Articles Mon, 20 May 2019 16:55:23 -0400 en <![CDATA[Everything you need to know about the I-76 detours in Center City]]> PennDOT will close off several lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) and a busy on-ramp in Center City on Monday evening. Work will continue through June 14, PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph…

Mon, 20 May 2019 16:55:23 -0400
<![CDATA[City streets safer than suburban roads, study finds]]> New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that denser cities and towns can save lives.

The four-year long study compared Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records of all car accidents in…

Mon, 20 May 2019 10:58:00 -0400
<![CDATA[How Philly’s City Council candidates say they’d deal with the housing crisis]]>

Philadelphia voters in Tuesday’s primary election will help determine the future of City Council.

And while many issues are beyond the control of local politicians — who can’t even raise the…

Sun, 19 May 2019 18:04:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Living a block from the polls makes you 28% more likely to vote]]>

Fewer than one in three Philadelphians voted in the last mayoral primary, and that was for an open seat. Even if we’re very lucky on Tuesday, turnout in the primary election…

Fri, 17 May 2019 18:16:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Why Philly's councilmanic prerogative isn’t going away]]> Philadelphia’s 2019 municipal primary will be remembered for the sheer number of candidates running for spots on City Council. But it is also a political cycle in which broad themes like…

Thu, 16 May 2019 01:29:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Want to know when the city is filling that pothole? There’s an app for that.]]> Peace out, potholes! It’s paving season!
Philly kicked off the start of its annual campaign against its notoriously busted streets on Wednesday with the release of multiple online tools for tracking…

Wed, 15 May 2019 17:33:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Homeownership rates are dropping in Philly. A little-known elected office plays a big role]]> Philadelphia has long been a city where the American dream of homeownership is open to rich and poor families. In fact, over a third of homeowners have annual incomes below $35,000.…

Wed, 15 May 2019 17:15:18 -0400
<![CDATA[Is Philly growing too big, too fast? Gentrification concerns fuel City Council zoning reform call]]>

City Council President Darrell Clarke thinks Philadelphia’s zoning regulations are accelerating gentrification and wants a redo of the code that governs construction and development in the city.

Under a resolution authored…

Wed, 15 May 2019 15:10:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Developer to extend Delaware River trail for OK on extra-tall towers]]> A mega development coming to the Delaware River waterfront will include a swath of a long-planned river trail in exchange for permission to build taller towers than local regulations permit.


Tue, 14 May 2019 16:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly’s next water commissioner wants to keep your H20 clean, green and affordable]]> Philadelphia’s next water commissioner Randy E. Hayman will enter city hall with four lofty goals on his to-do list, Mayor Jim Kenney’s incoming appointee said in an email to PlanPhilly.


Tue, 14 May 2019 13:30:09 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly launches 2 programs designed to help minority businesses succeed]]> Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney gathered members of City Council and small-business people Monday to tout his $500 million Rebuild program as a means of equitable economic development.

Philadelphia — a majority-minority…

Tue, 14 May 2019 06:10:12 -0400
<![CDATA[‘Music’ of construction greets Osage Ave. neighbors on MOVE bombing anniversary]]>

Connie and Gerald Renfro have lived on an exceptionally quiet block of Osage Avenue for nearly 20 years. With more than half of the houses surrounding them vacant and boarded up,…

Mon, 13 May 2019 13:51:00 -0400
<![CDATA[As Uber’s IPO hits potholes, Philly drivers prepare to make case before state Senate]]> Jahandad Ghuman says he makes $100 to $120 a day driving as an independent contractor for Uber. But that’s not enough.

“Commercial insurance, car payment, gasoline,” plus multiple car washes per…

Fri, 10 May 2019 18:22:00 -0400
<![CDATA[17-story condo tower to rise in Comcast Center’s backyard]]> A string of row houses in Center City are set to come down to make way for a 17-story condo tower proposed just a stone’s throw from the Comcast Center, according…

Fri, 10 May 2019 12:54:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly renters guaranteed lawyers in eviction court under new City Council bill]]> If Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has her way, many more renters facing eviction will be represented by a lawyer when they have their day in court.

Gym introduced a bill Thursday…

Thu, 09 May 2019 17:53:12 -0400
<![CDATA[Activists file ethics complaint against Allan Domb]]> Opponents of Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against City Councilman Allan Domb, a real estate broker and developer who owns numerous properties across the city.

The Philadelphia…

Wed, 08 May 2019 17:53:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Old fish, new fish: Tracing the history of Fishtown’s most ubiquitous sign]]>

When Joe Billitto and Megan Minner moved into their brick rowhouse on Sepviva Street last fall, just one thing was missing. The couple, not quite in their 30s, had renovated the…

Wed, 08 May 2019 16:03:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Temple U cops sued over alleged racial profiling incident]]> A black Philadelphia college student has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Temple University Police Department over an alleged May 2017 stop-and-frisk incident.

In the filing, plaintiff William Bess…

Wed, 08 May 2019 07:41:24 -0400
<![CDATA[Philadelphia sues Uber on eve of driver revolt]]> There will be a lot to talk about in your Uber Wednesday — if you can get one.

The ride-hail giant is making its debut on the New York Stock Exchange…

Wed, 08 May 2019 07:26:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Germantown High reimagined as $30 million housing development — with a lot of question marks]]>

At last, for Germantown residents, there was an end to the silence.

Northwest Philly packed the pews of Janes Memorial United Methodist Church on Monday evening when, after two years, they…

Tue, 07 May 2019 13:39:10 -0400