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    • Solstice & Strawberry Moon Rowboating at Bartram’s Garden.
Eyes on the Street

Make no little pints: Bringing taste and memory into community storytelling with Watershed Ice

What’s the next level of community reporting? For many, printed text and visuals make complex issues clear. Others absorb information best with audio and video. And the internet brings news to…

    • Burholme resident Scott Yusem (and his young son) use the WHYY Listening Post. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust
Eyes on the Street

WHYY Listening Post: "The Gang Goes to Burholme"

What happens when people have access to a microphone and a platform, with an invitation to tell the invisible listener about their neighborhoods? PlanPhilly decided to find out. Last Thursday, we…

    • Cultural dance performance during Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration at Mifflin Square Park. Credit: Keith Mui
Eyes on the Street

Philly Parks: How do I love thee? Let me count the ways

In Philadelphia, park love knows no bounds. Unseasonable rain didn’t stop hundreds of people from coming out to clean up their favorite neighborhood green as part of the city's biannual Love…

    • A demolition crew tore down the roof of a historic building at 6656-62 Germantown Ave. in Mt. Airy to make way for the Westview luxury apartments in 2015. Credit: Jana Shea/WHYY

A familiar Philly development dilemma hits Mount Airy

“The ritzier sections of Chestnut Hill and Mount Airy look pretty much the way they did 50 years ago...until now,” writes the Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron. With two completed mid-rise…

    • The West Philadelphia Fresh Food Hub will start selling groceries on the streets of West Philly this spring. | courtesy of Ryan Kuck

Philly tops other U.S. big cities on food access and walkability

Philly is more walkable and has more access to healthy food than other large American cities yet it still struggles with higher rates of violence and chronic school absence than peer…

    • RiverWards Group's 30-unit townhouse development, 'Avenue 30' in East Kensington, broke ground March 2017. Credit: Renderings by KJO Architects via RiverWards Group/The Somers Team

Kensington’s luxury townhouse kings experimenting with lower-priced condos

The very busy River Wards developer responsible for a large portion of those luxury townhomes you see popping up across Kensington and Port Richmond is at work on a new  South…

    • A  2014 pop-up greenway on the westbound lane on the 900 block of Spring Garden Street, one block from the accident on 10th and Spring Garden Streets. Credit: Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly

Cyclist killed while riding on Spring Garden bike lane

An SUV knocked over and fatally ran over 34-year-old Pablo Avendano on Saturday evening, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Chris Palmer reports. Authorities said that Avendano, a courier for Caviar, a food-delivery…

    • A kid with a view at Night Market Burholme 2017. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust

Be PlanPhilly's Eyes on the Street at Night Market Burholme!

Ever wish you could share how it feels to have tens of thousands of people smashed into a few blocks, along with an explosion of smells, sounds, and tastes, and capture…

    • Rail Park Phase 1 Callowhill terminus | Studio Bryan Hanes

Rail Park announces June 14 opening, new executive director

Philadelphia's hotly anticipated, High Line-esque Rail Park will open to the public on June 14 with a new leader and freshly installed benches for summertime people watching. The June 14 opening will…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Domb: City must step up collections on out-of-town tax delinquents

Before we ask Philadelphia residents to pay more in taxes and fees, let's collect from delinquent property owners who are shirking their bills from out of town, argued Councilman Allan Domb…

    • Lipkin's Bakery has been on Castor Avenue in Northeast Philly since 1975. Credit: Lipkin's Bakery.

Northeast Philly kosher bakery returns to its roots in South Philly

“If you see knishes anywhere in Philadelphia, they’re made by us.” After more than four decades in Northeast Philly, the beloved Lipkin's Bakery returns to its original stomping grounds in South…

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A neighborhood walk that's healthy for you — and the city, too.

"Walking Philadelphia like this is an act of civic empathy and public power." Ashley Hahn, in an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shared how walking with fellow passionate Philadelphians can be…

    • The main hall of 30th St. Station. (Courtesy Amtrak/Chuck Gomez)

Audit uncovers security problems at 30th Street Station

Amtrak’s staff don’t have the keys to lock 30th Street Station in the event of an emergency, but someone else might, according to Amtrak's inspector general in an audit released Monday.…

    • Our Lady Help of Christians at E. Allegheny Avenue and Gaul Street will close June 2018. Credit: Philadelphia Church Project.

"Dead parish walking": The last bell sounds for historic Port Richmond church

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced that the Our Lady Help of Christians Church in Port Richmond will close due to financial strains, CBS 3 reports. The 100-year-old-plus congregation has attempted…

    • Season 2 of WHYY’s ‘Schooled’ podcast explores student trauma and the charter school debate in East Germantown. Jessica Kourkounis/WHYY

‘Schooled’ back in session in East Germantown

 Across Philadelphia, charter schools have been a force of change in neighborhoods, providing opportunities for some families, alienating others and all the while, bringing new people, resources, and conflict into communities…

    • Tacony LAB, one of the Free Library's Pokéstops. Credit: Steve Weinik/Mural Arts.

What happened when Pokémon went to the library?

Can Pokémon Go, a game that encourages people to run around town with their eyes glued to their screens actually encourage civic participation? Well,  the Free Library of Philadelphia thinks so, …

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Fed: Homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods suffer tax delinquency but not displacement

With gentrification comes an increased risk of delinquency on homeowners’ tax bills, but in Philadelphia, the phenomenon hasn't resulted in a significant increase in displacement of owners, not even among those…

    • Marchers in Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla. Credit: PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, R. Kennedy for GPTMC

El Carnaval de Puebla returns to South Philly on Sunday

Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla, the largest festival of its kind outside of Mexico, will march on this year in spite of deportation fears, WHYY News’ Angela Gervasi reports. For…

    • 'Philadelphia Delivers' submission to Amazon HQ2 RFP. Credit: DAG.

Help Wanted in Philly? Amazon says not so much.

In 2017, Amazon posted hundreds more job ads in Boston, and Washington D.C. than in Philadelphia and a group of business researchers says that the hiring trend may be a sign…

    • Credit: Office of the Controller

10 Philly neighborhoods reap the lion's share of construction tax break benefits

Ten neighborhoods concentrated around Center City make up 59 percent of the properties receiving Philadelphia' controversial 10-year tax abatement, according to a report released Friday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart.  The…

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