You are viewing 44 articles for March 2018

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s $9 million goodbye to Germantown’s worst landlord

Everyone has crossed paths with a bad landlord. Then there’s Leroy Prince. His apartment in East Germantown doesn’t have hot water.  The gas is on. It’s the tank that’s the problem.…

    • Philadelphians call for cleaner air on first day of Spring.

Philly parents rally for a smog-free spring

It's time to smell the flowers. Despite the snow on the ground, spring officially started on Tuesday and a group of Philly parents wants you and your family to be able…

    • Volunteers clean up one of the lakes at FDR Park on a cold February day. (Photo credit: Friends of FDR Park/Facebook)

A plan for rebirth in the works for South Philly's FDR Park

With its bucolic lakes, verdant golf course, plentiful tennis courts, and picturesque wedding venue at the American Swedish Museum, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park is kind of like a working man’s country…

    • Peggy Anastos is Vice Chair of the New Jersey Commission on Puerto Rico Relief. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Philly and Jersey offer lifeline to displaced Puerto Ricans

It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, destroying thousands of homes and sending more than 900 displaced families to Philadelphia. For many of those families, the past…

    • A regional rail train departs 30th Street Station as the snow intensifies. (Emma/Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA preps for a long night of snow removal

In Philadelphia this year, March is going out like a lamb — covered in the white fluffy stuff. Just a few days before Easter, yet another snowy nor’easter is buffeting the…

    • The Dox Thrash House

Preserving a building without the building in Sharswood

A group of historic preservation advocates dedicated to preserving African-American artist Dox Thrash’s legacy in Philadelphia are making strides to foster and repurpose the artist’s home in Sharswood, writes Starr Herr-Cardillo,…

    • 702 Sansom from the street-level

Toll Brothers' releases new design for Jewelers Row tower

Toll Brothers hopes the fourth time’s the charm as the Horsham-based luxury home builder releases the latest renderings of its controversial Jewelers Row condo tower. Coming on the heels of a…

    • Venise Whitaker (Photo credit: Lori Pedrick)
Eyes on the Street

Diary of a Philadelphia punk rock preservationist

By Venise Whitaker Generation X was described as the latchkey kids. We were the unfocused youth, the children of divorce. My two homes were both in Philly: my grandparents’ house in…

    • Extensive data over generations shows that black boys raised at the top are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households.

Growing up rich in a wealthy area doesn't solve the racial income gap for black boys

No matter how wealthy their upbringing, black boys raised in America are more likely to end up poor in adulthood than white peers, according to an explosive new study conducted by…

    • U.S Rep. Brandon Boyle in Olney

How Trump's budget would hurt Philly's business districts

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa, grew up in the Olney neighborhood of upper North Philadelphia. There, the congressman’s mother worked as a crossing guard shepherding school children across bustling North 5th…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

City Council's free ride

The city's mad hunt for cash to fund public schools hasn't stopped City Council members from taking advantage of an unusual and costly benefit for their public service: luxury SUVs with…

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Going to pot: Philly potholes up 20% in 2018

Most people hate potholes. Then again, most people don’t run a tire shop. “Oh god, the volume has just doubled,” said Tom Tafe at Pinnacle Auto Repair and Tires in Bella…

    • Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books on the corner of Church Street and Germantown Avenue in East Germantown. (Michael Bixler/Hidden City)

We asked Philly to tell us what gentrification feels like. Here's what we heard.

Over the past five days, we've explored gentrification in Philadelphia — talking to people about their experiences as new neighbors, higher rents, and different businesses move into the city. As reporters…

    • Partiers revel at The Dolphin Tavern in South Philadelphia.

City mulls new license to booze that would keep Philly bars open until 4 a.m.

Should Philadelphia’s bars stay open until 4:00 a.m.? Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown thinks so, as long as tax dollars from those late night drinks go to the School District of Philadelphia.…

    • Rendering of Lincoln Square | Alterra

Philly's ever-expanding Center City

Greater Center City is now considered the area bounded by the two rivers and Girard Avenue on the north and Tasker Street to the south. That translates to an explosion of…

    • Jason’s Cozyday is one of Olney’s most popular hang out spots for young people. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The hottest Philly neighborhood no one is talking about

No one could argue that Olney, in upper North Philadelphia, is gentrifying. But that doesn’t mean the neighborhood isn’t revitalizing. In the afternoon when schools let out, kids weighed down with…

    • Paul Levy in Dilworth Plaza

Center City's boom vulnerable, business leader warns

Paul Levy wants Philadelphia to stop fighting over growth. “We are living in a highly polarized time, and Philly needs not to get caught in those traps of us vs. them,”…

    • Temple Urban Education professor James Earl Davis outside of his home in East Germantown.

“Gentrification for black people by black people”

Based on two decades of census data, East Germantown hasn’t changed all that much in median household income and crime rate on paper. But that doesn't mean residents haven' seen changes…

    • Preliminary sketch of the proposed Temple on-campus football stadium. (Temple University)

Temple: Proposed football stadium won't jam traffic or create parking problems

Temple University’s renewed push to build a $126 million, 35,000-seat football stadium next to its North Philadelphia campus has inspired an all-out blitz of defensive measures aimed at stopping the Owls…

    • Rebecca Rhynhart (center), is sworn in as Philadelphia city controller. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Sweet promises of soda tax money gone flat, Philly Controller says

City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart sailed into office in January as a transparency-minded reformer who could pair progressive leanings with an eye for efficiency that could help perpetually-broke Philadelphia spend taxpayer dollars…

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