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    • Shyeer Johnson and Waki Perry, both 14, frequent the library after school. (Neal Santos for PlanPhilly)
Eyes on the Street

In Common: At rejuvenated Logan Library, room for the noisy joy of teenage kicks

Next up in our 2018 series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out what’s welcoming neighborhood teens back to the century-old, recently-renovated Logan Library. Midafternoon on a cold Thursday,…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney at the first groundbreaking of his signature Rebuild initiative.

Kenney’s ‘Rebuild’ breaks ground on first playground

Mayor Jim Kenney broke ground Thursday on the first park improvement funded through his signature public works initiative, Rebuild. Held on a grassy patch of earth near the Mann Center in…

    • A rendering of the planned 30th street subway and glass headhouse.

SEPTA's 30th Street Station getting $37M remake with underground connection to Drexel Square

Rattling El trains and trolleys bring 25,000 commuters a day to SEPTA’s 30th Street subway station. The gilded Deco interior of the better-known 30th Street Amtrak station are just above ground.…

    • 4601 Market Street is owned by the city.

Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campus

West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has halted the city’s long-awaited remake of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market Street for reasons that include the interest of…

    • Sheet Metal Workers protest in City Council on Dec.4, 2018.

Labor leaders, city officials spar outside Council chambers

An hour before City Council’s final session of 2018, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 attempted to push through a contested bill requiring costly new annual inspections of the fire protection devices…

    • Merchants have sold fresh food on Ninth Street since the 1880s.

Valets among the fixes proposed for Italian Market parking nightmare

Merchants have sold fresh food on South Ninth Street for more than a hundred years, surviving the Great Depression, multiple recessions and the arrival of families pushing $900 strollers in the…

    • Spruce Hill | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Demolition 'crisis' gets taskforce's attention

After 18 months, Mayor Jim Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force released its final recommendations Thursday. The document includes a range of ideas to incentivize more preservation and encourage citizen engagement in…

    • Family members react at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Philly's most dangerous roads clustered in black and brown neighborhoods

Nearly half — 46 percent— of Philadelphia’s most dangerous roads are in poor areas mostly populated by people of color, according to an analysis of city crash data done by the…

    • The beloved split-flap departure board at 30th Street Station.

Amtrak may spare 30th Street Station's beloved flipping board

The beloved split-flap sign at 30th Street Station, in Philadelphia, may have earned an 11th hour reprieve following public outcry over a proposal to replace the iconic “clickety-clackety” schedule board. Congressman…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kenney crackdown on flipping city lots falls short, critics say

Is it possible to reform Philadelphia’s corruption-prone system of selling public land without removing City’s Council’s informal power over sales? That’s the question a day after Mayor Jim Kenney introduced changes…

    • Dalia Burgos and her son Albert walk to Lewis Elkin School in Kensington.

New ‘Safe Corridors’ program brings parent patrols to opioid-plagued Kensington

Every school day, Dalia Burgos of Kensington walks her three children to school. The short walk has become a time for learning, but not in the way that Burgos would ever…

    • Philadelphia Police Detective Lawrence Greene bought 2931 Waterloo Street, center, in an auction of property seized by the District Attorney.

Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops

Maleny Vazquez remembers when the police came and took the house across the street. Vazquez has only lived on this block of Waterloo Street for a few years, but in this…

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Drexel grads pitch Amtrak on new sign: Vintage-style romance with efficiency of new technology

As Philadelphia mourns the pending loss of Amtrak’s beloved clackety departure board at 30th Street Station, one local business has stepped into the fray with a bold proposition. “We would love…

    • Ricci Rawls and her children, Patience, 12, Charlie, 7, Izzy, 5, Ava 4, and Faith, 1 on their last day before eviction. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia renters win new protections at City Hall with passage of 'good cause' bill

Ricci Rawls stood before a packed City Council session on Thursday and testified passionately in favor of Councilman Curtis Jones’s “good cause” eviction bill, which is meant to protect renters from…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

City Councilmen respond to land-flip scandal with an offer of reform

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that they say creates new safeguards against corrupt land dealing in City Hall. Introduced on the tail…

    • Philadelphia Housing Authority broke ground Monday on the third phase of the Sharswood Blumberg project. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Bringing new homes, old convenience back to Sharswood Blumberg

Construction began this week on the third phase of an ambitious 10-year, $500 million redevelopment of the Sharswood Blumberg section of North Philadelphia. Located at 22nd and West Oxford streets, the…

    • A rendering of 2110 E. Norris St.

Fishtown developer proposes fence; gives neighbors the ‘middle finger’

A 95-unit apartment building is coming to a blighted Fishtown lot near the Berks elevated train stop. In a reprieve from Philadelphia’s toxic parking wars, neighbors aren’t worried about where residents…

    • Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church in Cobbs Creek reimagined a parking lot as a green space.

Sacred spaces reimagined with preservation, Philly communities in mind

Philadelphia has no shortage of lux condos carved out of historic churches but how about a grocery store with stained glass windows? That was one of the ideas shared Tuesday at…

    • An empty hallway at the old West Philadelphia High School.

Report: Philly schools lose more to corporate handouts than any other big city

Philadelphia schools face an estimated $1 billion funding shortfall by 2022, but a new national report found that the city is walking away from more school tax revenue than any of…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

Philly litter czar says new street sweeping program coming in 2019

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will soon announce a street sweeping pilot program following years of criticism over litter-strewn streets, said Nic Esposito, the director of the mayor’s Zero Waste and Litter…

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