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You are viewing 7 articles for March 2019 by the author Darryl C. Murphy

    • undreds of fans, friends and family mourn at a vigil for battle rapper Akhiym Mickens, known as Tech 9 at the Happy Hollow playground. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Sudden death of famed Philadelphia Battle Rapper Tech 9 inspires call for Tech Day

Clusters of red and black balloons floated above Happy Hollow Playground in Germantown to honor fallen neighborhood hero Akhiym Mickens, also known as Tech 9. Tech 9 was a renowned battle…

    • 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…

    • 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 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…

    • 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…

    • Thousands of people travel between University City and Center City daily. | Emma Lee/WHYY

New breed of traffic cop could soon hit Philadelphia streets

If Philadelphia cops spent less time policing traffic, they could dedicate more energy to fighting the city’s soaring homicide rate. Or at least that’s the idea behind City Council President Darrell…

    • Student trainees receive hands-on experience in solar installation under the supervision of practitioners provided by Philadelphia-based company Solar States.

EcoWURD wants to connect black Philadelphians to green economy

A solar company that hires locally and reduces energy bills, a brewery that gives used grains to farmers, and a program that teaches young people about the environment in their own…

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