You are viewing 19 articles for March 2018 by the author Diana Lu

    • 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…

    • Rendering of Temple's proposed

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…

    • 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…

    • 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 founder Stuart Semple tells Architectural Digest.  AD writer Elizabeth…

    • A packed SEPTA bus

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…

    • 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,…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Claudia Sherrod (left) and Haley Dervinis (right) both live in Point Breeze.

Unpacking gentrification's racial dynamics

While “the changes in Point Breeze symbolize the stereotypical definition of gentrification, with young, white professionals moving into a low-income, African-American neighborhood,…this isn’t the whole story,” write WHYY News’ Aaron…

    • New houses abut old in Northern Liberties, one of the city’s fastest gentrifying areas.

How is your neighborhood changing, or not? Share your experiences with gentrification with us

This week, WHYY News, Keystone Crossroads, and PlanPhilly are collaborating on a series, “Gentrified: Stories of rapidly changing Philadelphia.” Our reporters are exploring the phenomenon from the ground up,…

    • Obligatory moody skyline shot, 5:03pm.

The city's financial watchdog isn't convinced Philly builders need a tax break

The city’s financial watchdog is conducting “a fair, independent analysis” on the impact of adjusting or ending the city’s 10-year property tax abatement, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jacob Adelman reports. City…

    • Jacqueline Wiggins (center), a long time resident of the Temple University area, joins neighbors and students in an April 2016 march against a proposed stadium. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Where is Darrell Clarke in the Temple Stadium debacle?

Temple president Richard Englert “seemed oblivious to the pain and history that drove the opposition” at Tuesday’s “debacle of a town hall,” but the university’s absence in the community is not…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent, now the southern most portion of the Schuylkill River Trail will soon lead into Bartram's Mile

Philly gets $12 million to complete Schuylkill River Trail expansion

Philadelphia got the final $12 million it needs to complete the $36 million Schuylkill River Trail expansion, PhillyVoice reports. With the political backing of U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa. and Pat…

    • Nor’easter winds send a tree branch in West Philly into three parked cars. Credit: Romana Lee-Akiyama

Treepocalpyse takes its victims

The sky came falling down Friday, with nor’easter winds taking tree victims left and right. No deaths were reported in Philadelphia proper, Billy Penn’s Danya Henninger writes, “but the treepocalpyse was…

    • Neighbors and students in an April 2016 protest march against a proposed new football stadium. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The opposition to Temple Stadium is getting organized

Neighbors and school faculty continue to question Temple University’s transparency and community engagement in the development of the highly controversial football stadium, the Philadelphia Tribune’s John N. Mitchell reports. “There…

    • Penn students tour the 7th Ward and W. E. B. Du Bois's impact on sociology and African-American history. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Finding history on South Street

Let’s take a walk along South Street. In particular, let’s trace the footprints of black culture on the neighborhood. Penn students studying African-American history take WHYY News’ Danielle Fox to…

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