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You are viewing 3 articles for 2018 by the author Dana Bate

    • Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla is holding a proposal for a  five-cent charge on single-use bags. (AP file photo)

19 N.J. cities banned plastic bags in 2018. Philly could join them in 2019.

This might be the year when the public — in the Philadelphia region and across the globe —  started to realize where many of our plastic bags and straws end up.…

    • A row of houses, colorful but in need of substantial repairs, on North 27th Street in North Philadelphia.

When preventative care is fixing the house — Philly, CHOP fight asthma with home repairs

Mold. Dust mites. Roaches. Mouse droppings. The list of household asthma triggers is long and often problems that aren’t easy to fix: a leaky roof, a cracked pipe, poor ventilation. Replacing…

    • A vacant lot in North Philadelphia.

‘Greening’ vacant lots improves mental health in Philly communities

Vacant and dilapidated lots are a common city eyesore — not just in Philadelphia, but across the country. About 15 percent of urban land across the U.S. is either vacant or abandoned.…

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