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Bartram Village wins $1.3 million grant, kickstarting redevelopment

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has won a $1.3 million federal grant that will allow the cash-strapped agency to get started on an ambitious plan to redevelop  Bartram Village, a 500-unit apartment…

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Mapping Philly's black homeownership gap

The Philadelphia area boasts a higher rate of black homeownership than many other parts of the United States, yet achieving that quintessential mark of the American dream remains more common among…

    • Nor’easter winds send a tree branch in West Philly into three parked cars. Credit: Romana Lee-Akiyama

Treepocalpyse takes its victims

The sky came falling down Friday, with nor’easter winds taking tree victims left and right. No deaths were reported in Philadelphia proper, Billy Penn’s Danya Henninger writes, “but the treepocalpyse was…

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Republican Councilman David Oh introduces $50 million affordable housing bill

When Mayor Jim Kenney’s introduced his $4.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 last week, most of the pushback focused on his plan for increased taxes to cover the Philadelphia School…

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New map shows lead's poisonous path

Lead-based paint poisons more Philadelphians than any other source of the toxic metal, according to Philadelphia Health Department. But kids and adults can also ingest the dangerous substance through dirt, dust…

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SEPTA to end token sales at bus depots and most Regional Rail stations

Did you know you could go to a SEPTA bus depot — the cavernous maintenance facilities where buses park when they’re not out on their routes — and buy SEPTA tokens?…

    • Neighbors and students in an April 2016 protest march against a proposed new football stadium. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

The opposition to Temple Stadium is getting organized

Neighbors and school faculty continue to question Temple University’s transparency and community engagement in the development of the highly controversial football stadium, the Philadelphia Tribune’s John N. Mitchell reports. “There…

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Recent court ruling opens a door for homeowners to appeal tax bill

Taxes and lawsuits are unpleasant things. Most of us would prefer to avoid them all together and begrudgingly pay an accountant or lawyer to handle them if we must. Most of…

    • Penn students tour the 7th Ward and W. E. B. Du Bois's impact on sociology and African-American history. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Finding history on South Street

Let’s take a walk along South Street. In particular, let’s trace the footprints of black culture on the neighborhood. Penn students studying African-American history take WHYY News’ Danielle Fox to…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Mayor Kenney's wish list includes more money to help neighborhood businesses, clear blight and protect vulnerable residents

The big news coming out of Mayor Jim Kenney's annual budget address held Thursday morning in City Council chambers is a proposed six percent increase in property taxes and a delay…

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Eyes on the Street

Going beyond hip with a vision for inclusive prosperity on North Broad

By Shalimar Thomas “This is a moment to forge an inclusive path to prosperity.” No, Drexel University President John Fry was not talking about North Broad when he voiced this idea…

    • 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…

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Architecture in the #MeToo moment

How are some of the top architecture firms in the country, in an industry with “a long history of celebrating the lone male genius, creating power structures that disadvantage women,” stacking…

    • All Power to All People by Hank Willis Thomas was one of twenty Monument Lab installations funded with help from NEA. Credit: Steve Weinik/Mural Arts

The NEA contributed $1.4 million to Philly's creative economy in 2017. Now Trump wants to kill it.

Trump’s proposal to eliminate the National Endowment for the Arts would “end valuable direct investments in our local communities,” said the leaders of some of the nation's most urban-focused foundations, including…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

SEPTA: New bus route connecting Grays Ferry and Brewerytown to University City expected to launch in 2018

It might not always seem that way, like when the bus still pulls away without you despite your sprinting and shouts, but SEPTA listens. At least when it comes to planning…

    • Onlookers clamor to get that first shot of the LOVE statue’s triumphant return to LOVE Park February 2017. Credit: Sophie Heng.

Love and public space: It’s not destiny. It’s design.

LOVE Park’s new design ruins the much-needed distinction between park and city and gives us a “sterile, corporate landscape” with “mediocre architecture,” writes Diana Lind for the  Philadelphia Citizen.…

    • Bart Blatstein already owns the Inquirer/Daily News Building at 400 North Broad, and now he's making a move for the papers themselves.

New terms on city’s deal to buy Inquirer building for new Philly police HQ threaten to increase cost for taxpayers

Mayor Jim Kenney's deal to borrow $252.5 million to transform 400 North Broad Street into a new police headquarters could cost taxpayers more than City Council anticipated when it approved the…

    • 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…

    • The building at 239 Chestnut Street must be reinforced before investigators can enter safely Credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

L&I: Hold on 239 Chestnut demo

License & Inspections has placed the demolition of the building at 239 Chestnut Street on hold so that investigators can work to determine the cause of the fire, the Philadelphia Inquirer…

    • Kensington Avenue and F streets is rated a “4” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Armed with data on Philly's litter problem, Mayor prepares for slow political battle over street cleaning

Mayor Jim Kenney remains committed to a street-sweeping program, but don’t expect to see any cleaners on your block anytime soon. The city declined on Thursday to comment on a specific…

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