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    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Family-friendly SEPTA Key to roll out - but not until 2020

Glenside resident Amanda Bergson-Shilcock likes to take her five nieces and nephews into Philadelphia on day trips. SEPTA tokens made it easy and inexpensive — the now-defunct currency got them in…

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Allan Domb has made millions selling Philly real estate. Now critics want him to recuse himself on the city’s tax abatement

A group of activists wants Allan Domb out of City Council. They say he shouldn’t be making decisions about development policy because of his lucrative second job as one of Center…

    • Recycling bins on Cuthbert Street in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Streets Department: Philadelphia to stop burning recyclables

The Philadelphia Streets Department is responsible for a host of important functions including trash pickup, road safety infrastructure, and street sweeping (or not). But few of these policy areas were given…

    • Mark Rascati has been a Philadelphia resident for 3 years. He delivers for Instacart and frequently runs into problems with parking and recently had his car towed. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Drivers from these gentrifying Philly neighborhoods get the most parking tickets

Mark Rascati hates parking in Center City. He delivers groceries for a living, so he does it a lot. Too often — even though he lives a mile away. The trips…

    • One of Lime's electronic pedal-assist bikes. (Lime)

Dockless e-bike share coming to Philly in 2019

In cities around the world, cyclists can tap a smartphone to find and unlock an electric bike, zoom around town, and drop the bike off pretty much anywhere they want. Soon,…

    • The sidewalks on Naima Miller's Point Breeze block are slanting, cracked and sinking. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Spring is sidewalk season in Philly but watch your step — those cracks aren’t getting fixed

Naima Miller remembers the exact crack on the sidewalk where she twisted her ankle four years ago. She was walking to the store when she tripped on the broken pavement in…

    • Philadelphia fire commissioner Adam Thiel at The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in North Philadelphia in March of 2018.

Q&A: How Philly’s firefighters keep the city’s historic buildings safe

Philadelphia is an especially historic city and one that is especially fire-prone too. Neighborhoods like Old City have seen a series of conflagrations in recent years, as historic buildings without…

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Eyes on the Street

Rebuilding from loss in Philadelphia and Paris

Like a lot of people, I spent half a minute on Monday afternoon in stunned silence watching a video of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris go up in flames. For…

    • Riders wait on a SEPTA train platform for the Regional Rail to arrive. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA Key usable on all of Regional Rail starting May 1

Regional rail commuters in all four zones can ditch their monthly and weekly paper passes for SEPTA Key as soon as May 1. The change means that commuters coming from more…

    • Siobhan Reardon stands in the Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, part of a massive renovation of the Parkway Central Library. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly councilwoman calls for Free Library director to step down

The Philadelphia Free Library leadership faced harsh questioning from City Council in the wake of controversies about racial and religious diversity in the system. “You need to do more, you need…

    • Litter blows on Germantown Avenue. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly names 6 neighborhoods for street cleaning experiment

Philadelphia, a city whose name has become nearly synonymous with litter, is launching a first-of-its-kind sanitation pilot effort that will seek to clean up six particularly trash-strewn sections of the city.…

    • Candidates hold yes signs signaling their agreement with a  proposal at a March candidates forum at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

Most Philly Council candidates oppose the 10-year tax abatement

Philadelphia’s 46 City Council candidates may not agree on much, but the majority do agree on one point –– it’s time to renegotiate the city’s 10-year real estate tax abatement on…

    • In this file photo, State Sen. Anthony Williams announces his Philadelphia mayoral bid. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Anthony Williams opposes congestion pricing, pitches shuttle buses to cut gridlock

Mayoral candidate State Sen. Anthony Williams says he would not consider congestion pricing as a fix for Philadelphia’s transportation woes if he were in charge. The practice, recently adopted by New…

    • Concentrated poverty is growing in certain Philadelphia area suburbs.

Northeast Philly, suburbs become poorer as inner city gentrifies

Philadelphia’s innermost neighborhoods were shedding residents and businesses as the suburbs boomed in the mid-20th century. Moving to a tract house in a place like Levittown in Bucks County or the…

    • Derek Green | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman proposes change to Philly bidding system to boost small businesses

Philadelphia Councilman Derek Green wants to make it easier for small businesses to win contracts with the city. “This would help us to keep dollars in the city of Philadelphia, in…

    • Students from Southwest Leadership Academy are escorted home through a maze of debris from nearby auto shops. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Southwest Philly battles life in an auto zone

Amanda Dobbs’ brick house wasn’t always surrounded by piles of junked cars. The Southwest Philadelphia home, which shares a fence with two auto repair shops, is where she grew up. The…

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Eyes on the Street

Should a former Philly bathhouse gain landmark status because of its place in LGBTQ history?

Back when homosexuality was illegal in Philadelphia, the Camac Baths offered a safe place for queer subculture to exist. On April 12th, the Philadelphia Historical Commission will vote on whether…

    • Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon wears a Local 98 T-shirt at the Labor Day parade in 2016. Henon's office at City Council was searched by the FBI a month before. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Indicted Bobby Henon pushes for more L&I inspectors, dominates budget hearing

Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections met with rapturous praise at its Wednesday budget hearing, as City Council members suggested that the agency ask for far more funding than officials planned…

    • Rev. Clarence Hester and Tinamarie Russell point to North Station District development site. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Neighbors want a role in building North Station District

Latonya Talford had questions for the New York investors behind an ambitious plan to transform her quiet North Philadelphia neighborhood into a highrise village that developers and local officials are calling…

    • A house once stood on an empty lot on Tulip Street in Old Richmond. It collapsed because of faulty demo next door. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Illegal construction is causing an uptick in building collapses. Will Philly hire more inspectors?

Jim Hopp didn’t know it would be his last time seeing his childhood home whole when he pulled up to pick up the mail a month ago. The Fishtown house was…

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