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    • Iris Brown and Tomasita Romero created Las Parcelas and another five gardens in the late 1980s | Emma Lee/WHYY

As Norris Square changes, Las Parcelas puts down new roots

On a recent Tuesday evening, Ana Montañez was weeding her garden plot at Las Parcelas, a landmark community garden located in West Kensington. She teaches kids how to grow food in…

    • East Market Wawa rendering

June 2: Wawa v. Sheetz | The Plight of African-American Graveyards | LA To Get New Bus System

The Inquirer’s Aubrey Whelan attended the first day that Project HOME accepted applications for its 88 new affordable apartments on 2415 North Broad Street. Although the process didn’t begin until yesterday,…

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June 1: Driverless trucks means jobless drivers | Uber crashes | That chime Cret | Puttin’ (a tower) on the Ritz

Our thoughts and prayers are with Councilman David Oh and his family. Oh was stabbed last night in an apparent robbery attempt. A new report from the International Transport Forum focuses…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. arrives ahead of a anti-eviction rally, organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, on Wednesday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Councilman Jones pushes tenant rights bill

Tomorrow is zero hour for the tenants of the Penn Wynn high rise in West Philadelphia. On June 1st, the building’s new owners, Cross Properties, are forcing them out of their…

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PPA expands taxi flat rate zone for airport trips

On Wednesday morning, the PPA board authorized an expansion of the flat rate zone for taxi trips between Center City and Philadelphia International Airport. The PPA will need to change the…

    • Digital Skills and Bicycle Thrills: Indego orientation at Lutheran Settlement House | Samantha Maldonado

May 31: Toll Bros. Chester County preservation battle | Digital Skills and Bike Thrills | Buy vs. rent in Philly

The Toll Brothers are facing another historic preservation housing development fight, this time in Chester County. Philly Mag’s Sandy Smith reports that the developers filed plans with Westtown Township to…

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May 30: West Philadelphia Traffic Woes | Bike Commuting as Tech Free Time | Canada Rolls Out New Safe Injection Sites For Drug Users

The Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin heads to 57th and Spruce in West Philadelphia to get a better idea of the challenges facing the city’s Vision Zero agenda. The intersection is jammed with…

    • Nebinger school yard, May 2017

Bedlam over basketball and extended hours at Nebinger Elementary's schoolyard

Thursday night’s assembly about renovations of the schoolyard at George W. Nebinger Elementary School in Queen Village proves that any community meeting in Philadelphia, no matter the topic, can easily become…

    • Sharrows are symbols that remind drivers and cyclists to share the lane.

Council considering bills to cut taxes on affordable housing, add short 15th Street bike lane

The final City Council session in May proved to be a quiet affair, with multiple presentations and photo ops dominating the proceedings. Here are a few highlights from the otherwise quiescent…

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    • Aerial view of SEPTA's Callowhill facility, 2017 | Google Maps

SEPTA sees the light, OKs solar panels on maintenance facility rooftops

The sky was dark and cloudy outside, but there was nothing but sunshine inside SEPTA’s board room Thursday as the agency approved a contract to install photovoltaic solar panels on the…

    • Portable feather signs hanging at an auto lot in Northeast Philadelphia | Google Street View, 2014

Henon bill aims to rid sidewalks of inflatable tube men, portable signs

Sidewalk advertisements are everywhere, blooming from the pavement and parking lots in colorful bursts. Fluttering flags in Center City hawk cell phones, while inflatable men of disquieting size billow on the…

    • The Philadelphia Police Department will someday leave the Roundhouse for a new headquarters in West Philly. 
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Architect Jeanne Gang on using design to strengthen community

Jeanne Gang is a rare bird among architects. Her 20-year old Chicago-based firm, Studio Gang, has cut a bold path, creating a broad portfolio of work that isn’t unified by form…

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May 24: Feibush to convert Walter Smith School | VW pays PA $118 million | ‘Feed the Barrel’

Developer Ori Feibush plans to convert Point Breeze's former Walter Smith School into 120 apartments, after the Commonwealth Court ordered Philadelphia Common Pleas judge Nina Wright-Padilla last week to clear…

    • Cycling Free Streets, 2016 | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks

Philly Free Streets organizers report back on last year’s event, prepare for another

The organizers of last September’s Philly Free Streets a half-day event which shut down automobile traffic to create a pedestrian and bicycle path stretching from the eastern end of South…

    • Chestnut Hill's Engine 37 fire station with addition, May 2017 | Cecil Baker + Partners

Chestnut Hill firehouse's contemporary addition supported by preservation committee

Chestnut Hill’s Engine 37 is finally getting a building that can accommodate contemporary fire-fighting vehicles. The oldest fire station in Philadelphia will remain in use, but its almost 125-year-old building will…

    • 30th Street station Regional Rail platform | A. Leonard Pundt

SEPTA riders overwhelmingly take the bus and subway. Why does Regional Rail receive more funding?

SEPTA’s Regional Rail network has been running on borrowed time. It carries about 11 percent of SEPTA straphangers in an aging fleet of rail cars, on legacy infrastructure with the system’s…

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Brookings report calls for more local investment to unleash 'innovation district' potential

Before a room packed with Philadelphia’s business elites Thursday morning, Brookings Institution researchers described the city as standing on the precipice of greatness. All it will take is a little leap…

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