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    • Anglers cast their lines for catfish at Pier 60 off Columbus Boulevard

At waterfront development site, a popular DIY rec space hangs in the balance

As rush-hour traffic grinds to a halt along Columbus Boulevard one afternoon in May, a slow flow of bicycles moves in a perpendicular direction, intermittently cutting across the road toward the…

    • Lardner's Point Park in Northeast Philadelphia, where the city tried timed locks and composting toilets -- unsuccessfully.

Where's the restroom? In city parks, there may be nowhere to go

Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown has no bathroom, so when a local preschool class met there for a playdate recently, the parents pulled out little travel toilets for the children. Kensington…

    • Burholme resident Scott Yusem (and his young son) use the WHYY Listening Post. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust
Eyes on the Street

WHYY Listening Post: "The Gang Goes to Burholme"

What happens when people have access to a microphone and a platform, with an invitation to tell the invisible listener about their neighborhoods? PlanPhilly decided to find out. Last Thursday, we…

    • Mayor Kenney toured San Juan neighborhoods with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Mayor Kenney returns from Puerto Rico disappointed by the federal government’s work

On his first official visit to Puerto Rico, Mayor Jim Kenney was impressed by island residents’ resiliency and strength. “There's a confidence that they have, and a decency that they have,…

    • Philadelphia Unemployment Project board members and supporters rally in the mayor's reception room for more reverse commuter vanpool funds

PUP begs for a scrap of funding for its vanpool program for reverse commuters

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallied for support at City Hall Wednesday morning, hoping to pressure City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney to fund its small vanpooling program for reverse-commuting Philadelphians who…

    • Donald Shoup, author of

'Parking Guru' advises Philly: Don't require more, manage what you have

In City Hall, the parking wars are raging again. Back in 2012, Philadelphia’s antiquated zoning code got an overhaul. Policymakers enacted widespread changes, in some cases bringing the code in…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changes to Philly construction tax break under review

With the spring City Council session coming to an end, reform of Philadelphia’s controversial 10-year property tax abatement emerged as a live issue on Thursday. The 18-year-old development incentive waives property taxes…

    • A stretch of Lincoln Drive

Putting the brakes on Lincoln Drive's raceway

When Kittura Dior was growing up in Mount Airy in the 1960s, she got used to feeling her house shake every so often, when cars veered off Lincoln Drive and slammed…

    • Emily Coleman leads a ceramics class at Olney Rec Center.

City Council and Mayor Kenney play nice as rec center 'rebuild' advances

Mayor Jim Kenney’s plan to revamp public facilities throughout the city took another step forward this week, with key legislation passing favorably out of a City Council committee on Monday. The…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.

As Starbucks prepares for trainings, here's what Philadelphia knows about 'implicit bias'

You’ve entered a white space. This online publication, right here; it might be less obvious than looking at the demographics inside a Center City coffee shop, but there are digital signposts…

    • LOVE in reverse / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Finding a new LOVE

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds plenty. Hear what Philadelphians using the park think about Center…

    • Brothers at Wister Playground | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Philly gains ground in national park ranking

Philadelphia’s park system has bumped up two places, to 30th, in a national ranking of the 100 largest U.S. cities, reflecting good distribution of facilities around the city, strong volunteerism, and…

    • A view of Fairmount Park

City hits pause on digital billboard proposed for land abutting Fairmount Park

Opponents have stymied a plan to put a digital billboard next to Fairmount Park, putting the controversial treeline addition on hold. The double-sided billboard would have overlooked the Schuylkill Expressway, according…

    • Newer homes with garages.

City Council tweaks bill requiring developers to provide more parking in Philly neighborhoods

A measure that would require developers to build more parking along with new housing got a major haircut in City Council on Wednesday. The mandatory parking minimum bill revised by the council’s…

    • Residents offered input at a meeting.

Transforming Washington Ave. from a divider to a connector

Navigating parts of Washington Avenue can feel so daunting and dangerous, a pedestrian might envy the street’s namesake, who only had to cross a frozen river on his way to Trenton.…

    • City officials hope Philly will be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. Rooftop solar panels, pictured here, will help the city reach its goal.

Philly introduces affordable route to rooftop solar

Going solar becomes less expensive every year. Through federal and local programs and financing, homeowners might pay for solar installation in eight to 10 years of monthly payments equal to or…

    • Cultural dance performance during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Mifflin Square Park. Credit: Keith Mui
Eyes on the Street

Philly Parks: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

In Philadelphia, park love knows no bounds. Unseasonable rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from coming out to clean up their favorite neighborhood green as part of the city's biannual Love…

    • Salima Ellis in the kitchen of her Mt Airy home. (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

Past due: Plan to stop water shut-offs sputters as rate hike looms

Salima Ellis tries hard to pay her water bill in full every month, but often it's difficult to find the $80 or so she needs to keep the H20 flowing and…

    • The Amos Barnes house

New development controls proposed for a hidden gem of the Northwest

New limits on development are in the works for a leafy Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood best known for its proximity to the sprawling park with which it shares a name. The Wissahickon…

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