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    • Seven-year-old Aiden Devlin, pictured, died after falling between SEPTA  train cars. (NBC10)

One year after a 7-year-old fell from train to his death, SEPTA to experiment with locked doors

The first anniversary of the death of 7-year-old Aden Devlin is less than a month away. The boy fell while passing between two cars on the Market-Frankford line in North Philadelphia…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Philadelphia man sues PPA, company over parking in bike lanes

A Philadelphia man is suing a commercial delivery company for repeatedly parking in a Center City bike lane. The lawsuit, given the green light to proceed in court by a Philadelphia…

    • The Made in America main stage during construction on the Parkway Thursday. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

One year after Mayor Kenney and Jay-Z sparred over Made in America’s Parkway digs, the festival is back. Here’s what changed.

Jay-Z is not scheduled to perform at his Made In America festival this year. But despite last year’s highly-publicized kerfuffle incited by Mayor Jim Kenney’s attempt to evict the fest from…

    • Greater Bible Way Temple burns from a fire in the Parkside neighborhood, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019, in Philadelphia. (Margo Reed/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

After devastating fire, historic Parkside church hopes to save its facade and rebuild

Bishop Benjamin Peterson says his congregation will rebuild Greater Bible Way Temple, the immense 115-year-old West Philadelphia Baptist church consumed by flames Tuesday. Fire consumed the roof, much of the interior,…

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Philly's dangerous sidewalks violate federal law protecting people with disabilities, lawsuit alleges

Four Philadelphians with disabilities and three advocacy groups are suing the city in federal court for violating the Americans with Disabilities Act and a 1977 law requiring streets be accessible to…

    • The city recently repaved S. 11th street, creating new parking-protected bike lanes as seen here. (Darryl Murphy/WHYY)

Debate over how to best make streets safer divides South Philly, one of the nation’s most biked neighborhoods

Only three communities in the U.S. boast a higher rate of bicycle commuting than the section of Southeast Philadelphia that South 11th Street runs through, according to U.S. Census data. But…

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Death of Grays Ferry community leader Kyle Shenandoah leaves many in mourning

Kyle Shenandoah worked hard to make his Grays Ferry neighborhood — infamously known as Forgotten Bottom — seen.  One of his many efforts focused on improving public transportation and walkability in…

    • Virginia S. Kerr creates rowhouses in 1:24 scale. (Virginia S. Kerr/litillby_v )

Meet the architect building tiny rowhouses with sushi mats and old watches

Virginia Kerr always wanted to own a house in Society Hill. A brick rowhouse. She also dreamed of having her paintings exhibited in a gallery.  Now, both those dreams have come…

    • 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…

    • Chinatown children and elders walk for safe routes to parks and schools during  Chinatown Connections Parade in 2016.
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Opinion: Chinatown is building the gathering space the community needs

There is a new high-rise in the Philly skyline. The Crane, a new mixed-use community center, rises dramatically at the end of Chinatown’s commercial corridor, set apart from the characteristic brick…

    • 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…

    • Police in North Philadelphia assist the reunification of kids and families after a lock down.
Eyes on the Street

OPINION: A shooting barricaded a Philly neighborhood. Hear from people who experienced it.

Nearly eight hours locked out of your house. A blitz of armed police officers taking over several blocks. No buses. Day care centers on lockdown. Fear and the constant buzz of…

    • 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…

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