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    • Garages on Lombard Street

Why forbidden garages keep popping up in your neighborhood

If you ask Fishtown resident Matt Karp, garages that open onto the sidewalk are a plague afflicting Philadelphia’s rowhouse communities.  They reduce the number of eyes on the street and intrude…

    • Preliminary sketch of the proposed Temple on-campus football stadium. Credit: Temple University.

Temple stadium moves forward, despite neighborhood opposition

Temple University announced today that it is taking the next step forward on a controversial 35,000 seat stadium in the heart of North Philadelphia. The university plans to file proposals to…

    • Vivian Bailey in the Parkside neighborhood where he finally found a landlord who would accept his housing voucher. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

As Ben Carson signals fair housing rollback, advocates call on Mayor Kenney to put forward a 'bigger and bolder vision'

West Philadelphia resident Vivian Bailey, 76, spent much of the second half of 2017 couchsurfing. For the prior two years, he’d been a resident of the Penn Wynn building in Wynnfield,…

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Iconic Kensington milk bottle protected from wrecking ball

Kensington’s iconic milk bottle-shaped water tower and the aging industrial building it perches upon can no longer be demolished without a fight. In a unanimous Friday vote, the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

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Wage gap divides city workers along racial lines

Philadelphia’s municipal workforce overrepresents the city’s large white and African-American populations, a new report shows. But the city’s most desirable, high-paying posts are disproportionately filled by white people. Men are massively overrepresented in the…

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Most Philadelphia neighborhoods still haven't recovered from the recession

Despite a recent building boom, Philadelphia’s housing market has not recovered from the Great Recession, especially outside Center City. While new high-rises are going up downtown and a handful of neighborhoods…

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The politics behind Philly's affordable housing stalemate

2017 ended without a wrap on at least one City Hall controversy: inclusionary zoning. As my WHYY collague Dave Heller and I discussed on Tuesday's NewsWorks Tonight broadcast ( listen to…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Northern Liberties could get new business improvement district in 2018

Northern Liberties is hot. But even as new condos and townhouses multiply in the trendy neighborhood, new business growth has stagnated. The slow pace of commercial development has left residents frustrated…

    • Dorothy Shipley White Residence in the snow

Chestnut Hill's modernist trio, fully historically protected in 2017

Even in a city known for its architectural heritage and historic buildings, Chestnut Hill stands out. Long one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, this sylvan community is home to rambling…

    • Spruce Hill

Spruce Hill zoning remapping is backdoor historic preservation

Late this year, a bill quietly slipped through City Council that is intended to protect the iconic Victorian homes in Spruce Hill from demolition. The neighborhood enjoys what experts believe is…

    • Boyd Theater, 1956

Movie theaters strike back in downtown Philadelphia

In the first half of the 20th century, towering palaces to cinema were built in Center City Philadelphia. These massive buildings were ornately decorated with elaborate statues, gilded ceilings, and even orchestra…

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Historical Commission to begin considering historic districts after years, sometimes decades, of delay

For the past decade, Philadelphia’s Historical Commission has only granted protections to a handful of individual properties each year. As the pace of development escalates, and more remarkable buildings are leveled, preservationists…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY

"Stop-and-go" bill passes Council, but deeper tensions underlie debate

City Council approved a controversial “stop-and-go” bill during its final meeting of 2017, which periodically threatened to descend into anarchy as supporters and opponents of Councilwoman Cindy Bass’ legislation flooded Council’s…

    • Cobbs Creek

As it fills in final missing bits, Philly’s nearly-complete city plan exposes gap between neighborhood hopes and political realities

As Samantha Petty considered the Planning Commission’s proposals for her community, she experienced a wave of déjà vu. Standing in the hallway of West Philadelphia High School, at the last…

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Ridge Avenue demolition moratorium spurs demolition requests

A proposed demolition mortarium on Ridge Avenue, in Northwest Philadelphia, has spurred a wave of demolition applications. The bill, introduced by Councilman Curtis Jones, would apply to a five-mile stretch of…

    • Alex Peay in his North Philadelphia neighborhood

How redlining segregated Philadelphia

About a third of the homes on West Oakdale Street between 15th and 16th in North Philadelphia are empty. Six vacant lots interrupt the narrow rowhouse block. On a recent November…

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Henon blocks possible gambling expansion

City Councilman Bobby Henon sees Philadelphia’s dystopian future. Video poker in every bar, mini-casinos in every neighborhood. A new law signed by Governor Tom Wolf in October massively expands legal gambling…

    • Signage for new housing on the way. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Inclusionary zoning bill clears committee, but final vote delayed until 2018

Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s controversial bill requiring developers to devote a percentage of new housing to low-income residents incrementally advanced on Tuesday, but don’t expect a City Council vote on it anytime soon.…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY

Bill to regulate restaurants gets fiery reception at City Council hearing

After a fiery hearing, which lasted for much of Monday, the Committee on Public Health and Human Services voted to amend a bill to regulate so-called “stop-and-go” restaurants, which critics say…

    • Cover photo for PHA's Part 2A Sharswood project

New phase of housing authority's Sharswood project wins positive review

Plans for North Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood could include brick-clad rowhomes, ranging from one to three stories, with surface parking and open green space behind the units. The Civic Design Review (CDR)…

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