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City Hall scores in predatory lending battle against Wells Fargo

A federal judge in Philadelphia has rejected Wells Fargo’s bid to dismiss the city’s lawsuit accusing the bank of predatory lending practices targeting black and Hispanic borrowers, Reuters reports. The city…

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Answers for all your SEPTA Key questions

On Monday, SEPTA will stop selling tokens at subway stations, taking a long-awaited leap forward in the neverending game of hopscotch that is the rollout of its new fare payment system,…

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NYC investor promises $50M for Philly’s “middle” rental market

Doing well by doing good in real estate? New York-based investor Tawan Davis has come to Philadelphia with the intention of investing $50 million into affordable rental housing for working families…

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Philadelphia-based Kieran Timberlake's "bad deal" embassy opens today in London

The U.S. embassy in London designed by Philadelphia-based architecture firm KieranTimberlake and disparaged by President Donald Trump as a “bad deal,” opens today, CNN reports. The firm, best known locally for…

    • Vivian Bailey in the Parkside neighborhood where he finally found a landlord who would accept his housing voucher. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

As Ben Carson signals fair housing rollback, advocates call on Mayor Kenney to put forward a 'bigger and bolder vision'

West Philadelphia resident Vivian Bailey, 76, spent much of the second half of 2017 couchsurfing. For the prior two years, he’d been a resident of the Penn Wynn building in Wynnfield,…

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How West Philadelphia businesses answer MLK's call to action

“We’ve got to realize that the moment is before us!” Those are the words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to energize a thunderous, cheering crowd at the corner of…

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Why Philly isn't giving up the fight for environmental justice

It was a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee, and Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t feeling very well. He had a slight fever and a sore throat and felt exhausted after the…

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Iconic Kensington milk bottle protected from wrecking ball

Kensington’s iconic milk bottle-shaped water tower and the aging industrial building it perches upon can no longer be demolished without a fight. In a unanimous Friday vote, the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

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Retracing Martin Luther King Jr.'s steps through Philadelphia

On Monday, Philadelphia and the nation will commemorate the 89th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth. A chapter of the civil rights hero’s life unfolded here in the Philly region…

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A cool $1 million goes to former spool factory

Globe Dye Works, the yarn-dyeing  factory turned live-work space, has received $1 million in state grant funding to rehab its boiler room into an event space, KYW reports. The 1.7-acre, 11-building…

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Philly looking to 'boost' bike share with controversial new technology

Sharing may go from caring to cutthroat in Philadelphia as the city opens the door to a smattering of venture capital-backed dockless bike share companies that have quickly turned the easy…

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Preservationists inch closer to protecting Washington Ave. factory

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue has been nominated for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The property made it onto the national register back in December,…

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