Articles Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:38:00 -0400 en <![CDATA[El Carnaval de Puebla returns to South Philly on Sunday]]> Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla, the largest festival of its kind outside of Mexico, will march on this year in spite of deportation fears, WHYY News’ Angela Gervasi reports. For…

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 14:38:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Wed, 25 Apr 2018 07:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Help Wanted in Philly? Amazon says not so much.]]>

In 2017, Amazon posted hundreds more job ads in Boston, and Washington D.C. than in Philadelphia and a group of business researchers says that the hiring trend may be a sign…

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 13:44:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Tue, 24 Apr 2018 09:56:52 -0400
<![CDATA[Neighbors bid a reluctant goodbye to South Philly chocolate factory, welcome new homes and shops]]>

The Frankford Chocolate Factory looms over Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, covering an entire city block, anchoring the roadway in the industrial uses that dominated it for the past century or…

Sat, 21 Apr 2018 11:35:00 -0400
<![CDATA[10 Philly neighborhoods reap the lion's share of construction tax break benefits]]>

Ten neighborhoods concentrated around Center City make up 59 percent of the properties receiving Philadelphia' controversial 10-year tax abatement, according to a report released Friday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart. 


Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:18:36 -0400
<![CDATA[Coming soon to a building near you: an energy upgrade your wallet and the planet will like]]> Philadelphia's building code is set to receive an update expected to reduce energy bills and shrink the city's carbon footprint. 

On Thursday, the  Council’s Licenses & Inspections committee gave the green…

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:15:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Philly fails the smog test]]> The American Lung Association (ALA)’s annual State of the Air report gave the Philadelphia metro area an F for ozone pollution, Philly Mag reports. “For ozone, with the sole exception of…

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:20:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 10:09:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Thu, 19 Apr 2018 05:30:00 -0400
<![CDATA[On tap for Philadelphia: higher water bills and unhappy home, biz owners]]> On Tuesday evening, some 30 people gathered in a church basement to hear the Philadelphia Water Department explain why they could soon be paying more to keep their faucets flowing.


Wed, 18 Apr 2018 19:11:00 -0400
<![CDATA[In lux Logan Square, the wrecking ball swings towards a relic of area's industrial past]]> The former Creswell Iron Works building at 23rd and Cherry Streets, “one of the last industrial relics left in Logan Square [and longtime]  haven for art studios and other creative endeavors,”…

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 17:15:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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,…

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 16:39:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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…

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 13:21:00 -0400
<![CDATA[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.  …

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 06:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Is Philly better off with safer streets or faster moving traffic? At City Hall, it depends on who you ask]]> “Could I have the ‘transportation guru’ come up to the table, please?”

That’s how Council President Darrell Clarke called Deputy Managing Director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS),…

Wed, 18 Apr 2018 05:00:00 -0400
<![CDATA[A mysterious zoning bill hints at a high-rise future for one of University City's last large undeveloped parcels]]>

When drivers exit University City, headed to the Schuylkill Expressway, they breeze past a ghostly Mid-century Modern motel building at 600 University Avenue.

Marooned at the edge of the University of…

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 16:46:00 -0400
<![CDATA[Another apartment building on the way to West Philly's Baltimore Avenue]]>

The Cedar Park Neighbors zoning committee will review a revised proposal for a four-story, five-unit apartment building at 4829 Baltimore Avenue Tuesday, West Philly Local reports. The site, which has been…

Tue, 17 Apr 2018 12:11:00 -0400
<![CDATA[By admitting fault in arrest of two black men at Rittenhouse Starbucks, company may spare itself long-term damage to brand]]>

The coffeeshop soundtrack is usually a reliable mix of inoffensive indie rock, porcelain clinking on countertops, and the caffeinated chitter chat of customers. But over the weekend and continuing on Monday,…

Mon, 16 Apr 2018 17:53:00 -0400