery in early 2017. (Courtesy of the Mütter Museum)

June 29: NJ blocks PennEast permit | 676 canyon | More bones, no halt-work

PennDOT’s three-year, $75 million reconstruction of the Vine Street Expressway “was a once-in-a-generation opportunity” to mitigate the damage that disconnects Center City from its northern neighborhoods, and “Philadelphia blew it…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

July 28: Contract dispute halts construction | Affordable solar | A ‘preposterous pet project’

A contract dispute between the General Building Contractors Association (GBCA) of Philadelphia and the union representing crane and heavy-equipment operators brings construction in the city to a halt, reports the…

    • Conceptual rendering of Drexel Square at JFK Boulevard

Community leaders hopeful as Brandywine and Penn Medicine commit to local and minority hiring for upcoming projects

Philadelphia’s leaders gathered Tuesday under the gilded trim of the Mayor’s reception room in City Hall to celebrate a job well done on work that’s yet to begin. Joined by city…

    • Cherry Street Pier, Garage | Groundswell

Pier 9's transformation into Cherry Street Pier gets support from Architectural Committee

On Tuesday, the Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee recommended final approval to the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to renovate Municipal Pier 9, which has sat vacant for half a century. In…

    • Vanna Venturi House

June 27: Schuylkill Yards community benefits | Bike share equity | Happy 92nd Robert Venturi

Brandywine Realty Trust pledged  $5.6 million in community engagement initiatives for the Schuylkill Yards project on Monday to “build a stronger West Philadelphia through job creation, education and training, small…

    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about drinking refreshments from a stand. Community groups…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New townhouse-style units cohabitate with the old Senior Tower on the Norman Blumberg Apartments site, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.   The scale of the project…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

June 26: MOVE marker needs site | Furness jowls | Chester deindustrialization and racism

Pro-tax protesters seized audible control of the Local Government Committee hearing on Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, forcing committee chairman Senator Scott Wagner to cancel the hearing and reschedule in Harrisburg, the…

    • A new sprayground opened at the Shissler Rec Center Thursday

June 23: Transfer tax shortfall | Sin tax city | NJ $125M library bond

The expansion of digital slot machines in bars, airports, lounges and truck stops targets “some of the poorest and vulnerable demographics,” writes Charles D. Ellison for the Philadelphia Citizen. Ellison argues…

    • The Bridge at 205 Race Street, June 2017

Council wants to make developers build inclusive, affordable housing

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, the last before the summer recess, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill that would require many private developers to build permanently affordable housing units. The legislation…

    • PHA headquarters groundbreaking June 2017

June 22: 100% clean energy by 2035 | Cherry Street Pier | lead information

The City of Philadelphia announced Wednesday that it has committed to using 100 percent clean energy by 2035, NewsWorks’ Tom MacDonald reports. The pledge makes Philadelphia the 100th city to…

    • Cobbs Creek Parkway flooding, April 2014 | AP

StateImpact PA: How one Philadelphia neighborhood battles rising tides

Joining dozens of communities across the country Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday he has committed the city to the goal of using 100 percent clean energy. It’s part of a…

    • golden bricks

June 21: Brady slams hotel's tax credits | West Trenton line | On rowhouses

State Rep Bob Brady has written the U.S. Treasury that he is “deeply troubled” that conversion of the Liberty Title and Trust building received $15 million in New Market Tax Credit…

    • Olney Ave.

Council hears fears of outlying "middle" neighborhoods' decline

On Tuesday afternoon, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker held a marathon hearing on “Middle Neighborhoods,” the kind of stable, working-to-middle class areas that kept Philadelphia afloat in the worst years of…

    • Mulberry Market, Photo by David Swift Photography
    • New construction at W. Thompson near Girard | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

June 19: Lead soil legacy | Global Cities Initiative | Flash flood warning

If you read nothing else today, don't miss the latest installment of Toxic City by the investigative team of Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, and Dylan Purcell. In Fishtown, Kensington, and Port…

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