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    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson tours Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia on Tuesday

It’s not brain surgery: HUD Sec. Carson discusses housing policy in Philly

The Veterans Multi-Service Center feels squeezed into Old City, huddled next to the immensity of the Ben Franklin Bridge. Part of Philadelphia’s aid infrastructure for former soldiers who have suffered hard…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

Amazon HQ2 RFP asks for just one bid per region, so Philly submits three

After Amazon announced plans to build a second headquarters earlier this month, promising 50,000 jobs paying an average of six figures and $5 billion in direct investment, Philadelphia and a few…

    • The Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities protests proposed cuts to federal housing grants as HUD Sec. Ben Carson attends opening of Vaux Big Picture High School

September 21: Top-down public spectacle | Weinstein’s Wayne Junction dream | ‘Ugly produce’

ZBA’s decision last week to reject rezoning a vacant West Poplar warehouse for apartments sends a message about pushing diversity in the construction industry, Inga Saffron argues. The core of the…

    • The Police Administration Building, 700 Race St., was designed in the early 1960s by Geddes, Brecher, Qualls & Cunningham.

September 20: NHSL crash prelim report | Amazon’s refined search | Ryerss Mansion

A federal preliminary report states that slippery rails and speed may have been factors in the Norristown High Speed Line crash in August, Jason Laughlin reports. The SEPTA operator told National…

    • Danaje Elliott, on the right, was one of 18 students that completed the training this summer.

Philadelphia works to bring solar energy costs down to earth

Anthony LoCicero, a 33-year-old structural engineer raised in South Jersey, has been flirting with the idea of installing solar panels on his three-bedroom brick townhouse in South Philadelphia since he bought…

    • Calvary United Church of Christ (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

September 19: Strawberry Mansion’s anchors | Long-term Amazon impact | Dear Ben Carson

Philadelphia’s housing affordability and Strawberry Mansion’s anchor intuitions in today’s news: In Philadelphia, almost 70 places of worship of the city’s stock of 800 sit vacant, while another 20 to 30…

    • A line of cars parked in the median on South Broad Street (Emma Lee/WHYY)

September 18: Open union negotiations | Median parking Philadelphia relic | Unlisted: Locust Theatre

Though the lawsuit challenging median parking on South Broad has come to an end, the fight for cultural dominance rages on. Joe Trinacria, contributing to Philly Magazine, makes the case for…

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

Task force focuses first on state of preservation in Philly

Philadelphia created the Historic Preservation Task Force in April with a lofty charge: Think creatively about ways historic preservation can be a meaningful partner in the city’s growth. But its 18-month…

    • SEPTA Control Center: Market-Frankford El and Broad Street lines

Train derails on Market Frankford elevated line, few injuries reported

A SEPTA Market Frankford elevated line train derailed Saturday morning near Spring Garden Station. A SEPTA spokesman said around 30 passengers were on the train at the time it went off…

    • Alan Greenberger discusses the change in public space perception in Philly. Credit: Catalina Jaramillo/WHYY

Between Two Planters: Longtime practitioners discuss transforming urban spaces in Philadelphia

Planners, public utilities fans, and curious residents packed WHYY’s studios Wednesday to discuss the transformation of urban spaces in Philadelphia. PIDC's Prema Gupta, the Philadelphia Land Bank's Angel Rodriguez,…

    • Unknown skater enjoys pop-up skate parklet at Park(ing) Day 2017 on Arch Street near 11th. Designed by James Booney of Space 1026.

Park? Let's! Photos from Park(ing) Day 2017

Today is Park(ing) Day, an annual, nationwide event where on-street parking spots are turned into pop-up parklets. Started in San Francisco in 2005, Park(ing) Day is celebrating it's 10th year in…

    • Benjamin Franklin High School

September 15: SLA + Ben Franklin | Bikelash, culture war | Selective property reassessment

Dissent over power, direction and allocation of resources, and the tensions of a changing city dominate today's news: The School Reform Commission (SRC) voted unanimously Thursday night to “co-locate”…

    • Third Street in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Four reasons why Philadelphia is gentrifying

Should the city’s politicians ever come to a consensus on what to do about gentrification, a new paper from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia offers guidance on how to address…

    • Rendering of Logan Library's new reference desk and entrance atrium

September 14: Mixed-use library | Fingerprints in data | “Youthful vigor”

Philadelphia continues to use data to make sense of the city’s past, present, and potential future: On the continuing courtship with Amazon: Inga Saffron pens an open letter to the tech…

    • Tacony Music Hall (file)

Negative on sex positive club in Tacony, ZBA revokes permit

On Wednesday evening, the Zoning Board of Adjustment (ZBA) voted to revoke the fraternal organization permit for the Philly Music Hall, a recently-opened, sex-positive community association located in the historic Tacony…

    • Pop-up ice rink at The Piazza

September 13: Afro pick, Rizzo | Amtrak derailment ruling | Once “barren,” now dining

Projects of varying ranges of permanence dominate the news today: A Philadelphia municipal court judge dismissed all counts against former Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian Tuesday, Jason Laughlin reports. Judge Thomas Gehret…

    • Chinatown parklet

As Rebuild promises $500 million to rehab rec centers, Chinatown asks: What about us?

Last month, you shared with us your pressing questions about Rebuild, Philadelphia's $500 million plan to rehab the city's parks, libraries and rec centers. More than 400 of you voted on which…

    • Vacancy of Major Commercial Corridors and Centers, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

In North Philly, neighbors and the Philadelphia City Planning Commission look to the future

On Monday night, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission held its final public meeting about the North District, which covers many of the city’s poorest neighborhoods. The open house offered a glimpse…

    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Developers cheer as L+I adds offices plus inspectors to equal demand from Philly’s real estate boom

For years, Philadelphia’s developers have complained and fretted about staffing at the Department of Licenses and Inspections (L+I). In 2017, the agency may finally be able to come close to giving…

    • Greco/Union Baptist House

Church In Grad Hospital hopes newly-planted Garden of Eden will turn new neighbors into new parishioners

In May, 1916, the members of Union Baptist Church assembled at 711 South 12th Street and proudly marched seven blocks to their new sanctuary. The historic congregation had outgrown its first…

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