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    • Traffic on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, one of the corridors targeted for improvements in new city plan.

Killing SEPTA transfer fees, charging for parking differently — it's all in Philly's new transportation plan

The City of Philadelphia released what may be its most ambitious and concretely detailed transportation plan yet on Wednesday. Called CONNECT, the seven-year plan details the goals, strategies and tactics officials…

    • There isn't lighting at the football field behind Lonnie Young Rec Center in East Germantown.  (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Kenney walks back $500M Rebuild promise

The glowing “First 1,000 Days” report [pdf] released Oct. 1 by Mayor Jim Kenney contained 15 mentions of Rebuild, the most expensive and highest profile initiative of Kenney’s first…

    • Germantown Boys and Girls Club

Historic Germantown Boys and Girls Club spared wrecking ball

High atop the municipal building at 1515 Arch Street on Tuesday morning, the long battle over the future of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club appeared to end in détente. For…

    • The Frankford Chocolate Factory at 21st and Washington Streets is in the process of demolition.

South Philly group asks chocolate factory developer for community benefits

South Philadelphia residents are playing hardball with developer Ori Feibush over a  $100 million residential redux of the 150-year-old Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue. The South of South Neighborhood Association…

    • The Bradley family at a Night Market on Point Breeze Avenue.
Eyes on the Street

A Point Breeze night market inspires neighborhood pride

If you feed them, they will come. On Thursday night, hundreds of hungry people braved the rain for a first-of-its-kind Night Market on Point Breeze Avenue. As lines for banh mi, barbeque…

    • Election Day

Free transit on Election Day? SEPTA votes no

A group of civic-minded citizens wants SEPTA to offer free rides on Election Day this year as a way of encouraging voters to show up to the polls. But the transit…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council passes $71M housing bill

City Council passed a package of housing bills on Thursday, after more than a year of debate. But even before the ink dried on the legislation, protesters argued that they…

    • Shake Shack bought and installed a bike corral for its Center City location.

City seeks to stop cars from parking illegally in front of fire hydrants by parking bikes there instead

Drivers hate to get parking tickets when they don’t notice an open spot isn’t actually a spot. Cyclists curse when all the bike racks in an area are full. And you…

    • A cyclist tentatively rolls into the street at Belmont and Parkside Avenues.

Life in the slow lane: The bureaucratic nightmare of building a bike network

How long does it take to build a bike lane? Upwards of five years — if not longer — thanks to the all the red tape stuck to the state and…

    • An Old City District rendering shows a redesigned Market Street.

State gives $12M for Philly transportation projects

In a few years time, Market Street in Old City may look brand new, thanks to a $3 million state grant announced Tuesday. The project is one of six Philadelphia projects…

    • 2018 10 02 b larrison philadelphia historic lower dublin school is being restored by albanian american association 8

A NE Philly school designed by a friend of Ben Franklin to be reborn as Albanian cultural center

It was a schoolhouse where Revolutionary-era leaders offered a "polite education" to young men in the then-new city of Philadelphia, but by 2006, the Lower Dublin Academy was empty and crumbling.…

    • Lovett Memorial Library, in Mt Airy on Oct 1, 2018.

In neighborhoods and online, library loyalists organize to reverse cuts

For Erica Root and her 7-year-old son Aiden, visiting the Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia used to be a highlight of their week. He took a bookbinding mini-class…

    • Lime is applying for permits to bring its e-scooters to Philadelphia's streets.

False alarm: e-scooters won’t hit Philly until 2019

Over the weekend, Philly Twitter lit up in bright green with reports that Lime, an electric scooter and dockless-bike share company, had begun operations in town. But those e-scooters that showed…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

With no cash for trash, city mulls partnerships with private groups

Fewer public trash cans result in more litter on streets and in parks. That was the conclusion of a nine-month study done by city officials working with researchers from the University…

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What should a monument be? Here’s what Philadelphians said

Last fall, several thousand Philadelphians contributed to an experiment in collective memory. The Monument Lab asked 20 artists to create large, temporary monuments in parks and squares across the city, and…

    • The Budd Co. plant in Nicetown will hit the auction block on Oct. 4.

A Nicetown factory goes to auction

When O’Dell Brown first moved to Nicetown, 42-years ago, there was no escaping the Budd Manufacturing Company. The car, airplane, and rail parts factory looms just across the street from Brown’s…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

Changes to plumbing code expected to sharply reduce Philly construction costs

Of the fifty largest cities in America, only Philadelphia and six other union-friendly urban centers still require the use of expensive, heavy metal pipes in high-rise residential construction. Cheaper and more…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

New inclusionary zoning bill sweetens deal for developers

After a negative response from developers, Philadelphia City Council has amended the terms of a density bonus intended to raise funds for affordable housing. “Legislation should be a living document,” said…

    • The Discovery Center
Eyes on the Street

Building for Discovery

The Discovery Center, a new kind of environmental and leadership education center opening this month, is unlike anything else in Fairmount Park. Ashley Hahn took a deep dive into the center’s…

    • Conrad Benner curated

‘To The Polls’ wants to harness Instagram for voter registration

It’s not enough to register to vote. You need to urge your friends to register to vote. That’s the message of “To The Polls,” an exhibition of ten large-scale paintings inside…

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