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    • Wilmington's Mayor Michael Purzycki with HUD Region III Administrator Joe DeFelice

Q&A with Joe DeFelice, the HUD regional administrator from Mayfair

When former Philadelphia Republican Party chair Joe DeFelice became the HUD regional administrator for the Mid-Atlantic region, it raised some eyebrows among skeptics. What does Trump’s “hype man” in…

    • Environmental organizations symbolically delivered 20,000 public comments to EPA in support of the clean water rule.

Pennsylvania environmental activists submit 20,000 comments on proposed changes to EPA’s clean water rule

A coalition of Philadelphian environmental organizations hand-delivered more than 20,000 public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Philadelphia office last week, all in support of the Water of the…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Gallery redevelopers paint rosy picture for future of Fashion District Philadelphia and East Market

Everyone knows East Market Street is on the rise. This neglected stretch of prime Center City real estate long symbolized the untapped market potential of Philadelphia’s downtown, hosting a variety of…

    • buffered bike lane chestnut

During the mayoral campaign, Kenney promised to build 30+ miles of protected bicycle lanes. Almost 2 years later, where are we?

In the 2015 mayoral race, then-candidate Jim Kenney pledged to build more than 30 miles of protected bicycle lanes in Philadelphia, to accompany the more than 400 miles of unprotected bicycle…

    • Catto Memorial

September 26: Bikes, barbers, booze | Market East multiplex | Who is Octavius Catto?

Good morning. Buses, bikes, and bootlegging in today’s news: Hidden City looks at the previous life of 606 South 9th Street in Bella Vista, most recently known as Via Bikes. Underneath…

    • Jenny Chen points out the dead side of her garden.

Wrong side of the tracks: Belmont residents concerned Amtrak sprayed herbicides into their backyards

It was mid-August when Jenny Chen and her fianceé Brian Jordan first noticed their backyard garden turning brown. Over the last two summers, the couple grew flowers, herbs, tomatoes, squashes, and…

    • PATCO trains to New Jersey, Photo by Phillytrax

September 25: Parking and poverty | PATCO Card in Philly? | General fund low point

Philly’s real parking war is between parking tickets and poverty, argues WURD’s Charles D. Ellison for the Philadelphia Citizen. Ellison looks at 2012-2016 data on parking violations, poverty rates, and racial…

    • A cyclist and drivers cross the Chestnut Street Bridge. PennDOT plans to move the bike lane to the left side during reconstruction.

Major rehab of Chestnut Street Bridge will close it for a year starting summer 2019, PennDOT says

Construction over the Schuylkill River is never an easy process for Philadelphia. And now, the bridges in Center City that have gone without repair for decades are finally getting a long…

    • Can Point Breeze find common ground? 

September 22: London banishes Uber | ESPO’s Love Letter | Composting bodies

Point Breeze can flourish and “long-term residents are able to take part in that growth” when residents and developers collaborate in zoning and construction process, writes RCO leader Claudia Sherrod Zelda…

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson tours Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia on Tuesday

It’s not brain surgery: HUD Sec. Carson discusses housing policy in Philly

The Veterans Multi-Service Center feels squeezed into Old City, huddled next to the immensity of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Part of Philadelphia’s aid infrastructure for former soldiers who have suffered hard…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

Amazon HQ2 RFP asks for just one bid per region, so Philly submits three

After Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters earlier this month, promising 50,000 jobs paying an average of six figures and $5 billion in direct investment, Philadelphia and a few…

    • The Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities protests proposed cuts to federal housing grants as HUD Sec. Ben Carson attends opening of Vaux Big Picture High School

September 21: Top-down public spectacle | Weinstein’s Wayne Junction dream | ‘Ugly produce’

ZBA’s decision last week to reject rezoning a vacant West Poplar warehouse for apartments sends a message about pushing diversity in the construction industry, Inga Saffron argues. The core of the…

    • The Police Administration Building, 700 Race St., was designed in the early 1960s by Geddes, Brecher, Qualls & Cunningham.

September 20: NHSL crash prelim report | Amazon’s refined search | Ryerss Mansion

A federal preliminary report states that slippery rails and speed may have been factors in the Norristown High Speed Line crash in August, Jason Laughlin reports. The SEPTA operator told National…

    • Danaje Elliott, on the right, was one of 18 students that completed the training this summer.

Philadelphia works to bring solar energy costs down to earth

Anthony LoCicero, a 33-year-old structural engineer raised in South Jersey, has been flirting with the idea of installing solar panels on his three-bedroom brick townhouse in South Philadelphia since he bought…

    • Calvary United Church of Christ (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

September 19: Strawberry Mansion’s anchors | Long-term Amazon impact | Dear Ben Carson

Philadelphia’s housing affordability and Strawberry Mansion’s anchor intuitions in today’s news: In Philadelphia, almost 70 places of worship of the city’s stock of 800 sit vacant, while another 20 to 30…

    • A line of cars parked in the median on South Broad Street (Emma Lee/WHYY)

September 18: Open union negotiations | Median parking Philadelphia relic | Unlisted: Locust Theatre

Though the lawsuit challenging median parking on South Broad has come to an end, the fight for cultural dominance rages on. Joe Trinacria, contributing to Philly Magazine, makes the case for…

    • Spruce Hill | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Task force focuses first on state of preservation in Philly

Philadelphia created the Historic Preservation Task Force in April with a lofty charge: Think creatively about ways historic preservation can be a meaningful partner in the city’s growth. But its 18-month…

    • SEPTA Control Center: Market-Frankford El and Broad Street lines

Train derails on Market Frankford elevated line, few injuries reported

A SEPTA Market Frankford elevated line train derailed Saturday morning near Spring Garden Station. A SEPTA spokesman said around 30 passengers were on the train at the time it went off…

    • Alan Greenberger discusses the change in public space perception in Philly. Credit: Catalina Jaramillo/WHYY

Between Two Planters: Longtime practitioners discuss transforming urban spaces in Philadelphia

Planners, public utilities fans, and curious residents packed WHYY’s studios Wednesday to discuss the transformation of urban spaces in Philadelphia. PIDC's Prema Gupta, the Philadelphia Land Bank's Angel Rodriguez,…

    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

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