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    • Penn students tour the 7th Ward and W. E. B. Du Bois's impact on sociology and African-American history. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Finding history on South Street

Let’s take a walk along South Street. In particular, let’s trace the footprints of black culture on the neighborhood. Penn students studying African-American history take WHYY News’ Danielle Fox to…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Mayor Kenney's wish list includes more money to help neighborhood businesses, clear blight and protect vulnerable residents

The big news coming out of Mayor Jim Kenney's annual budget address held Thursday morning in City Council chambers is a proposed six percent increase in property taxes and a delay…

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Going beyond hip with a vision for inclusive prosperity on North Broad

“This is a moment to forge an inclusive path to prosperity.” No, Drexel University President John Fry was not talking about North Broad when he voiced this idea at the Greater…

    • They are joined by Carlos Torres (left), Muriel Rivera and her son, Yeriel, 6, (center left), and Melanie Garcia and her three children (Center right), who all face eviction.

A new group promises long-term support for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

Philadelphia disaster relief organizations have established a new committee designed to help the city support the more than 900 Puerto Rican families who landed here after losing their homes, schools, and…

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Architecture in the #MeToo moment

How are some of the top architecture firms in the country, in an industry with “a long history of celebrating the lone male genius, creating power structures that disadvantage women,” stacking…

    • All Power to All People by Hank Willis Thomas was one of twenty Monument Lab installations funded with help from NEA. Credit: Steve Weinik/Mural Arts

The NEA contributed $1.4 million to Philly's creative economy in 2017. Now Trump wants to kill it.

Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts would “end valuable direct investments in our local communities,” said the leaders of some of the nation's most urban-focused foundations, including…

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

SEPTA: New bus route connecting Grays Ferry and Brewerytown to University City expected to launch in 2018

It might not always seem that way, like when the bus still pulls away without you despite your sprinting and shouts, but SEPTA listens. At least when it comes to planning…

    • Onlookers clamor to get that first shot of the LOVE statue’s triumphant return to LOVE Park February 2017. Credit: Sophie Heng.

Love and public space: It’s not destiny. It’s design.

LOVE Park’s new design ruins the much-needed distinction between park and city and gives us a “sterile, corporate landscape” with “mediocre architecture,” writes Diana Lind for the  Philadelphia Citizen.…

    • Bart Blatstein already owns the Inquirer/Daily News Building at 400 North Broad, and now he's making a move for the papers themselves.

New terms on city’s deal to buy Inquirer building for new Philly police HQ threaten to increase cost for taxpayers

Mayor Jim Kenney's deal to borrow $252.5 million to transform 400 North Broad Street into a new police headquarters could cost taxpayers more than City Council anticipated when it approved the…

    • Kirtrina Baxter at work at her community farm in North Philadelphia.

Cleaning vacant lots leads to safer and healthier neighborhoods, new study finds

Cleaning up a vacant lot leads to less crime, more socializing outdoors and increased perceptions of safety in the surrounding neighborhood, according to a new study done in Philadelphia and released…

    • The building at 239 Chestnut Street must be reinforced before investigators can enter safely Credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

L&I: Hold on 239 Chestnut demo

License & Inspections has placed the demolition of the building at 239 Chestnut Street on hold so that investigators can work to determine the cause of the fire, the Philadelphia Inquirer…

    • Kensington Avenue and F streets is rated a “4” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Armed with data on Philly's litter problem, Mayor prepares for slow political battle over street cleaning

Mayor Jim Kenney remains committed to a street-sweeping program, but don’t expect to see any cleaners on your block anytime soon. The city declined on Thursday to comment on a specific…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson during Thursday's eminent domain hearing. | Jared Brey, PlanPhilly

City Council unanimously approves call for hearings on racial disparities in Philly mortgage market

City government must do more to fight segregation in Philadelphia's neighborhood, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson implored his colleagues on Thursday. “There is a myth that the civil rights movement has relegated racial…

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New map unearths dozens of forgotten burial grounds across Philly

In the summer of 1851, it was reported that a Mr. Finley had purchased a plot of land on the corner of 12th and Carpenter streets in Philadelphia, to build on it…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: PHA employees work around the new housing development in Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Trump's budget would cut $90 million from Philadelphia Housing Authority

Trump’s proposed cuts to the HUD budget would mean a $90 million blow to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. Philadelphia Housing Authority spokeswoman Nichole Tillman…

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New City Council bill threatens progress on Philly's bike lanes

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced a bill on Thursday that would shift more control of Philadelphia’s bike lane infrastructure to council and away from the city’s planners and traffic engineers. The…

    • Front Street, Photo by Phillytrax

City planning commission recommends four new transit-oriented development sites in North Philly

As part of an effort to reduce reliance on cars and encourage more affordable housing near public transit, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously recommended a zoning code amendment…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)

Can Philly afford the subsidies Amazon wants?

Mayor Jim Kenney won't release the juiciest details of the city's bid to land Amazon's second headquarters, but it's safe to say that Philadelphia is likely offering subsidies plum enough to…

    • A rendering of an interior courtyard planned for 2035 Lehigh Ave.

City approves plan to build luxury housing in Conrail's backyard

Hard against the clanging Conrail train tracks in an industrial section of Kensington, the four-acre vacant lot at the corner of Lehigh and Frankford avenues doesn’t look like the most obvious…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

How many Philadelphia homes can $8.8 million fix?

Fresh on the heels of an investigation that found steep disparities in local mortgage lending between white borrowers and borrowers of color, the Urban Affairs Coalition has published a report touting…

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