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    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

As Philadelphia considers scrapping tax abatement, new report provides debate fodder for both sides

As City Hall debates how best to find more money for Philadelphia’s schools, a new report from the real estate firm Houwzer aims to dissuade politicians from cutting the 10-year property-tax…

    • Rendering of DRWC's proposed bike trail in front of the Residences at Dockside

Proposed new Delaware Avenue bike trail wins some early fans

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to build a new bicycle trail along Delaware Avenue from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street was met with general assent from the small crowd…

    • Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announce Schuylkill Expressway initiative.

PennDOT, Wolf announce a series of small tweaks to I-76 aimed at easing traffic

As Gov. Tom Wolf announced a multiyear, $8.6 million initiative to ease traffic on the notoriously gridlocked Schuylkill Expressway, he intimated a familiarity with the frustrations faced by area commuters. “It…

    • Philadelphia Unemployment Project board members and supporters rally in the mayor's reception room for more reverse commuter vanpool funds

PUP begs for a scrap of funding for its vanpool program for reverse commuters

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallied for support at City Hall Wednesday morning, hoping to pressure City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney to fund its small vanpooling program for reverse-commuting Philadelphians who…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

    • Residents offered input at a meeting.

Transforming Washington Ave. from a divider to a connector

Navigating parts of Washington Avenue can feel so daunting and dangerous, a pedestrian might envy the street’s namesake, who only had to cross a frozen river on his way to Trenton.…

    • The ride began on the Art Museum steps. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)

11 cyclists are dead and the city has done nothing, mourners say at silent ride

“This is really part of my healing process,” explains Lou Savastani as he leans against his road bike at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Two years ago, I…

    • Screen shot of video showing what appears to be an intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia Police investigating Twitter video showing an apparently intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia police are actively investigating a video posted on Twitter that appears to show a driver purposefully hitting a cyclist and then driving off. The video was posted by Twitter user…

    • Owner JP Teti stands behind the basement bar at Passyunk Avenue, a Philly-themed dive bar in London

A new Philly-themed bar is drawing crowds in London

On a recent Saturday, the Sixers were on TV, and the bar was packed as middle school teacher Melanie Manuel asked to get the remaining half of her cheesesteak wrapped up…

    • The 150 bus is SEPTA's least used bus route.

SEPTA considering an end to transfer fees as part of bus system overhaul

Your standard SEPTA bus comfortably seats 40 passengers, with standing room for many more. The typical 150 bus carries less than four. The direct line between the Plymouth Meeting Mall and…

    • Bus on Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut/Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

ACLU sues SEPTA, claiming ad policy violates First Amendment

If you ride SEPTA, you’ve seen a few ads. A bus wrapped in a Pat’s advertisement is like billboard on wheels for greasy, 3 a.m. cheesesteak glory. Posters on the subway…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

SEPTA Key costs balloon as agency fixes smartcard snafus

SEPTA’s capital budget for the upcoming fiscal year increased the estimated total price of implementing the Key card payment system to $297.77 million, a nearly $30 million increase over last year’s…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb’s modest proposal: ban on-street parking in Center City

At a City Council hearing on SEPTA’s budget, Councilman Allan Domb floated a bold proposal that will make him a hero to some and a villain to others in the ongoing…

    • A couple poses at Love Park in February.

LOVE Park? More like loathe park! Criticisms mount as JFK Plaza slowly reopens.

It’s an iconic shot, a photo taken by numerous Philadelphians, millions of visitors, and countless brides and grooms. The subjects stand in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE Statue as a geyser-like fountain…

    • The scene has quieted down at the Rittenhouse Starbucks where two black men were arrested on April 12. (Jim Saksa/ WHYY)

Rittenhouse Starbucks patron: "We should all be able to... get a cup of coffee or sit down."

The rhythm of daily commerce has resumed at Starbucks at 18th and Spruce Streets, where the filmed arrest of two black men eight days ago launched another round of the nation’s…

    • A shared lane for buses and bikes on Chestnut Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is Philly better off with safer streets or faster moving traffic? At City Hall, it depends on who you ask

“Could I have the ‘transportation guru’ come up to the table, please?” That’s how Council President Darrell Clarke called Deputy Managing Director of the Office of Transportation and Infrastructure Systems (OTIS),…

    • Starbucks chief executive officer Kevin Johnson and chief operating officer Rosalind Brewer emerge from a meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney that they said was

By admitting fault in arrest of two black men at Rittenhouse Starbucks, company may spare itself long-term damage to brand

The coffeeshop soundtrack is usually a reliable mix of inoffensive indie rock, porcelain clinking on countertops, and the caffeinated chitter chat of customers. But over the weekend and continuing on Monday,…

    •  Ofo is bringing its dockless bike share technology to Camden. (Photo credit: Ofo)

Will a bike share system that relies on smartphones work for Camden?

On May 1st — or May Day, the date chosen by Communists as their own over a century ago — Camden will begin piloting a sharing program for a vehicle that…

    • 30th Street Station is Amtrak's third busiest station

Drexel's Fry: Fix Northeast Corridor Transit or say goodbye to jobs

Drexel University’s founder and namesake, Anthony J. Drexel, made his fortune financing the construction of America’s railroads. Without them, the school probably wouldn’t exist. Drexel’s still betting big on the railroad,…

    • Electric Vehicle parking

City Council advances bill to kill Philadelphia's electric vehicle parking program

Philadelphia City Council took another step towards eliminating a program that encouraged electric vehicle ownership on Monday, advancing a bill to kill a little-used city program that allowed residents to create…

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