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    • A sunflower blooms in West Mt. Airy, one of the city's healthiest neighborhoods.

Philly ‘health gap’ varies by neighborhood, city finds

New health research out of Philadelphia puts a fine point on a well-known fact: Not all of the city's neighborhoods are created equal.  “Close to Home” documents a wide…

    • Smith Playground Summer Camp participants, and Boys and Girls Club members cluster around the new “MVP” Ora Washington statue. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

‘It looks like me:’ New South Philly statue meant to inspire young women and girls

Smith Playground in South Philadelphia is now home to a one-of-a-kind public sculpture, the latest in a city-owned collection dating back six decades.  Unveiled on Wednesday, ‘MVP’ is one of the…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

Study: SEPTA transfer fees hit low-wage commuters the hardest

Commuters without a lot of cash to spare get hit hardest by SEPTA’s transfer fees, according to new research from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Straphangers using the SEPTA Key card’s Travel…

    • Philadelphia's street sweeping pilot program has started, but some sweepers are unable to go down narrow streets. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$2.73 million later, Philly realizes street sweepers are too wide for city’s narrow blocks

Philly’s street sweeping experiment has hit a sizable snag — a nine-foot-wide snag, to be exact. The 10 new street sweepers purchased for the pilot program at a cost of $2.73…

    • Rowhomes at 34th and Spring Garden Street for sale or rent. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly housing costs rising faster for poor and middle class than for the wealthy

As the Philadelphia region’s poorest residents spend more to keep a roof over their heads, the area’s wealthiest residents are spending less, according to new research from economists at Apartment Life,…

    • Lucinda Hudson at the site of her neighborhood's first Starbucks.

Parkside leaders welcome neighborhood's first Starbucks

Lucinda Hudson beams when she gazes at the northwest corner of a West Philadelphia parking lot. In the next two years, a Starbucks will open in this section of the ParkWest…

    • gina dukes a penn alumna and a philadelphia school district teacher speaks at a rally to demand upenn make pilot payments kimberly paynter whyy

Education activists call on Penn to pay ‘fair share’ to support city school

Education activists in Philadelphia are at it again. The Our City, Our Schools Coalition and other groups are calling on the University of Pennsylvania to help support the city’s cash-strapped public…

    • 2018 11 21 e lee sherri lee philadelphia snyder avenue plumbing problems

New loans for home repair may be lifeline for Philly ‘small landlords’ — and their tenants

Sherri Lee’s toilet started flooding in late September. Less than a month later, the unfinished basement in her South Philadelphia apartment was a full-blown health hazard. “It actually ended up pushing…

    • The cover of the Urban Institute's executive summary of the report, sponsored by HUD.

New research paints a frustrating portrait of housing voucher program

A new national study calls the country’s housing choice voucher program — formerly known as Section 8 — “daunting” for low-income residents hoping to leave poverty behind. The reason: Not enough…

    • 2018 8 13 k paynter project home young adult program 5 768x512

To prevent chronic homelessness, Philly nonprofit offers some young adults more than shelter

Jerome Maynard’s two-bedroom apartment in Roxborough is a special place — not because of the beige carpeting and white walls, but simply because it’s his. Roughly a year ago, the 26-year-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…

    • 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.…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City seizing blighted Germantown complex owned by nightmare landlord

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is one step closer to seizing – and potentially redeveloping – a few dozen blighted properties once controlled by a powerful, now-defunct social service and housing nonprofit…

    • Shani Akilah and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad with the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative at Rittenhouse Square Park. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

After Philly Starbucks arrest, what does it mean to be black in a ‘white space’?

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad grabs a seat on a low-slung wall inside Rittenhouse Square. It's a bit chilly but there are still plenty of people sitting on benches. Having a snack. Reading a…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s $9 million goodbye to Germantown’s worst landlord

Everyone has crossed paths with a bad landlord. Then there’s Leroy Prince. His apartment in East Germantown doesn’t have hot water.  The gas is on. It’s the tank that’s the problem.…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New housing nears completion, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: PHA celebrates 57 new rental units built at edge of Blumberg site

Philadelphia Housing Authority (PHA) brass will join elected officials and residents in North Philadelphia Wednesday morning to celebrate the completion of 57 new rental units. The brick townhomes represent the first…

    • Germantown YWCA, May 2016

Mixed-use development announced for vacant Germantown Y

After sitting vacant for more than a decade, the Germantown YWCA is now a small step away from becoming a mixed-used development.   The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority (PRA) announced Thursday that its Board of…

    • Jazz trumpeter and bandleader Charlie Gaines plays with his band in Philadelphia in 1940. | John W. Mosley/Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection of Temple University Libraries

Revitalization stirs up memories of a time Sharswood pulsed with all that jazz

As the Philadelphia Housing Authority charges ahead with its ambitious plans to remake the North Philadelphia neighborhood of Sharswood, WHYY's Aaron Moselle looks back at the area's jazz legacy, rooted then…

    • Former Blumberg resident James Norcome at his new Queen's Row. | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Seniors not itching to return to Blumberg apartments in North Philly

All but one building at the Norman Blumberg Apartments will be erased: the Senior Tower. Like everyone who lived at Blumberg, these elder residents were relocated to make way for the…

    • (L to R) East Falls Forward officers Angela Velez, Juliet Geldi and Silje Roalsvik (Bastiaan Slabbers/for NewsWorks)

Recently-approved East Falls civic group looks to improve commercial district

Residents and developers in need of a zoning variance in East Falls will now have to meet with two different civic groups. At the end of June, Philadelphia's Zoning Board of…

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