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    • A couple poses at Love Park in February.

LOVE Park? More like loathe park! Criticisms mount as JFK Plaza slowly reopens.

It’s an iconic shot, a photo taken by numerous Philadelphians, millions of visitors, and countless brides and grooms. The subjects stand in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE Statue as a geyser-like fountain…

    • The scene has quieted down at the Rittenhouse Starbucks where two black men were arrested on April 12. (Jim Saksa/ WHYY)

Rittenhouse Starbucks patron: "We should all be able to... get a cup of coffee or sit down."

The rhythm of daily commerce has resumed at Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets, where the filmed arrest of two black men eight days ago launched another round of the nation’s…

    • A shared lane for buses and bikes on Chestnut Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is Philly better off with safer streets or faster moving traffic? At City Hall, it depends on who you ask

“Could I have the ‘transportation guru’ come up to the table, please?” That’s how Council President Darrell Clarke called Deputy Managing Director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS),…

    • Starbucks chief executive officer Kevin Johnson and chief operating officer Rosalind Brewer emerge from a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney that they said was

By admitting fault in arrest of two black men at Rittenhouse Starbucks, company may spare itself long-term damage to brand

The coffeeshop soundtrack is usually a reliable mix of inoffensive indie rock, porcelain clinking on countertops, and the caffeinated chitter chat of customers. But over the weekend and continuing on Monday,…

    •  Ofo is bringing its dockless bike share technology to Camden. (Photo credit: Ofo)

Will a bike share system that relies on smartphones work for Camden?

On May 1st — or May Day, the date chosen by Communists as their own over a century ago — Camden will begin piloting a sharing program for a vehicle that…

    • 30th Street Station is Amtrak's third busiest station

Drexel's Fry: Fix Northeast Corridor Transit or say goodbye to jobs

Drexel University’s founder and namesake, Anthony J. Drexel, made his fortune financing the construction of America’s railroads. Without them, the school probably wouldn’t exist. Drexel’s still betting big on the railroad,…

    • Electric Vehicle parking

City Council advances bill to kill Philadelphia's electric vehicle parking program

Philadelphia City Council took another step towards eliminating a program that encouraged electric vehicle ownership on Monday, advancing a bill to kill a little-used city program that allowed residents to create…

    • Start screen of the updated SEPTA Key Fare Kiosks (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA tweaks Key card costs

It’s a common critique of modern capitalism that our society does not value something until there is a price on it. Starting this May, SEPTA will force riders to assign a…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philly's economy is growing but more people are dying from heroin and homicides

A booming local economy marked by strong job growth, population gains and a formidable housing market hasn't reduced the share of Philadelphians living in poverty or losing their life to drugs…

    • Cars regularly stop in Philadelphia's bike lanes that aren't

Broad Street divided on Spruce and Pine bike lane remake

A crowd of nearly 150 braved the blustery winds Wednesday night to attend an open house on a proposal to move the bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets to the…

    • Rendering of Navy Yard with potential subway location circled

Price tag on Navy Yard subway extension could double original estimate

Extending the Broad Street Subway to the Navy Yard would cost upwards of $380 million more than originally anticipated when the proposal to extend the city’s north-south transit line down to…

    • Model train displays on display at SEPTA's gift shop. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Why 35 grown men traveled hundreds of miles to ride a SEPTA trolley

Philadelphia has dozens of different government agencies. There’s the Police Department, Parks and Rec, Fire Department, Water Department, the School District and more. But only one — SEPTA — has its…

    • Electric Morning | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

SEPTA touts $3B economic impact as agency preps for bruising budget battle

SEPTA officials laid the groundwork for upcoming budget battles on Thursday, releasing an economic impact study that frames the transit agency as a critical cog in the region’s economy and profitable…

    • La Salle University is launching a bike share program in partnership with the company Spin. (Photo credit: Spin)

With launch of new system, La Salle pioneering dockless bike share in Philly

When students at La Salle University return to campus after a short break for Easter, waiting for them will be one hundred baskets — attached to brand-new bicycles.  Almost exactly three…

    • Demolition of Old City buildings gutted by a fire in February began on March 27. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Demolition begins on Old City buildings gutted by fire

Demolition work began Tuesday on a pair of historic buildings in Old City that were gutted by a February 18th fire. It took five weeks after the fire to stabilize the…

    • Septa  on Walnut Street

Why the 9 bus is actually Philly's worst route

SEPTA runs 111 city bus routes, including 38 special bus routes for school children, 41 suburban bus routes, 13 Regional Rail lines, eight streetcar lines, five contracted-out shuttles, three trackless trolley…

    • FedEx workers sort boxes for delivery on a busy street.

Your online shopping habit clogs Philly's streets. City Hall wants to fix that.

You see it all the time in Philly: An Uber stopping in the bike lane, a FedEx truck parking on the curb, or a beer delivery truck blocking an intersection. And…

    • Volunteers clean up one of the lakes at FDR Park on a cold February day. (Photo credit: Friends of FDR Park/Facebook)

A plan for rebirth in the works for South Philly's FDR Park

With its bucolic lakes, verdant golf course, plentiful tennis courts, and picturesque wedding venue at the American Swedish Museum, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park is kind of like a working man’s country…

    • A regional rail train departs 30th Street Station as the snow intensifies. (Emma/Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA preps for a long night of snow removal

In Philadelphia this year, March is going out like a lamb — covered in the white fluffy stuff. Just a few days before Easter, yet another snowy nor’easter is buffeting the…

    • pothole file image

Going to pot: Philly potholes up 20% in 2018

Most people hate potholes. Then again, most people don’t run a tire shop. “Oh god, the volume has just doubled,” said Tom Tafe at Pinnacle Auto Repair and Tires in Bella…

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