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    • Crowds stream toward Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies bringing new anti-terror architecture to Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies are going on the defensive. At least when it comes to the architecture of its South Philadelphia ballpark. By this time next year, a hedge of waist-high metal pillars…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney announces the 2018 Philly Free Streets route — North Broad Street from City Hall up to Erie Avenue. (City of Philadelphia)

Philly Free Streets offers opportunity to explore traffic-free North Broad

During last year’s Philly Free Streets event, Mayor Jim Kenney said, there wasn’t much elbow room on Fifth Street’s narrow corridor. This year, he thought a bit more broadly. The next…

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A neighborhood walk that's healthy for you — and the city, too.

"Walking Philadelphia like this is an act of civic empathy and public power." Ashley Hahn, in an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shared how walking with fellow passionate Philadelphians can be…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City seizing blighted Germantown complex owned by nightmare landlord

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is one step closer to seizing – and potentially redeveloping – a few dozen blighted properties once controlled by a powerful, now-defunct social service and housing nonprofit…

    • Shani Akilah and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad with the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative at Rittenhouse Square Park. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

After Philly Starbucks arrest, what does it mean to be black in a ‘white space’?

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad grabs a seat on a low-slung wall inside Rittenhouse Square. It's a bit chilly but there are still plenty of people sitting on benches. Having a snack. Reading a…

    • Linton Rawls, 80, lives across the street from the empty lot where Temple wants to build a community center.

As some neighbors fight Temple's move into residential North Philly, others just want to know more

The change happens suddenly on the walk north along 13th Street towards Temple University,  Without much warning, you’ve landed in the middle of a dense, busy and somehow stressful environment. There’s…

    • A rendering of The Laurel, under development at 1911 Walnut St. (courtesy of Southern Land Company)

Design approved for Rittenhouse Square's final tower

After three years of planning, Philly’s official design critics have given a go to the 48-story tower slated to fill the last vacant spot overlooking Rittenhouse Square. The Southern Land Company,…

    • Bus on Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut/Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

ACLU sues SEPTA, claiming ad policy violates First Amendment

If you ride SEPTA, you’ve seen a few ads. A bus wrapped in a Pat’s advertisement is like billboard on wheels for greasy, 3 a.m. cheesesteak glory. Posters on the subway…

    • A mussel gives birth in a Philadelphia lab. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

With nation's first city-owned mussel hatchery, Philly employing bivalves in battle to improve water quality

Freshwater mussels function as nature’s water treatment plants. Each animal can filter up to 600 gallons of water per month. And when working together, they can dramatically clean the water of…

    • Inquirer Building, North Broad Street

Bill requiring independent appraisals on city real estate deals likely to become Philadelphia law

It's pretty standard to get an independent appraisal of a piece of property before you buy it. Most of us wouldn't consider buying a house without seeing one — and on…

    • The main hall of 30th St. Station. (Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez)

Audit uncovers security problems at 30th Street Station

Amtrak’s staff don’t have the keys to lock 30th Street Station in the event of an emergency, but someone else might, according to Amtrak's inspector general in an audit released Monday.…

    • A South Philly developer is planning to redevelop a surface parking lot into a small-format Target topped by apartments. (Courtesy of Target)

A second new Target on the way to South Philly

It’s a good time to own surface parking lots in greater Center City. As real estate values climb skyward, these vestiges of the city’s formerly moribund market have become hot commodities…

    • Our Lady Help of Christians at E. Allegheny Avenue and Gaul Street will close June 2018. Credit: Philadelphia Church Project.

"Dead parish walking": The last bell sounds for historic Port Richmond church

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that the Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Port Richmond will close due to financial strains, CBS 3 reports. The 100-year-old-plus congregation has attempted…

    • A residential block in Strawberry Mansion, one of the neighborhoods where assessed home values increased the most in 2018. (Bas Slabbers/WHYY)

Should City Council control Philly property values? New bill says yes.

A battle is raging in City Hall over the latest round of property reassessments and now, a faction of City Council members have introduced a new weapon in the fight: their…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key costs balloon as agency fixes smartcard snafus

SEPTA’s capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year increased the estimated total price of implementing the Key card payment system to $297.77 million, a nearly $30 million increase over last year’s…

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Eyes on the Street

The Whitewashing of Center City: Where have all the black businesses gone?

By Erica Atwood Philadelphia has been my home for more than 20 years. Born and raised right across the bridge in Camden, NJ, I have spent my entire life cheering for…

    • Myia Hurst in her Roxborough home. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Housing Authority)

Want to move to a better neighborhood? In Philly, help is on the way.

Myia Hurst lived in a constant state of anxiety for five years. The mother of two went to bed with the sounds of gunshots ringing out below their apartment near 60th…

    • Season 2 of WHYY’s ‘Schooled’ podcast explores student trauma and the charter school debate in East Germantown. Jessica Kourkounis/WHYY

‘Schooled’ back in session in East Germantown

 Across Philadelphia, charter schools have been a force of change in neighborhoods, providing opportunities for some families, alienating others and all the while, bringing new people, resources, and conflict into communities…

    • Tacony LAB, one of the Free Library's Pokéstops. Credit: Steve Weinik/Mural Arts.

What happened when Pokémon went to the library?

Can Pokémon Go, a game that encourages people to run around town with their eyes glued to their screens actually encourage civic participation? Well,  the Free Library of Philadelphia thinks so, …

    • A rendering showing Impact Services' concept for a greenway alongside the Conrail tracks on Tusculum Street. (Impact Services)

Can better urban design help Philadelphia fight the opioid crisis?

A bright mural of cartoonish clocks and playful meditations on time cover a boarded-up former textile mill at the edge of the Conrail tracks in Kensington. Just down the street, a…

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