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City Council passes $71M housing bill

City Council passed a package of housing bills on Thursday, after more than a year of debate. But even before the ink dried on the legislation, protesters argued that they…

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City seeks to stop cars from parking illegally in front of fire hydrants by parking bikes there instead

Drivers hate to get parking tickets when they don’t notice an open spot isn’t actually a spot. Cyclists curse when all the bike racks in an area are full. And you…

    • A cyclist tentatively rolls into the street at Belmont and Parkside Avenues.

Life in the slow lane: The bureaucratic nightmare of building a bike network

How long does it take to build a bike lane? Upwards of five years — if not longer — thanks to the all the red tape stuck to the state and…

    • An Old City District rendering shows a redesigned Market Street.

State gives $12M for Philly transportation projects

In a few years time, Market Street in Old City may look brand new, thanks to a $3 million state grant announced Tuesday. The project is one of six Philadelphia projects…

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A NE Philly school designed by a friend of Ben Franklin to be reborn as Albanian cultural center

It was a schoolhouse where Revolutionary-era leaders offered a "polite education" to young men in the then-new city of Philadelphia, but by 2006, the Lower Dublin Academy was empty and crumbling.…

    • Lovett Memorial Library, in Mt Airy on Oct 1, 2018.

In neighborhoods and online, library loyalists organize to reverse cuts

For Erica Root and her 7-year-old son Aiden, visiting the Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia used to be a highlight of their week. He took a bookbinding mini-class…

    • Lime is applying for permits to bring its e-scooters to Philadelphia's streets.

False alarm: e-scooters won’t hit Philly until 2019

Over the weekend, Philly Twitter lit up in bright green with reports that Lime, an electric scooter and dockless-bike share company, had begun operations in town. But those e-scooters that showed…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

With no cash for trash, city mulls partnerships with private groups

Fewer public trash cans result in more litter on streets and in parks. That was the conclusion of a nine-month study done by city officials working with researchers from the University…

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What should a monument be? Here’s what Philadelphians said

Last fall, several thousand Philadelphians contributed to an experiment in collective memory. The Monument Lab asked 20 artists to create large, temporary monuments in parks and squares across the city, and…

    • The Budd Co. plant in Nicetown will hit the auction block on Oct. 4.

A Nicetown factory goes to auction

When O’Dell Brown first moved to Nicetown, 42-years ago, there was no escaping the Budd Manufacturing Company. The car, airplane, and rail parts factory looms just across the street from Brown’s…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

Changes to plumbing code expected to sharply reduce Philly construction costs

Of the fifty largest cities in America, only Philadelphia and six other union-friendly urban centers still require the use of expensive, heavy metal pipes in high-rise residential construction. Cheaper and more…

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New inclusionary zoning bill sweetens deal for developers

After a negative response from developers, Philadelphia City Council has amended the terms of a density bonus intended to raise funds for affordable housing. “Legislation should be a living document,” said…

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Building for Discovery

The Discovery Center, a new kind of environmental and leadership education center opening this month, is unlike anything else in Fairmount Park. Ashley Hahn took a deep dive into the center’s…

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‘To The Polls’ wants to harness Instagram for voter registration

It’s not enough to register to vote. You need to urge your friends to register to vote. That’s the message of “To The Polls,” an exhibition of ten large-scale paintings inside…

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Pew finds most poor Philly renters receive no public assistance

A new study out today from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the vast majority of low-income Philadelphians receive no assistance with their housing costs. As a result, many have to…

    •  Representatives of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities packed a Sept. 26 City Council hearing

As protestors heckle, affordable housing bills advance in City Council

A City Council committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to advance a package of affordable housing bills that would enable developers to tap city funds for middle-income projects. The bills allow for…

    • Sandra Horsey at the reservoir | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: Hidden habitat reclaimed as Discovery Center opens in Fairmount Park

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn explores the Discovery Center, a new environmental education center opening September 28 in East Fairmount Park. What will it take…

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City fights filthy streets with viral video

Nic Esposito, head of Mayor Jim Kenney’s  Zero Waste and Litter cabinet, isn't shy about the amount of work it will take to de-trashify Philadelphia's notoriously filthy streets. “This is a…

    • A file photo of developer Ori Feibush in a vacant lot across from homes he built he built in Point Breeze.

Philly developers say numbers don’t ‘pencil’ out on city’s latest affordable housing scheme

Ori Feibush may be one of the more controversial developers in Philadelphia, but few would argue about the one-time City Council candidate’s ability to get projects done in the city. Now…

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A Philly-Pittsburgh Hyperloop? State House resolution calls for feasibility study

It’s not hyperbole to say that no contemporary transit proposal has received as much hype as the Hyperloop — Elon Musk’s concept for intercity travel at nearly supersonic speeds seemingly inspired…

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