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    • Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books on the corner of Church Street and Germantown Avenue in East Germantown. (Michael Bixler/Hidden City)

We asked Philly to tell us what gentrification feels like. Here's what we heard.

Over the past five days, we've explored gentrification in Philadelphia — talking to people about their experiences as new neighbors, higher rents, and different businesses move into the city. As reporters…

    • Rendering of Lincoln Square | Alterra

Philly's ever-expanding Center City

Greater Center City is now considered the area bounded by the two rivers and Girard Avenue on the north and Tasker Street to the south. That translates to an explosion of…

    • Temple Urban Education professor James Earl Davis outside of his home in East Germantown.

“Gentrification for black people by black people”

Based on two decades of census data, East Germantown hasn’t changed all that much in median household income and crime rate on paper. But that doesn't mean residents haven' seen changes…

    • Claudia Sherrod (left) and Haley Dervinis (right) both live in Point Breeze.

Unpacking gentrification's racial dynamics

While “the changes in Point Breeze symbolize the stereotypical definition of gentrification, with young, white professionals moving into a low-income, African-American neighborhood,…this isn’t the whole story,” write WHYY News’ Aaron…

    • New houses abut old in Northern Liberties, one of the city’s fastest gentrifying areas.

How is your neighborhood changing, or not? Share your experiences with gentrification with us

This week, WHYY News, Keystone Crossroads, and PlanPhilly are collaborating on a series, “Gentrified: Stories of rapidly changing Philadelphia.” Our reporters are exploring the phenomenon from the ground up,…

    • Obligatory moody skyline shot, 5:03pm.

The city's financial watchdog isn't convinced Philly builders need a tax break

The city’s financial watchdog is conducting “a fair, independent analysis” on the impact of adjusting or ending the city’s 10-year property tax abatement, the Philadelphia Inquirer's Jacob Adelman reports. City…

    • Jacqueline Wiggins (center), a long time resident of the Temple University area, joins neighbors and students in an April 2016 march against a proposed stadium. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Where is Darrell Clarke in the Temple Stadium debacle?

Temple president Richard Englert “seemed oblivious to the pain and history that drove the opposition” at Tuesday’s “debacle of a town hall,” but the university’s absence in the community is not…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent, now the southern most portion of the Schuylkill River Trail will soon lead into Bartram's Mile

Philly gets $12 million to complete Schuylkill River Trail expansion

Philadelphia got the final $12 million it needs to complete the $36 million Schuylkill River Trail expansion, PhillyVoice reports. With the political backing of U.S. Sens. Bob Casey, D-Pa. and Pat…

    • Nor’easter winds send a tree branch in West Philly into three parked cars. Credit: Romana Lee-Akiyama

Treepocalpyse takes its victims

The sky came falling down Friday, with nor’easter winds taking tree victims left and right. No deaths were reported in Philadelphia proper, Billy Penn’s Danya Henninger writes, “but the treepocalpyse was…

    • Neighbors and students in an April 2016 protest march against a proposed new football stadium. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The opposition to Temple Stadium is getting organized

Neighbors and school faculty continue to question Temple University’s transparency and community engagement in the development of the highly controversial football stadium, the Philadelphia Tribune’s John N. Mitchell reports. “There…

    • Penn students tour the 7th Ward and W. E. B. Du Bois's impact on sociology and African-American history. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Finding history on South Street

Let’s take a walk along South Street. In particular, let’s trace the footprints of black culture on the neighborhood. Penn students studying African-American history take WHYY News’ Danielle Fox to…

    • Salt Design architect on site

Architecture in the #MeToo moment

How are some of the top architecture firms in the country, in an industry with “a long history of celebrating the lone male genius, creating power structures that disadvantage women,” stacking…

    • All Power to All People by Hank Willis Thomas was one of twenty Monument Lab installations funded with help from NEA. Credit: Steve Weinik/Mural Arts

The NEA contributed $1.4 million to Philly's creative economy in 2017. Now Trump wants to kill it.

Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts would “end valuable direct investments in our local communities,” said the leaders of some of the nation's most urban-focused foundations, including…

    • Onlookers clamor to get that first shot of the LOVE statue’s triumphant return to LOVE Park February 2017. Credit: Sophie Heng.

Love and public space: It’s not destiny. It’s design.

LOVE Park’s new design ruins the much-needed distinction between park and city and gives us a “sterile, corporate landscape” with “mediocre architecture,” writes Diana Lind for the  Philadelphia Citizen.…

    • The building at 239 Chestnut Street must be reinforced before investigators can enter safely Credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

L&I: Hold on 239 Chestnut demo

License & Inspections has placed the demolition of the building at 239 Chestnut Street on hold so that investigators can work to determine the cause of the fire, the Philadelphia Inquirer…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: PHA employees work around the new housing development in Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Trump's budget would cut $90 million from Philadelphia Housing Authority

Trump’s proposed cuts to the HUD budget would mean a $90 million blow to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. Philadelphia Housing Authority spokeswoman Nichole Tillman…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)

Can Philly afford the subsidies Amazon wants?

Mayor Jim Kenney won't release the juiciest details of the city's bid to land Amazon's second headquarters, but it's safe to say that Philadelphia is likely offering subsidies plum enough to…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

How many Philadelphia homes can $8.8 million fix?

Fresh on the heels of an investigation that found steep disparities in local mortgage lending between white borrowers and borrowers of color, the Urban Affairs Coalition has published a report touting…

    • New Market West, West Philadelphia

$50 million mixed-use development breaks ground on a blighted West Philly lot

Affordable housing nonprofit Mission First Housing Group and community-oriented services organization Horizon House broke ground on a four-story community services and retail complex at 59th and Market streets on Friday, the…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to introduce bill for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson plans to introduce legislation next Thursday calling for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market, according to a statement released by the councilman’s office…

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