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At Penn summit, leading urban thinkers ponder a course correction

In his 2017 book "The New Urban Crisis," Richard Florida writes about an ongoing tug-of-war between two schools of thought among the urban intelligentsia: the Optimists and the Pessimists. Florida, who…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.
Eyes on the Street

The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum

PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

    • The collapsed building at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown

Investigation begins into deadly Brewerytown building collapse

A multiagency investigation has begun into the fatal Monday morning collapse of a building being demolished in the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia. Inspectors from the Fire Department, the Police Department,…

    • Anglers cast their lines for catfish at Pier 60 off Columbus Boulevard

At waterfront development site, a popular DIY rec space hangs in the balance

As rush-hour traffic grinds to a halt along Columbus Boulevard one afternoon in May, a slow flow of bicycles moves in a perpendicular direction, intermittently cutting across the road toward the…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.

As Starbucks prepares for trainings, here's what Philadelphia knows about 'implicit bias'

You’ve entered a white space. This online publication, right here; it might be less obvious than looking at the demographics inside a Center City coffee shop, but there are digital signposts…

    • Luis Angel Chaparro Crespo, 16, watches the trains go by from the window of his North Philadelphia apartment. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

For Maria evacuees, a stable address is the first step out of crisis

The Chaparro Crespo family have been through a lot in the past seven months. Hurricane Maria left their town of San Sebastian, located in Puerto Rico's northwest region, without power and…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City seizing blighted Germantown complex owned by nightmare landlord

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is one step closer to seizing – and potentially redeveloping – a few dozen blighted properties once controlled by a powerful, now-defunct social service and housing nonprofit…

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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…

    • Crisjoel Morales Monet, 17, and Judy Morales Monet, 16, are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Center City with their mom and oldest brother Friday April 20th.

Even with jobs and plans for a future in Philly, some Puerto Rican evacuees face imminent homelessness

It’s been more than six months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Yet some of the 900 families who came to Philadelphia looking for refuge, are still facing homelessness. This weekend,…

    • 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 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.  …

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philly's economy is growing but more people are dying from heroin and homicides

A booming local economy marked by strong job growth, population gains and a formidable housing market hasn't reduced the share of Philadelphians living in poverty or losing their life to drugs…

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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…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s $9 million goodbye to Germantown’s worst landlord

Everyone has crossed paths with a bad landlord. Then there’s Leroy Prince. His apartment in East Germantown doesn’t have hot water.  The gas is on. It’s the tank that’s the problem.…

    • 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…

    • Tonetta Graham in front of her Strawberry Mansion home.

'We want to see growth' too: Why Tonetta Graham isn’t worried about Philly hipsters moving into her neighborhood

If Strawberry Mansion gentrifies, Tonetta Graham knows her block is bound to change. She owns a house on 30th Street, right around the corner from her childhood home. It cuts a…

    • Old construction abuts new in East Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

3 maps that explain gentrification in Philadelphia

“Gentrification” is a word that gets tossed around a lot, especially in Philadelphia, a city where some neighborhoods are experiencing rapid demographic shifts. (See our series here) The changes mean…

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