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April 10: PA minimum wage | Naturally Resilient Communities | Aparkalypse now

Governor Wolf wants to raise Pennsylvania's minimum wage from $7.25 to $12. A new report from the Independent Fiscal Office (IFO) examines the implications of such a wage hike—including an estimated…

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Tacony sex-positive community center will proceed without zoning relief

On Wednesday the sex-positive community center proposed for the Tacony Music Hall was slated to go before the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA). Instead it asked for a continuance, pushing the…

    • SEPTA transfers at ticket booth, 2017

SEPTA resists petition to end transfer fees

With SEPTA Key’s long-anticipated arrival on the region’s buses, subways and trolleys finally here, some riders think it’s time for SEPTA to update another part of its fare system: transfers. 5th…

    • A heroin camp in Kensington, users who can't manage by themselves can come here and pay someone a few dollars for injection. | Emma Lee / WHYY
    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilwoman Parker wants developers to provide more project information

At Thursday’s City Council session, Ninth District Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced legislation that would require some developers to post a “Project Information Form” about their projects on a city website, as…

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Council pulls plug on Philadelphia’s electric vehicle program in rare contested vote

In an 11 to 6 vote, City Council suspended a program that allowed electric vehicle (EV) owners create EV-only parking spots in front of the curbside electrical outlets used to recharge…

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    • Discovery Center entrance, April 2017 Art Commisison presentation

Art Commission greenlights design for Discovery Center in Strawberry Mansion

On Wednesday, the Philadelphia Art Commission glowingly approved designs for the 14,000-square-foot Discovery Center at the East Park Reservoir, a long-anticipated project that seeks to provide public access to a unique…

    • Parents from John H. Taggart Elementary School gather materials to create model | Mifflin Square Plan

Imagining a better Mifflin Square through memories and a cardboard model

On a recent Wednesday morning, 10 adults sat around a big table at John H. Taggart Elementary School library, in South Philadelphia. They were using colored paper, pieces of cloth, little…

    • St. Mary's Carson Street units, April 2017 CDR | Campbell Thomas & Co Architects

St. Mary's Manayunk redevelopment and South Kensington project asked back to Civic Design Review

There never was a Civic Design Review (CDR) meeting that passed without strife, but April’s Tuesday meeting was especially contentious. Two multi-family projects, one on Germantown Avenue in South Kensington and…

    • Soda fight against Philadelphia's sweetened drink tax is back in court. (Emma Lee/WHYY, file)

April 5: Soda tax back in court | DRPA inspector general vacancy | Pittsburgh's lead water wars

Mayor Jim Kenney’s key policy, the sweetened beverage tax, goes back to court today against the American Beverage Association’s claims that the levy is unconstitutional. NewsWorks’ Bobby Allyn covers both sides…

    • Chinh Dinh and Ly Nguyen arrived in Philadelphia in the 83’ and 92’ as Vietnamese refugees. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

For Philly’s Vietnamese and Cambodian refugees, Trump policies spark memories and mixed reactions

Decades ago thousands of Southeast Asian refugees fled violent conflict and many resettled in Philadelphia, finding home in rowhouses and rebuilding old commercial strips. Then, as now, the American public was…

    • Walnut Street Bridge cyclist | Ashley Hahn / PlanPhilly

City will replace delineator posts on Walnut Street Bridge bike lane

Like a phoenix from its ashes — or perhaps some lego towers from a toy chest — the delineator posts buffering the bike lane on the Walnut Street Bridge shall rise…

    • SEPTA body camera | Emma Lee / WHYY

April 4: Target joins Yards | Wolf: no jobs, no tax break | SEPTA police body cameras

Target will be joining Yards Brewing Co. and the Philadelphia Department of Records and Archives at the former Destination Maternity headquarters at Fifth and Spring Garden Streets, Jacob Adelman reports. This…

    • Three-story addition proposed for Edward Corner building. | 2017 hardship application, Core Realty

Extra height proposed for Edward Corner building in hardship appeal

On Monday, the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Committee on Financial Hardship ruled in favor of Core Realty’s plea that they would need to alter the Edward Corner building in order to save…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Limbo for St. Laurentius as contentious residential plan faces lengthy appeal

Leo Voloshin sounds tired. You can hear it in the Fishtown developer’s voice, as he explains why the fate of St. Laurentius is still up in the air. It’s been more…

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April 3: Businesses of the El | Civic infrastructure | Where's the next Jewelers' Row?

In a continuing series on the Philadelphia’s ‘greatest single people-mover,’ the Inquirer's Jason Laughlin highlights seven businesses along the Market-Frankford Line and the people whose livelihoods are tied to the El.…

    • 6200 Osage Avenue | Will Herzog
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MOVE and memory: What is an appropriate monument for 6200 Osage Avenue?

How should the blocks hit by the MOVE bombing and a failed redevelopment effort reflect that past? On Friday, WHYY’s Dave Davies reported that 6th graders successfully applied for a state…

    • Zoning notice sign at NKCDC Garden Center.

PHS Pop-Up Garden proposed in Fishtown stopped by neighbor concerns, displaced compost co-op

Some Fishtown neighbors didn’t like the idea of having a seasonal Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden open in their backyard. Or at least that’s what they said on Facebook,…

    • Rowhouses in Philadelphia burn after authorities dropped a bomb on the MOVE house in May 1985. (AP Photo, files)

Historical marker coming to site of MOVE assault

The violent confrontation between Philadelphia police and the radical group MOVE in 1985 will be commemorated with a state historical marker later this year. That's because a group of school children…

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