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50 years later, researchers proves Martin Luther King right: Segregation harms all Americans

Before his tragic assassination 50 years ago on April 4, 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. cautioned that both minorities and whites who live in segregated communities are exposed to higher levels…

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Darrell Clarke: I’ll 'entertain' Temple's stadium proposal if and when the community supports it

For the past couple months, protests against Temple University’s proposed 35,000-seat stadium have dominated the public comment period customary at every meeting of the City Council. Project opponents have called, repeatedly,…

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Architects assail Toll's Jewelers Row tower as it moves towards construction

A third public hearing on the design of Toll Brothers’ much-contested Jewelers Row tower ended on Tuesday with representatives of the developer exiting the room before the Civic Design Review meeting…

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A Philadelphia library gets 'risky' with a new play space

It’s a weekday afternoon just before 3:00 p.m. and Cecil B. Moore Library in North Philadelphia is quiet.  But librarian Kayla Hoskinson says when school lets out, kids will flock to…

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The case for moving a bike lane to the left side of the street

After cars collided with two bikers, killing one and leaving another badly injured, on Center City's aging Spruce and Pine street bike lanes, city transportation planners, urged along by bike advocates,…

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Why 35 grown men traveled hundreds of miles to ride a SEPTA trolley

Philadelphia has dozens of different government agencies. There’s the Police Department, Parks and Rec, Fire Department, Water Department, the School District and more. But only one — SEPTA — has its…

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An endangered retail tradition lives on Chestnut Street

In today’s age of “dressing down and click-and-buy, in an environment where the big chains have killed off the mom-and-pops and Amazon is killing off the chains,” Boyds in Philadelphia holds…

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Inspired by Philly's neighborhoods, landscape architect Walter Hood is changing how cities design public spaces

For a non-archaeologist, Walter Hood has a prodigious habit of exhuming history. He shakes the dust off old blueprints. He revives images and recollections embedded in the collective memory of places…

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Three-alarm fire destroys North Philly church

A three-alarm blaze consumed a North Philadelphia church near Temple University Thursday afternoon, 6ABC reports. Pastor Frederick Tookes of the Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ 1500 block…

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Banks deny claims of discriminatory lending in Philadelphia

Banks denied claims of modern-day redlining at a City Council hearing on Thursday, arguing that the data used in a recent report that found racial disparities in Philadelphia mortgage lending doesn’t…

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SEPTA touts $3B economic impact as agency preps for bruising budget battle

SEPTA officials laid the groundwork for upcoming budget battles on Thursday, releasing an economic impact study that frames the transit agency as a critical cog in the region’s economy and profitable…

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Temple has released new renderings of planned community education and health facility

As Temple continues its campaign to win community support for the university’s proposed North Philadelphia football stadium, its promise to build a new community facility on the northwest corner of 13th…

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In Philly, HUD Secretary Ben Carson finds evidence that 'housing-first' policies work

Norma Cuevas remembers very distinctly when Pathways to Housing PA gave her the keys to her new apartment after two years of homelessness and a stint in jail. “I said, I’m…

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With launch of new system, La Salle pioneering dockless bike share in Philly

When students at La Salle University return to campus after a short break for Easter, waiting for them will be one hundred baskets — attached to brand-new bicycles.  Almost exactly three…

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Saying goodbye to Philadelphia’s first black Catholic church

By Ashley Hahn Over tea, at her kitchen table, Adrienne Andrews Harris cracks open a thick binder containing the story of St. Peter Claver Roman Catholic Church. It’s a blend of…

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Renter beware: Philly's deadly housing problem

The 1800 block of North 21 Street looks a lot like many stretches of North Philadelphia, with three-story red-brick rowhomes standing over vacant lots and cracked sidewalks. But the neighborhood is…

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Judges side with Uber on antitrust lawsuit filed by Philly cab companies

A three-judge panel ruled unanimously in favor of Uber in an antitrust appeal filed by dozens of Philadelphia cab companies, the Philadelphia Business Journal ’s Alison Burdo reports.  The court said…

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Demolition begins on Old City buildings gutted by fire

Demolition work began Tuesday on a pair of historic buildings in Old City that were gutted by a February 18th fire. It took five weeks after the fire to stabilize the…

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Rittenhouse Square's last tower moves towards 2019 groundbreaking

A soaring luxury apartment tower planned for the last undeveloped corner of Rittenhouse Square got the green light to move forward from the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on Thursday. The…

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#hostilearchitecture 2.0 in Philly's Center City

Places engineered to deter homeless people become “hostile and uninviting and threatening [to the general public],” argues British artist and hostiledesign.org founder Stuart Semple tells Architectural Digest.  AD writer Elizabeth…

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