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Grays Ferry's long-closed Lanier Playground reopens, with new hope and new purpose

Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, Lanier Playground had been closed since 2005, but memories of when it brimmed with activity stayed alive in longtime neighborhood residents. You’d hear stories…

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Philly Free Streets, Part 3, moves to North Broad on Aug. 11

Philadelphia is shutting down North Broad Street, Saturday, August 11, to show off the major artery. This third edition of Philly Free Streets will close the street to cars from 8…

    • Persons of Japanese ancestry arrive at the assembly center located at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California, in 1942 | National Archives and Records Administration

Implicit in tackling racial biases, an expert says: Knowing the history

The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on 17th Street hosted racial-sensitivity training for about 50 front-line employees Thursday after a hotel staff member wrote a three-letter slur against those of Japanese ancestry…

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With Labor Day just ahead, Philly makes block-party permit seekers work harder

Philly loves a good block party. Philadelphia is the block-party capital of America, holding more of them than any other peer city, according to a 2013 Philadelphia City Paper article.…

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Disturbing discovery at Weccacoe Playground: A black doll, hanging from a noose

Police were called out Thursday to investigate an apparent hate crime at a South Philadelphia playground where neighbors organized to honor a historic African-American burial ground sitting just beneath the asphalt.…

    • Gregorio Pac Cojulun (left), and Dan Schupsky, an outreach specialist, stroll along one of the new sidewalks.

Rain, rain flows away, no longer puddles at Malcolm X Park

As happens on many blocks around the city, heavy rains used to turn the southeast corner of Malcolm X Memorial Park in West Philadelphia into a deep puddle. Water flowed down…

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The state of art galleries is changing in Philly’s Old City

The Rodger LaPelle Galleries in Philadelphia’s Old City was considered knowledgeable, generous, and reasonably lucrative — but not terribly well organized. After four decades of buying, selling, trading, storing, championing, critiquing,…

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In Philly, planners increasingly want to talk with you, not at you

Public planning meetings can be contentious, to say the least. Randy LoBasso would know. As the communications director for the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia, he attends a lot of these…

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An appreciation: Jeremy Nowak challenged assumptions about what was impossible

The irony was that people always assumed things about him. Jeremy Nowak lived to challenge dusty assumptions and the soft thinking that emerges from the comforts of ideology. He was a…

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Eyes on the Street

Remember Asian-Americans in those cultural-competency conversations

“Where are you from?” “You speak great English.” While these statements no doubt can come from a good place from a non-Asian-American trying to break the ice or even make nice…

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A community-based public-land study comes to an end, and trust is rebuilt in Eastwick

Healing wounds and recovering trust are not easy things to do. Yet that’s what Eastwick residents and the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority, in coordination with other city agencies, set out to accomplish…

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A 1918 ‘race war’ and its ties to Philadelphia’s present

Around 1 o’clock on weekday afternoons, a group of Grays Ferry old-timers gather around a plastic picnic table inside Bufus Outlaw’s garage on the 2600 block of Ellsworth Street. The menu…

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Has Market at Fareway violated a 40-year covenant? Some in Chestnut Hill think so

Around 8 o’clock on a recent weeknight, Chestnut Hill’s Market at the Fareway is a hive of activity. Food vendors inside the old car barn are doing a brisk trade in…

    • Blocks of rowhouses in Northeast Philadelphia's Oxford Circle neighborhood

A fresh look at the city's tax-aid programs for its many homeowners

In Philadelphia, fears about development and neighborhood change are often couched in terms of rising home values and increasing property taxes. Philadelphia may be the poorest big city in America, but…

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SEPTA drops AT&T, renames ex-Pattison Station for NRG Energy

What’s in a name? A subway station by any other name would smell less than sweet. The Juliets who take the Broad Street Line to cheer on the home teams may…

    • Ana Marrero, Milagros Soto, and Pablo Cuevas catching a cool breeze on the stoop of their home in Hunting Park.

Exploring ways to cool down neighborhoods vulnerable to the heat

It was 85 degrees Monday afternoon in Hunting Park. Milagros Soto and Pablo Cuevas were sitting on their stoop, catching a breeze. "The heat is too hot,” said Soto, 36, who…

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Old homes, high poverty make Philadelphia housing less than affordable for some

In cities such as Boston, New York, and San Francisco, affordable housing is increasingly scarce. Across the United States, most lower-income households spend more than half of what they make each…

    • Rochelle Nichols-Solomon (right) and other Pay Up PPA members demand more school funding at a PPA board meeting

More parking tickets should mean more school books, activists tell PPA

Why does the Philadelphia Parking Authority exist? This isn’t just the lament of drivers filled with the kind of rage that can only be engendered by the discovery of a PPA…

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More city money for anti-eviction efforts brings expanded access to legal services for tenants

During city budget negotiations in the spring, it looked as if a line item to help tenants facing eviction might be in peril. But in the final deal, funding for…

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After months of wrangling, a boost in city water rates will take effect in September

Many months of complicated labor lie ahead for the Philadelphia Water Department as it repairs the major water-main break that flooded Center City earlier this month, but at least the department…

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