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    • Merchants have sold fresh food on Ninth Street since the 1880s.

Valets among the fixes proposed for Italian Market parking nightmare

Merchants have sold fresh food on South Ninth Street for more than a hundred years, surviving the Great Depression, multiple recessions and the arrival of families pushing $900 strollers in the…

    • Philadelphia Housing Authority broke ground Monday on the third phase of the Sharswood Blumberg project. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Bringing new homes, old convenience back to Sharswood Blumberg

Construction began this week on the third phase of an ambitious 10-year, $500 million redevelopment of the Sharswood Blumberg section of North Philadelphia. Located at 22nd and West Oxford streets, the…

    • Vanessa Harris has lived at Bartram Village for 4 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Community development 101 comes to Bartram Village

How do neighbors start organizing for changes in their community? For Sheila Anthony, president of Bartram Village Resident Council, the answer boils down to one simple word: education. “Because what you…

    • Shirley Armstead poses in front her E. Vernon Road storefront office

Don't call it Cedarbrook: Mount Airy shopping district gets a facelift

Shirley Armstead has been living her dream for 45 years. About half of those years have been spent working out of her cheerful storefront office at 1455 E. Vernon Road in…

    • Residents gather to join in the festivities at the 12th Annual Strawberry Mansion Day.

In Strawberry Mansion, anxiety about rising property taxes and a changing neighborhood high school haunt an annual tradition

They came out in droves on Saturday to celebrate the North Philadelphia neighborhood they love at the 12th annual Strawberry Mansion Day. On the grounds of Mander Recreation Center, the vibe…

    • J. Jondhi Harrell, Center for Returning Citizens

Philadelphia police want to turn street corners into career launch pads

People hanging out on the corner are often stigmatized as hoodlums or miscreants, but Philadelphia police officer G. Lamar Stewart sees something more “I see kings; I see queens. I see…

    • Kirtrina Baxter at work at her community farm in North Philadelphia.

Cleaning vacant lots leads to safer and healthier neighborhoods, new study finds

Cleaning up a vacant lot leads to less crime, more socializing outdoors and increased perceptions of safety in the surrounding neighborhood, according to a new study done in Philadelphia and released…

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What 'safe-injection sites' sound like to people on the front lines of the city's drug wars

Elmira Smith has lived in Kensington for 38 years. Now the heart of the Philadelphia’s opioid crisis, which claimed the lives of an estimated 1,200 people in 2017 alone, her neighborhood…

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