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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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    •  Philadelphia is planning to redevelop the Maplewood Mall in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$3.3M Maplewood Mall remake to break ground in 2019

On a typical day, the intersection of Germantown and Chelten bustles with life as shoppers weave from stores to sidewalk, and  honking cars navigate traffic. But turn the corner, and you…

    • A moment of fun during On the Table Philly at WHYY. Credit: Jonathan A Wilson/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Openness is secret ingredient in meal shared with strangers

Leon Caldwell, a socially minded real estate developer who was born and raised in West Philadelphia, spends a lot of time thinking about how neighborhoods grow and change. So does Phoebe…

    • Irshad and Zakria Aslam in front of their award-winning storefront on South 7th St. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

20 years after a deadly robbery, a neighborhood market is reborn

Muhammed Aslam died in the South Philadelphia business he built. It was a cold December evening in 1999 and the shop owner’s son, Zakria, then 12, had just gone to their apartment…

    • 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…

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Italian Market business improvement district effort revived as 'South Philly Market Improvement District'

A group of South Philadelphia residents fear for the future of the Italian Market and they think that only a business improvement district (BID) can save it — even though a…

    • olunteers teach young kids to play chess at the After School Activities Fair at Francis Myers Reaction Center in Southwest Philly on September 21, 2018.

In an 'out-of-school-time desert,' organizers connect kids to opportunities

Lisa Hall never did any extracurriculars while in school. She wants to change that for her two young children. “I think it exposes them to new things and I hope they…

    • 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…

    • Ideas for how the pocket park  Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture might be used.
Eyes on the Street

In West Philadelphia, a park collaboration in progress

In a time of such rapid development, it is important for community members to access spaces that have a sense of openness, permanence, and stability.  That sentiment, voiced by an attendee…

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With Labor Day just ahead, Philly makes block-party permit seekers work harder

Philly loves a good block party. Philadelphia is the block-party capital of America, holding more of them than any other peer city, according to a 2013 Philadelphia City Paper article.…

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An appreciation: Jeremy Nowak challenged assumptions about what was impossible

The irony was that people always assumed things about him. Jeremy Nowak lived to challenge dusty assumptions and the soft thinking that emerges from the comforts of ideology. He was a…

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Eyes on the Street

Remember Asian-Americans in those cultural-competency conversations

“Where are you from?” “You speak great English.” While these statements no doubt can come from a good place from a non-Asian-American trying to break the ice or even make nice…

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Has Market at Fareway violated a 40-year covenant? Some in Chestnut Hill think so

Around 8 o’clock on a recent weeknight, Chestnut Hill’s Market at the Fareway is a hive of activity. Food vendors inside the old car barn are doing a brisk trade in…

    • Adia Onyango, a New York-based chess instructor and professional player, visited the 2017 Girls Chess Camp. |ASAP/After School Activities Partnerships
Eyes on the Street

Chess, and the power of girls to identify themselves as leaders

Bobby Fischer once famously said, “Chess is life.” In the city of Philadelphia, these words take on more truth than their simple appearance. It is because of this truth that over…

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At Penn summit, leading urban thinkers ponder a course correction

In his 2017 book "The New Urban Crisis," Richard Florida writes about an ongoing tug-of-war between two schools of thought among the urban intelligentsia: the Optimists and the Pessimists. Florida, who…

    • Implicit-bias trainings were done in the Gayborhood following protests of racist behavior in the neighborhood.
Eyes on the Street

The Gayborhood: A place-time continuum

PlanPhilly has been looking at pop-ups and the neighborhoods in which they take place. On Thursday, June 21, the Food Trust brings its popular Night Market to the Gayborhood, 13th and…

    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

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