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    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

Changes to plumbing code expected to sharply reduce Philly construction costs

Of the fifty largest cities in America, only Philadelphia and six other union-friendly urban centers still require the use of expensive, heavy metal pipes in high-rise residential construction. Cheaper and more…

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New inclusionary zoning bill sweetens deal for developers

After a negative response from developers, Philadelphia City Council has amended the terms of a density bonus intended to raise funds for affordable housing. “Legislation should be a living document,” said…

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Building for Discovery

The Discovery Center, a new kind of environmental and leadership education center opening this month, is unlike anything else in Fairmount Park. Ashley Hahn took a deep dive into the center’s…

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‘To The Polls’ wants to harness Instagram for voter registration

It’s not enough to register to vote. You need to urge your friends to register to vote. That’s the message of “To The Polls,” an exhibition of ten large-scale paintings inside…

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Pew finds most poor Philly renters receive no public assistance

A new study out today from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the vast majority of low-income Philadelphians receive no assistance with their housing costs. As a result, many have to…

    •  Representatives of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities packed a Sept. 26 City Council hearing

As protestors heckle, affordable housing bills advance in City Council

A City Council committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to advance a package of affordable housing bills that would enable developers to tap city funds for middle-income projects. The bills allow for…

    • Sandra Horsey at the reservoir | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: Hidden habitat reclaimed as Discovery Center opens in Fairmount Park

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn explores the Discovery Center, a new environmental education center opening September 28 in East Fairmount Park. What will it take…

    • Nic Esposito as Ric Resposito in the city's new video,

City fights filthy streets with viral video

Nic Esposito, head of Mayor Jim Kenney’s  Zero Waste and Litter cabinet, isn't shy about the amount of work it will take to de-trashify Philadelphia's notoriously filthy streets. “This is a…

    • A file photo of developer Ori Feibush in a vacant lot across from homes he built he built in Point Breeze.

Philly developers say numbers don’t ‘pencil’ out on city’s latest affordable housing scheme

Ori Feibush may be one of the more controversial developers in Philadelphia, but few would argue about the one-time City Council candidate’s ability to get projects done in the city. Now…

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A Philly-Pittsburgh Hyperloop? State House resolution calls for feasibility study

It’s not hyperbole to say that no contemporary transit proposal has received as much hype as the Hyperloop — Elon Musk’s concept for intercity travel at nearly supersonic speeds seemingly inspired…

    • Gretz Brewery complex | November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court restores powerful blight-fighting tool

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has given Philadelphia back its favorite blight-fighting tool. In a Sept. 13 ruling, state justices  unanimously reaffirmed the city’s ability to force property owners to maintain the…

    • olunteers teach young kids to play chess at the After School Activities Fair at Francis Myers Reaction Center in Southwest Philly on September 21, 2018.

In an 'out-of-school-time desert,' organizers connect kids to opportunities

Lisa Hall never did any extracurriculars while in school. She wants to change that for her two young children. “I think it exposes them to new things and I hope they…

    • ormer Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. speaks to supporters, as protesters demonstrate in the background, during a ceremony to celebrate the naming of a street after him Friday in Philadelphia.

As Philly honors former mayor with street sign, protesters assail Goode’s MOVE legacy

A public ceremony to honor former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. devolved into a heated referendum on his time in office Friday morning. The event in Overbrook Farms showcased the honorific…

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New exhibit explores redlining with immersive maps, art and film

The logo for “A Dream Deferred,” a new exhibit that opened Friday inside the landmark Northern Savings Fund bank building at 600 Spring Garden at first appears harmless and inviting. It’s…

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Remembering Robert Venturi, Philadelphia architect who gave 'more'

Robert Venturi, one of the most influential design minds of the 20th century, passed away on Tuesday, September 18 at the age of 93, after battling Alzheimer’s disease. In his passing,…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia officials promise crackdown on Center City traffic scofflaws

Philadelphia officials Thursday announced a concentrated crackdown on traffic scofflaws to address Center City’s growing traffic congestion problems. Speaking alongside officials from the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, SEPTA,…

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One year after Hurricane Maria, Philly a model for recovery

On Monday night, Lydia Adorno was cooking pasta with her two adult kids in their two-story Philadelphia row house. Unpacked boxes and suitcases laid on the floor and new mattresses stand…

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Grocery stores are popping up in Philadelphia. Don't be fooled, the boom is over

As the sun peaked over the High School for Creative and Performing Arts across South Broad Street, a crowd of more 200 people stood on line in front of a new…

    • Fishtown residents debate a development project at a neighborhood zoning meeting.

Risky business: City Planning Commission votes down bill that would help community groups pay for insurance

The city will not be paying your local community organization’s insurance bill anytime soon. That’s the upshot of a City Planning Commission meeting that ended Tuesday with commissioners unanimously voting against…

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Fairmount Park gave artists the keys to a historic mansion. One year later, they aren't leaving.

An hour before guests arrive for the final art exhibition of the summer at the Hatfield House on the eastern edge of Fairmount Park, Shirley Slaughter is oscillating between the kitchen…

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