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City planning commission recommends four new transit-oriented development sites in North Philly

As part of an effort to reduce reliance on cars and encourage more affordable housing near public transit, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously recommended a zoning code amendment…

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Can Philly afford the subsidies Amazon wants?

Mayor Jim Kenney won't release the juiciest details of the city's bid to land Amazon's second headquarters, but it's safe to say that Philadelphia is likely offering subsidies plum enough to…

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City approves plan to build luxury housing in Conrail's backyard

Hard against the clanging Conrail train tracks in an industrial section of Kensington, the four-acre vacant lot at the corner of Lehigh and Frankford avenues doesn’t look like the most obvious…

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How many Philadelphia homes can $8.8 million fix?

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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Uber bringing new bus-like 'express pool' service to Philly, stepping up competition with SEPTA

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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$50 million mixed-use development breaks ground on a blighted West Philly lot

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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How Trump's budget would turn back the clock on progress in Philly's neighborhoods

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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Traffic deaths remain stubbornly high in Philly and across the U.S.

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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Governor of Puerto Rico promises housing assistance for Philadelphia's Maria evacuees

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…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to introduce bill for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market

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…

    • “Barbering is not just cutting hair,” South Street Barbers' Mike Jordan says. “You got counseling, advising, you get friendships.

Segregation's modern manifestations, from health to housing

“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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Unequal lending keeps redlining alive in Philadelphia’s gentrifying neighborhoods

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,…

    • Preliminary sketch of the proposed Temple on-campus football stadium. Credit: Temple University.

Other cities have built stadiums with programs to benefit neighbors. Will Temple follow their lead?

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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Bills to build new bike lanes advance in City Council

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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Top city official slams Trump’s infrastructure proposal

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…

    • Some $29.7 million worth of unspent beverage tax funds collected in 2017 is being “reserved” for future pre-K seats. Credit: Matt Rourke/AP

City & State PA: City Hall is sitting on nearly $30 million of dollars in deferred soda tax dollars. Why?

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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'Just cause' eviction bill clears City Council committee

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…

    • The restored LOVE statue makes its way back to LOVE Park.

A Philadelphia icon returns

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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What 'safe-injection sites' sound like to people on the front lines of the city's drug wars

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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Puerto Rico's Governor to meet with city leaders on Friday, igniting hope of aid for Philly's Maria evacuees

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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