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    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

August 2: Rebel Ventures | Frankford Chocolate Factory | Minimum wage, purchasing power

The Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission has issued a code orange air quality alert for Philadelphia due to high concentrations of pollutants in the air. The National Weather Service forecasts 90…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

August 1: Bella Vista’s civic saved | Wells Fargo purge | LIHEAP uncertainty

Survival, reshuffles, and uncertainty in today’s news. A Utah-based high-risk insurance carrier has swooped in to save the Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA), which was scheduled to dissolve itself Monday, the…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney welcomes news that the William Penn Foundation will commit up to $100 million to his Rebuild initiative, November 2016. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rebuild begins soliciting nonprofits to oversee rehab construction of city’s libraries, parks and rec centers

Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) Tuesday, seeking nonprofits with considerable construction experience and neighborhood connections to help manage the 150-200 rehabilitation projects planned for the…

    • Play Streets are active from 10:00am to 4:00pm

Play Streets, the Parks and Rec program that tells Philly kids: “Go run around in the middle of the road”

When the sign is up, children can cross the street without looking both ways. The usual sounds of rumbling engines and car tires treading over pavement are gone, because there are…

    • Heroin encampment along Conrail route

July 31: Alternative housing | Rust Belt immigration | Pre-grid

Alternative housing—“digital nomads, boom-mates, tiny houses and microapartments, co-housing and co-living, and even Airbnb” will soon be the new normal, argues the Philadelphia Citizen’s Diana Lind. To keep up with…

    • Just one of many riders who accidentally ordered multiple SEPTA Keys, Olivia Duffy with her four cards.

You weren’t the only one: After hundreds of riders accidentally get 2nd Key card, SEPTA pledges to fix kiosks, website

We all make mistakes. Often, they are our fault, a product of our own haste or laziness or stupidity. These are the blunders which we ourselves must own. We end up…

    • 818 Chestnut Street, the first Horn & Hardart Automat

July 28: Visualizing traffic | Topping the tower | Toppling the townhomes | Horn & Hardart

Econsult has a neat visualization of travel flows in Greater Philadelphia based on data from the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission. Mark Dent at Billy Penn turns his eye skyward and…

    • 'Bella Vista' by R. Kennedy

Fallout from lawsuit fells Bella Vista Neighbors Association, fills other community groups with fear

The Bella Vista Neighbors Association (BVNA) is in deep trouble. Next Monday, July 31, the community group will meet to vote on a proposal to dissolve itself because it can no…

    • Water main replacement at S. Carlisle St. in South Philadelphia

Neighbors in River Wards convene panel of experts over lead poisoning concerns

Concerned by recent reports on the dangers of lead poisoning from contaminated soil, dust, and old plumbing, residents in Fishtown and Kensington organized a panel of experts to discuss ways of…

    • Great Dane Lucian meets bull dog puppy Beau

July 27: Hidden Fairmount | Less Park, Less Drive | Pupside to Gentrification

Need plans for the weekend? Don't worry: Curbed has got you covered with  a list of 17 hidden gems of Fairmount Park. Angie Schmitt over at Streetsblog has the skinny on…

    • Reading Terminal Market celebrates its 120th year with major renovations

July 26: Real-time transit info | Wells Fargo blasts Philly lawsuit | 20th and Wharton construction

Water, air, and fire in today’s morning roundup: Wells Fargo has filed a motion to dismiss Philadelphia’s lawsuit that claims the bank violated the Fair Housing Act by targeting minority borrowers,…

    • Rendering view from S. Hicks St. for

Mural Arts to daub annex of The Drake

The Drake is already one of the most distinctive buildings in Philadelphia. But if all goes smoothly at next month’s Historical Commission meeting, the Art Deco apartment tower will look even…

    • Construction is nearly complete on Paine's Park

In 2017, is white supremacy still alive and well in this Philadelphia building trades union?

A year before the first Comcast tower opened for business in 2008, as construction continued at a frenetic pace, a black union worker named Paul Solomon was reportedly threatened with a…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

As Philadelphia’s housing market booms, economists warn the city may be in a bubble—or something worse

Stephanie Somers knows how to throw a party. At an open house for a set of townhouses built out the shell of an 105-year-old rectory, the realtor picked a Prohibition theme.…

    • 218 Arch Street. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

July 25: Invisible segregation | Old City’s old schoolers | Grapple: Millbourne, PA

Old bones, old school artists, and Northeast Corridor Future in today’s news roundup: Why, even in places that achieve a racial balance, do benefits accrue to the white and affluent? PlanPhilly’s…

    • Jane Jacobs at home in Toronto

Eyes on the Regression Line: Jane Jacobs undergoes a statistic analysis

What led a statistics PhD from Harvard to replicate the work of a journalist who never finished college? Shane Jensen, now a professor at the Wharton School of Business, first read…

    • SEPTA approves one-month budget, waits for word from state

July 24: SEPTA bus study | Bev tax short $400K | Brewerytown gym cont’d

Good morning. Here’s what you need to know to start the week: Three local congressmen successfully added amendments concerning drinking water contamination to a must-pass military spending bill, WHYY’s Danielle…

    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

New historic preservation task force sets about ensuring the past stays present as city grows

They squeezed in, 28 of the 29 members of Mayor Jim Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force, around a conference table on the 18th floor of 1515 Arch Street. It’s the same…

    • Illustration of proposed Skyspace by James Turrell. Credit: KSK Architects

July 21: Intrusion evolution | Filthadelphia | Historical society sues NJDOT

Happy Friday, Philadelphia. Here’s what you need to know this morning: James Turrell’s ‘Skyspace’ at the Art Museum continues the iconic landscape’s history of constant evolution, argues Inga Saffron. While…

    • 'Kings Highway' director Jason Sherman filming a scene of the documentary (Photo courtesy of Jason Sherman)

Local filmmaker documents long history of Frankford Avenue in ‘The King’s Highway’

Local historians and preservationists have a powerful new media tool in The King’s Highway, a documentary that began airing on WHYY in June. The film tells the story of what’s…

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