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Activists file ethics complaint against Allan Domb

Opponents of Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against City Councilman Allan Domb, a real estate broker and developer who owns numerous properties across the city. The Philadelphia…

    • Fish signs mark homes on the 800 block of East Thompson Street. (Joel Wolfram for WHYY)

Old fish, new fish: Tracing the history of Fishtown’s most ubiquitous sign

When Joe Billitto and Megan Minner moved into their brick rowhouse on Sepviva Street last fall, just one thing was missing. The couple, not quite in their 30s, had renovated the…

    • William Bess, 19, (center) with his mother and father on their porch in East Mt. Airy. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Temple U cops sued over alleged racial profiling incident

A black Philadelphia college student has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Temple University Police Department over an alleged May 2017 stop-and-frisk incident. In the filing, plaintiff William Bess…

    •  Philadelphia Uber driver consults her phone during her shift. (Jessica Kourkounis for WHYY)

Philadelphia sues Uber on eve of driver revolt

There will be a lot to talk about in your Uber Wednesday — if you can get one. The ride-hail giant is making its debut on the New York Stock Exchange…

    • There was a full house at Janes Memorial United Methodist Church for a community meeting on the future of Germantown's old high school building. (Michaela Winberg/Billy Penn)

Germantown High reimagined as $30 million housing development — with a lot of question marks

At last, for Germantown residents, there was an end to the silence. Northwest Philly packed the pews of Janes Memorial United Methodist Church on Monday evening when, after two years, they…

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Protections for Philly parking industry workers advance at City Hall

Two City Council bills aimed at regulating labor practices in Philadelphia’s parking industry advanced easily at a hearing on Monday. One bill would require that industry employers show “just cause” before…

    • Curtis Jones in City Council chambers

Eight Philly locales likely to be off limits for medical marijuana dispensaries

Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones doesn’t want City Line Avenue to become “the Atlantic City of recreational and medical marijuana.” That’s why he introduced a bill last year to ban medical marijuana…

    • View of the garden entrance to the condo project behind the Dilworth House

Society Hill’s Dilworth House condo tower wins final city approval

After almost two decades of legal disputes and neighborhood enmity, a proposed super-luxury 12-story condo development behind the Dilworth House cleared its final hurdle this week. A Wednesday presentation to the…

    • Anastasi Seafood in the Italian Market. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Protecting the Italian Market’s walkability is the goal of new City Council bill

Councilman Mark Squilla is stepping into a fight over a driveway that opponents say threatens the pedestrian nature of the Italian Market. The driveway in question would interrupt 9th Street south…

    • Residential parking permit, Philadelphia Parking Authority

Philly Councilman wants city to reclaim control of street parking

Unfortunately for critics of the Philadelphia Parking Authority, City Hall still doesn’t have the power to wrest control of on-street parking from the state-run agency. Or, at least not according to…

    • Jane's Walk participants enjoy a guided exploration of Lancaster Avenue during a 2017 walk.

This is your weekend to discover hidden black history, ‘peak songbirds’ and a middle school once associated with utopia

Urbanist darling Jane Jacob’s legacy continues as curious city lovers around the world prepare to take to the sidewalks for Jane’s Walk this weekend to honor the bespectacled activist who died…

    • Chamarra McCrorey gives Indego's new e-bikes a test ride on Thomas Paine Plaza

Want to power up your pedaling? Philly adding 400 electric bikes to Indego fleet

Philadelphia: get ready to see more bright blue Indego bikes zipping through the streets this summer. The city’s bike share initiative announced Thursday that it will expand its electric bike pilot…

    • Marilyn Rodriguez was formerly a teacher at Fairhill Elementary School (Kimberly Paytner/WHYY)

From schools to scourge: Why 7 Philly schools remain empty 5 years after going on the auction block

Broken glass, withered pieces of cardboard and used diapers lay at the front door of former Fairhill Elementary School. Graffiti pierces through a careless paint job. Windows are pried open. Marilyn…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

Detroit just eliminated its transfer fee. Will Philly be next?

SEPTA riders may soon be able to stop giving a buck. City Councilwoman Helen Gym wants SEPTA to stop charging riders a $1 transfer fee for switching transit lines and at…

    • A former garage located behind homes on 51st Street is slated for redevelopment into an apartment building. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Yes in your backyard? Apartment building to rise behind West Philly homes

Hidden behind the stately townhomes to the northeast of West Philadelphia’s Malcolm X Park, there lies an abandoned auto garage. Covered in creeping vines and sprouting saplings from its empty windows,…

    • Rowing crews compete in the first day of the Dad Vail Regatta in 2014 (Brad Larrison/for WHYY)

Dredging funds raised to keep boat racing afloat on the Schuylkill

Philadelphians will be able to continue enjoying the long tradition of rowing on the Schuylkill River. That heritage is no longer in peril now that $4.5 million has been found to…

    • SEPTA's City Hall Station overhaul is on SEPTA's list of deferred capital projects

Appeal of anti-toll lawsuit keeps SEPTA improvements on hold

SEPTA’s state funding is hovering at a more than 10-year low due to a federal lawsuit that just won’t go away. The transportation agency breathed a sigh of relief in early…

    • Permits have been filed to build apartments on the sit of this partially demolished church.

278 apartments will rise on site of partially demolished Gothic-style West Philly church

A massive new apartment building will rise on the site of the partially demolished Christ Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church on 43rd and Chestnut streets in University City, according to construction permits…

    • Demolition permits have been filed for this building standing at 1208 Chestnut St. (Ryan Briggs/Google Streetview)

Slim tower to replace Chestnut St. Rainbow building

A residential tower is coming to the 1200 block of Chestnut Street, bringing 49 new apartments to the Center City neighborhood.  The planned nine-story building will replace a vacant storefront last…

    • Rowhomes at 34th and Spring Garden Street for sale or rent. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly housing costs rising faster for poor and middle class than for the wealthy

As the Philadelphia region’s poorest residents spend more to keep a roof over their heads, the area’s wealthiest residents are spending less, according to new research from economists at Apartment Life,…

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