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    • Steele Building at 15 South 11th Street. Credit: Barry Halkin/DAS Architects

Tribute to the automat on 11th wins preservation award

Imagine sitting in a charming restaurant on 11th Street, with hip mid-century modern tables and chairs, eating food that you can order with technology. No, it’s not the next James Beard…

    • Old construction abuts new in East Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City Council brokers compromise with developers on new construction tax and incentives for affordable housing

Philadelphia City Council announced on Wednesday — the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act — an ambitious package of affordable housing bills, including a new tax on construction. The legislation…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

L&I commissioner: Boarding houses aren’t going away. Philly neighborhoods need to make room for them

Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections Commissioner David Perri thinks that the city’s zoning code is “inadvertently” encouraging property owners to illegally carve dwellings into multi-unit boarding houses. The regulations skirted by such…

    • The Philadelphia Design District’s launch kicks off at The Bridge, a new building designed by NYC architecture firm Gluck+. Credit: Gluck+.

Open for business in Old City: Philadelphia Design District

Friday the 13th: The Philadelphia Design District celebrates its official debut in style, with a launch party and curated exhibit featuring products from members of the nascent collective of independent design…

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City Council advances bill to kill Philadelphia's electric vehicle parking program

Philadelphia City Council took another step towards eliminating a program that encouraged electric vehicle ownership on Monday, advancing a bill to kill a little-used city program that allowed residents to create…

    • A backhoe works on the lot adjacent to 1855 N. 21st St., an illegal boarding house where 10 people are believed to have lived before a deadly fire struck last week. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Can better informed residents make neighborhoods safer, Philly Councilwoman asks with new bill

On the heels of a fire that killed four residents of an illegal rooming house in North Philadelphia last month, city leaders are wrestling with how to prevent similar tragedies from…

    • The racial breakdown of the Philadelphia workforce as of June 30, 2017, according to the 2017 Philadelphia Workforce Diversity Profile Report

Former Philly CIO says he was fired over “whistleblower” objections to City Hall’s “racial-hiring” preferences, business practices

Philadelphia’s freshly ousted chief information officer Charlie Brennan is suing Mayor Jim Kenney and other high ranking officials claiming that he was fired for complaining about the city’s unlawful “racial-hiring, retention…

    • Start screen of the updated SEPTA Key Fare Kiosks (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA tweaks Key card costs

It’s a common critique of modern capitalism that our society does not value something until there is a price on it. Starting this May, SEPTA will force riders to assign a…

    • Rowhouses in Point Breeze

City Council passes bill extending tax break for longtime homeowners

City Council passed a bill Thursday that will help longtime homeowners weather real-estate tax hikes in gentrifying neighborhoods, even if they aren’t low-income residents. The bill, introduced by Councilman Kenyatta…

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

Philly's economy is growing but more people are dying from heroin and homicides

A booming local economy marked by strong job growth, population gains and a formidable housing market hasn't reduced the share of Philadelphians living in poverty or losing their life to drugs…

    • More than 160,000 African American soldiers served in the Union Army. Credit: Library of Congress

Philly is getting a Civil War memorial honoring black soldiers

Philadelphia's newest Civil War memorial will honor black soldiers who fought in the brutal war over slavery. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Mütter Museum will unveil the "interpretative…

    • One of the two reading rooms in The Athenaeum of Philadelphia (photo credit: Tom Crane)

Inside the Society Hill library where 'hidden' Philadelphia lives in 19th-century grandeur

Philadelphia’s popular landmarks tell a story about the city. They serve as a physical embodiment of a familiar history. Independence Hall shows the birth of a nation. The art museum steps…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Broad Street divided on Spruce and Pine bike lane remake

A crowd of nearly 150 braved the blustery winds Wednesday night to attend an open house on a proposal to move the bike lanes on Pine and Spruce Streets to the…

    • La Finquita farm stand, Summer 2014 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

City failing to deliver on community garden promises

Community gardening is a labor of love and patience. On scraps of reclaimed vacant land scattered across Philadelphia, people of all incomes and hues work hard during the growing season knowing…

    • Rendering of Navy Yard with potential subway location circled

Price tag on Navy Yard subway extension could double original estimate

Extending the Broad Street Subway to the Navy Yard would cost upwards of $380 million more than originally anticipated when the proposal to extend the city’s north-south transit line down to…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Mapping affordable housing, crime or development in your Philadelphia neighborhood? Two new tools have you covered.

By Ken Steif I was recently asked to join my neighborhood Registered Community Organization (RCO) – the Spruce Hill Community Association in West Philly. At my first meeting, a University of Pennsylvania…

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50 years later, researchers proves Martin Luther King right: Segregation harms all Americans

Before his tragic assassination 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that both minorities and whites who live in segregated communities are exposed to higher levels…

    • Darrell Clarke | Emma Lee/WHYY

Darrell Clarke: I’ll 'entertain' Temple's stadium proposal if and when the community supports it

For the past couple months, protests against Temple University’s proposed 35,000-seat stadium have dominated the public comment period customary at every meeting of the City Council. Project opponents have called, repeatedly,…

    • The latest rendering for Toll Bros.' Jewelers Row tower. Credit: Toll Bros.

Architects assail Toll's Jewelers Row tower as it moves towards construction

A third public hearing on the design of Toll Brothers’ much-contested Jewelers Row tower ended on Tuesday with representatives of the developer exiting the room before the Civic Design Review meeting…

    • Meghan Talarowski of Studio Ludo designed the climbing wall at the Cecil B. Moore library with the idea that children need

A Philadelphia library gets 'risky' with a new play space

It’s a weekday afternoon just before 3:00 p.m. and Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia is quiet.  But librarian Kayla Hoskinson says when school lets out, kids will flock to…

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