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January 8: Comcast buys Wilco | Kiosk designs | Turnpike toll increase

Comcast has purchased Wilco Electronics Systems, the city’s only black-owned cable provider, Technically Philly’s Roberto Torres reports. Of significance, the 40-year old company provides communication services to PHA residents and low-income…

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Most Philadelphia neighborhoods still haven't recovered from the recession

Despite a recent building boom, Philadelphia’s housing market has not recovered from the Great Recession, especially outside Center City. While new high-rises are going up downtown and a handful of neighborhoods…

    • A crowded SEPTA Regional Rail train this morning at Suburban Station. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

January 5: Car slams into SEPTA train | Industrial deco castle | Temple’s Tiny House

It’s Chilly Philly out there! SEPTA will operate on Severe Storm Schedule for Regional Rail Friday, which means at 75 percent capacity of a normal weekday. Bus and trolley routes are…

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Trump strategy may pose threat to King of Prussia rail

A major spending policy reversal by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) over a tunnel underneath the Hudson River may signal derailments to SEPTA’s own infrastructure projects, some experts say. Late last…

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The politics behind Philly's affordable housing stalemate

2017 ended without a wrap on at least one City Hall controversy: inclusionary zoning. As my WHYY collague Dave Heller and I discussed on Tuesday's NewsWorks Tonight broadcast ( listen to…

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January 4: Frankford Chocolate Factory | Trickle-down environment | Commercial waste audit system

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue is now on the National Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The federal designation allows the building to qualify for 20 percent tax…

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Northern Liberties could get new business improvement district in 2018

Northern Liberties is hot. But even as new condos and townhouses multiply in the trendy neighborhood, new business growth has stagnated. The slow pace of commercial development has left residents frustrated…

    • Industrial erosion in the North District, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

January 3: Water main burst uptick | Blatstein sells half of waterfront site | 1K used Uber NYE

Philadelphia has seen a “significant increase in call volume over the past couple of weeks related to broken service lines, frozen service lines and broken water mains” due to the…

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January 2: Not so fast bridge replacement | Carpenter Lane love | 2017 narratives, mapped

Greetings. Welcome to 2018. Roughly 30 percent of the bridges under the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project are "unbuilt after the target date," PMN's Joseph N. DiStefano reports. DiStefano looks…

    • Bridge over the Wissahickon in winter (Credit: Gary Citrone)

As 2017 comes to an end, a look back at Philadelphia’s response to mounting environmental challenges

If everyone keeps their new sustainability resolutions made this year, Philadelphia will be an environmentalist’s dream 15 years from now. In 2017, the city signed a handful of commitments to dramatically…

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Chestnut Hill's modernist trio, fully historically protected in 2017

Even in a city known for its architectural heritage and historic buildings, Chestnut Hill stands out. Long one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Philadelphia, this sylvan community is home to rambling…

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December 29: These were PlanPhilly’s 11 most-read articles of 2017

Last weekday of the year! As we celebrate 11 years of public interest journalism, let’s take a moment and look at which 11 issues and stories got Philly revved up in…

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Spruce Hill zoning remapping is backdoor historic preservation

Late this year, a bill quietly slipped through City Council that is intended to protect the iconic Victorian homes in Spruce Hill from demolition. The neighborhood enjoys what experts believe is…

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Philadelphia gets grant for planting at least 400 extra street trees a year

Philadelphia could be a lot greener. Only 20 percent of the city’s ground is covered by trees, which is below the national average (27 percent) — a little lower than New…

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Movie theaters strike back in downtown Philadelphia

In the first half of the 20th century, towering palaces to cinema were built in Center City Philadelphia. These massive buildings were ornately decorated with elaborate statues, gilded ceilings, and even orchestra…

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A Tale of Two Parks: How community saved Sturgis and Olney rec centers

At first glance Sturgis Recreation Center and Olney Recreation Center, located just blocks apart, seem like very similar community amenities. Both are located in the Parks and Recreation Department’s 9th district,…

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In ongoing fight over Smith School site, RCOs get an F from both neighbors and the developer

Friday afternoon, around 30 Point Breeze residents gathered on the 1300 block of Garnet Street to air recriminations aimed at the developer converting the former Smith School site into nearly 100…

    • Recyclables being dumped at the Materials Recovery Facility (MRF) in the Grays Ferry neighborhood in South Philadelphia, PA, on February 13th, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

December 22: Catholic school redesign | HQ2 public doc available | Devil’s in the data

Hey what all did Philly end up submitting in the HQ2 bid? Jacob Adelman recaps the “heavily redacted” public document that outlines how the city would accommodate Amazon’s office space needs,…

    • The Norris Homes (foreground) will be torn down to make way for a 300-unit development scheduled to open April 2018. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)

December 21: Frankenstein façade alterations | Cross City Communication | Kenney, protected bike lanes

Hearing from Norris Homes residents: WHYY New’s Annette John-Hall covers neighbors’ concerns of displacement due to Temple’s expansion and PHA’s attempts to “incorporate low-income families into the area’s social blueprint.”…

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December 20: Positive train control | Deconstructing demolition | Solar supply chain

The city has decided to not challenge L&I’s ruling to remove the former Robinson department store at 1020 Market from the local historic register, Jacob Adelman reports. PREIT, the building’s owner, appealed…

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