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    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

North Philly couple suing landlord’s lawyer over right to evict

In 2013, Gerrell Martin and Curtis Sampson rented a property in North Philadelphia for their large family. The family is low-income and they have six children. Their two-year-old child suffers from…

    • Landlord-tenant court in the Widener Building

To reduce unfair evictions tenants need lawyers

In a city with a staggeringly high eviction rate, landlord-tenant court is one of the busiest corners of Philadelphia's municipal judiciary. To get to the court, walk into the lobby…

    • Merthus Mbonigaba at the Growing Together farm in South Philadelphia. | Catalina Jaramillo / WHYY

Seeds from home help refugees grow roots in South Philly

Growing roots in a new country? For refugees in South Philadelphia that transition is eased by growing a comforting taste from home. This story is part of an episode of The…

    • Walk on Walnut, 1971 | Credit: Joshua Bernstein, Special Collections Research Center, Temple University Libraries, Philadelphia, PA.

March 16: Philly retail venture capitalism | Archaeological oversight | Between Jacobs and Moses

Archeologists have many skeletons in their closet—as many as they could excavate from the 300-year old First Baptist Church Burial Ground that developer PMC Properties discovered in their construction site in…

    • Residents of the Grays Ferry neighborhood attended a Civic Engagement Academy hosted by the Philadelphia Commission of Human Relations at the Williams Temple CME Church. (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

Philly's Civic Engagement Academy expanding to meet booming demand

Since late November, the city's Office of Civic Engagement and Volunteer Service has received at least one request per day from people interested in volunteer opportunities—a rate that far surpasses the…

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March 15: Storm aftermath | Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule | Declaration House closes

The skies are looking clearer today and the Nor’easter winds have died down following yesterday’s storm. NewsWorks reports that the Governor cautions that following snowfall, the low temperatures lead to cycles…

    • Off the Beaten Path

Salting to avoid an icy night? Choose your deicer wisely

Today’s wintry mix will turn to ice as temperatures drop tonight, which means it’s time to clear and treat your sidewalk so it doesn’t become treacherous to traverse. But you might…

    • Diagram of proposed typical N. American Street cross section

Time’s a ticking on TIGER grant funded projects held up by American Street redesign

The clock is ticking on a project to transform North American Street in Kensington from a barren industrial roadway into a verdant, commercial avenue. If the city doesn’t meet rapidly approaching…

    • ice covered tree, March 2017

March 14: Storm update | Nestel + Fenerty | Infrastructure report card

This season's messiest storm, has been a combination of snow, sleet, freezing rain, and challenging road conditions so far. NewsWorks reports that Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York have declared states…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Will Tacony Music Hall turn into 'sex-positive community center'?

The Victorian redbrick Tacony Music Hall is an icon of this working class riverfront community in the lower Northeast. The stately bulk of the building is breathtaking, standing out from its…

    • Illegal parking

March 13: Changing Cedar Park | In defense of parking | Elders’ poetry on West Philly

The region is preparing for snow starting overnight, and we want to remind you that the city has enacted a Code Blue through Thursday to keep individuals experiencing  homelessness safe. If…

    • As the sun sets, a small group gathers to mourn the loss of the last English elm trees in The Woodlands. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Saying farewell to the last remaining grove of English Elms in the country

The Woodlands cemetery is the biggest open space near University City in West Philadelphia. It has beautiful and rare trees and many neighbors use it as a park. On Thursday night,…

    • Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home, Sansom Street | Jake Blumgart / PlanPhilly

Historic Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home to be demolished for Rittenhouse tower

With Friday’s meeting of the Historical Commission, the fate of 1918-20 Sansom Street—formerly the Oliver H. Bair Funeral Home—seems to be sealed. The body voted unanimously to grant the petition for…

    • Graffiti Pier | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

March 10: Defending CDBG | Delaware River Turnpike Bridge reopens | Graffiti Pier park?

Elected officials across the U.S. have joined as a unified front to defend the Community Development Block Grants program, which the Trump administration proposes eliminating from its HUD Fiscal Year…

    • SEPTA Key

SEPTA Key makes its wide release this month, to debut on the Airport Line in April

Like an art house film with a lot of hype, SEPTA Key is finally going from limited release to wide distribution. SEPTA riders who have been clamoring to get their hands…

    • Abigail Vare Elementary School

March 9: Pittsburgh’s Resilience Strategy | Philadelphia homicide trends | Concordia closer acquiring 5 closed public schools

Mayor Bill Peduto has released the Pittsburgh Resilience Strategy, evaluating the city’s sustainability goals to respond to “ongoing pressures stemming from urbanization, globalization, and climate change.”  Next City reports…

    • Milled street before paving

Potholes a thing of the past? Mayor Kenney calls for $174 million for increase to paving budget

In his budget address last week, Mayor Jim Kenney called for $174 million in capital funds for street repaving over the next 6 years. The plan is to ramp up to…

    • Former Fifth Dutch Reformed Church | Google Street View

Live/work reuse ahead for Fifth Reformed Dutch Church in Fishtown

Historic preservation is a calling that trends towards tragedy. Advocates are often outgunned when it comes to financial resources and political support. Submitting a designation for addition to the local historic…

    • Delaware River protected bike trail

Vision Zero Action Plan: A Modest Proposal

On Tuesday the City of Philadelphia released a draft of its Vision Zero Action Plan, a three-year roadmap for the first leg of a long march towards zero traffic fatalities.…

    • Walt Whitman toll booths

March 8: Equitable transportation funding | The original Divine Hotel | Combatting hunger outside of school

Many Philadelphians are still without power after yesterday’s fire at a PECO substation in North Philly. 6abc reports that 5,400 homes and businesses in the area, as well as two schools…

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