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Inspired by Philly's neighborhoods, landscape architect Walter Hood is changing how cities design public spaces

For a non-archaeologist, Walter Hood has a prodigious habit of exhuming history. He shakes the dust off old blueprints. He revives images and recollections embedded in the collective memory of places…

    • A three-alarm fire consumed the Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in the 1500 block of North Broad Street. Credit: 6ABC

Three-alarm fire destroys North Philly church

A three-alarm blaze consumed a North Philadelphia church near Temple University Thursday afternoon, 6ABC reports. Pastor Frederick Tookes of the Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ 1500 block…

    • A woman walks past a Wells Fargo bank branch in view of City Hall. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Banks deny claims of discriminatory lending in Philadelphia

Banks denied claims of modern-day redlining at a City Council hearing on Thursday, arguing that the data used in a recent report that found racial disparities in Philadelphia mortgage lending doesn’t…

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SEPTA touts $3B economic impact as agency preps for bruising budget battle

SEPTA officials laid the groundwork for upcoming budget battles on Thursday, releasing an economic impact study that frames the transit agency as a critical cog in the region’s economy and profitable…

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Temple has released new renderings of planned community education and health facility

As Temple continues its campaign to win community support for the university’s proposed North Philadelphia football stadium, its promise to build a new community facility on the northwest corner of 13th…

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson speaks at the opening of Vaux Big Picture High School in Sharswood

In Philly, HUD Secretary Ben Carson finds evidence that 'housing-first' policies work

Norma Cuevas remembers very distinctly when Pathways to Housing PA gave her the keys to her new apartment after two years of homelessness and a stint in jail. “I said, I’m…

    • La Salle University is launching a bike share program in partnership with the company Spin. (Photo credit: Spin)

With launch of new system, La Salle pioneering dockless bike share in Philly

When students at La Salle University return to campus after a short break for Easter, waiting for them will be one hundred baskets — attached to brand-new bicycles.  Almost exactly three…

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Eyes on the Street

Saying goodbye to Philadelphia’s first black Catholic church

By Ashley Hahn Over tea, at her kitchen table, Adrienne Andrews Harris cracks open a thick binder containing the story of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. It’s a blend of…

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Renter beware: Philly's deadly housing problem

The 1800 block of North 21 Street looks a lot like many stretches of North Philadelphia, with three-story red-brick rowhomes standing over vacant lots and cracked sidewalks. But the neighborhood is…

    • A taxi cab picks up a passenger in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee / WHYY)

Judges side with Uber on antitrust lawsuit filed by Philly cab companies

A three-judge panel ruled unanimously in favor of Uber in an antitrust appeal filed by dozens of Philadelphia cab companies, the Philadelphia Business Journal ’s Alison Burdo reports.  The court said…

    • Demolition of Old City buildings gutted by a fire in February began on March 27. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Demolition begins on Old City buildings gutted by fire

Demolition work began Tuesday on a pair of historic buildings in Old City that were gutted by a February 18th fire. It took five weeks after the fire to stabilize the…

    • A rendering of Southern Land Company's 1911 Walnut St. tower.

Rittenhouse Square's last tower moves towards 2019 groundbreaking

A soaring luxury apartment tower planned for the last undeveloped corner of Rittenhouse Square got the green light to move forward from the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on Thursday. The…

    • Curved metal benches at the 8th Street SEPTA subway station

#hostilearchitecture 2.0 in Philly's Center City

Places engineered to deter homeless people become “hostile and uninviting and threatening [to the general public],” argues British artist and hostiledesign.org founder Stuart Semple tells Architectural Digest.  AD writer Elizabeth…

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Why the 9 bus is actually Philly's worst route

SEPTA runs 111 city bus routes, including 38 special bus routes for school children, 41 suburban bus routes, 13 Regional Rail lines, eight streetcar lines, five contracted-out shuttles, three trackless trolley…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

New bike lanes coming to Fairmount Park and West Philly

Just in time for spring: new bike lanes in Fairmount Park and the Parkside neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The City Council is now considering the long-awaited extension of an existing lane…

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The journey behind a new bus route

After three years and three revised routes, SEPTA’s planners believe they’ve come up with a winning blueprint for a Route 49 bus, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports. The process…

    • Ontario and C streets is rated a “3” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Why street sweeping alone won't solve Philly's litter problem

By Nic Esposito Even though my neighbors and I pick up trash out front of our houses every day, and we've turned a total of 12 vacant lots on our block into…

    • Girls play in Philadelphia's Dilworth Park (Photo credit: Matt Stanley for Center City District)

A movement for women-led cities launches in Philly

Meegan Denenberg often finds herself the only woman in the room. The co-founder of Philly-based Little Giant Creative and partner in several urban development and design-related initiatives and companies, she has…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Parks & Rec makeover caught in clash over union diversity rules

A City Council hearing on Rebuild ended on Thursday with still no resolution on which parks, rec centers, libraries and playgrounds will be improved in the first phase of Mayor Jim…

    • FedEx workers sort boxes for delivery on a busy street.

Your online shopping habit clogs Philly's streets. City Hall wants to fix that.

You see it all the time in Philly: An Uber stopping in the bike lane, a FedEx truck parking on the curb, or a beer delivery truck blocking an intersection. And…

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