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    • A house once stood on an empty lot on Tulip Street in Old Richmond. It collapsed because of faulty demo next door. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Illegal construction is causing an uptick in building collapses. Will Philly hire more inspectors?

Jim Hopp didn’t know it would be his last time seeing his childhood home whole when he pulled up to pick up the mail a month ago. The Fishtown house was…

    • The Wharton Centre at 22nd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

A historic haven for black Philadelphians slated for demolition

A string of buildings that once housed one of the city’s first social service providers for black Philadelphians are set to meet the wrecking ball. The Wharton Centre was founded in…

    • The former Chinese Cultural & Community Center on North 10th Street. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Chinatown landmark spared the wrecking ball, for now

The Philadelphia Historical Commission is helping the owners of a Chinatown landmark remake plans for the pagoda-topped building after an earlier redevelopment proposal sparked community outcry. A Historical Commission staffer said…

    • All Day Breakfast at the corner of 3rd and Market | Theresa Stigale

City Council bill targets Philadelphia food trucks

Northeast Philly Councilman Brian O’Neill wants to ban sidewalk vendors in his district. If the legislation gets the needed approval votes, it would be the second district-wide ban, making food trucks…

    • Lucinda Hudson at the site of her neighborhood's first Starbucks.

Parkside leaders welcome neighborhood's first Starbucks

Lucinda Hudson beams when she gazes at the northwest corner of a West Philadelphia parking lot. In the next two years, a Starbucks will open in this section of the ParkWest…

    • A demolition permit was filed for the  19th Street Baptist Church.

City taskforce unveils new approach to preservation aimed at saving unrecognized Philly history

Historic buildings often get knocked down because owners can’t afford to keep them standing. A package of legislative and regulatory reforms introduced by Mayor Jim Kenney and other city leaders Thursday…

    •  Philadelphia Uber driver consults her phone during her shift. (Jessica Kourkounis for WHYY)

Philly’s parking czar wants to know who’s driving your Uber, says state audit of ride-hailing giant doesn’t go far enough

The head of Philadelphia’s parking agency said he agrees with a state audit calling for better safety measures for Uber passengers, but he said legislators should go much further and impose…

    •  A view of the Philadelphia skyline from the 52nd Street station on the Market-Frankford elevated line in West Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Congestion pricing floated as fix for Pa. transit funding crisis

The news that New York will become the first U.S. city to impose a fee on vehicles entering Manhattan has put congestion pricing at the center of a statewide conversation about…

    • Artist's rendering of Midwood's proposed Italian Market apartment building, as seen from Washington Avenue and Ninth Street looking east.

Could a driveway kill the Italian Market?

The entrance to an underground parking garage has become the latest flashpoint in a fiery battle over the future of the Italian Market. A crowd of South Philadelphia residents waited hours…

    • Construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Blackwell helped a developer get city land. Now he’s hosting a fundraiser for her.

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will be feted at a $250- to $1,000-plate campaign fundraising dinner hosted by a for-profit developer who has benefitted from city land sales orchestrated by the…

    • SEPTA rider passes through the turnstile at the 8th and Market station. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA quietly decriminalizes jumping turnstiles, lowers fines

Josh started one day in 2014 without enough cash on hand to pay his SEPTA train fare. He ended it unemployed, criminally charged, and hundreds of dollars in debt. It was…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is a crackdown on renegade drivers in Center City speeding up your commute?

Philadelphia commutes are getting faster thanks to a crackdown on cars stopped illegally in Center City bus lanes, according to city transportation officials. From September to January,  the enforcement push resulted…

    • Image Description: Philadelphia Water Department workers excavate at the intersection of 5th and Chestnut. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Broken pipe closes 5th Street in heart of Old City for 2 weeks

Don’t even try to use a car in Old City this weekend. The Philadelphia Water Department has closed South 5th Street between Chestnut and Walnut  in hopes of preventing a road…

    • An aerial view of the 1800 block of East Hilton Street, where a supervised injection site has been proposed.

Councilman Mark Squilla moves to block supervised injection site

Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that could prevent the nation’s first supervised injection site from opening at the Kensington location secured by project backers. Squilla on Thursday in City…

    • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is shown in City Council chambers. (Nathaniel Hamilton for WHYY, file)

Lead-safety bill passes Philly City Council, more ambitious companion measure stalled

The city of Philadelphia will soon be required to have inspectors give many refurbished municipal buildings lead safety certifications. The proposed regulation is part of a sweeping lead-safety legislative package introduced…

    • undreds of fans, friends and family mourn at a vigil for battle rapper Akhiym Mickens, known as Tech 9 at the Happy Hollow playground. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Sudden death of famed Philadelphia Battle Rapper Tech 9 inspires call for Tech Day

Clusters of red and black balloons floated above Happy Hollow Playground in Germantown to honor fallen neighborhood hero Akhiym Mickens, also known as Tech 9. Tech 9 was a renowned battle…

    • Caption/Description: James Smith Jr. rents a room in Victor Pickney's rooming house. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rooms for rent: Inside Philadelphia’s shadow housing market

James Smith Jr. got lucky. The 68-year-old pays $80 a week to live in a safe building in Brewerytown, one of the city’s quickly gentrifying neighborhoods. He moved in five years…

    • Terry Williams standing in one of Eastwick's polluted, urban renewal tracts.  (Credit:Troubled Waters project)

Philadelphia seeks to heal old Eastwick wound with a ‘village in the city’

More than 60 years after a failed urban renewal project in Eastwick displaced 8,636 people for development that never happened, city officials have released final recommendations to turn the resulting vacant…

    • Abdelmgeed Muhammad Elgamel inside of his produce market on Allegheny Avenue in Kensington Tuesday. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

Grant aims to create economic opportunity in embattled Kensington

A sign on the door of Abdelmgeed Elgamal’s fruit and vegetable market on Allegheny Avenue, written in black marker, informs customers the store can’t currently accept EBT payments — otherwise known…

    • gina dukes a penn alumna and a philadelphia school district teacher speaks at a rally to demand upenn make pilot payments kimberly paynter whyy

Education activists call on Penn to pay ‘fair share’ to support city school

Education activists in Philadelphia are at it again. The Our City, Our Schools Coalition and other groups are calling on the University of Pennsylvania to help support the city’s cash-strapped public…

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