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    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

May 12: Jurors deal a blow to Councilmanic prerogative | Debating city land assessments | SEPTA exploring university contracts

The verdict in the Ori Feibush v. Kenyatta Johnson trial is in, and jurors sided with Feibush, reports Jared Brey. "The case was functionally a trial against Councilmanic prerogative, a…

    • The NTSB Go Team arrives on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA.  // NTSB

One year after Amtrak 188 derailment, where does the region stand on Positive Train Control?

Thursday marks the one-year anniversary of the Amtrak 188 derailment in North Philadelphia. The crash, which killed eight and injured hundreds more, could have been prevented by a new safety technology…

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Wage tax relief for Philadelphians working out of state expected, scope of budget impact unknown

Seven Philadelphia residents have challenged the constitutionality of Philadelphia’s wage tax, which levies residents’ incomes earned outside of Pennsylvania. And, according to a recent essay in the University of Pennsylvania Law…

    • Slide the City

May 11: Wolf says PA hostile to cities | Feibush vs. Johnson | Divine Lorraine pop-up

"The public policy environment in Pennsylvania, and in most places in the United States, is absolutely, positively hostile to cities," said Governor Tom Wolf, at yesterday's Keystone Crossroads conference in…

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Bjarke Ingels on building at the Navy Yard, design dreams

Danish architect Bjarke Ingels is having a moment. His 11-year-old firm Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) is winning work worldwide, and acclaim for projects as practical as they can be utopian. They’re…

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May 10: Kenney's Streets Commissioner on leave | Huge new South Philly community center | Open data at PPD

Streets Commissioner Donald Carlton has been placed on unpaid leave from the Kenney administration, following reports that he was arrested Friday for "punching an unidentified man 'multiple times in the face'…

Streetsplainer: What the heck do those “The space between these lines not dedicated” street markers mean?

Occasionally, I walk around Philly with my head down, Charlie Brown-like, often after a rough Phillies loss or because I made the mistake of looking at my checking account balance. When…

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May 9: FBI investigating city property sales | Moving the state capitol | Philadelphia in 1981

The FBI is investigating Philadelphia's process for selling city-owned property to developers in response to two lawsuits alleging untoward political influence, reports William Bender. At the heart of the issue is…

    • Bellevue hotel

May 6: Philly retaining Millennials | Fixing PA's e-waste law | Beer pipeline

Philadelphia is doing a better job of retaining young adults than our peer cities, reports Mark Dent, looking at new data from Trulia. "Trulia’s report suggests young people are having a…

    • South 13th Street puddle, Photo by Philadelphia Photos

Is your potholed-filled street on the list? Repaving seasons rolls on

It’s a springtime Friday in Philadelphia, which means callow lovers are making reservations at La Viola, cultured skinflints are planning First Friday gallery hops, and pop-up proprietors are wondering if it’ll…

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Building Stories: The Roundhouse

For our spring series Building Stories, we're bringing you design postcards from around the city. We're asking Philadelphia architects to take us to their favorite underappreciated or misunderstood buildings in Philadelphia, and explain…

    • Vacant property condemnation by eminent domain, Sharswood, February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Council approves eminent domain of seven properties in Sharswood

City Council unanimously approved an ordinance Thursday authorizing the Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) to seize seven properties in Sharswood by eminent domain. This will be PHA’s second round of condemnation in…

    • Proposed Schuylkill River Swing Bridge

City set to acquire Schuylkill River Swing Bridge from Conrail, clearing path for bike and ped trail river crossing

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson introduced a bill Thursday authorizing the City of Philadelphia to acquire an abandoned rail swing bridge crossing the Schuylkill River, which will clear a path for construction of…

    • 13th & Washington | Cope Linder

Councilman Johnson introduces bill to stop Bart Blatstein’s proposed Broad and Washington development

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has listened to the critics and he’s doing something about it. Not his critics, though: Bart Blatstein’s, who have lambasted the real estate developer’s plans for a massive…

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With new pocket park along Ridge Avenue, high hopes for Roxborough's commercial corridor

When the first Night Market of the season converges on Ridge Avenue and Green Lane on May 12, the crowds coming for the food trucks will also find a new amenity…

    • Toronto

May 5: ZBA approves, then retracts, Broad and Washington variances | Wolf makes PUC appointment | How would Jane zone?

Half of Pennsylvania municipalities don't pay for local police coverage, reports Eleanor Klibanoff, and instead rely fully on the state police for their local policing needs. The state police spend over…

Bill to legalize UberX and Lyft in all of Pennsylvania clears committee, expected to pass House next week

A bill to legalize the ride-hailing companies passed the Pennsylvania House Consumer Affairs Committee today, clearing the way for a vote before the full House perhaps as soon as next week.…

    • Jane Jacobs at home in Toronto

Jane Jacobs and Philly's four original squares

When Jane Jacobs published “The Death and Life of Great American Cities” in 1961, it was a self-aware indictment of the dominant thinking in city planning. Jacobs railed against top-down master…

    • The Family Court Building (right) and Free Library help define Logan Square's civic architecture.

On Logan Square: From Square to Circle… and maybe back again?

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

    • Franklin Square

On Franklin Square: From 'Skid Row' to fun zone

In celebration of what would have been Jane Jacobs’ 100th birthday on May 4, we’re taking a look at these four parks, past, present and future. What has remained the same,…

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