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    • Start screen of the updated SEPTA Key Fare Kiosks (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA tweaks Key card costs

It’s a common critique of modern capitalism that our society does not value something until there is a price on it. Starting this May, SEPTA will force riders to assign a…

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City Council passes bill extending tax break for longtime homeowners

City Council passed a bill Thursday that will help longtime homeowners weather real-estate tax hikes in gentrifying neighborhoods, even if they aren’t low-income residents. The bill, introduced by Councilman Kenyatta…

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

Philly's economy is growing but more people are dying from heroin and homicides

A booming local economy marked by strong job growth, population gains and a formidable housing market hasn't reduced the share of Philadelphians living in poverty or losing their life to drugs…

    • More than 160,000 African American soldiers served in the Union Army. Credit: Library of Congress

Philly is getting a Civil War memorial honoring black soldiers

Philadelphia's newest Civil War memorial will honor black soldiers who fought in the brutal war over slavery. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Mütter Museum will unveil the "interpretative…

    • One of the two reading rooms in The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (photo credit: Tom Crane)

Inside the Society Hill library where 'hidden' Philadelphia lives in 19th-century grandeur

Philadelphia’s popular landmarks tell a story about the city. They serve as a physical embodiment of a familiar history. Independence Hall shows the birth of a nation. The art museum steps…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Broad Street divided on Spruce and Pine bike lane remake

A crowd of nearly 150 braved the blustery winds Wednesday night to attend an open house on a proposal to move the bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets to the…

    • La Finquita farm stand, Summer 2014 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

City failing to deliver on community garden promises

Community gardening is a labor of love and patience. On scraps of reclaimed vacant land scattered across Philadelphia, people of all incomes and hues work hard during the growing season knowing…

    • Rendering of Navy Yard with potential subway location circled

Price tag on Navy Yard subway extension could double original estimate

Extending the Broad Street Subway to the Navy Yard would cost upwards of $380 million more than originally anticipated when the proposal to extend the city’s north-south transit line down to…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Mapping affordable housing, crime or development in your Philadelphia neighborhood? Two new tools have you covered.

By Ken Steif I was recently asked to join my neighborhood Registered Community Organization (RCO) – the Spruce Hill Community Association in West Philly. At my first meeting, a University of Pennsylvania…

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50 years later, researchers proves Martin Luther King right: Segregation harms all Americans

Before his tragic assassination 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that both minorities and whites who live in segregated communities are exposed to higher levels…

    • Darrell Clarke | Emma Lee/WHYY

Darrell Clarke: I’ll 'entertain' Temple's stadium proposal if and when the community supports it

For the past couple months, protests against Temple University’s proposed 35,000-seat stadium have dominated the public comment period customary at every meeting of the City Council. Project opponents have called, repeatedly,…

    • The latest rendering for Toll Bros.' Jewelers Row tower. Credit: Toll Bros.

Architects assail Toll's Jewelers Row tower as it moves towards construction

A third public hearing on the design of Toll Brothers’ much-contested Jewelers Row tower ended on Tuesday with representatives of the developer exiting the room before the Civic Design Review meeting…

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A Philadelphia library gets 'risky' with a new play space

It’s a weekday afternoon just before 3:00 p.m. and Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia is quiet.  But librarian Kayla Hoskinson says when school lets out, kids will flock to…

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The case for moving a bike lane to the left side of the street

After cars collided with two bikers, killing one and leaving another badly injured, on Center City's aging Spruce and Pine street bike lanes, city transportation planners, urged along by bike advocates,…

    • Model train displays on display at SEPTA's gift shop. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Why 35 grown men traveled hundreds of miles to ride a SEPTA trolley

Philadelphia has dozens of different government agencies. There’s the Police Department, Parks and Rec, Fire Department, Water Department, the School District and more. But only one — SEPTA — has its…

    • Boyds Department store  at 1818 Chestnut Street. Credit: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

An endangered retail tradition lives on Chestnut Street

In today’s age of “dressing down and click-and-buy, in an environment where the big chains have killed off the mom-and-pops and Amazon is killing off the chains,” Boyds in Philadelphia holds…

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Inspired by Philly's neighborhoods, landscape architect Walter Hood is changing how cities design public spaces

For a non-archaeologist, Walter Hood has a prodigious habit of exhuming history. He shakes the dust off old blueprints. He revives images and recollections embedded in the collective memory of places…

    • 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…

    • A woman walks past a Wells Fargo bank branch in view of City Hall. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Banks deny claims of discriminatory lending in Philadelphia

Banks denied claims of modern-day redlining at a City Council hearing on Thursday, arguing that the data used in a recent report that found racial disparities in Philadelphia mortgage lending doesn’t…

    • Electric Morning | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

SEPTA touts $3B economic impact as agency preps for bruising budget battle

SEPTA officials laid the groundwork for upcoming budget battles on Thursday, releasing an economic impact study that frames the transit agency as a critical cog in the region’s economy and profitable…

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