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    • Ricardo Wilson moved into his unit in the new Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia this week. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Sharswood residents return home after $28 million tower upgrade

Kenneth Miller shouted at the elevators on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia. “Can we get the elevator?” he cried. “We live here!” The 67-year-old…

    • A Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

An end to sweetheart deals? Kenney orders competitive city land sales

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration issued a directive to all City Council offices Thursday outlining reforms to Philadelphia’s controversial and dysfunctional process for selling unused city-owned land. Many of these sales have…

    • Only 32 people signed into SEPTA's annual open house. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Why SEPTA’s annual open house drew fewer riders than your morning train

SEPTA averages close to 700,000 riders daily but attendance at the transportation authority’s annual open houses on Tuesday could barely fill a train car. SEPTA advertises the public forums as an…

    •  A view of the Philadelphia skyline from the 52nd Street station on the Market-Frankford elevated line in West Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Pew: Philadelphians pay more taxes than most big city residents

Philadelphians fork over more money per capita in taxes than residents of all but four major U.S. cities, according to a new report from the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Philadelphia Research Initiative.…

    • Luis Martinez holds a chicken that he has been nursing in a community garden in Kensington. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Backyard farmers support Philadelphia bill to legalize undercover chicken coops

A rooster gives a hearty crow as Luis Martinez fixes his motorcycle in his backyard on a Friday afternoon. Across the street, a few more chickens hang out, forming a ragtag…

    • A screenshot of the beta version homepage of SEPTA's new Key website. (PlanPhilly.)

‘Hip’ new SEPTA Key site is one of many fixes in the works

I barely remember what I did to open an account and register my SEPTA Key card on the agency’s newborn beta site. The interface was intuitive, quick and simple — nothing…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney and bicycle advocates in front of City Hall.

Kenney: Philly streets 'suck' but city making progress

“Suck” isn’t the usual verb mayors use to describe key elements of the city they govern. But that is exactly the word Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney recently chose when describing the…

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Philadelphia’s deadliest road is inching towards speed cameras

Philadelphia drivers can expect to see speed enforcement cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard by the end of the year, city officials said Thursday. The 12-lane North Philadelphia road is the city’s most…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Philadelphia council introduces bill to phase out soda tax

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney just got handed a new and potentially dire challenge to the city’s soda tax — the signature achievement of his first term. A bill introduced by City…

    • A rendering of a mixed-use development Parkway has proposed for a surface parking lot it owns at the intersection of North Broad and Spring Garden streets. ( BLT Architects/ Parkway Corp.)

Philly's Parkway Corp. seeks $5 million grant for Center City office tower

Parkway Corporation, a parking lot operator with extensive downtown real estate holdings, wants state redevelopment dollars to underwrite the construction of an 18-story office tower near 23rd and Market streets. The…

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

Philadelphia launches $40 million home repair loan program

A new low-interest loan program aimed at helping Philadelphia homeowners fix aging or damaged homes will provide $40 million worth of repairs to qualified applicants, city officials said Wednesday. The Restore,…

    • Nicholas Baker fought to preserve Philadelphia's remaining cast-iron subway entrances, like this one at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Local man wins protections for Philly’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances

A decade after a local graduate student recommended preserving Philadelphia’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances, the Philadelphia Historical Commission approved protections for the ornate gates. That graduate student, Nicholas Baker, tried to…

    • A fire broke out at a Fairhill auto-body shop on Monday.

North Philly auto body shop engulfed by fire racked up safety violations prior to blaze

A North Philadelphia auto body shop that exploded into flames on Monday operated for years without proper permits or safety measures in place, according to city records. At least 14 fire…

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Swank swim club to top off former PHA building

The city is building a park on top of I-95, the old Royal Theatre is turning into luxury apartments and now, a swanky rooftop swim club is coming to the Philadelphia…

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A park that makes money? Dilworth generated $2.5 million in 2018

When construction began last month on a second Starbucks-branded cafe in Dilworth Park outside City Hall, some Philadelphians started asking why businesses and ads were in the city-owned plaza at all.…

    • A Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Troubled city land sale office facing takeover after scandals

A once-obscure city office that critics link to Philadelphia’s pay-to-play political culture will soon be taken over by the Philadelphia Land Bank, according to a memorandum of understanding obtained by PlanPhilly.…

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

Kenney's 2019 budget falls short on spending for libraries, housing, critics say

Mayor Jim Kenney’s annual budget address proved to be a quiet affair, with little in the way of cheering, jeering, or laughter. Two of the biggest applause lines came when Kenney…

    • A city street sweeper cleans Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Filthadelphia no more? Kenney seeks to ‘vastly’ increase street sweeping

Mayor Jim Kenney announced a new anti-litter proposal in his budget address that could bring the city a step closer to shedding the unwanted sobriquet “Filthadelphia.” Kenney said he would seek…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

7 takeaways from Mayor Jim Kenney's $5 billion spending plan

Mayor Jim Kenney’s fourth budget address will put forward a modest agenda focused on improving government services in the final year of what he hopes is his first term. Previous budget…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council proposes 3 affordable housing fixes

City Council is moving forward with three pieces of legislation to address affordable housing and poverty in Philadelphia. The proposed bills would establish a low-income legal defense fund, “fair-chance” housing for…

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