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10 Philly neighborhoods reap the lion's share of construction tax break benefits

Ten neighborhoods concentrated around Center City make up 59 percent of the properties receiving Philadelphia' controversial 10-year tax abatement, according to a report released Friday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart.  The…

    • Refinery Scape | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly fails the smog test

The American Lung Association (ALA)’s annual State of the Air report gave the Philadelphia metro area an F for ozone pollution, Philly Mag reports. “For ozone, with the sole exception of…

    • The former Creswell Iron Works at 23rd and Cherry Streets is now slated for demolition. Credit: Michael Bixler/Hidden City Philadelphia.

In lux Logan Square, the wrecking ball swings towards a relic of area's industrial past

The former Creswell Iron Works building at 23rd and Cherry Streets, “one of the last industrial relics left in Logan Square [and longtime]  haven for art studios and other creative endeavors,”…

    • Night Market Philadelphia, one of the first pop-up series in Philly, returns for its eighth season. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust.
Eyes on the Street

A primer for Philadelphia’s pop-up season

After the sexy newness of a pop-up leaves town, can neighborhoods sustain the benefits for local businesses? It’s a question I’ve been asking for years, pretty much since I moved to…

    • The lot at 4829 Baltimore Avenue in West Philly has long sat vacant. Credit: Google Maps.

Another apartment building on the way to West Philly's Baltimore Avenue

The Cedar Park Neighbors zoning committee will review a revised proposal for a four-story, five-unit apartment building at 4829 Baltimore Avenue Tuesday, West Philly Local reports. The site, which has been…

    • Wastewater pipeline infrastructure in Pennsylvania is old and in some cities pollutes rivers. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Fixing Philly's flood-prone sewers and pipes will cost home and business owners

Are your feet still drying out from a morning trudge through curbside pools of rainwater? Well, Philadelphia Water Department has a plan to stop street flooding and improve the city's water…

    • Steele Building at 15 South 11th Street. Credit: Barry Halkin/DAS Architects

Tribute to the automat on 11th wins preservation award

Imagine sitting in a charming restaurant on 11th Street, with hip mid-century modern tables and chairs, eating food that you can order with technology. No, it’s not the next James Beard…

    • The Philadelphia Design District’s launch kicks off at The Bridge, a new building designed by NYC architecture firm Gluck+. Credit: Gluck+.

Open for business in Old City: Philadelphia Design District

Friday the 13th: The Philadelphia Design District celebrates its official debut in style, with a launch party and curated exhibit featuring products from members of the nascent collective of independent design…

    • The racial breakdown of the Philadelphia workforce as of June 30, 2017, according to the 2017 Philadelphia Workforce Diversity Profile Report

Former Philly CIO says he was fired over “whistleblower” objections to City Hall’s “racial-hiring” preferences, business practices

Philadelphia’s freshly ousted chief information officer Charlie Brennan is suing Mayor Jim Kenney and other high ranking officials claiming that he was fired for complaining about the city’s unlawful “racial-hiring, retention…

    • More than 160,000 African American soldiers served in the Union Army. Credit: Library of Congress

Philly is getting a Civil War memorial honoring black soldiers

Philadelphia's newest Civil War memorial will honor black soldiers who fought in the brutal war over slavery. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Mütter Museum will unveil the "interpretative…

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50 years later, researchers proves Martin Luther King right: Segregation harms all Americans

Before his tragic assassination 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that both minorities and whites who live in segregated communities are exposed to higher levels…

    • Pine Street bike lane

The case for moving a bike lane to the left side of the street

After cars collided with two bikers, killing one and leaving another badly injured, on Center City's aging Spruce and Pine street bike lanes, city transportation planners, urged along by bike advocates,…

    • Boyds Department store  at 1818 Chestnut Street. Credit: Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau

An endangered retail tradition lives on Chestnut Street

In today’s age of “dressing down and click-and-buy, in an environment where the big chains have killed off the mom-and-pops and Amazon is killing off the chains,” Boyds in Philadelphia holds…

    • A three-alarm fire consumed the Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in the 1500 block of North Broad Street. Credit: 6ABC

Three-alarm fire destroys North Philly church

A three-alarm blaze consumed a North Philadelphia church near Temple University Thursday afternoon, 6ABC reports. Pastor Frederick Tookes of the Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ 1500 block…

    • Rendering of Temple's proposed

Temple has released new renderings of planned community education and health facility

As Temple continues its campaign to win community support for the university’s proposed North Philadelphia football stadium, its promise to build a new community facility on the northwest corner of 13th…

    • A taxi cab picks up a passenger in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee / WHYY)

Judges side with Uber on antitrust lawsuit filed by Philly cab companies

A three-judge panel ruled unanimously in favor of Uber in an antitrust appeal filed by dozens of Philadelphia cab companies, the Philadelphia Business Journal ’s Alison Burdo reports.  The court said…

    • Curved metal benches at the 8th Street SEPTA subway station

#hostilearchitecture 2.0 in Philly's Center City

Places engineered to deter homeless people become “hostile and uninviting and threatening [to the general public],” argues British artist and founder Stuart Semple tells Architectural Digest.  AD writer Elizabeth…

    • A packed SEPTA bus

The journey behind a new bus route

After three years and three revised routes, SEPTA’s planners believe they’ve come up with a winning blueprint for a Route 49 bus, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports. The process…

    • The Dox Thrash House

Preserving a building without the building in Sharswood

A group of historic preservation advocates dedicated to preserving African-American artist Dox Thrash’s legacy in Philadelphia are making strides to foster and repurpose the artist’s home in Sharswood, writes Starr Herr-Cardillo,…

    • Extensive data over generations shows that black boys raised at the top are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households.

Growing up rich in a wealthy area doesn't solve the racial income gap for black boys

No matter how wealthy their upbringing, black boys raised in America are more likely to end up poor in adulthood than white peers, according to an explosive new study conducted by…

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