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Philly's next generation of playgrounds is here and everyone is invited in

When it comes to places to play, the notion of proximity and convenience are two very different realities for South Philadelphia mother Kelly Palange. A few blocks away from her home…

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Fed: Homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods suffer tax delinquency but not displacement

With gentrification comes an increased risk of delinquency on homeowners’ tax bills, but in Philadelphia, the phenomenon hasn't resulted in a significant increase in displacement of owners, not even among those…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb’s modest proposal: ban on-street parking in Center City

At a City Council hearing on SEPTA’s budget, Councilman Allan Domb floated a bold proposal that will make him a hero to some and a villain to others in the ongoing…

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New historic districts proposed for 3 Philly neighborhoods

After years of only protecting individual properties from demolition, the Philadelphia Historical Commission recently unveiled three new proposed historic districts. If they are approved at the June meeting, the commission…

    • Marchers in Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla. Credit: PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, R. Kennedy for GPTMC

El Carnaval de Puebla returns to South Philly on Sunday

Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla, the largest festival of its kind outside of Mexico, will march on this year in spite of deportation fears, WHYY News’ Angela Gervasi reports. For…

    • A couple poses at Love Park in February.

LOVE Park? More like loathe park! Criticisms mount as JFK Plaza slowly reopens.

It’s an iconic shot, a photo taken by numerous Philadelphians, millions of visitors, and countless brides and grooms. The subjects stand in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE Statue as a geyser-like fountain…

    • 'Philadelphia Delivers' submission to Amazon HQ2 RFP. Credit: DAG.

Help Wanted in Philly? Amazon says not so much.

In 2017, Amazon posted hundreds more job ads in Boston, and Washington D.C. than in Philadelphia and a group of business researchers says that the hiring trend may be a sign…

    • Shani Akilah Robin was one of an estimated 50 people protesting the controversial arrest of two black Starbucks patrons at the chain's Rittenhouse location on April 16. (Bastiaan Slabbers/For WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Where have all the public bathrooms gone?

By Charles Ellison It's been 11 days since Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested for waiting while Black at a Rittenhouse Square Starbucks. In that time, the manager who called…

    • Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington Ave. ( credit: OCF Realty)

Neighbors bid a reluctant goodbye to South Philly chocolate factory, welcome new homes and shops

The Frankford Chocolate Factory looms over Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, covering an entire city block, anchoring the roadway in the industrial uses that dominated it for the past century or…

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10 Philly neighborhoods reap the lion's share of construction tax break benefits

Ten neighborhoods concentrated around Center City make up 59 percent of the properties receiving Philadelphia' controversial 10-year tax abatement, according to a report released Friday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart.  The…

    • An energy-efficient building in the Navy Yard.

Coming soon to a building near you: an energy upgrade your wallet and the planet will like

Philadelphia's building code is set to receive an update expected to reduce energy bills and shrink the city's carbon footprint.  On Thursday, the  Council’s Licenses & Inspections committee gave the green…

    • Refinery Scape | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly fails the smog test

The American Lung Association (ALA)’s annual State of the Air report gave the Philadelphia metro area an F for ozone pollution, Philly Mag reports. “For ozone, with the sole exception of…

    • The scene has quieted down at the Rittenhouse Starbucks where two black men were arrested on April 12. (Jim Saksa/ WHYY)

Rittenhouse Starbucks patron: "We should all be able to... get a cup of coffee or sit down."

The rhythm of daily commerce has resumed at Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets, where the filmed arrest of two black men eight days ago launched another round of the nation’s…

    • Tayyib Smith and Meegan Denenberg at Pipeline Philly.(Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Black in Rittenhouse and designing for a diverse city

One week ago, the arrest of two black men at a Rittenhouse Square Starbucks pushed a provocative idea about the racialization of urban space into mainstream conversation. Suddenly, millions of people…

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Planning officials put proposed community outreach rules on hold

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Planning Commission put a hold on City Council legislation intended to overhaul community notification requirements about zoning changes. The proposed regulation was initially introduced as a public-safety…

    • A proposed water rate hike would increase the average water bill by less than $8 per month. (Kelpfish/Bigstock)

On tap for Philadelphia: higher water bills and unhappy home, biz owners

On Tuesday evening, some 30 people gathered in a church basement to hear the Philadelphia Water Department explain why they could soon be paying more to keep their faucets flowing. Speaking…

    • The former Creswell Iron Works at 23rd and Cherry Streets is now slated for demolition. Credit: Michael Bixler/Hidden City Philadelphia.

In lux Logan Square, the wrecking ball swings towards a relic of area's industrial past

The former Creswell Iron Works building at 23rd and Cherry Streets, “one of the last industrial relics left in Logan Square [and longtime]  haven for art studios and other creative endeavors,”…

    • Crisjoel Morales Monet, 17, and Judy Morales Monet, 16, are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Center City with their mom and oldest brother Friday April 20th.

Even with jobs and plans for a future in Philly, some Puerto Rican evacuees face imminent homelessness

It’s been more than six months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Yet some of the 900 families who came to Philadelphia looking for refuge, are still facing homelessness. This weekend,…

    • Night Market Philadelphia, one of the first pop-up series in Philly, returns for its eighth season. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust.
Eyes on the Street

A primer for Philadelphia’s pop-up season

After the sexy newness of a pop-up leaves town, can neighborhoods sustain the benefits for local businesses? It’s a question I’ve been asking for years, pretty much since I moved to…

    • The image to the left shows Susan Stolting's new civic association. The image to the right shows the older Francisville group founded by Penelope Giles.(Brad Larisson for WHYY)

Francisville is booming. The community is feuding.

Francisville is under construction.Walk down almost any street in this North Philadelphia neighborhood, and there are houses—or multi-unit buildings—getting built. Fences and ladders jut out onto the sidewalk, annoying residents.  …

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