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    • The Bank at 38th and Lancaster, organized by People's Emergency Center and LoLa 38.

November 20: 'Blat Cave' | LA21 strategies | Transit riders unions

Jared Brey covers People’s Emergency Center (PEC)’s strategies to preserve longtime businesses and historic buildings while bolstering development on Lancaster Avenue. PEC’s community, economic, and real estate development director James Wright…

    • Sidewalk closed | Hammed Mu'min, EOTS Flickr Group

November 17: Enthused and confident | Affordable housing inventory | Open strollers op-eds

Econsult Solutions’ Philadelphia Housing Index this month looks at the city’s affordable housing inventory and its spatial distribution. The analysis used metrics such as down payment, property tax, and homeowner insurance…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

November 16: New SEPTA app | Sanctuary City update | Mandating affordable housing

Good morning, SEPTA app! At 10pm Wednesday night, SEPTA rolled out the app’s first major update, “built with customer comments and feedback received in mind,” Philly’s Roberto Torres reports.…

    • Jewelers Row

November 15: Reform, reasonable ideas | NTSB: Amtrak at fault | Rethinking real estate

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) finds Amtrak at fault for the 2016 passenger train crash outside Chester that killed two maintenance workers, WHYY News’ Laura Benshoff reports. NTSB presented the…

    • Get a crash course in all things Frank Furness this weekend.

November 14: No KOP Rail | First Modern | Purposeful installation and deinstallation

The No KOP Rail campaign adds more substantive objections, Sandy Smith writes. The voice of the opposition, Dan Cowhey, argues that the project “delivers no benefit to current King of Prussia…

    • Ninth National Bank (right) and Industrial Title Savings and Trust Company

November 13: The Cathedral Block | No gay cruising sign | State of University City

Guess what! You could win a private tour of one of Frank Furness’s earliest commissions! Make a donation of any size to PlanPhilly’s membership drive and you’ll be automatically entered in…

    • Thoai Nguyen is Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition. He came with his family to Philadelphia when he was 9 years-old. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

November 10: Responsible data stewardship | Property tax delinquency | Abandoned mines

Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has granted ten local nonprofits $40,000 each to address community safety, education, legal access, and food access, Generocity’s Julie Zeglen writes. GSK's 2017 Impact (short for innovative,…

    • Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

November 9: 1984, historic tax credit | Schuylkill Yards breaks ground | Maintaining markers

It’s happening: Schuylkill Yards breaks ground with Drexel Square. The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Craig Ey covers what Mayor Kenney, Drexel’s John Fry, and the Enterprise Center’s Della Clark had to say…

    • Supporters of Philadelphia District Attorney Elect Larry Krasner celebrate on election night. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

November 8: Krasner wins | Atlas is coming | The Fed tours manufacturing

In local election news, civil rights attorney Larry Krasner pulled in nearly 150,000 votes and a 63 percent turnout increase last night, Bobby Allyn reports. Dave Davies covers three key moments…

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

November 7: #ElectionDay refresher | Super Wawa refused | Jumpstart citywide

Need a refresher for Election Day? We got you. On the property tax amendment: WHYY News’ Avi Wolfman-Arent explains how it could lower property taxes and radically change school funding, or…

    • Existing Conditions of Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

November 6: Uniquely awkward position | Swing bridge economic development | Wissahickon industrial history

Congressional Republicans’ preliminary plan tax plan would levy a 1.4 percent tax on many private colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region, WHYY News’ Laura Benshoff reports. The tax, which would…

    • Regional rail riders wait on a crowded platform at Jefferson Station during day 1 of November's SEPTA strike | Emma Lee / WHYY

November 3: Flexing civic muscles | Regional rail report card | Competition, subsidies

Topics of regional significance and repercussions in the news today: Winner! In the competition that had the mayor and all the major news outlets tweeting up a storm, Germantown CDC wins…

    • Ludlow Street

November 2: SEPTA workforce | PA property tax elimination? | “Undeniably handsome”

On workforce and regional rail: Justine McDaniel and Jason Laughlin look at poor communication between passengers and conductors, and between conductors and dispatchers and engineers, resulting in frustrations for timely accurate…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

November 1: Regional rail worst performers | $85k in Seattle ads | Wolf, state budget

Regional rail lines that share routes with Amtrak are the worst performers in the SEPTA system, write Justine McDaniel, Jason Laughlin, and Dylan Purcell. SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel says that…

    • Jared Beatrice (L), Dhody (center), and Kimberlee Moran meet at Moran's lab at Rutgers-Camden to review some of what was excavated from 218 Arch Street in Philadelphia last month.  (Elana Gordon/WHYY)

October 31: Rebuild oversight | Philly 10th in mobility | 218 Arch St remains

The Rebuild oversight board will meet for the first time Wednesday November 1st at the Kingsessing Recreation Center. Albert Hong does a quick rundown of the board appointees, which includes…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

October 30: Philly Free Streets | #PhillyMinute: MFL | Kensington Ave Storefront Challenge

A feast on rails and roads, from the ground to the sky, in today’s news: SEPTA regional rail riders: expect service delays due to felled trees and overhead wires, 6abc reports.…

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

October 27: House passes final budget piece | Philly nonprofits cash-strapped | NJ Blue Acres

And so it ends. The House passed the final complicated budget piece, WITF’s Katie Meyer reports. The measure significantly broadens the gaming industry, legalizing gambling at the airport, truck stops,…

    • 500 Walnut Street, June 2017

October 26: Germantown #1 | Trickle-down tax abatement? | Bev Tax revenue

Does Philly’s 10-year tax abatement encourage developers to “demolish rather than renovate” and simply subsidize construction for the extremely wealthy? Inga Saffron argues yes, based on the program’s blanket structure that…

    • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Naomi Adler with Mayor Jim Kenney at Mt. Carmel Cemetery(Emma Lee/WHYY)

October 25: Jewish headstones restored | Quality of Life fines | Streets Dept Podcast Ep 2

A 2-alarm fire consumed Bridget Foy’s on South Street early Wednesday, Joseph A. Gambardello and Julie Shaw report. Officials say two dogs inside Doggy Style next door died from smoke inhalation…

    • Donald Trump

October 24: Trump rat statue | SEPTA bus accident | Find your block captain

An inflatable rat with a head like President Trump was erected next to the Rizzo statue, WHYY’s Tom MacDonald reports. The police moved the rat to the sidewalk, which is public…

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