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    • SEPTA general manager Jeffrey Knueppel speaks to conductor Gary Brown in 2017.  (SEPTA)

SEPTA GM Jeff Knueppel to retire in December, PennDOT secretary eyed as replacement

SEPTA General Manager Jeff Knueppel will retire on Dec. 31, at the end of his contract with the $2 billion-a-year transit agency, officials confirmed today.  Knueppel met with his immediate staff…

    • 509 Vine Street is converting into a quick-stay hotel.

Tenants forced out of Old City apartments as building changes over to short-term rentals

A residential building at 509 Vine St., known as the Boekel building, is turning into an apartment-style hotel. All units will become short-term rentals — a la Airbnb. And residents are…

    • A Google Streetview image of 2601 Poplar St. (Google/WHYY)

108 apartments coming to vacant Poplar St. lot and neighbors aren't happy

The owner of a popular Fairmount cafe and artisanal market has gotten permits to build a 55-foot-tall apartment complex on a vacant Poplar Street lot. The 2601 Poplar Street project will…

    • Diane Southerland and her daughter Terry in their Logan home. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

‘We’re a city under siege’— 2 shootings in 2 days rattles North Philly neighbors

Five young men were shot in North Philadelphia just one day after a gunman injured six police officers. The two incidents occurred on the same street, just a few miles apart.…

    • Rowhouses line Spruce Street in Fitler Square. (Emma Lee/ WHYY)

‘Rowhouse’ vs. ‘rowhome’? The tangled history of a uniquely Philadelphia term

Is it “rowhouse” or “row house?” Is it “rowhome” or “row home?”  Nothing gets Philadelphia grammarians riled up more than a question of local dialect. Especially when there is no clear…

    • Construction on the Crane, pictured, is nearly complete. (PCDC/ Rittenhouse Realty Advisors))

Chinatown CDC is marketing the 'hood's tallest tower as a $67 million lux address

The Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation is marketing the neighborhood’s largest residential tower for sale.  It took PCDC eight years to complete “The Crane,” a 20-story tower and community center just north…

    • Riders wait on a SEPTA train platform for the Regional Rail to arrive. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Climate change is messing with your commute, SEPTA says after storms halt trains

Thousands of SEPTA riders were stranded during Wednesday’s powerful thunderstorms. The storm triggered flash flooding and sent trees careening into catenary wires. Buses were diverted. Norristown High Speed Line and trolley…

    • A rendering of the final layout of the Grays Ferry Avenue Bridge. (PennDOT)

Grays Ferry Bridge is scary for cyclists and PennDOT’s rebuild won’t solve the problem

The $13.3 million reconstruction of the Grays Ferry Bridge will include a protected bike lane — but only on one half of the bridge, renderings from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation…

    • William Toms, left, and David Silver announce plans to build a 10,000-square-foot space in Fashion District Philadelphia.

Why Fashion District will open in revamped Gallery mall with space for ‘co-creating’

The Gallery mall will reopen in Center City this fall after four years of construction, rebranded as a shopping complex called “The Fashion District.” The rebuilt mall will eventually sport new…

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Sources: FBI investigating SEPTA over embezzlement scheme

The FBI and SEPTA’s inspector general are investigating a multi-year embezzlement scheme that may have cost the agency big bucks, PlanPhilly has learned. Fran Kelly, SEPTA’s assistant general manager, said the…

    • White paint defaces Ori Feibush's Point Breeze home. (Ori Feibush)

Developer Ori Feibush says “anarchists” vandalized his Point Breeze home

The Point Breeze home of Philadelphia developer Ori Feibush was vandalized in an early morning incident that saw the first-floor windows of his home smashed by bricks and paint splattered across…

    • The intersection of 12th and Sansom where the senior high rise will be erected

A soaring tower designed for seniors to rise in Center City

A soaring tower designed with aging baby boomers in mind is coming to a prime Center City intersection.  A building permit filed by developer Brickstone Realty last week detailed a 300-unit…

    • Rebecca Rhynhart (center), is sworn in as Philadelphia city controller. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly Controller: City has worst accounting controls of 10 largest U.S. cities

Sloppy accounting practices inside Philadelphia’s City Hall made headlines last year after officials lost track of $33 million dollars in taxpayer funds. The money was (mostly) recovered, but a new audit…

    • A rendering of the Arthaus tower planned for South Broad Street.(Kohn Pederson Fox Associates)

Kenney: Ultra-luxury tower rising on South Broad signals success of Philly’s tax abatement

An ultra-luxury South Broad Street condo tower will offer Center City’s elite the chance to live, party, and garden without ever leaving the building. That was the promise made by developer…

    • City Council President Darrell Clarke. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

How City Council President Darrell Clarke stopped housing from rising on a vacant city lot and helped his landlord

Do politically connected developers get a do-over when they lose out on a city land sale? The days when City Council members simply steered public land to chosen developers are supposed…

    •  Projects in 10 jurisdictions across PA will receive the grant funding to preserve affordable housing units, ranging from suburban Montgomery County to rural Indiana County. (Jenny Kane/AP Photo)

Affordability isn't just a city problem — Harrisburg sends housing grants to suburban, rural areas

With green lawns and white picket fences, Abington Township is hardly a poster child for gentrification. Yet housing costs have doubled in this Montgomery County suburb over the past 20 years.…

    • Tracey Gordon stands in front of homes in her Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s new Register of Wills wants to fight fees that lock people out of homeownership

When Tracey Gordon’s grandmother fell ill, the elderly Philadelphia woman made a decision. She preemptively transferred the deed to her home to her son –– Gordon’s uncle — a move intended…

    • Lauren Vidas (left) ran as a challenger to incumbent Kenyatta Johnson (right)

In race spotlighting South Philly gentrification, Kenyatta Johnson wins

Call it the urbanist reality check. Urban planning policy generally doesn’t make the cut for election season banter. Candidates run on education, safety, crime, jobs — not development policy. This primary…

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City streets safer than suburban roads, study finds

New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that denser cities and towns can save lives. The four-year long study compared Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records of all car accidents in…

    • Town homes are under construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue.(Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Why Philly's councilmanic prerogative isn’t going away

Philadelphia’s 2019 municipal primary will be remembered for the sheer number of candidates running for spots on City Council. But it is also a political cycle in which broad themes like…

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