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    • Young men gather for an afternoon basketball game at Vare Recreation Center.  | Emma Lee/WHYY

Rebuild gets $100 million grant and sharpens focus on equity, economic opportunity

In a city of 1.5 million people, where’s our common ground? The most democratic places in cities can be those we share, the civic spaces that create points of interaction and…

    • 7-Eleven, CCD ambassadors | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

November 21: Feibush's partial win | Soda tax enforcement | Community cleanup guide

Ryan Briggs reports that developer Ori Feibush, and former City Council candidate, won a partial claim against a ward leader. Feibush contends 2nd Democratic Ward leader Ed Nesmith defrauded him of…

    • An EPA official at the trail opening ceremony commended the city for its greening efforts

Your cousin and new alliances could help save PA’s environment

State officials and environmental stakeholders called for stronger involvement by the environmental community at a packed forum on Thursday night organized by PennFuture to discuss the future of the state’s environment.…

    • N. 9th and W. Dauphin

Land Bank properties shouldn't accrue stormwater fees

When the legislation enabling the Philadelphia Land Bank was crafted a few years ago lawmakers apparently forgot an important detail: not charging stormwater fees on the properties held by the Lank…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

St. Laurentius reuse clears zoning board, opponents eye appeal

Earlier this week the Zoning Board of Adjustments (ZBA) finally issued its decision on the future of the closed St. Laurentius Catholic Church in Fishtown. The almost 150-year-old structure has been…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

November 18: 41st Street Bridge | Air pollution spike during strike | Taggart transformed

After being closed for 22 years there is now a new 41st Street Bridge, reuniting Belmont and Parkside. Inga Saffron looks at what lies ahead for the area, isolated by infrastructure…

    • Satellite photo showing proposed Midvale CHP site in relation to other SEPTA facilities

Environmentalists boo as SEPTA Board OKs natural gas power plant in Nicetown

SEPTA’s monthly board meeting ended in contained chaos Thursday afternoon as a small cadre of environmental activists protested the board’s authorization of a proposed natural gas cogeneration plant near the Midvale…

    • A new view | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

City officials say election results won’t change Philly’s sustainability plans

Mayor Jim Kenney said last week’s presidential election results didn’t change the fact that carbon pollutants cause climate change and, because climate change is real, he said, the city relationship to…

    • University City, going up. | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Takeaways from the State of University City, 2016

The University City District wants you to know that Philadelphia is about to have two central business districts—if it doesn’t already. This year “State of University City” report is a data-filled,…

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    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

Planning Commission weighs in on medical marijuana, Logan Triangle zoning

On Tuesday afternoon, the Philadelphia Planning Commission voted to recommend a raft of remapping bills and two bigger changes to the zoning code. One would add a new “sustainability coordinator” position…

    • Benjamin and Deborah Franklin's gravestone | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

November 16: City power | NJ Transit crisis | Fixing Franklin's gravestone

Nathaniel Popkin interviews Robert Schragger, author of “City Power: Urban Governance in a Global Age”, on what cities can (and can’t) do to resist federal authority and policies they do not…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New housing nears completion, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: PHA celebrates 57 new rental units built at edge of Blumberg site

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) brass will join elected officials and residents in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of 57 new rental units. The brick townhomes represent the first…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Matthew Desmond on America's eviction epidemic and housing as a nonpartisan issue

On Monday evening Matthew Desmond, author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” spoke to an overflowing room at the University of Pennsylvania’s College Hall. The lecture…

    • Letitia House from Girard Avenue, 2016 | Catalina Jaramillo / PlanPhilly

Letitia House to become Centennial Parkside CDC’s headquarters

If you are like most Parkside’s residents, you might have wondered what a small two-and-a-half story brick house is doing on top of a hill, across Girard Avenue from the Philadelphia…

    • The ShopRite supermarket at 52nd and Jefferson streets opened in 2009. | Kara Savidge
    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key's ‘travel wallet' function starts phasing out tokens

SEPTA announced details Monday for the latest SEPTA Key expansion: the new “travel wallet” function, which will allow riders to retire their tokens. Tokens did not become obsolete overnight; so don’t…

    • Former Penn Fruit turned Thriftway, 2012 | Theresa Stigale, EOTS Flickr Group

Venturi House, Frankford's Penn Fruit, and Northern Liberties row designated historic

While the commission kicked the can down the road on the case that excited the most attention—the controversial Jewelers’ Row case—several properties were added to the Philadelphia Register of Historic…

    • Mother Bethel Detail

November 14: Air Bridge | Trump's HUD | #NotMyAIA | Delaware Basin drought

Alfred Lubrano takes a deep dive into the pipeline of Puerto Rico’s heroin addicts being dropped into recovery houses in Kensington and Frankford, in a “pattern of exploitation from the Caribbean…

    • SEPTA Key

At Last: SEPTA Key expected to begin replacing tokens next week, as seniors get new ID cards starting this week

Next week SEPTA plans to launch SEPTA Key’s “travel wallet” function, which replaces tokens with reloadable funds on the new fare cards. Current SEPTA Key “Early Adopters” who have used the…

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