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    • A rendering of single-family homes planned for 1100-1114 Wallace Street in West Poplar.

Philly developer breaks ground on 26 affordable homes in gentrifying West Poplar

A Philadelphia-born company broke ground Monday on a West Poplar development that city officials are billing as the latest advancement in a plan to create 1,000 new housing units for middle-income…

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson tours Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia

HUD wants to sweeten the deal for landlords who accept housing vouchers

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants to entice more landlords to accept housing vouchers and the agency’s first step in Philadelphia is talking to people like…

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Five takeaways from Mayor Kenney’s Radio Times interview

On Monday morning, Mayor Jim Kenney stopped by WHYY for a wide-ranging conversation with RadioTimes host Marty Moss-Coane. The two discussed a series of policy questions -- many of them…

    • Frank Rizzo Jr. holds a campaign button to be sold at the Frank Rizzo estate sale. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Relics of a polarizing legacy within reach at Frank Rizzo's estate sale

John Romani figured there would be a lot of attention. He gets the appeal: He’s Italian, the son of a cop, a Philly native. “Mayor Rizzo was talked about on a…

    • Project H.O.M.E. Outreach Response Worker Sam Santiago, center, assisting a homeless man sleeping under a bridge in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A Code Blue Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving will be the coldest in Philadelphia in about 100 years with daytime highs not expected to exceed 30 degrees. Wednesday morning, the city pre-emptively declared a Code Blue for…

    • The Consortium building's facade on Ludlow St. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Inside Frank Furness’ hidden masterpiece

At 40th and Ludlow Streets, hidden for years underneath metal cladding, is one of Frank Furness’ earliest commissions in Philadelphia. U3 Ventures, a West Philadelphia-based developer, purchased the building in…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Kenney's $15 minimum wage bill advances

Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to raise the minimum wage for city-contracted workers to $15 an hour moved one step forward on Tuesday with a unanimous City Council committee vote in support…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Changes to controversial anti-squatting law advance in City Council

In an unusual display of public animosity, Philadelphia City Council members Cherelle Parker and David Oh repeatedly clashed Tuesday about a new law authored by Oh making it easier for landlords to…

    • Vanessa Harris has lived at Bartram Village for 4 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Community development 101 comes to Bartram Village

How do neighbors start organizing for changes in their community? For Sheila Anthony, president of Bartram Village Resident Council, the answer boils down to one simple word: education. “Because what you…

    •  A new Federal Donuts recently opened on South Street at Sixth Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is South Street's retail apocalypse coming to an end?

On a famously eclectic, and lately, unlucky, strip of South Street, a turnaround appears to be in the making. Among the signs of revival on South Street are a gleaming Federal…

    • Construction workers put finishing touches on Roberto Clemente Homes. (Photo credit: Esperanza)

From hosiery factory to school to apartments, a building is reborn

In the life cycle of a building, a few years’ time can mean the difference between being at the center of a community and falling into disrepair and blight. That was…

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Tiny houses to make Philadelphia debut on city land

Philadelphia is on track to begin construction of prefabricated tiny houses in Kensington, a new strategy for the city that advocates say could dramatically improve the region’s ability to respond to…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

"NIMBY does apply sometimes," says Jones on cannabis dispensaries

On Thursday, City Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill [PDF] that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries both in his district, which includes neighborhoods like Overbrook Farm and Roxborough, as well as…

    • An artist's rendering of a concept for the multi-use path that would incorporate the area's history as a rope-making hub

Proposed Washington Avenue overhaul wins resident support

Maybe it was the fond memories of New Year’s Day parades past evoked by the brigade banners hung along the Mummer Museum’s walls. But after planners from the Delaware River Waterfront…

    • Employees walk through a lobby at Amazon's Seattle headquarters. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Wharton Prof: There's no amount of money that would've swung Amazon

Hope can blind people to reality, hindsight is always 20-20, and as the dust settles around Philadelphia’s failed bid to woo Amazon, it’s become clear that the city never really had…

    • A file shot of Philadelphia's submission to Amazon HQ2's RFP.

State, city offered Amazon a $5.7 billion incentive package to build Philly HQ2

On the heels of Amazon’s announcement that it would split its second headquarters into two large satellite offices in Northern Virginia and New York City -- plus a third, smaller office…

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

Study: Spending now on legal aid for renters would save city down the road

An annual investment of $3.5 million would cover the cost of legal representation for the thousands of low-income tenants who find themselves facing eviction orders in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, according to…

    • Asa Khalif (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Activist Asa Khalif announces run for City Council

Local activist Asa Khalif is throwing his hat into the ring for one of Philadelphia City Council’s seven at-large seats. All 17 seats — there are 10 seats elected by district…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)

Philly's Amazon HQ2 loss could be a long-term win for city, experts say

Philadelphia won’t get the 50,000 jobs and $5 billion in investment that many hoped Amazon would deliver to the city. Instead, its HQ2 package is going to a pair of rival…

    •  Philadelphia is planning to redevelop the Maplewood Mall in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$3.3M Maplewood Mall remake to break ground in 2019

On a typical day, the intersection of Germantown and Chelten bustles with life as shoppers weave from stores to sidewalk, and  honking cars navigate traffic. But turn the corner, and you…

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