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    • James Wilson Park, at Second and Market streets, alongside Christ Church

Brainstorming how to make an Old City park as welcoming as its surroundings

The corner of Second and Market streets in Old City is laden with history. As Philadelphia’s original civic center, the neighboring block was the site of the city’s first town hall…

    • Society Hill

A master plan for Society Hill proposes new design guidelines -- and downzoning

The Society Hill Civic Association has presented a new master plan to the city’s Planning Commission, a proposal encompassing both an innovative way to manage the open space that laces throughout…

    • 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…

    • A view under the El at 52nd Street in West Philadelphia.

Bold strokes in W. Philly Promise Zone housing plan, but no funding punch to back it up

What good are big plans without any funding? That’s the question the city Planning Commission grappled with Tuesday, when confronted with a comprehensive housing strategy for the West Philadelphia Promise Zone.…

    • A Shawn Theodore photo,

On their 'Home Court,' an art exhibit shines a light on Hartranft's unsung heroes

When you enter, the sounds envelope you: a bouncing ball; the scuffing of sneakers. They seem to be coming from neither here nor there. Although you don’t see people, you hear…

    • 137-45 Berkley St., the proposed site of a barbecue restaurant

With Wayne Junction's historic district come questions: Some old, some new

For the better part of a century, Wayne Junction was home to dozens of factories and mills. Most of that manufacturing is gone today, and the Philadelphia Historical Commission has just…

    • Sansom and Juniper streets on July 3, after the water main broke

Why does it take so long to upgrade Philly’s water infrastructure? Here's an explanation

When a broken water main sent 15 million gallons surging into Center City streets, public attention was riveted by scenes of pedestrians sloshing along and a cave-in that threatened to swallow…

    • 2018 06 18 philadelphia powelton drexel gentrification 5 1

As Drexel transforms University City, communities nearby prepare for gentrification

When Schuylkill Yards was first announced – Brandywine Realty Trust’s proposal to turn 14 acres of largely empty, Drexel University-owned land between the college and 30th Street Station into 7 million…

    • A May 2017 kickoff event for PennAssist, which consists of a younger group of 44 participants.

These pre-employment programs could be a model for Rebuild's jobs goals

At 36 years old, Herbert Robinson wasn't just looking for a job. He wanted a career. Earlier this year, his resume looked pretty patchy. He had some manufacturing experience — making…

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Today: One bronze goat statue at Rittenhouse Square. Come autumn: Two

Rittenhouse Square’s goat population is about to double. “Billy,” the small, cast-bronze beast that has been a fixture there for more than a century, is immensely popular among pint-size denizens of…

    • City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart announces an audit of the PPA as Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale looks on

City Controller takes aim at Parking Authority's spending

Nobody really likes to get a parking ticket. And no one really likes to get audited. Now, both these things nobody really likes are coming together, as City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart…

    • plastics in stormwater drain

Looking to cut plastics pollution in the ocean? Start upstream

While beach towns in New Jersey and Delaware work to curb the use of plastic straws, bags, containers, and even balloons, researchers say it appears the real problem lies upstream, in…

    • A rendering of a bus shelter at 10th and Chestnut streets with a restored art panel installed.

Stained-glass panels to get a second life at Chestnut Street bus shelters

At the beginning of 2017, the Philadelphia Art Commission slammed the brakes on a plan to scrap Pablo Tauler’s stained-glass Chestnut Street bus shelters as part of the proposed installation of…

    • Traffic safety advocates form a

Near a Center City Wawa, humans protect a bike lane, to make a larger point

A line, 25 deep, stretched out in front of the Wawa on the corner of 22nd and South streets Tuesday morning. It wasn’t the scent of freshly made, hot Sizzlis that…

    • The basketball court at Hunting Park Rec Center.
Eyes on the Street

What if it rained? How a rec center changed one life, and could change more

Every time it rains, the Hunting Park Recreation Center has to shut down activities because of a hole in the roof.  The “Rec” is a safe place where many children in…

    • A rendering of the Peace Park Pavilion to be built at North Philly Peace Park in Sharswood

Afrofuturism and the new era for Sharswood's North Philly Peace Park

There’s a tidy way to tell the story of North Philly Peace Park -- as a project that has unfolded in three acts: the past, the present, and the future. After…

    • The structure at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown, as it appeared after the June collapse.

Fatal Brewerytown building collapse was `a tragic workplace accident,' L&I commissioner says

Five weeks after the Brewerytown building collapse that killed 59-year-old contractor Harvey Figgs, the city Department of Licenses and Inspections has found no violation of Philadelphia’s safety or demolition regulations on…

    • The intersection of 10th and Walnut streets Tuesday, after the water main broke. (Trenae Nuri/WHYY)

Damages from water-main break expected to exceed $500,000 liability limit

Since a massive water-main break flooded the streets of Midtown Village Tuesday morning, Kate Moroney Miller has had one really bad Time. Time is the name of one of the Sansom…

    • A rowhouse demolition. | Phillytrax, EOTS Flickr Group

Efforts to tear down `imminently dangerous' buildings get a $2m budget lift

In the recently approved city budget, Mayor Jim Kenney secured $2 million to accelerate demolition of vacant buildings the Department of Licenses and Inspections considers dangerous. Philadelphia suffers persistent problems with…

    • Taney Street is named or the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court who wrote the infamous Dred Scott decision. | Google Maps

A renewed push to give Taney Street a different name

A petition to rename Taney Street has gotten a boost, with its backers touting the mayor’s support of the effort in a renewed push. George Basile, a Temple University senior, launched…

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