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    • The image to the left shows Susan Stolting's new civic association. The image to the right shows the older Francisville group founded by Penelope Giles.(Brad Larisson for WHYY)

Francisville is booming. The community is feuding.

Francisville is under construction.Walk down almost any street in this North Philadelphia neighborhood, and there are houses—or multi-unit buildings—getting built. Fences and ladders jut out onto the sidewalk, annoying residents.  …

    • A shared lane for buses and bikes on Chestnut Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is Philly better off with safer streets or faster moving traffic? At City Hall, it depends on who you ask

“Could I have the ‘transportation guru’ come up to the table, please?” That’s how Council President Darrell Clarke called Deputy Managing Director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS),…

    • 600  University Avenue

A mysterious zoning bill hints at a high-rise future for one of University City's last large undeveloped parcels

When drivers exit University City, headed to the Schuylkill Expressway, they breeze past a ghostly Mid-century Modern motel building at 600 University Avenue. Marooned at the edge of the University of…

    • The lot at 4829 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly has long sat vacant. Credit: Google Maps.

Another apartment building on the way to West Philly's Baltimore Avenue

The Cedar Park Neighbors zoning committee will review a revised proposal for a four-story, five-unit apartment building at 4829 Baltimore Avenue Tuesday, West Philly Local reports. The site, which has been…

    • Starbucks chief executive officer Kevin Johnson and chief operating officer Rosalind Brewer emerge from a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney that they said was

By admitting fault in arrest of two black men at Rittenhouse Starbucks, company may spare itself long-term damage to brand

The coffeeshop soundtrack is usually a reliable mix of inoffensive indie rock, porcelain clinking on countertops, and the caffeinated chitter chat of customers. But over the weekend and continuing on Monday,…

    • Wastewater pipeline infrastructure in Pennsylvania is old and in some cities pollutes rivers. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Fixing Philly's flood-prone sewers and pipes will cost home and business owners

Are your feet still drying out from a morning trudge through curbside pools of rainwater? Well, Philadelphia Water Department has a plan to stop street flooding and improve the city's water…

    • National championship-winning NW Raiders youth football team practices on a patchy city-owned field in East Germantown.  (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

After winning the Super Bowl of youth football, Germantown's Raiders search for a field of their own

Boys scrambled backward across the threadbare field at Lonnie Young Recreation Center in East Germantown on a recent early spring evening, running pursuit drills over sparse patches of grass as their…

    •  Dockless bike-share provider ofo, now operating in Camden, says it would apply to operate in Philadelphia once the licensing regime is in place.

Will a bike share system that relies on smartphones work for Camden?

On May 1st — or May Day, the date chosen by Communists as their own over a century ago — Camden will begin piloting a sharing program for a vehicle that…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

Philly landlords evict more people than owners in other large cities

Among large U.S. cities, Philadelphia has emerged as a leader in an unfortunate category: eviction. A new national database published by Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond, and a team of fellow researchers,…

    • Forgive, Grow. Kensington Ave. Credit: Tishara Grayson
Eyes on the Street

Stop talking about Kensington Avenue like it’s a wasteland

By Sam Woods Thomas During my three years managing commercial corridors for the The New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC), on Kensington Avenue and several other business thoroughfares,  I got to…

    • Quan King at Cobbs Creek Rec Center (Emma Lee/WHYY)

When it comes to redesigning a rec center, the real experts are the kids on the courts

On his first day of work at Cobbs Creek Recreation Center, Quan King stepped through a metal doorway that led to a barren foyer. It looked less like a lobby and…

    • 30th Street Station is Amtrak's third busiest station

Drexel's Fry: Fix Northeast Corridor Transit or say goodbye to jobs

Drexel University’s founder and namesake, Anthony J. Drexel, made his fortune financing the construction of America’s railroads. Without them, the school probably wouldn’t exist. Drexel’s still betting big on the railroad,…

    • A Philadelphia night cast in LED and traditional streetlamps

LED streetlights are coming to Philadelphia. Will they mess with our sleep?

Walk down a Philadelphia street at night and most likely, you will find the city lit in a warm yellow glow. The familiar cast comes from high-pressure sodium lights — the…

    • Steele Building at 15 South 11th Street. Credit: Barry Halkin/DAS Architects

Tribute to the automat on 11th wins preservation award

Imagine sitting in a charming restaurant on 11th Street, with hip mid-century modern tables and chairs, eating food that you can order with technology. No, it’s not the next James Beard…

    • Old construction abuts new in East Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City Council brokers compromise with developers on new construction tax and incentives for affordable housing

Philadelphia City Council announced on Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act — an ambitious package of affordable housing bills, including a new tax on construction. The legislation…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

L&I commissioner: Boarding houses aren’t going away. Philly neighborhoods need to make room for them

Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections Commissioner David Perri thinks that the city’s zoning code is “inadvertently” encouraging property owners to illegally carve dwellings into multi-unit boarding houses. The regulations skirted by such…

    • The Philadelphia Design District’s launch kicks off at The Bridge, a new building designed by NYC architecture firm Gluck+. Credit: Gluck+.

Open for business in Old City: Philadelphia Design District

Friday the 13th: The Philadelphia Design District celebrates its official debut in style, with a launch party and curated exhibit featuring products from members of the nascent collective of independent design…

    • Electric Vehicle parking

City Council advances bill to kill Philadelphia's electric vehicle parking program

Philadelphia City Council took another step towards eliminating a program that encouraged electric vehicle ownership on Monday, advancing a bill to kill a little-used city program that allowed residents to create…

    • A backhoe works on the lot adjacent to 1855 N. 21st St., an illegal boarding house where 10 people are believed to have lived before a deadly fire struck last week. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Can better informed residents make neighborhoods safer, Philly Councilwoman asks with new bill

On the heels of a fire that killed four residents of an illegal rooming house in North Philadelphia last month, city leaders are wrestling with how to prevent similar tragedies from…

    • The racial breakdown of the Philadelphia workforce as of June 30, 2017, according to the 2017 Philadelphia Workforce Diversity Profile Report

Former Philly CIO says he was fired over “whistleblower” objections to City Hall’s “racial-hiring” preferences, business practices

Philadelphia’s freshly ousted chief information officer Charlie Brennan is suing Mayor Jim Kenney and other high ranking officials claiming that he was fired for complaining about the city’s unlawful “racial-hiring, retention…

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