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    • St. Boniface Church demolition, Norris Square. April 2012.

Philly moves to regulate demolition

Philadelphia plans to tighten regulations on demolitions after a year of heightened fears of lead poisoning in construction-heavy residential neighborhoods. At Thursday’s City Council session two bills were introduced, both drafted…

    • Schuylkill, skyline | August 2016

Is Amazon too big for Philly’s kiddie-sized tech talent pool?

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

October 19: $1B for Amazon | PA budget | Roadmap to Smarter City

Amazon chronicles, continued: the Chamber of Commerce’s Rob Wonderling says Pennsylvania’s ready to offer Amazon more than $1 billion in tax incentives, Jacob Adelman reports. To see if Philly can deliver,…

    • The 5:05 Express to Norristown arrives at Suburban Station

“Excellent” transportation network driving force behind Philly’s pitch to Amazon

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Bunting House demo on Ridge Avenue.

Planning Commission puts hold on Ridge Ave demolition moratorium

In late September Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill that would institute a one-year moratorium on demolitions along Ridge Avenue, a central thoroughfare that runs through Philadelphia’s northwestern neighborhoods. He worries…

    • Ruffin Nichols Memorial AME demolition in progress, August 8, 2013

Decisions loom for some of Philadelphia’s historic sacred places

Buildings constructed as houses of worship have long enriched Philadelphia’s urban landscape, embodying the city’s legacy of art and architecture and adding to a history of religious and ethnic diversity. In…

    • A T-shirt catches the drips from a leaking window frame in a multi-purpose room used by children at Vare Rec Center. | Emma Lee/WHYY

October 18: Train derails in Brewerytown | Maher, Houwzer | Philly TAP'

A CSX freight train derailed near 32nd and W. Thompson Streets in Brewerytown around 7:30am today, NBC reports. No injuries were reported, the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.  CityLab…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

Not exactly prime: Philly’s taxing business environment doesn’t help odds of landing Amazon’s HQ2

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

    • skyline light

"Negadelphia" no more: In bid for Amazon's HQ2, city turns the page on an old narrative

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • 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.

October 17: Butkovitz, soda tax | “Renter’s market?” | NJ backs Newark

Realtors are throwing out all sorts of incentives like free parking spots and flat screen TVs to woo renters, Bobby Allyn reports. Thanks in part to a recent apartment building boom,…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

Not so Christian Street? Preservationists seek to save Bella Vista church from developer’s wrecking ball

Just a short walk west from the Italian Market, the Christian Street Baptist Church sits nestled mid-block among the surrounding three-story rowhouses. The church’s mix of terracotta, red sandstone, and red…

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