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    • Race Street in Philadelphia's Chinatown. Chinese immigrants make up the single largest group of foreign-born residents in the city.

Pew report: Immigrants give Philly a population boost

In 2016, more immigrants were living in Philadelphia than any time since 1950, according to a new report by the Pew Charitable Trust’s Philadelphia Research Initiative. Researchers detailed how Philadelphia —…

    • Union leader John Dougherty strongly opposed the construction tax.

Union leader, administration officials blast construction tax

Despite criticism from some senior city officials and blistering opposition from the building trades unions, a proposed 1 percent tax on construction to fund affordable housing passed out of City Council's finance…

    • Members of the Swiss theater troupe Asphalt Piloten take to a Philadelphia street Tuesday evening for a performance of

'Tape Riot': A theater piece that plays off the city's built environment

In “Tape Riot,” a piece of street theater being performed this week as part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), a group of European artists drop into town…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Anti-squatting measure, months in the making, moves out of City Council committee

David Oh’s anti-squatting legislation has finally advanced out of committee, after nine months of relentless advocacy from the Republican at-large City Council member. The legislation seeks to address what Oh’s office…

    • The structure at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown, as it appeared after the June collapse.

Investigation begins into deadly Brewerytown building collapse

A multiagency investigation has begun into the fatal Monday morning collapse of a building being demolished in the Brewerytown section of North Philadelphia. Inspectors from the Fire Department, the Police Department,…

    • Lardner's Point Park in Northeast Philadelphia, where the city tried timed locks and composting toilets -- unsuccessfully.

Where's the restroom? In city parks, there may be nowhere to go

Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown has no bathroom, so when a local preschool class met there for a playdate recently, the parents pulled out little travel toilets for the children. Kensington…

    • rendering of 4328 main street, courtesy of PJA Architecture

Main Street Manayunk’s First Roofdeck Stirs Controversy

For decades, a modest two-story building at 4328 Main Street in Manayunk housed Sip N’ Steaks. The greasy spoon helped hold down this corner of the neighborhood’s commercial spine when its…

    • yazmin vasquez

Philadelphia sets aside $500,000 to help renters fight eviction

Standing beneath dozens of portraits of Philadelphia mayors in City Hall’s reception room, Yazmin Vasquez told the assembled crowd what it’s like to sleep in a house without a functioning heater.…

    • East Market Wawa rendering

June 2: Wawa v. Sheetz | The Plight of African-American Graveyards | LA To Get New Bus System

The Inquirer’s Aubrey Whelan attended the first day that Project HOME accepted applications for its 88 new affordable apartments on 2415 North Broad Street. Although the process didn’t begin until yesterday,…

    • The Dirt Factory community composting facility in University City | Ryan Collerd

Composting in Philadelphia: Where we are and where we are going

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • Chinatown parking lot

City to weigh 'social impact' of development proposals on public land

The Redevelopment Authority will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race streets on Friday morning. The parcel is 140,000 square feet, a vast…

    • Looking south from 56th Street, Bartram's Mile offers sweeping views
Eyes on the Street

$1.7 million for Bartram's Mile as swing bridge study continues

Now that the Schuylkill Banks boardwalk is open, it’s time to look downriver to the next stretch of Schuylkill River Trail to be built: Bartram’s Mile and the bridge that will…

    • 22nd st bike lane

Councilman Bill Greenlee still won't let Streets Dept. stripe bike lane planned for 22nd St.

When we last checked in on the 22nd St. bike lane saga, Councilman Bill Greenlee was opposing a bike lane for 22nd Street that is in the city's adopted Pedestrian and…

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Re-imagining Roosevelt Boulevard

A century ago, Northeast Philadelphia didn’t look anything like it does today. Before the mid-20th century, Northeast Philadelphia was all farmland and trailer parks that was home to small Dutch communities…

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

Grant funding for Penn Treaty Park playground and Pulaski Park pier

As part of $38 million in PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources grants announced last week, two of the city's Delaware waterfront parks will be getting upgrades. The Department of…

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Technically Philly: How Northeast High School tripled college-eligible test scores in 6 years

As one of the oldest and most diverse schools in Philadelphia, Northeast High School is used to change. In 2010, the school decided to completely overhaul its Advanced Placement program with…

NEast Philly to finish publishing in 2013

NEast Philly will fold at the end of 2013 after five years serving as a daily news website for Northeast Philadelphia. Below is a letter from Editor/Owner Shannon McDonald. To all…

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Iraqi refugees find support from fellows and neighbors in Northeast Philadelphia

Hundreds of Iraqis are building new lives in Northeast Philadelphia. They're simultaneously trying for a fresh start while holding on to their homeland, and even finding some unusual allies. One of…

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Artist plans 5-mile torrent of color along Philly's Amtrak corridor

SEPTA and Amtrak commuters traveling through Philly can look forward to a lot of color in the spring as Berlin-based artist Katharinia Grosse begins painting dilapidated buildings along the tracks. Mural…

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Lighthouse Chapel International moving into Northeast Community Center

The Northeast Community Center on Holme Avenue won’t be empty for very long. New tenants from Lighthouse Chapel International should be moving in within the week, but the community is still…

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