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]]>

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.


Tue, 18 Dec 2018 15:05:00 -0500
<![CDATA[New loans for home repair may be lifeline for Philly ‘small landlords’ — and their tenants]]>

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…

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:46:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly DA Krasner wants to personally try cases in 2019]]> 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…

Tue, 18 Dec 2018 11:11:00 -0500
<![CDATA[In Common: At rejuvenated Logan Library, room for the noisy joy of teenage kicks]]>

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,…

Sat, 15 Dec 2018 07:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Kenney’s ‘Rebuild’ breaks ground on first playground]]> 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…

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 15:19:00 -0500
<![CDATA[SEPTA's 30th Street Station getting $37M remake with underground connection to Drexel Square]]> 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.…

Fri, 14 Dec 2018 13:55:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campus]]> 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…

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 18:44:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Labor leaders, city officials spar outside Council chambers]]> 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…

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 16:08:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Valets among the fixes proposed for Italian Market parking nightmare]]> 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…

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Demolition 'crisis' gets taskforce's attention]]> 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…

Thu, 13 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philly's most dangerous roads clustered in black and brown neighborhoods]]>

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…

Wed, 12 Dec 2018 13:54:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Amtrak may spare 30th Street Station's beloved flipping board]]> 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.


Wed, 12 Dec 2018 12:02:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Kenney crackdown on flipping city lots falls short, critics say]]> 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…

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:30:38 -0500
<![CDATA[New ‘Safe Corridors’ program brings parent patrols to opioid-plagued Kensington]]> 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…

Tue, 11 Dec 2018 17:14:35 -0500
<![CDATA[Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops]]>

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…

Mon, 10 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Drexel grads pitch Amtrak on new sign: Vintage-style romance with efficiency of new technology]]>

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…

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 15:48:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Philadelphia renters win new protections at City Hall with passage of 'good cause' bill]]> 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…

Fri, 07 Dec 2018 12:35:00 -0500
<![CDATA[City Councilmen respond to land-flip scandal with an offer of reform]]> 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…

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 19:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Bringing new homes, old convenience back to Sharswood Blumberg]]> 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…

Thu, 06 Dec 2018 15:58:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Fishtown developer proposes fence; gives neighbors the ‘middle finger’]]> 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…

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