Articles http://planphilly.com/articles Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:51:00 -0500 en <![CDATA[How many Philadelphia homes can $8.8 million fix?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22700 Fresh on the heels of an investigation that found steep disparities in local mortgage lending between white borrowers and borrowers of color, the Urban Affairs Coalition has published a report touting…

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 09:51:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Uber bringing new bus-like 'express pool' service to Philly, stepping up competition with SEPTA]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22699 On Thursday, Uber will expand its extra-cheap Express Pool service to Philadelphia, making it one of six cities to get the new bus-like offering that debuted in San Francisco and Boston…

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Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:00:00 -0500
<![CDATA[$50 million mixed-use development breaks ground on a blighted West Philly lot]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22698 Affordable housing nonprofit Mission First Housing Group and community-oriented services organization Horizon House broke ground on a four-story community services and retail complex at 59th and Market streets on Friday, the…

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:29:00 -0500
<![CDATA[How Trump's budget would turn back the clock on progress in Philly's neighborhoods]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22695 President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal year 2019 budget poses a massive threat to Philadelphia's progress stabilizing neighborhoods, preventing foreclosures and fighting homelessness, city officials say. 

Like other municipalities across the United States, Philly…

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Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:13:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Traffic deaths remain stubbornly high in Philly and across the U.S.]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22697 Despite a bevy of new safety features like automatic braking and lane departure warnings, a recent report by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that traffic deaths across the United States…

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Mon, 19 Feb 2018 15:16:32 -0500
<![CDATA[Governor of Puerto Rico promises housing assistance for Philadelphia's Maria evacuees]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22692 During a visit to Philadelphia on Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he’s committed to declaring Pennsylvania a host state, which will provide local governments with federal funding for housing…

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:30:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to introduce bill for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22691 Councilman Kenyatta Johnson plans to introduce legislation next Thursday calling for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market, according to a statement released by the councilman’s office…

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 12:15:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Segregation's modern manifestations, from health to housing]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22690 “In the wake of the Great Migration, [racial violence occurring in cities] seemed to prove that the only way to really make sure that communities could be stable was if, in…

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Fri, 16 Feb 2018 10:30:14 -0500
<![CDATA[Unequal lending keeps redlining alive in Philadelphia’s gentrifying neighborhoods]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22687 Rachelle Faroul is a 33-year-old woman with a good credit score and a degree from Northwestern University. When she decided to buy home in West Philadelphia, near Malcolm X Park, Faroul,…

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:05:06 -0500
<![CDATA[Other cities have built stadiums with programs to benefit neighbors. Will Temple follow their lead?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22686 Temple’s stadium doesn’t have to be an exploitative entity in an underserved community; it has the opportunity to work with neighbors to smartly manage growth, writes Ken Shropshire, CEO of Global…

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Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:18:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Bills to build new bike lanes advance in City Council]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22685 A trio of bills to expand Philadelphia’s disjointed bike lane network advanced out of City Council’s streets and services committee Wednesday. The legislation is expected to be introduced to the floor…

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:35:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Top city official slams Trump’s infrastructure proposal]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22684 Philadelphia officials are adding their voices to a bipartisan chorus of vexed state and city officials across the nation lambasting President Donald J. Trump’s $200 billion infrastructure spending proposal.

“We hold…

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 14:18:00 -0500
<![CDATA[City & State PA: City Hall is sitting on nearly $30 million of dollars in deferred soda tax dollars. Why?]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22683 City Hall is using the pending lawsuit over the city’s soda tax “as an excuse to sock money away for a future budget shortfall,” argues the American Beverage Association. In response…

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Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:19:00 -0500
<![CDATA['Just cause' eviction bill clears City Council committee]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22680 On Tuesday, a bill intended to protect renters from being evicted without “good cause” moved one step closer to a vote by City Council. Passed out of committee, the bill will…

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Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:52:00 -0500
<![CDATA[A Philadelphia icon returns]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22679 Philadelphia’s LOVE statue made its triumphant return home to LOVE Park on Tuesday, just in time for the Valentine’s Day selfies. The iconic 1976 Robert Indiana sculpture traveled from the Art…

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Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:32:11 -0500
<![CDATA[What 'safe-injection sites' sound like to people on the front lines of the city's drug wars]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22678

Elmira Smith has lived in Kensington for 38 years. Now the heart of the Philadelphia’s opioid crisis, which claimed the lives of an estimated 1,200 people in 2017 alone, her neighborhood…

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 18:37:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Puerto Rico's Governor to meet with city leaders on Friday, igniting hope of aid for Philly's Maria evacuees]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22676 The Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello is coming to Philadelphia on Friday and will be meeting with local Latino leaders and clergy.

They'll be asking him to help release federal…

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Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:40:00 -0500
<![CDATA['Off the beaten path' no longer, Strawberry Mansion residents bring life to neglected gem]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22670 Take a walk through Fairmount Park and eventually, you will find yourself staring up at a grand historic mansion. Nestled in the vast green's acreage, most of these publicly owned buildings…

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 18:50:00 -0500
<![CDATA["No one likes us! No one likes us! WE DON'T CARE!"]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22665

“HUNGRY DOGS RUN FASTER.”

So boomed Eagles center Jason Kelce, donned from head to toe in sequined glory at Thursday’s triumphant championship parade.



"No one wanted us, no one liked this…

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:30:00 -0500
<![CDATA[Transit agencies score on Eagles parade day]]> http://planphilly.com/blog-post-redirect?id=22667 In 2008, the Phillies won the World Series for the first time in 28 years.

But, SEPTA stranded some of the crowds of baseball fans who tried to cheer them on,…

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Fri, 09 Feb 2018 05:00:00 -0500