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    • A SEPTA Key validator

Come Sept. 1, seniors will need new Key Cards (or old driver’s licenses) to ride SEPTA for free.

SEPTA’s effort to replace all its tickets, tokens, and other fare instruments with the KEY Card continues to creep along. The latest step in the long, slow path to full implementation…

    • Ideas for how the pocket park  Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture might be used.
Eyes on the Street

In West Philadelphia, a park collaboration in progress

In a time of such rapid development, it is important for community members to access spaces that have a sense of openness, permanence, and stability.  That sentiment, voiced by an attendee…

    • A day in the life: A pre-sunrise view toward City Hall from North Broad Street on Aug. 28, 2017. | Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

A day in the life of Philadelphia, and the people who make it go

It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all. The whole idea is implausible. Before you can take something even as simple as a morning shower, a dozen different things must…

    • The visitors center at LOVE Park, also known as the 'spaceship'.

Taking ‘panes’ to overhaul Philly visitors center in LOVE Park

Philadelphia’s 1960s-era visitors center near City Hall, known as “the spaceship” because of its shape, has been more of an eyesore for about a year as it’s redesigned as part of …

    • An illustration of a train rolling past the Foundry is found on a utility box at a parking lot along Bridge Street in Phoenixville

A long-shot plan to extend Regional Rail to Phoenixville could revolutionize how infrastructure is built

A bit before dusk on a gray and muggy Tuesday night, a familiar sight comes rumbling through the east end of Phoenixville: Another freight train slowly chugs by, stretching as far…

    • Freedom Theatre's exterior, where some flaking of the facade's surface can be seen above the sign facing Master Street.

Freedom Theatre's venerable home struggles to rebound from a very wet season

Freedom Theatre is having a tough year. For decades, this sprawling 1850s-mansion in North Philadelphia served as a vibrant hub for African-American artists, but the building — and the historic institution…

    • Louis J. Gambaccini died on Aug. 19.

Transportation community mourns Louis J. Gambaccini, a SEPTA legend and founder of NJ Transit

Louis J. Gambaccini, a former general manager of SEPTA and the first chairman of New Jersey Transit's board, died at his home in Skillman, N.J., on Aug. 19. He was 87 years old.…

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Artists taking up residence as Cherry Street Pier readies for October opening

The transformation of the old Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia is nearing completion. The formerly dilapidated shipping pier is being rebuilt as a public attraction. The…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Mostly behind the scenes, the work of Rebuild begins

For more than two years, since the $500 million project to improve libraries, parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers was announced, anticipation for Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative has been building. Rebuild…

    • The cover of the Urban Institute's executive summary of the report, sponsored by HUD.

New research paints a frustrating portrait of housing voucher program

A new national study calls the country’s housing choice voucher program — formerly known as Section 8 — “daunting” for low-income residents hoping to leave poverty behind. The reason: Not enough…

    • Police stand guard at the Frank Rizzo statue on the grounds of the Municipal Services Building. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

A historian on the Rizzo debate: 'It comes down to what statues do'

Controversy surrounding the 10-foot-tall statue of former Mayor Frank Rizzo across from City Hall has rekindled in recent weeks, as it’s become clear that the figure will not be moved or…

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With deal for use of Market Street site, Philly officials hope to recoup $50M

The City of Philadelphia has a deal to unload a property once pegged as the new home of the Philadelphia Police Department. Under the agreement with a private developer, the space…

    • Cyclists form a

Volunteers count vehicles in the bike lanes as upgrade work on Pine and Spruce is delayed

The bike lanes on Pine and Spruce streets are Philly’s versions of the watched pot that never boils. While volunteers from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia engage in a week-long…

    • Quamir Jones does a cannonball into the pool at Dendy Playground, at 10th and Oxford streets in North Philadelphia.
Eyes on the Street

A photographer reflects on a summer oasis: Dendy Playground

Dendy feels like magic. That’s the thought that ran through my mind the first time I went to my neighborhood rec center for a swim one June evening. Golden light washed…

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To prevent chronic homelessness, Philly nonprofit offers some young adults more than shelter

Jerome Maynard’s two-bedroom apartment in Roxborough is a special place — not because of the beige carpeting and white walls, but simply because it’s his. Roughly a year ago, the 26-year-old…

    • Customers often park in the bike lane while they run into the Wawa on 22nd Street, which opened a few months ago. | Jim Saksa/WHYY News

Frustrated by Philly politicians’ failure to upgrade bike lanes, cyclists turn to the courts

Outside Courtroom 426, a small shoal of bicycle-safety advocates gathered in a semicircle, seemingly dazed by their unexpected good fortune. “This is definitely a good outcome,” said Kyle Leach, a Point…

    • The 100 block of Mole Street -- virtually all of it -- in Center City.

An intimate rowhouse block holds its own as towers rise around it

The 100 block of North Mole Street looks like a lot of older rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia, but with more trees. The shaded street, with its neatly kept brick homes, feels…

    • The Royal Theater's facade

No about-face on facadectomies in Philly just yet: They're still pretty rare here

On South Street, the front exterior of the Royal Theater still stands, encased in steel. The ornamented brick façade of the historic entertainment complex is all that is left of the…

    • Developer Steven Brown, who said his intention was to preserve the mural, said the building was on the verge of collapse.

A cherished mural falls victim to Philadelphia redevelopment

Driving by 20th and Fernon streets, Darryl Roberts thought the mural looked like something was missing. But he didn’t pay much attention. It was early evening, and he figured the sun had…

    • One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. (Courtesy of Adam Wallacavage, Space 1026)

One of Philly’s oldest art collectives, Space 1026, to lose its home of 20 years

One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. Space 1026 has been in Chinatown since 1997. On the…

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