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    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez in City Council

Beverage industry spent big on Quiñones-Sánchez, but soda tax still seems secure

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s best funded opponent during his 2019 re-election bid wasn’t even running against him. The American Beverage Association spent $631,390 in independent expenditures on Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s hotly…

    • Children play at Disylvestro Playground in South Philadelphia. (Ariella Cohen/WHYY)

Philly has the nation’s 19th best park system, study finds

It’s a good week to be a Philadelphia park. One day after Mayor Jim Kenney rode to a second term propelled in part by his promise to improve the city’s public…

    • Greens grow at Five Loaves and Two Fishes community garden in Overbrook. (Angela Gervasi for WHYY)

More community gardens to bloom on city lots, Philly Land Bank czar says

When Victor Young saw a few abandoned lots in his West Philadelphia neighborhood, he knew he had found a perfect place to start a garden. Growing vegetables, he thought, could bring…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

New traffic enforcement officers to hit Philly streets

Legendary rap duo Mobb Deep observed, “Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks.” But what about halfway cops? Philadelphians who voted in Tuesday’s primary approved creating a new class of “public…

    • Jannie Blackwell, left, lost to Jamie Gauthier after six terms representing West Philly in City Council. (Emma Lee)

How Jamie Gauthier toppled a West Philly dynasty

Political newcomer Jamie Gauthier opened a new chapter for West Philadelphia on Tuesday with a commanding primary win over longtime Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. Gauthier’s Election Day victory ends 45 years…

    • Lauren Vidas (left) ran as a challenger to incumbent Kenyatta Johnson (right)

In race spotlighting South Philly gentrification, Kenyatta Johnson wins

Call it the urbanist reality check. Urban planning policy generally doesn’t make the cut for election season banter. Candidates run on education, safety, crime, jobs — not development policy. This primary…

    • An aerial view of the I-76 ramp at 30th Street that will be closed until June 14. (Google/WHYY)

Everything you need to know about the I-76 detours in Center City

PennDOT will close off several lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) and a busy on-ramp in Center City on Monday evening. Work will continue through June 14, PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph…

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City streets safer than suburban roads, study finds

New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that denser cities and towns can save lives. The four-year long study compared Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records of all car accidents in…

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

How Philly’s City Council candidates say they’d deal with the housing crisis

Philadelphia voters in Tuesday’s primary election will help determine the future of City Council. And while many issues are beyond the control of local politicians — who can’t even raise the…

    • Voters line up outside the polls on Election Day  in 2016. (WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Living a block from the polls makes you 28% more likely to vote

Fewer than one in three Philadelphians voted in the last mayoral primary, and that was for an open seat. Even if we’re very lucky on Tuesday, turnout in the primary election…

    • Market-rate town homes are under construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell steered the lot to the project's developer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Why Philly's councilmanic prerogative isn’t going away

Philadelphia’s 2019 municipal primary will be remembered for the sheer number of candidates running for spots on City Council. But it is also a political cycle in which broad themes like…

    • Workers from the city's street's department pave a street.

Want to know when the city is filling that pothole? There’s an app for that.

Peace out, potholes! It’s paving season! Philly kicked off the start of its annual campaign against its notoriously busted streets on Wednesday with the release of multiple online tools for tracking…

    • An abandoned shell sits next to redeveloped houses along 21st and Christian streets. | Photo: Neal Santos
Eyes on the Street

Homeownership rates are dropping in Philly. A little-known elected office plays a big role

Philadelphia has long been a city where the American dream of homeownership is open to rich and poor families. In fact, over a third of homeowners have annual incomes below $35,000.…

    • On York Street in East Kensington, a new rowhome towers above its neighbors. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is Philly growing too big, too fast? Gentrification concerns fuel City Council zoning reform call

City Council President Darrell Clarke thinks Philadelphia’s zoning regulations are accelerating gentrification and wants a redo of the code that governs construction and development in the city. Under a resolution authored…

    • This rendering shows a perspective view of Liberty on the River's first phase of development. (Barton Partners Architects)

Developer to extend Delaware River trail for OK on extra-tall towers

A mega development coming to the Delaware River waterfront will include a swath of a long-planned river trail in exchange for permission to build taller towers than local regulations permit. Developer…

    • Randy Hayman will take over as Philadelphia's water commissioner in June. (City of Philadelphia)

Philly’s next water commissioner wants to keep your H20 clean, green and affordable

Philadelphia’s next water commissioner Randy E. Hayman will enter city hall with four lofty goals on his to-do list, Mayor Jim Kenney’s incoming appointee said in an email to PlanPhilly. The…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney at the first groundbreaking of his signature Rebuild initiative.

Philly launches 2 programs designed to help minority businesses succeed

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney gathered members of City Council and small-business people Monday to tout his $500 million Rebuild program as a means of equitable economic development. Philadelphia — a majority-minority…

    • Gerald Renfro and his wife Connie survey the construction on the 6200 block of Osage Avenue.  (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

‘Music’ of construction greets Osage Ave. neighbors on MOVE bombing anniversary

Connie and Gerald Renfro have lived on an exceptionally quiet block of Osage Avenue for nearly 20 years. With more than half of the houses surrounding them vacant and boarded up,…

    • Jahandad Ghuman has been driving for Uber for 5 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

As Uber’s IPO hits potholes, Philly drivers prepare to make case before state Senate

Jahandad Ghuman says he makes $100 to $120 a day driving as an independent contractor for Uber. But that’s not enough. “Commercial insurance, car payment, gasoline,” plus multiple car washes per…

    • A rendering for Residences on Race. (Credit: Steven Eizen Real Estate)

17-story condo tower to rise in Comcast Center’s backyard

A string of row houses in Center City are set to come down to make way for a 17-story condo tower proposed just a stone’s throw from the Comcast Center, according…

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