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Philly hospitality industry doesn’t want Jay-Z’s MIA to go MIA

Mayors get criticized all the time, but it’s not every day the critic is a billionaire rap mogul. In an op-ed for the Inquirer and Daily News, rapper Jay-Z…

    • A Shawn Theodore photo,

On their 'Home Court,' an art exhibit shines a light on Hartranft's unsung heroes

When you enter, the sounds envelope you: a bouncing ball; the scuffing of sneakers. They seem to be coming from neither here nor there. Although you don’t see people, you hear…

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Today: One bronze goat statue at Rittenhouse Square. Come autumn: Two

Rittenhouse Square’s goat population is about to double. “Billy,” the small, cast-bronze beast that has been a fixture there for more than a century, is immensely popular among pint-size denizens of…

    • A rendering of the Peace Park Pavilion to be built at North Philly Peace Park in Sharswood

Afrofuturism and the new era for Sharswood's North Philly Peace Park

There’s a tidy way to tell the story of North Philly Peace Park -- as a project that has unfolded in three acts: the past, the present, and the future. After…

    • Taney Street is named or the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who wrote the infamous Dred Scott decision. | Google Maps

A renewed push to give Taney Street a different name

A petition to rename Taney Street has gotten a boost, with its backers touting the mayor’s support of the effort in a renewed push. George Basile, a Temple University senior, launched…

    • Rendering of a closed Parkway block for The Oval+ 2018 | PORT Urbanism
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In Common: The Oval stretches car-free play onto the Parkway this summer

Our series about Philly's changing public spaces continues with a trip on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Ashley Hahn checks in on The Oval, a summertime experience geared at making the Parkway…

    • Solstice & Strawberry Moon Rowboating at Bartram’s Garden.
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Make no little pints: Bringing taste and memory into community storytelling with Watershed Ice

What’s the next level of community reporting? For many, printed text and visuals make complex issues clear. Others absorb information best with audio and video. And the internet brings news to…

    • Members of the Swiss theater troupe Asphalt Piloten take to a Philadelphia street Tuesday evening for a performance of

'Tape Riot': A theater piece that plays off the city's built environment

In “Tape Riot,” a piece of street theater being performed this week as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), a group of European artists drop into town…

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

    • LOVE in reverse / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: Finding a new LOVE

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds plenty. Hear what Philadelphians using the park think about Center…

    • A view of Fairmount Park

City hits pause on digital billboard proposed for land abutting Fairmount Park

Opponents have stymied a plan to put a digital billboard next to Fairmount Park, putting the controversial treeline addition on hold. The double-sided billboard would have overlooked the Schuylkill Expressway, according…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Rail Park announces June 14 opening, new executive director

Philadelphia's hotly anticipated, High Line-esque Rail Park will open to the public on June 14 with a new leader and freshly installed benches for summertime people watching. The June 14 opening will…

    • The City announced this week that it will enforce its previously lax 'no trespassing' policy at Graffiti Pier. Credit: Streets Dept/Conrad Benner
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From LOVE Park to Graffiti Pier, we are losing the iconic public spaces that make us Philly

Public spaces are the glue that keeps a city connected. It's the streets, squares, and parks that work to bring us together and build community. Good public spaces make living in…

    • Shani Akilah and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad with the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative at Rittenhouse Square Park. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

After Philly Starbucks arrest, what does it mean to be black in a ‘white space’?

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad grabs a seat on a low-slung wall inside Rittenhouse Square. It's a bit chilly but there are still plenty of people sitting on benches. Having a snack. Reading a…

    • A couple poses at Love Park in February.

LOVE Park? More like loathe park! Criticisms mount as JFK Plaza slowly reopens.

It’s an iconic shot, a photo taken by numerous Philadelphians, millions of visitors, and countless brides and grooms. The subjects stand in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE Statue as a geyser-like fountain…

    • Shani Akilah Robin was one of an estimated 50 people protesting the controversial arrest of two black Starbucks patrons at the chain's Rittenhouse location on April 16. (Bastiaan Slabbers/For WHYY)
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Where have all the public bathrooms gone?

By Charles Ellison It's been 11 days since Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested for waiting while Black at a Rittenhouse Square Starbucks. In that time, the manager who called…

    • The scene has quieted down at the Rittenhouse Starbucks where two black men were arrested on April 12. (Jim Saksa/ WHYY)

Rittenhouse Starbucks patron: "We should all be able to... get a cup of coffee or sit down."

The rhythm of daily commerce has resumed at Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets, where the filmed arrest of two black men eight days ago launched another round of the nation’s…

    • Tayyib Smith and Meegan Denenberg at Pipeline Philly.(Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Black in Rittenhouse and designing for a diverse city

One week ago, the arrest of two black men at a Rittenhouse Square Starbucks pushed a provocative idea about the racialization of urban space into mainstream conversation. Suddenly, millions of people…

    • Ontario and C streets is rated a “3” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
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Why street sweeping alone won't solve Philly's litter problem

By Nic Esposito Even though my neighbors and I pick up trash out front of our houses every day, and we've turned a total of 12 vacant lots on our block into…

    • A T-shirt catches the drips from a leaking window frame in a multi-purpose room used by children at Vare Rec Center. | Emma Lee/WHYY

City: 'Too soon' to say if soda tax shortfall will hit parks & rec makeover

There will be no Rebuild without the soda tax. That’s been the message coming from Mayor Jim Kenney over the last several months — a warning that the ongoing legal fight…

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