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    • Salima Ellis in the kitchen of her Mt Airy home. (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

Past due: Plan to stop water shut-offs sputters as rate hike looms

Salima Ellis tries hard to pay her water bill in full every month, but often it's difficult to find the $80 or so she needs to keep the H20 flowing and…

    • The Amos Barnes house

New development controls proposed for a hidden gem of the Northwest

New limits on development are in the works for a leafy Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood best known for its proximity to the sprawling park with which it shares a name. The Wissahickon…

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

New bill would protect neighborhood groups from lawsuit-happy developers

City Councilman Bobby Henon has introduced a bill that would make city funds for insurance available to all registered community groups that hold zoning meetings regarding new development projects in their…

    • A demolition crew tore down the roof of a historic building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy to make way for the Westview luxury apartments in 2015. Credit: Jana Shea/WHYY

A familiar Philly development dilemma hits Mount Airy

“The ritzier sections of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy look pretty much the way they did 50 years ago...until now,” writes the Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron. With two completed mid-rise…

    • The ride began on the Art Museum steps. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)

11 cyclists are dead and the city has done nothing, mourners say at silent ride

“This is really part of my healing process,” explains Lou Savastani as he leans against his road bike at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Two years ago, I…

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

Mayor Kenney announces first rec 'rebuild' as clash over union diversity heats up

Dilapidated Vare Recreation Center in Grays Ferry will be the first city facility improved through Mayor Jim Kenney’s stalled soda tax-financed upgrade for parks, rec centers and libraries. Announced at a…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney poses with volunteers at Fisher Park. (Fairmount Park Conservancy)

3 cool things to do in Philadelphia parks this weekend

David Bower explains William Penn’s initial vision of Philadelphia as a city with parks sprinkled throughout its neighborhoods. “Penn gave instructions to his people to lay out a map,” says Bower,…

    • Garages on Lombard Street

City Council moves to require more parking in Philly neighborhoods

In the midst of a heated debate about how to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city, West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is resurrecting a two-year-old bill mandating…

    • An astroturf field and track direct rainwater runoff toward a containment basin in the recently rebuilt Taggart School playground in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Designed for green play, a South Philly schoolyard wins recognition

“It was an empty lot; concrete,” said Irene McKallop. “There wasn’t anything there. It was nothing, it was all cement.” McKallop is not talking about a parking lot. She’s talking about…

    • The West Philadelphia Fresh Food Hub will start selling groceries on the streets of West Philly this spring. | courtesy of Ryan Kuck

Philly tops other U.S. big cities on food access and walkability

Philly is more walkable and has more access to healthy food than other large American cities yet it still struggles with higher rates of violence and chronic school absence than peer…

    • RiverWards Group's 30-unit townhouse development, 'Avenue 30' in East Kensington, broke ground March 2017. Credit: Renderings by KJO Architects via RiverWards Group/The Somers Team

Kensington’s luxury townhouse kings experimenting with lower-priced condos

The very busy River Wards developer responsible for a large portion of those luxury townhomes you see popping up across Kensington and Port Richmond is at work on a new  South…

    • Screen shot of video showing what appears to be an intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia Police investigating Twitter video showing an apparently intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia police are actively investigating a video posted on Twitter that appears to show a driver purposefully hitting a cyclist and then driving off. The video was posted by Twitter user…

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