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    • An unswept street in the Germantown Special Services District on Nov. 2, 2018. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Germantown businesses revolt against taxing district that didn’t deliver on clean streets promise

Jamar L. Kelly faces a monumental challenge. The interim executive director of the Germantown Special Services District knows his organization is failing at its core mission of keeping the neighborhood’s commercial…

    •  Philadelphia is planning to redevelop the Maplewood Mall in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$3.3M Maplewood Mall remake to break ground in 2019

On a typical day, the intersection of Germantown and Chelten bustles with life as shoppers weave from stores to sidewalk, and  honking cars navigate traffic. But turn the corner, and you…

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Italian Market business improvement district effort revived as 'South Philly Market Improvement District'

A group of South Philadelphia residents fear for the future of the Italian Market and they think that only a business improvement district (BID) can save it — even though a…

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Has Market at Fareway violated a 40-year covenant? Some in Chestnut Hill think so

Around 8 o’clock on a recent weeknight, Chestnut Hill’s Market at the Fareway is a hive of activity. Food vendors inside the old car barn are doing a brisk trade in…

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Planning officials put proposed community outreach rules on hold

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Planning Commission put a hold on City Council legislation intended to overhaul community notification requirements about zoning changes. The proposed regulation was initially introduced as a public-safety…

    • The image to the left shows Susan Stolting's new civic association. The image to the right shows the older Francisville group founded by Penelope Giles.(Brad Larisson for WHYY)

Francisville is booming. The community is feuding.

Francisville is under construction.Walk down almost any street in this North Philadelphia neighborhood, and there are houses—or multi-unit buildings—getting built. Fences and ladders jut out onto the sidewalk, annoying residents.  …

    • U.S Rep. Brandon Boyle in Olney

How Trump's budget would hurt Philly's business districts

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa, grew up in the Olney neighborhood of upper North Philadelphia. There, the congressman’s mother worked as a crossing guard shepherding school children across bustling North 5th…

    • Jason’s Cozyday is one of Olney’s most popular hang out spots for young people. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The hottest Philly neighborhood no one is talking about

No one could argue that Olney, in upper North Philadelphia, is gentrifying. But that doesn’t mean the neighborhood isn’t revitalizing. In the afternoon when schools let out, kids weighed down with…

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'Off the beaten path' no longer, Strawberry Mansion residents bring life to neglected gem

Take a walk through Fairmount Park and eventually, you will find yourself staring up at a grand historic mansion. Nestled in the vast green's acreage, most of these publicly owned buildings…

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Residents from across Northwest Philly come out to talk about the future of their neighborhoods

A long line snaked out from the Lutheran Theological Seminary’s Bembow Hall in Mount Airy on Monday evening. The occasion wasn't spiritual though, at least not in a traditional sense. More…

    • 702 Sansom rendering of Toll Bros. project, from 7th and Sansom | January 2018

Toll Bros. unveils new design for Jewelers' Row tower

Toll Brothers has released new renderings of the controversial condo tower it plans to build in the middle of historic Jewelers’ Row. At a meeting of the Washington Square Civic Association…

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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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Later this summer a sharrow will likely replace the 10th Street bike lane in Chinatown.

A new plan for Chinatown

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a mere 0.3 square miles, a postage stamp community that nonetheless enjoys an impressive purchase on the city’s psyche. As Center City booms around it, this little ethnic…

    • The City Council's chambers.

Council advances bills on truck cranes, vinyl siding, stop-n-go stores, and SLAPP suits

On Thursday, City Council largely concerned itself with Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to reassert local control over Philadelphia’s school system. But a handful of City Council members also introduced bills that…

    • Fishtown residents debate a development project at a neighborhood zoning meeting.

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Negative on sex positive club in Tacony, ZBA revokes permit

On Wednesday evening, the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) voted to revoke the fraternal organization permit for the Philly Music Hall, a recently-opened, sex-positive community association located in the historic Tacony…

    • Christopher Williams and Brandon Irving

In Germantown, real estate developer Ken Weinstein sees value in jumpstarting his competition

Brandon Irving and Christopher Williams are standing in front of an unpretentious, stone-clad twin on East Germantown’s Rittenhouse Street and thinking about the future. They bought the house in April for…

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