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    • Members of the Swiss theater troupe Asphalt Piloten take to a Philadelphia street Tuesday evening for a performance of

'Tape Riot': A theater piece that plays off the city's built environment

In “Tape Riot,” a piece of street theater being performed this week as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), a group of European artists drop into town…

    • Stairs up to the Rail Park from the 1100 block of Callowhill, May 2018 / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Rail Park opens, carrying the freight of a changing neighborhood

What does it mean to create a new park in a changing, sometimes contested neighborhood? Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn takes a deep dive into…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Protest against construction tax planned even as amendments are in the offing

Some affordable-housing advocates are preparing to protest the details of legislation -- set to receive a hearing in City Council on Wednesday -- that would levy a one-percent construction tax on…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Anti-squatting measure, months in the making, moves out of City Council committee

David Oh’s anti-squatting legislation has finally advanced out of committee, after nine months of relentless advocacy from the Republican at-large City Council member. The legislation seeks to address what Oh’s office…

    • The collapsed building at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown

Investigation begins into deadly Brewerytown building collapse

A multiagency investigation has begun into the fatal Monday morning collapse of a building being demolished in the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia. Inspectors from the Fire Department, the Police Department,…

    • La Finquita's farmstand in 2014. Whatever didn't sell was donated to the Catholic Worker's daily soup kitchen.

How one urban farm was lost: La Finquita's finale

It started with a lock and a “No Trespassing” sign. They appeared one day on the fence at Lawrence and Master streets, next to a hand-painted sign reading, “La Finquita,” or…

    • A 2011 view of the elevated Reading Viaduct in the Callowhill neighborhood

In the emerging Callowhill neighborhood, making their bid for a Business Improvement District

The old factory district between Vine Street and Spring Garden is one of the last Center City-adjacent neighborhoods pocked by empty lots and vacant storefronts. Many have tried to name the…

    • Anglers cast their lines for catfish at Pier 60 off Columbus Boulevard

At waterfront development site, a popular DIY rec space hangs in the balance

As rush-hour traffic grinds to a halt along Columbus Boulevard one afternoon in May, a slow flow of bicycles moves in a perpendicular direction, intermittently cutting across the road toward the…

    • Lardner's Point Park in Northeast Philadelphia, where the city tried timed locks and composting toilets -- unsuccessfully.

Where's the restroom? In city parks, there may be nowhere to go

Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown has no bathroom, so when a local preschool class met there for a playdate recently, the parents pulled out little travel toilets for the children. Kensington…

    • Burholme resident Scott Yusem (and his young son) use the WHYY listening booth. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust
Eyes on the Street

WHYY Listening Booth: "The Gang Goes to Burholme"

What happens when people have access to a microphone and a platform, with an invitation to tell the invisible listener about their neighborhoods? PlanPhilly decided to find out. Last Thursday, we…

    • Mayor Kenney toured San Juan neighborhoods with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Mayor Kenney returns from Puerto Rico disappointed by the federal government’s work

On his first official visit to Puerto Rico, Mayor Jim Kenney was impressed by island residents’ resiliency and strength. “There's a confidence that they have, and a decency that they have,…

    • Philadelphia Unemployment Project board members and supporters rally in the mayor's reception room for more reverse commuter vanpool funds

PUP begs for a scrap of funding for its vanpool program for reverse commuters

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallied for support at City Hall Wednesday morning, hoping to pressure City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney to fund its small vanpooling program for reverse-commuting Philadelphians who…

    • Donald Shoup, author of

'Parking Guru' advises Philly: Don't require more, manage what you have

In City Hall, the parking wars are raging again. Back in 2012, Philadelphia’s antiquated zoning code got an overhaul. Policymakers enacted widespread changes, in some cases bringing the code in…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changes to Philly construction tax break under review

With the spring City Council session coming to an end, reform of Philadelphia’s controversial 10-year property tax abatement emerged as a live issue on Thursday. The 18-year-old development incentive waives property taxes…

    • A stretch of Lincoln Drive

Putting the brakes on Lincoln Drive's raceway

When Kittura Dior was growing up in Mount Airy in the 1960s, she got used to feeling her house shake every so often, when cars veered off Lincoln Drive and slammed…

    • Emily Coleman leads a ceramics class at Olney Rec Center.

City Council and Mayor Kenney play nice as rec center 'rebuild' advances

Mayor Jim Kenney’s plan to revamp public facilities throughout the city took another step forward this week, with key legislation passing favorably out of a City Council committee on Monday. The…

    • Implicit bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.

As Starbucks prepares for trainings, here's what Philadelphia knows about 'implicit bias'

You’ve entered a white space. This online publication, right here; it might be less obvious than looking at the demographics inside a Center City coffee shop, but there are digital signposts…

    • LOVE in reverse / Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Finding a new LOVE

First up in a series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn heads to LOVE Park looking for love and finds plenty. Hear what Philadelphians using the park think about Center…

    • Brothers at Wister Playground | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Philly gains ground in national park ranking

Philadelphia’s park system has bumped up two places, to 30th, in a national ranking of the 100 largest U.S. cities, reflecting good distribution of facilities around the city, strong volunteerism, and…

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