You are viewing 27 articles for August 2019

    • A Google Streetview image of 2601 Poplar St. (Google/WHYY)

108 apartments coming to vacant Poplar St. lot

The owner of a popular Fairmount cafe and artisanal market has gotten permits to build a 55-foot-tall apartment complex on a vacant Poplar Street lot. The 2601 Poplar Street project will…

    • Diane Southerland and her daughter Terry in their Logan home. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

‘We’re a city under siege’— 2 shootings in 2 days rattles North Philly neighbors

Five young men were shot in North Philadelphia just one day after a gunman injured six police officers. The two incidents occurred on the same street, just a few miles apart.…

    • Jill Fredricks Brown, aunt of Emily Fredericks, in front of the Philadelphia DA's office

DA Larry Krasner to appeal dismissal of charges against driver who fatally struck Philly cyclist

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office will appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss charges against driver Jorge Fretts for the killing of cyclist Emily Fredricks, the chief of the DA’s homicide unit…

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Pa. grants $2M for solar tech at PGW’s liquefied natural gas plant

Philadelphia Gas Works’ planned liquefied natural gas plant got a $2 million state grant to install solar energy. The plant will be constructed at the utility’s Southwest Philadelphia site.  The $60…

    • Police in North Philadelphia assist the reunification of kids and families after a lock down.
Eyes on the Street

OPINION: A shooting barricaded a Philly neighborhood. Hear from people who experienced it.

Nearly eight hours locked out of your house. A blitz of armed police officers taking over several blocks. No buses. Day care centers on lockdown. Fear and the constant buzz of…

    • Emily Fredricks pictured in front of a flower wall. (Emily Fredricks Foundation)

Philly DA Krasner may appeal dismissal of charges against driver who fatally struck cyclist

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is urging the city’s District Attorney Larry Krasner to appeal a local judge’s dismissal of charges against a trash truck driver who struck and killed…

    •  Edwin Desemour is ever vigilant at Waterloo playground. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Meet the heroes making Philly’s parks safer

Dread fills Edwin Desamour every time he hears about violence breaking out at a city park or playground. This summer, the sensation has overcome the North Philadelphia father a handful of…

    • Solar panels on Philadelphia rowhouses. (Adam Stein for Solar States)

Dreaming about going solar? Now, a city rebate can help

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants you to put solar panels on your roof. Now.  With less than 0.4% of the city’s energy mix coming from solar power, Kenney needs to pick…

    • A tree down in East Kensington.
Eyes on the Street

OPINION: I love trees, but please don't plant one unless you can take care of it

Sixteen hundred trees make an aesthetic impact on the streets of Kensington, but it’s not just about looks. Education on proper care and continued maintenance of our struggling young trees is…

    • Riders cruise through Brooklyn on Revel mopeds. (Revel)

NYC moped startup Revel is eyeing Philly. My test ride proved how thrilling/scary that would be.

The idea of sharing a helmet with Lord knows how many people in a 22-square-mile area of a densely populated city grosses me out. I’ve seen the bald spots of ringworm…

    • Rowhouses line Spruce Street in Fitler Square. (Emma Lee/ WHYY)

‘Rowhouse’ vs. ‘rowhome’? The tangled history of a uniquely Philadelphia term

Is it “rowhouse” or “row house?” Is it “rowhome” or “row home?”  Nothing gets Philadelphia grammarians riled up more than a question of local dialect. Especially when there is no clear…

    • Construction on the Crane, pictured, is nearly complete. (PCDC/ Rittenhouse Realty Advisors))

Chinatown CDC is marketing the 'hood's tallest tower as a $67 million lux address

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation is marketing the neighborhood’s largest residential tower for sale.  It took PCDC eight years to complete “The Crane,” a 20-story tower and community center just north…

    • An artist's rendering shows an apartment complex planned for 2157 E. Lehigh Ave. An arrow points to the old Conrail wall neighbors want to see torn down.  (DesignBlendz/B.S.K.M./PlanPhilly.)

Why Kensington wants to tear down a 25-foot-high Lehigh Ave. wall

The latest big housing development to come to East Lehigh Avenue in Kensington is grappling with an unusual problem.  How do you connect an apartment complex to the surrounding neighborhoods when…

    • Emergency responders work to contain the blaze at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Friday June, 21.

Eliminating the PES refinery’s deadliest chemical will be a 24/7 job for weeks

The Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery has started neutralizing and eliminating a highly toxic chemical still present at the shuttering facility. The June 21 explosion and fire that led the company to…

    • New houses abut old in Northern Liberties, one of the city’s fastest gentrifying areas.

'We don't build them like we used to' — Why new houses aren’t made of brick

Nothing signifies Philadelphia’s rapid developement like the sight of a metal or vinyl-clad house rising from a sea of red brick row houses.  The new homes repopulating many of Philadelphia’s row…

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

Climate change is messing with your commute, SEPTA says after storms halt trains

Thousands of SEPTA riders were stranded during Wednesday’s powerful thunderstorms. The storm triggered flash flooding and sent trees careening into catenary wires. Buses were diverted. Norristown High Speed Line and trolley…

    • Haydee Durán says her 1-year-old tree makes her smile when she's feeling sad.

Not in my sidewalk: Debunking Philly tree myths

Trees aren’t generally controversial. They usually look nice, they provide shade and improve the air and water quality. Scientists say they even make people happier.  But when it comes to planting…

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Philly's newest $100,000 house has some really hairy residents

Construction is complete for another mixed-use development in Philadelphia. The two-story structure offers little in terms of shelter, but satisfies most of the recreational amenities required by its seven tenants —…

    • Fence-line resident Silvia Bennett speaks at a first public meeting held by the city as it plans for the refinery's impending closure. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Who will decide the future of the South Philly refinery?

Sylvia Bennett felt her bed shake when the explosion rocked Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in June. It wasn’t the first time the refinery, her neighbor in South Philly, touched her…

    • A fire burns at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery hours after a series of early morning explosions at the 150-year-old industrial complex at 3100 W. Passyunk Ave. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

The 1,000 refinery workers that were laid off deserve access to green energy jobs

The massive explosion at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery late last month will have far-reaching consequences for years to come. But for workers at the refinery, the effects were far…

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