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    • An event exploring the outdoor world in black literature in the picnic grove at Bartram's Garden was organized by the Free Library's Center for Public Life. | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: What if the library could mend public life?

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out the Free Library’s Center for Public Life, a new unit that’s aiming to connect Philadelphians of every stripe…

    • A SEPTA Regional Rail train.

Freight trains using Regional Rail lines threaten to keep SEPTA from full Positive Train Control compliance

SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel took a moment to boast Tuesday afternoon while participating in an American Public Transportation Association conference call with national press on the efforts of commuter railroads…

    • NO STOPPING: A sign on a parking meter advertises that there will be no stopping in honor of Philly Free Streets
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Philly Free Streets: Enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, beach lovers — but not drivers

Cyclists, walkers, children and dogs were happy to take over the four-lane expanse of North Broad Street during Philly Free Streets on Saturday. The event, in its third year, is a…

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Art Museum summer program caters to young Modernists

For the next 10 weeks, the second floor east balcony of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — which arguably has the best view of the Parkway in the city — will…

    • Roofer Rob Nolfi applies a reflective topping on a rehabbed roof in North Philadelphia. Cool roofs help keep temperatures down when the city heats up. (Irina Zhorov/The Pulse)

A hotter topic: Building heat resilience into multifamily housing

Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades. Since May, the city…

    • Cyclists and pedestrians take part in Philly Free Streets, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)
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A walking tour of North Broad, ahead of this year's Philly Free Streets event

Many organizations and people are behind this year’s Philly Free Streets event. The city goes “car free” on Broad Street from City Hall all the way up to Butler Avenue in…

    • Tony Guido explains features of a composting vessel he helped build for  a Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council design competition.

To vanquish food waste, a competition aims to design and compost

To the uninitiated, it sounds simple enough: Design a cheap, urban-friendly composting device that works at a neighborhood scale — something bigger than a backyard composting bin, but smaller than a commercial system…

    • PPA garage

Parking Authority chief Petri offers up a sweeping legislative agenda for change

Sitting at a conference table, sporting a tie emblazoned with lines from the U.S. Constitution and a likeness of Independence Hall, Scott Petri began an interview with a warning for the…

    • Residential parking permit, Philadelphia Parking Authority
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Floating a solution to Philadelphia's parking-space quandary

Philadelphia has a parking problem. At face value, we have a tremendous number of spots: 2,172,896 at the most recent count. However, an absolute number is meaningless. Who cares about…

    • A worker cleans the ornate limestone capitals of the East Portico at 30th Street Station.

Facade work refreshes 30th Street Station as Amtrak shops its commercial-district plan

When Pennsylvania Railroad moved its headquarters from Broad Street to 30th Street Station upon its completion in 1935, the shift was seen as an attempt to move Philadelphia’s downtown to the…

    • Kelli McIntyre and Andy Trackman check out walking conditions along Germantown Avenue during a FeetFirstPhilly walk audit.

What a walk along Germantown Avenue reveals: Tough going for pedestrians

Kelli McIntyre stood in light rain on Germantown Avenue, holding a clipboard and watching as car after car ignored a “Do Not Enter” sign and turned up a small street called Ashmead Place. “Somebody just went the…

    • City Councilman Mark Squilla, at Monday's Rebuild announcement. | Malcolm Burnley

Now that court has ruled, a resurgent Rebuild selects Harrowgate playground for rehab

In the background of a Monday press conference at Heitzman Playground in Harrowgate, where city officials announced another site for Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative, a slogan painted on the old…

    • Steve Teare for Broke In Philly/WHYY

The high cost of being broke: Transportation

On the 11th floor of a Center City office building, Rian Franks and Jacqueline Chapman sit just a few feet away from each other. Both travel from West Philadelphia. But the…

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Grays Ferry's long-closed Lanier Playground reopens, with new hope and new purpose

Located in the heart of Grays Ferry, Lanier Playground had been closed since 2005, but memories of when it brimmed with activity stayed alive in longtime neighborhood residents. You’d hear stories…

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Philly Free Streets, Part 3, moves to North Broad on Aug. 11

Philadelphia is shutting down North Broad Street, Saturday, August 11, to show off the major artery. This third edition of Philly Free Streets will close the street to cars from 8…

    • Persons of Japanese ancestry arrive at the assembly center located at the Santa Anita Racetrack in Arcadia, California, in 1942 | National Archives and Records Administration

Implicit in tackling racial biases, an expert says: Knowing the history

The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on 17th Street hosted racial-sensitivity training for about 50 front-line employees Thursday after a hotel staff member wrote a three-letter slur against those of Japanese ancestry…

    • Tacony Creek block party

With Labor Day just ahead, Philly makes block-party permit seekers work harder

Philly loves a good block party. Philadelphia is the block-party capital of America, holding more of them than any other peer city, according to a 2013 Philadelphia City Paper article.…

    • Weccacoe Playground, May 2014

Disturbing discovery at Weccacoe Playground: A black doll, hanging from a noose

Police were called out Thursday to investigate an apparent hate crime at a South Philadelphia playground where neighbors organized to honor a historic African-American burial ground sitting just beneath the asphalt.…

    • Gregorio Pac Cojulun (left), and Dan Schupsky, an outreach specialist, stroll along one of the new sidewalks.

Rain, rain flows away, no longer puddles at Malcolm X Park

As happens on many blocks around the city, heavy rains used to turn the southeast corner of Malcolm X Memorial Park in West Philadelphia into a deep puddle. Water flowed down…

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The state of art galleries is changing in Philly’s Old City

The Rodger LaPelle Galleries in Philadelphia’s Old City was considered knowledgeable, generous, and reasonably lucrative — but not terribly well organized. After four decades of buying, selling, trading, storing, championing, critiquing,…

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