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    • Philadelphia mother and son in front of home

City launches new program to help renters facing eviction

Most of the time when renters go to Philadelphia’s landlord-tenant court, they lose. Advocates say that’s because the vast majority of renters cannot afford a lawyer, while the vast majority…

    • Navy Yard

The Navy Yard unveils new addition to Philly's first energy "microgrid"

The Navy Yard can now power itself with a new $11 million natural gas-fired peaker plant designed to keep the growing commercial district lit and live even in emergencies, Hidden City…

    • Refinery Scape | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

With South Philadelphia refinery in bankruptcy proceedings, neighbors see an opportunity for cleaner air

Zalaka Thompson lives less than a mile from the biggest oil refinery on the East Coast. Though the Schuylkill Expressway separates her home from the Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) crude facility,…

    • Chelten Avenue

Residents from across Northwest Philly come out to talk about the future of their neighborhoods

A long line snaked out from the Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Bembow Hall in Mount Airy on Monday evening. The occasion wasn't spiritual though, at least not in a traditional sense. More…

    • 4125 chestnut street

Construction continues on apartments planned atop oldest African American graveyard in West Philadelphia

There are no plans to halt construction on an apartment building under development in University City, despite the discovery of a 192-year-old African American cemetery on the site. Vaughan Buckley, the builder…

    • Workers assessing damage from a Conrail train's collision with a PATCO power pole

PATCO commuters should expect transit headaches this week as repairs from pole run-in continue

There are plenty of pros to taking PATCO to work — skip bridge tolls, no traffic, a smaller carbon footprint — but this morning had one huge con: Conrail. A Conrail…

    • Metropolitan Opera House | rendering by AOS Architects

Showtime is approaching at North Broad's old opera house

Developer Eric Blumenfeld is moving briskly on his much-anticipated redevelopment of North Broad Street's long-derelict Metropolitan Opera House. The remake of the 1908 concert hall is one-third complete and the developer…

    • Robinson building, 1020 Market Street | Ashley Hahn, January 2018
Eyes on the Street

On Market East, an unusual fight in old battle pitting preservation against progress

By Ashley Hahn Market Street east of City Hall was one of Philly’s great shopping streets. After years of decline, the tide has shifted, bringing new development to parts of this…

    • Student trainees receive hands-on experience in solar installation under the supervision of practitioners provided by Philadelphia-based company Solar States.

Trump tariff won't hit Philly's growing solar industry, experts say

The tariffs on imported solar panels and cells announced by the Trump’s administration this week doesn't threaten Philadelphia’s incipient solar market, local experts say. Christine Simeone, director of policy and external…

    • philadelphia land bank 920 613 80

Philly's 43,000 vacant lots face a fresh political battle

The Philadelphia Land Bank is the latest battleground in the war for position between City Council and the Kenney administration. At the first council meeting of 2018 held on Thursday, Council…

    • Family members react at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.

The $50,000 fight to get speed cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard

Latanya Byrd’s eyes still well up when she talks about July 16, 2013. “It was a beautiful day,” she says. Her niece, Samara Banks, posted photos online of her four children…

    • King of Prussia rail link

SEPTA approves route for KOP to Center City rail line

SEPTA has approved the final route of a proposed high speed rail line connecting King of Prussia to Center City. In a press release issued Thursday, SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T.…

    • Tesla plugged in at the EV-only zone on Delancey Street.

Time's up for electric vehicle parking, panel says

A city task force wants to end an unpopular electric-vehicle (EV) parking program and in its stead, create more publicly available car-charging stations.  Tonight, members of the public are invited to…

    • The Dox Thrash House

A new approach to preserving black Philadelphia

In a part of the city undergoing massive redevelopment, a young design-minded activist is working to make sure that a piece of African American history survives and thrives amid the change.…

    • During a rally on May 10, 2017 residents of Penn Wynn House apartment building protest an imminent mass-eviction after the property changed hands recently. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Philadelphia renters just scored a courtroom win

For almost a year, tenant advocates and legal aid lawyers have waged a concerted reform campaign aimed at leveling the playing field in Philadelphia's eviction court so to put tenants…

    • A SEPTA Regional Rail train.

SEPTA expects big progress on construction projects over next 12 months

SEPTA kicked off its annual capital budget process Wednesday with a pair of public meetings showcasing the vehicles it plans on purchasing and the stations it plans on rehabbing over the…

    • 702 Sansom rendering, from NE | January 2018
Eyes on the Street

Why is Toll Bros. designing a "background" building for an iconic Philly neighborhood?

By Ashley Hahn After a couple of false starts, Toll Bros. is advancing a scaled-back proposal for a condo building, replacing five buildings at the edge of Jewelers’ Row. Toll unveiled…

    • Parking Meters

Philadelphia Parking Authority promises increased transparency

Philadelphia's new parking czar, Scott Petri, kicked off his first board meeting Tuesday with a 26-minute-long recital of his inaugural director’s report His predecessor, Clarena Tolson, used to keep her remarks…

    • A rendering of the Rail Park's planned entrance at 13th Street in Callowhill.

Rail Park designer says team wants to bring new affordable housing to the area

Philadelphia Rail Park boosters want a Clark Park with a view, not a High Line redux, project architect Bryan Hanes tells the Philadelphia Citizen. With fears of gentrification and homogenization…

    • 702 Sansom rendering of Toll Bros. project, from 7th and Sansom | January 2018

Toll Bros. unveils new design for Jewelers' Row tower

Toll Brothers has released new renderings of the controversial condo tower it plans to build in the middle of historic Jewelers’ Row. At a meeting of the Washington Square Civic Association…

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