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    • Vivian Bailey in the Parkside neighborhood where he finally found a landlord who would accept his housing voucher. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

As Ben Carson signals fair housing rollback, advocates call on Mayor Kenney to put forward a 'bigger and bolder vision'

West Philadelphia resident Vivian Bailey, 76, spent much of the second half of 2017 couchsurfing. For the prior two years, he’d been a resident of the Penn Wynn building in Wynnfield,…

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Eyes on the Street

How West Philadelphia businesses answer MLK's call to action

By Jabari K. Jones “We’ve got to realize that the moment is before us!” Those are the words that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. used to energize a thunderous, cheering crowd at…

    • Erica Tunnell educates her neighborhoods about environmental threats. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Why Philly isn't giving up the fight for environmental justice

It was a stormy night in Memphis, Tennessee, and Martin Luther King Jr. wasn’t feeling very well. He had a slight fever and a sore throat and felt exhausted after the…

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Iconic Kensington milk bottle protected from wrecking ball

Kensington’s iconic milk bottle-shaped water tower and the aging industrial building it perches upon can no longer be demolished without a fight. In a unanimous Friday vote, the Philadelphia Historical Commission…

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Retracing Martin Luther King Jr.'s steps through Philadelphia

On Monday, Philadelphia and the nation will commemorate the 89th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth. A chapter of the civil rights hero’s life unfolded here in the Philly region…

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A cool $1 million goes to former spool factory

Globe Dye Works, the yarn-dyeing  factory turned live-work space, has received $1 million in state grant funding to rehab its boiler room into an event space, KYW reports. The 1.7-acre, 11-building…

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Philly looking to 'boost' bike share with controversial new technology

Sharing may go from caring to cutthroat in Philadelphia as the city opens the door to a smattering of venture capital-backed dockless bike share companies that have quickly turned the easy…

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Preservationists inch closer to protecting Washington Ave. factory

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue has been nominated for the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The property made it onto the national register back in December,…

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Wage gap divides city workers along racial lines

Philadelphia’s municipal workforce overrepresents the city’s large white and African-American populations, a new report shows. But the city’s most desirable, high-paying posts are disproportionately filled by white people. Men are massively overrepresented in the…

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Post Brothers planning 2 towers to rise in West Philly

Two new towers could be soon rising in West Philadelphia. Post Brothers, the developer behind the lux residential conversion of Callowhill’s Goldtex building, is planning a pair of high-rise additions for…

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Cyclists violate traffic law no more than drivers, new data shows

A new study from the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) seems to further confirm a sinking suspicion many Philadelphians have: Everyone on the road is a law-breaking jerk. The FDOT study…

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January 8: Comcast buys Wilco | Kiosk designs | Turnpike toll increase

Comcast has purchased Wilco Electronics Systems, the city’s only black-owned cable provider, Technically Philly’s Roberto Torres reports. Of significance, the 40-year old company provides communication services to PHA residents and low-income…

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Most Philadelphia neighborhoods still haven't recovered from the recession

Despite a recent building boom, Philadelphia’s housing market has not recovered from the Great Recession, especially outside Center City. While new high-rises are going up downtown and a handful of neighborhoods…

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January 5: Car slams into SEPTA train | Industrial deco castle | Temple’s Tiny House

It’s Chilly Philly out there! SEPTA will operate on Severe Storm Schedule for Regional Rail Friday, which means at 75 percent capacity of a normal weekday. Bus and trolley routes are…

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Trump strategy may pose threat to King of Prussia rail

A major spending policy reversal by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) over a tunnel underneath the Hudson River may signal derailments to SEPTA’s own infrastructure projects, some experts say. Late last…

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The politics behind Philly's affordable housing stalemate

2017 ended without a wrap on at least one City Hall controversy: inclusionary zoning. As my WHYY collague Dave Heller and I discussed on Tuesday's NewsWorks Tonight broadcast ( listen to…

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January 4: Frankford Chocolate Factory | Trickle-down environment | Commercial waste audit system

The Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue is now on the National Register of Historic Places, Curbed Philly reports. The federal designation allows the building to qualify for 20 percent tax…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Northern Liberties could get new business improvement district in 2018

Northern Liberties is hot. But even as new condos and townhouses multiply in the trendy neighborhood, new business growth has stagnated. The slow pace of commercial development has left residents frustrated…

    • Industrial erosion in the North District, from the preliminary draft of North District Plan

January 3: Water main burst uptick | Blatstein sells half of waterfront site | 1K used Uber NYE

Philadelphia has seen a “significant increase in call volume over the past couple of weeks related to broken service lines, frozen service lines and broken water mains” due to the…

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January 2: Not so fast bridge replacement | Carpenter Lane love | 2017 narratives, mapped

Greetings. Welcome to 2018. Roughly 30 percent of the bridges under the Pennsylvania Rapid Bridge Replacement Project are "unbuilt after the target date," PMN's Joseph N. DiStefano reports. DiStefano looks…

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