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    • Merchants have sold fresh food on Ninth Street since the 1880s.

Valets among the fixes proposed for Italian Market parking nightmare

Merchants have sold fresh food on South Ninth Street for more than a hundred years, surviving the Great Depression, multiple recessions and the arrival of families pushing $900 strollers in the…

    • Dalia Burgos and her son Albert walk to Lewis Elkin School in Kensington.

New ‘Safe Corridors’ program brings parent patrols to opioid-plagued Kensington

Every school day, Dalia Burgos of Kensington walks her three children to school. The short walk has become a time for learning, but not in the way that Burgos would ever…

    • Philadelphia Housing Authority broke ground Monday on the third phase of the Sharswood Blumberg project. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Bringing new homes, old convenience back to Sharswood Blumberg

Construction began this week on the third phase of an ambitious 10-year, $500 million redevelopment of the Sharswood Blumberg section of North Philadelphia. Located at 22nd and West Oxford streets, the…

    • A man makes a call while a tow truck picks up his car.

City Council to vote on higher fines for tow trucks

Cleaner, safer roads is the goal of new legislation that would increase the fines levied on negligent Philadelphia tow truck drivers. The bill, unanimously approved Monday by City Council’s streets and…

    • A rendering of single-family homes planned for 1100-1114 Wallace Street in West Poplar.

Philly developer breaks ground on 26 affordable homes in gentrifying West Poplar

A Philadelphia-born company broke ground Monday on a West Poplar development that city officials are billing as the latest advancement in a plan to create 1,000 new housing units for middle-income…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Kenney's $15 minimum wage bill advances

Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to raise the minimum wage for city-contracted workers to $15 an hour moved one step forward on Tuesday with a unanimous City Council committee vote in support…

    • Vanessa Harris has lived at Bartram Village for 4 years. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Community development 101 comes to Bartram Village

How do neighbors start organizing for changes in their community? For Sheila Anthony, president of Bartram Village Resident Council, the answer boils down to one simple word: education. “Because what you…

    • Asa Khalif (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Activist Asa Khalif announces run for City Council

Local activist Asa Khalif is throwing his hat into the ring for one of Philadelphia City Council’s seven at-large seats. All 17 seats — there are 10 seats elected by district…

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New Hunting Park mural honors graffiti legend Karaz

The corner of Fifth and Luray streets in Hunting Park resembled a 1990s hip-hop video. With Wu-Tang Clan, A Tribe Called Quest, and other classics from that time booming from a…

    • A city worker inspects a sewer in Philadelphia, Pa. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New partnership will protect 475,000 Philly homeowners from sewer snafus

John Coats said he began to a panic when he found that his basement toilet was overflowing on its own. A faulty sewer line from the street was sending water back…

    • The Philadelphia skyline is visible above the Eastwick tree line.

City to survey land in flood-prone Eastwick before soliciting developer bids

Despite some continued concerns about flooding, the Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority isn’t ruling out commercial development in a low-lying swath of Eastwick near John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge. The vacant land in…

    • Shirley Armstead poses in front her E. Vernon Road storefront office

Don't call it Cedarbrook: Mount Airy shopping district gets a facelift

Shirley Armstead has been living her dream for 45 years. About half of those years have been spent working out of her cheerful storefront office at 1455 E. Vernon Road in…

    • Phil Forsyth takes visitors on a tour of the orchard surrounding Woodford Mansion, where apple, peach, persimmon and other fruit-bearing trees can be found. (Kriston Jae Bethel for WHYY)

A rainy 2018 yielded soggy fall harvest, Philly growers say

2018 has been one of the wettest years on record for Philadelphia. So far, the city has been under more than 50 inches of precipitation. That’s 14 more than the average.…

    • Lisa Strickland and her mother Ann love their Eastwick neighborhood but would welcome more amenities within walking distance.

Mapping Philly’s most walkable neighborhoods

Ann Strickland, 87, has lived in the southwest corner of Eastwick for 37 years. Her small community of single-family homes sits right across from the John Heinz National Wildlife Conservatory at…

    • Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Police Commissioner rejects key Starbucks arrest report recommendation

The Philadelphia Police Department agrees that anti-racist training could help officers de-escalate conflicts without arrests but can’t commit to providing that training until the department identifies “appropriate funding,” said Commissioner Richard…

    • The Bradley family at a Night Market on Point Breeze Avenue.
Eyes on the Street

A Point Breeze night market inspires neighborhood pride

If you feed them, they will come. On Thursday night, hundreds of hungry people braved the rain for a first-of-its-kind Night Market on Point Breeze Avenue. As lines for banh mi, barbeque…

    • Residents gather to join in the festivities at the 12th Annual Strawberry Mansion Day.

In Strawberry Mansion, anxiety about rising property taxes and a changing neighborhood high school haunt an annual tradition

They came out in droves on Saturday to celebrate the North Philadelphia neighborhood they love at the 12th annual Strawberry Mansion Day. On the grounds of Mander Recreation Center, the vibe…

    • J. Jondhi Harrell, Center for Returning Citizens

Philadelphia police want to turn street corners into career launch pads

People hanging out on the corner are often stigmatized as hoodlums or miscreants, but Philadelphia police officer G. Lamar Stewart sees something more “I see kings; I see queens. I see…

    • Rickey Turner, 21, plays the violin outside the Made in America festival.

Vendors keep working despite L&I crackdown at Made in America

The Made in America music festival, featuring some of pop music’s biggest names, boosted the city's side hustle economy as Philadelphia vendors took advantage of thirsty crowds to make some extra…

    • Kirtrina Baxter at work at her community farm in North Philadelphia.

Cleaning vacant lots leads to safer and healthier neighborhoods, new study finds

Cleaning up a vacant lot leads to less crime, more socializing outdoors and increased perceptions of safety in the surrounding neighborhood, according to a new study done in Philadelphia and released…

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