Articles http://planphilly.com/articles Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:05:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[When preventative care is fixing the house — Philly, CHOP fight asthma with home repairs]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23674

Mold. Dust mites. Roaches. Mouse droppings.

The list of household asthma triggers is long and often problems that aren’t easy to fix: a leaky roof, a cracked pipe, poor ventilation.

Replacing…

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Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:05:00 -0500
<![CDATA[New loans for home repair may be lifeline for Philly ‘small landlords’ — and their tenants]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23672

Sherri Lee’s toilet started flooding in late September. Less than a month later, the unfinished basement in her South Philadelphia apartment was a full-blown health hazard.

“It actually ended up pushing…

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Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly DA Krasner wants to personally try cases in 2019]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23673 Supporters of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner voted him into office to be something of an anti-prosecutor — a former defense attorney with deep criminal justice reform bona fides.

But during an…

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Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:11:00 -0500
<![CDATA[In Common: At rejuvenated Logan Library, room for the noisy joy of teenage kicks]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23666

Next up in our 2018 series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out what’s welcoming neighborhood teens back to the century-old, recently-renovated Logan Library.


Midafternoon on a cold Thursday,…

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Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Kenney’s ‘Rebuild’ breaks ground on first playground]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23671 Mayor Jim Kenney broke ground Thursday on the first park improvement funded through his signature public works initiative, Rebuild.

Held on a grassy patch of earth near the Mann Center in…

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:19:00 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA's 30th Street Station getting $37M remake with underground connection to Drexel Square]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23669 Rattling El trains and trolleys bring 25,000 commuters a day to SEPTA’s 30th Street subway station.

The gilded Deco interior of the better-known 30th Street Amtrak station are just above ground.…

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Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:55:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campus]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23668 West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has halted the city’s long-awaited remake of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market Street for reasons that include the interest of…

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:44:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Labor leaders, city officials spar outside Council chambers]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23664 An hour before City Council’s final session of 2018, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 attempted to push through a contested bill requiring costly new annual inspections of the fire protection devices…

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:08:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Valets among the fixes proposed for Italian Market parking nightmare]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23662 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…

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Demolition 'crisis' gets taskforce's attention]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23663 After 18 months, Mayor Jim Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force released its final recommendations Thursday.

The document includes a range of ideas to incentivize more preservation and encourage citizen engagement in…

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Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly's most dangerous roads clustered in black and brown neighborhoods]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23661

Nearly half — 46 percent— of Philadelphia’s most dangerous roads are in poor areas mostly populated by people of color, according to an analysis of city crash data done by the…

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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:54:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Amtrak may spare 30th Street Station's beloved flipping board]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23660 The beloved split-flap sign at 30th Street Station, in Philadelphia, may have earned an 11th hour reprieve following public outcry over a proposal to replace the iconic “clickety-clackety” schedule board.

Congressman…

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Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:02:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Kenney crackdown on flipping city lots falls short, critics say]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23658 Is it possible to reform Philadelphia’s corruption-prone system of selling public land without removing City’s Council’s informal power over sales?

That’s the question a day after Mayor Jim Kenney introduced changes…

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:30:38 -0500
<![CDATA[New ‘Safe Corridors’ program brings parent patrols to opioid-plagued Kensington]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23659 Every school day, Dalia Burgos of Kensington walks her three children to school. The short walk has become a time for learning, but not in the way that Burgos would ever…

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Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:14:35 -0500
<![CDATA[Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23657

Maleny Vazquez remembers when the police came and took the house across the street. Vazquez has only lived on this block of Waterloo Street for a few years, but in this…

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Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Drexel grads pitch Amtrak on new sign: Vintage-style romance with efficiency of new technology]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23655

As Philadelphia mourns the pending loss of Amtrak’s beloved clackety departure board at 30th Street Station, one local business has stepped into the fray with a bold proposition.

“We would love…

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Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:48:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia renters win new protections at City Hall with passage of 'good cause' bill]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23653 Ricci Rawls stood before a packed City Council session on Thursday and testified passionately in favor of Councilman Curtis Jones’s “good cause” eviction bill, which is meant to protect renters from…

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Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:35:00 -0500
<![CDATA[City Councilmen respond to land-flip scandal with an offer of reform]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23652 City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that they say creates new safeguards against corrupt land dealing in City Hall.

Introduced on the tail…

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Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Bringing new homes, old convenience back to Sharswood Blumberg]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23650 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…

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Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:58:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Fishtown developer proposes fence; gives neighbors the ‘middle finger’]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=23649 A 95-unit apartment building is coming to a blighted Fishtown lot near the Berks elevated train stop.

In a reprieve from Philadelphia’s toxic parking wars, neighbors aren’t worried about where residents…

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Wed, 05 Dec 2018 18:02:00 -0500