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    • Jewelers Row

November 15: Reform, reasonable ideas | NTSB: Amtrak at fault | Rethinking real estate

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) finds Amtrak at fault for the 2016 passenger train crash outside Chester that killed two maintenance workers, WHYY News’ Laura Benshoff reports. NTSB presented the…

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Philadelphia explains how it would make deep cut in carbon emissions

The City of Philadelphia on Tuesday unveiled its vision for how to meet its ambitious goal of cutting carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050. The 55-page paper by the city’s…

    • Get a crash course in all things Frank Furness this weekend.

November 14: No KOP Rail | First Modern | Purposeful installation and deinstallation

The No KOP Rail campaign adds more substantive objections, Sandy Smith writes. The voice of the opposition, Dan Cowhey, argues that the project “delivers no benefit to current King of Prussia…

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Eyes on the Page: ‘Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City,’ reviewed

Like the website and the festivals that supply the operative part of its title, Philadelphia: Finding the Hidden City is a love letter to the city’s past. To the extent it…

    • Ninth National Bank (right) and Industrial Title Savings and Trust Company

November 13: The Cathedral Block | No gay cruising sign | State of University City

Guess what! You could win a private tour of one of Frank Furness’s earliest commissions! Make a donation of any size to PlanPhilly’s membership drive and you’ll be automatically entered in…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

Blocking Babylon: Historical Commission prevents demo of church properties in Bella Vista, Lawncrest

UPDATE: On Monday, November 20th, the Historical Commission announced a reversal on its vote to add Christian Street Baptist Church to the loal historic register, following notification that the Commission's…

    • Students at Cecil B. Moore Rec Center during the announcement of a $100 million grant from the William Penn Foundation to improve civic spaces in Philadelphia, November 2016 (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Before Rebuild is over site selection, oversight board selected for Rebuild

One of the sharpest criticisms levied against Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative last spring, when its enabling legislation was wiggling its way through Council, was a perceived lack of public…

    • Thoai Nguyen is Chief Executive Officer of Southeast Asian Mutual Assistance Association Coalition. He came with his family to Philadelphia when he was 9 years-old. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

November 10: Responsible data stewardship | Property tax delinquency | Abandoned mines

Philadelphia-based pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline has granted ten local nonprofits $40,000 each to address community safety, education, legal access, and food access, Generocity’s Julie Zeglen writes. GSK's 2017 Impact (short for innovative,…

    • Office of Homeless Services Director Liz Hersh cheers at PHL Participatory Design Lab announcement

New PHL Participatory Design Lab hopes to nudge city bureaucracy into behaving better

On Thursday, Mayor Jim Kenney announced that the Office of Homeless Services (OHS) and the Department of Revenues will be the first two departments to participate in the city’s PHL Participatory…

    • Later this summer a sharrow will likely replace the 10th Street bike lane in Chinatown.

A new plan for Chinatown

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a mere 0.3 square miles, a postage stamp community that nonetheless enjoys an impressive purchase on the city’s psyche. As Center City booms around it, this little ethnic…

    • Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

November 9: 1984, historic tax credit | Schuylkill Yards breaks ground | Maintaining markers

It’s happening: Schuylkill Yards breaks ground with Drexel Square. The Philadelphia Business Journal’s Craig Ey covers what Mayor Kenney, Drexel’s John Fry, and the Enterprise Center’s Della Clark had to say…

    • View of 60 N. 23rd Street from 23rd & Cherry

CDR gives Logan Square twin tower project a second thumbs down, construction to start in two weeks

The Civic Design Review (CDR) board’s pusillanimity was on full display Tuesday, as board members fumed against the largely unchanged plans for a pair of high-rise residences proposed for 23rd and…

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No horsin’ around: L+I board upholds sanctions against carriage company

The old-fashioned buggies that pull tourists around Philadelphia’s historic sites are a staple of Old City and Independence Mall. But there may soon be far fewer horses prancing the city streets,…

    • Supporters of Philadelphia District Attorney Elect Larry Krasner celebrate on election night. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

November 8: Krasner wins | Atlas is coming | The Fed tours manufacturing

In local election news, civil rights attorney Larry Krasner pulled in nearly 150,000 votes and a 63 percent turnout increase last night, Bobby Allyn reports. Dave Davies covers three key moments…

    • SEPTA hybrid bus

SEPTA showcases plans for cleaner, greener commutes with updated energy action plan

If you want to reduce carbon emissions, one of the easiest and most effective things you can do is to trade in your daily commute by car for taking the bus.…

    • Devil's Pool in the fall (Credit: Gary Citrone)

Why "slippery rail season" ruins your commute

Note: It's that time of year again, when the leaves change color and blanket the ground in a variegated cover. This is a repost of an article we ran November…

    • Pa. Capitol Building, Harrisburg. (Kevin McCorry/WHYY)

November 7: #ElectionDay refresher | Super Wawa refused | Jumpstart citywide

Need a refresher for Election Day? We got you. On the property tax amendment: WHYY News’ Avi Wolfman-Arent explains how it could lower property taxes and radically change school funding, or…

    • Philadelphia is actively helping rebuilt Puerto Rico. In the picture, man retouching Puerto Rican flag in Norris Square Park.
    • Existing Conditions of Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

November 6: Uniquely awkward position | Swing bridge economic development | Wissahickon industrial history

Congressional Republicans’ preliminary plan tax plan would levy a 1.4 percent tax on many private colleges and universities in the Philadelphia region, WHYY News’ Laura Benshoff reports. The tax, which would…

    • Leilani Jackson, 5, takes plays in the gym during an afterschool program at Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

That’s teamwork: How Rebuild could bring more to rehabbed rec centers than just better sports facilities.

Philadelphia’s churches are being converted into apartments, it’s public schools made into office space, and inside some local libraries you can now expect a lot more than just books.…

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