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Planning officials put proposed community outreach rules on hold

On Tuesday, the Philadelphia Planning Commission put a hold on City Council legislation intended to overhaul community notification requirements about zoning changes. The proposed regulation was initially introduced as a public-safety…

    • Crisjoel Morales Monet, 17, and Judy Morales Monet, 16, are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Center City with their mom and oldest brother Friday April 20th.

Even with jobs and plans for a future in Philly, some Puerto Rican evacuees face imminent homelessness

It’s been more than six months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Yet some of the 900 families who came to Philadelphia looking for refuge, are still facing homelessness. This weekend,…

    • Night Market Philadelphia, one of the first pop-up series in Philly, returns for its eighth season. Credit: Dave Tavani for The Food Trust.
Eyes on the Street

A primer for Philadelphia’s pop-up season

After the sexy newness of a pop-up leaves town, can neighborhoods sustain the benefits for local businesses? It’s a question I’ve been asking for years, pretty much since I moved to…

    • The image to the left shows Susan Stolting's new civic association. The image to the right shows the older Francisville group founded by Penelope Giles.(Brad Larisson for WHYY)

Francisville is booming. The community is feuding.

Francisville is under construction.Walk down almost any street in this North Philadelphia neighborhood, and there are houses—or multi-unit buildings—getting built. Fences and ladders jut out onto the sidewalk, annoying residents.  …

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Philly's economy is growing but more people are dying from heroin and homicides

A booming local economy marked by strong job growth, population gains and a formidable housing market hasn't reduced the share of Philadelphians living in poverty or losing their life to drugs…

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50 years later, researchers proves Martin Luther King right: Segregation harms all Americans

Before his tragic assassination 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that both minorities and whites who live in segregated communities are exposed to higher levels…

    • 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.…

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How Trump's budget would hurt Philly's business districts

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa, grew up in the Olney neighborhood of upper North Philadelphia. There, the congressman’s mother worked as a crossing guard shepherding school children across bustling North 5th…

    • Jason’s Cozyday is one of Olney’s most popular hang out spots for young people. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The hottest Philly neighborhood no one is talking about

No one could argue that Olney, in upper North Philadelphia, is gentrifying. But that doesn’t mean the neighborhood isn’t revitalizing. In the afternoon when schools let out, kids weighed down with…

    • Tonetta Graham in front of her Strawberry Mansion home.

'We want to see growth' too: Why Tonetta Graham isn’t worried about Philly hipsters moving into her neighborhood

If Strawberry Mansion gentrifies, Tonetta Graham knows her block is bound to change. She owns a house on 30th Street, right around the corner from her childhood home. It cuts a…

    • Old construction abuts new in East Kensington (Emma Lee/WHYY)

3 maps that explain gentrification in Philadelphia

“Gentrification” is a word that gets tossed around a lot, especially in Philadelphia, a city where some neighborhoods are experiencing rapid demographic shifts. (See our series here) The changes mean…

    • They are joined by Carlos Torres (left), Muriel Rivera and her son, Yeriel, 6, (center left), and Melanie Garcia and her three children (Center right), who all face eviction.

A new group promises long-term support for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

Philadelphia disaster relief organizations have established a new committee designed to help the city support the more than 900 Puerto Rican families who landed here after losing their homes, schools, and…

    • 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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City planning commission recommends four new transit-oriented development sites in North Philly

As part of an effort to reduce reliance on cars and encourage more affordable housing near public transit, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously recommended a zoning code amendment…

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Governor of Puerto Rico promises housing assistance for Philadelphia's Maria evacuees

During a visit to Philadelphia on Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he’s committed to declaring Pennsylvania a host state, which will provide local governments with federal funding for housing…

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Unequal lending keeps redlining alive in Philadelphia’s gentrifying neighborhoods

Rachelle Faroul is a 33-year-old woman with a good credit score and a degree from Northwestern University. When she decided to buy home in West Philadelphia, near Malcolm X Park, Faroul,…

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What 'safe-injection sites' sound like to people on the front lines of the city's drug wars

Elmira Smith has lived in Kensington for 38 years. Now the heart of the Philadelphia’s opioid crisis, which claimed the lives of an estimated 1,200 people in 2017 alone, her neighborhood…

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'Off the beaten path' no longer, Strawberry Mansion residents bring life to neglected gem

Take a walk through Fairmount Park and eventually, you will find yourself staring up at a grand historic mansion. Nestled in the vast green's acreage, most of these publicly owned buildings…

    • Muriel Rivera and her son Yeriel playing the piano at the hotel where she's been staying since November.

Puerto Rican evacuees in Philadelphia will lose temporary housing on Valentine’s Day and there is no plan for what's next

Muriel Rivera, 28, has been living with her 6-year-old kid in a downtown Philadelphia hotel since November. She had to evacuate the home she lived in with her mom, dad and…

    • Eagles fan sporting Foles jersey celebrates Philly-style: climbing triumphantly up a light pole on Broad and Walnut. Credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Philly wins on the field and in the streets

It’s official. Boston public media station WBUR has conceded to WHYY after two weeks of smack talk. Because...Eagles won! Philadelphians took to the streets and poles to celebrate the city’s first…

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