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    • A day in the life: A pre-sunrise view toward City Hall from North Broad Street on Aug. 28, 2017. | Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

A day in the life of Philadelphia, and the people who make it go

It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all. The whole idea is implausible. Before you can take something even as simple as a morning shower, a dozen different things must…

    • Office of Homeless Services Director Liz Hersh cheers at PHL Participatory Design Lab announcement

New PHL Participatory Design Lab hopes to nudge city bureaucracy into behaving better

On Thursday, Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the Office of Homeless Services (OHS) and the Department of Revenues will be the first two departments to participate in the city’s PHL Participatory…

    • Parking Meters

With profits way up, but patronage way down, will GOP-controlled PPA keep interim executive director?

“There's no agency that people have loved to hate more than the Parking Authority.” Committee of 70 President David Thornburgh is probably understating things. Mention the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) around…

    • Pa. Capitol Building, Harrisburg. (Kevin McCorry/WHYY)

Mapping out patterns for why some PA towns give up their local police forces

An ever-increasingly large share of Pennsylvania’s transportation budget goes to state police. This year, state police will get around $773 million of the $2.8 billion motor license fund.* The state…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

Not exactly prime: Philly’s taxing business environment doesn’t help odds of landing Amazon’s HQ2

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • skyline light

"Negadelphia" no more: In bid for Amazon's HQ2, city turns the page on an old narrative

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters | Brandywine Realty Trust

Amazon HQ2 RFP asks for just one bid per region, so Philly submits three

After Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters earlier this month, promising 50,000 jobs paying an average of six figures and $5 billion in direct investment, Philadelphia and a few…

    • State Capitol building

SEPTA blasts alarm over GOP House budget proposal’s cuts to state transportation funds

SEPTA officials are all train whistles and bus horns this week, warning that Pennsylvania’s ongoing budget woes now threaten their budget and, therefore, your commute. This week, the Republicans in the…

    • SEPTA approves one-month budget, waits for word from state

SEPTA has smooth ride through City Council budget hearings

The distance between Philadelphia City Hall and SEPTA’s Headquarters is barely a city block, which may help explain the downright neighborly goodwill during Monday’s City Council hearings on SEPTA’s budget. SEPTA…

    • Monthly Transpasses no longer have gendered stickers.

PA Supreme Court says city’s anti-discrimination laws don’t apply to SEPTA

In a 4-3 decision, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Philadelphia’s Fair Practices Ordinance does not cover SEPTA. The decision ends a decade-long legal saga that outlived both the original…

    • City Hall | (c) Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

Putting Philadelphia’s $149 million pension fund loss into context

It is not hyperbole to blame Philadelphia’s underfunded pensions for the city’s high taxes, dirty sidewalks, potholed-filled streets, and struggling schools. Every dollar the city has to…

    • Boardwalk Construction on Schuylkill Banks

What does Trump’s infrastructure executive order mean? No one really knows.

Somewhat lost among the flurry of executive orders signed by President Donald Trump last week was one “expediting environmental reviews and approvals for high priority infrastructure projects”.  Some infrastructure…

    • Two Flags | Michael Klusek, Flickr

Investor green card program that has greenlit Philly’s building boom faces uncertain future

Not all immigrants arrive tired, poor, or huddled in masses. Some are quite wealthy and rely on a program that trades green cards for massive investments—foreign dollars that have helped spark…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge - January 20, 2013. Paul Drzal.

Governor Wolf to veto DRPA reform bill over senate confirmation of appointees

Governor Tom Wolf will veto a bill passed Tuesday aimed at reforming the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) over a single provision that would give the Pennsylvania State Senate confirmation power…

    • Uber protest | Emma Lee, WHYY

Uber and Lyft illegal again in Philly, as General Assembly lets temporary authorization sunset

The General Assembly entered into recess on Wednesday without extending the temporary legalization of Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft in Philadelphia, which ends on Friday. Starting Saturday, ride-hailing…

    • Trains to New Jersey

PATCO board member resigned from board, takes PATCO executive job

Rohan Hepkins resigned as a commissioner on the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and PATCO boards in February, to “pursue career opportunities that may be in conflict with his position on…

    • Vince Fenerty (file) | Tom MacDonald / WHYY
    • SEPTA Transpass

SEPTA battles Philadelphia before Supreme Court in jurisdictional war over LGBT protections (again)

On Tuesday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the second time in a case over a now-deceased person’s complaints about a since-abandoned SEPTA policy. SEPTA originally filed suit in…

    • City Hall | Jeremy Marshall, EOTS Flickr Group

Gov. Christie’s decision to pull out of PA-NJ tax reciprocity deal may cost Philly millions in lost wage tax revenues

On Friday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie announced his intention to pull New Jersey out of a tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania. If Christie does end the tax deal, it could prove…

    • View from the Ferry

Philly goes TIGER grant-less for first time, Camden scores $16.2 million

Philadelphia’s TIGER win streak is over. During the Nutter Administration, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities had an unparalleled run at winning Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, securing…

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