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    • A new bill would legalize accessory dwelling units in historic buildings, like the Benezet Street houses pictured.

Philadelphia moves toward legalizing accessory dwellings in historic buildings

Philadelphia could soon see more 'granny flats" in historic buildings.  A bill allowing these “accessory dwelling units” (ADUs) on historically designated properties won approval Tuesday from the city’s Planning Commission. The…

    • Patty Beach, a worker at the South Philadelphia Refinery, makes her case to save her place of employment. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Emotions raw, PES refinery workers fight to keep plant open

Patty Beach’s voice broke as she described the emotional roller of saying goodbye to the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery where she spent 21 years working 12 hour days. “This past week…

    • SEPTA general manager Jeffrey Knueppel speaks to conductor Gary Brown in 2017.  (SEPTA)

SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel to retire in December, PennDOT secretary eyed as replacement

SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel will retire on Dec. 31, at the end of his contract with the $2 billion-a-year transit agency, officials confirmed today.  Knueppel met with his immediate staff…

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You can finally check SEPTA Key balance, add fare on a smartphone

SEPTA’s Key card conquest continues.  Smartphone-carrying SEPTA riders can now add money to their Key Card on the SEPTA app.  The days of running to make an incoming train only to…

    • 509 Vine Street is converting into a quick-stay hotel.

Tenants forced out of Old City apartments as building changes over to short-term rentals

A residential building at 509 Vine St., known as the Boekel building, is turning into an apartment-style hotel. All units will become short-term rentals — a la Airbnb. And residents are…

    • A Google Streetview image of 2601 Poplar St. (Google/WHYY)

108 apartments coming to vacant Poplar St. lot and neighbors aren't happy

The owner of a popular Fairmount cafe and artisanal market has gotten permits to build a 55-foot-tall apartment complex on a vacant Poplar Street lot. The 2601 Poplar Street project will…

    • Diane Southerland and her daughter Terry in their Logan home. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

‘We’re a city under siege’— 2 shootings in 2 days rattles North Philly neighbors

Five young men were shot in North Philadelphia just one day after a gunman injured six police officers. The two incidents occurred on the same street, just a few miles apart.…

    • Jill Fredricks Brown, aunt of Emily Fredericks, in front of the Philadelphia DA's office

DA Larry Krasner to appeal dismissal of charges against driver who fatally struck Philly cyclist

The Philadelphia District Attorney’s office will appeal a judge’s decision to dismiss charges against driver Jorge Fretts for the killing of cyclist Emily Fredricks, the chief of the DA’s homicide unit…

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Pa. grants $2M for solar tech at PGW’s liquefied natural gas plant

Philadelphia Gas Works’ planned liquefied natural gas plant got a $2 million state grant to install solar energy. The plant will be constructed at the utility’s Southwest Philadelphia site.  The $60…

    • Emily Fredricks pictured in front of a flower wall. (Emily Fredricks Foundation)

Philly DA Krasner may appeal dismissal of charges against driver who fatally struck cyclist

The Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia is urging the city’s District Attorney Larry Krasner to appeal a local judge’s dismissal of charges against a trash truck driver who struck and killed…

    •  Edwin Desemour is ever vigilant at Waterloo playground. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Meet the heroes making Philly’s parks safer

Dread fills Edwin Desamour every time he hears about violence breaking out at a city park or playground. This summer, the sensation has overcome the North Philadelphia father a handful of…

    • Solar panels on Philadelphia rowhouses. (Adam Stein for Solar States)

Dreaming about going solar? Now, a city rebate can help

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney wants you to put solar panels on your roof. Now.  With less than 0.4% of the city’s energy mix coming from solar power, Kenney needs to pick…

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