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    • Gretz Brewery complex | November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court restores powerful blight-fighting tool

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has given Philadelphia back its favorite blight-fighting tool. In a Sept. 13 ruling, state justices  unanimously reaffirmed the city’s ability to force property owners to maintain the…

    • olunteers teach young kids to play chess at the After School Activities Fair at Francis Myers Reaction Center in Southwest Philly on September 21, 2018.

In an 'out-of-school-time desert,' organizers connect kids to opportunities

Lisa Hall never did any extracurriculars while in school. She wants to change that for her two young children. “I think it exposes them to new things and I hope they…

    • ormer Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. speaks to supporters, as protesters demonstrate in the background, during a ceremony to celebrate the naming of a street after him Friday in Philadelphia.

As Philly honors former mayor with street sign, protesters assail Goode’s MOVE legacy

A public ceremony to honor former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. devolved into a heated referendum on his time in office Friday morning. The event in Overbrook Farms showcased the honorific…

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New exhibit explores redlining with immersive maps, art and film

The logo for “A Dream Deferred,” a new exhibit that opened Friday inside the landmark Northern Savings Fund bank building at 600 Spring Garden at first appears harmless and inviting. It’s…

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Remembering Robert Venturi, Philadelphia architect who gave 'more'

Robert Venturi, one of the most influential design minds of the 20th century, passed away on Tuesday, September 18 at the age of 93, after battling Alzheimer’s disease. In his passing,…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia officials promise crackdown on Center City traffic scofflaws

Philadelphia officials Thursday announced a concentrated crackdown on traffic scofflaws to address Center City’s growing traffic congestion problems. Speaking alongside officials from the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Parking Authority, SEPTA,…

    • lydia adorno and her children brian and diane at their new apartment in north philadelphia original 2

One year after Hurricane Maria, Philly a model for recovery

On Monday night, Lydia Adorno was cooking pasta with her two adult kids in their two-story Philadelphia row house. Unpacked boxes and suitcases laid on the floor and new mattresses stand…

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Grocery stores are popping up in Philadelphia. Don't be fooled, the boom is over

As the sun peaked over the High School for Creative and Performing Arts across South Broad Street, a crowd of more 200 people stood on line in front of a new…

    • Fishtown residents debate a development project at a neighborhood zoning meeting.

Risky business: City Planning Commission votes down bill that would help community groups pay for insurance

The city will not be paying your local community organization’s insurance bill anytime soon. That’s the upshot of a City Planning Commission meeting that ended Tuesday with commissioners unanimously voting against…

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Fairmount Park gave artists the keys to a historic mansion. One year later, they aren't leaving.

An hour before guests arrive for the final art exhibition of the summer at the Hatfield House on the eastern edge of Fairmount Park, Shirley Slaughter is oscillating between the kitchen…

    • Woodland Cemetery petition

Petition wants to make visiting the dead at Woodlands Cemetery safer for the living

Woodlands Cemetery director Jessica Baumert wants people to visit the historic West Philadelphia burial grounds. But those visits shouldn't turn into permanent stays because of the dangerous road conditions right outside…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Knight Foundation funds citywide conversation about park over I-95

A newly funded citywide public engagement campaign will be designed to give all Philadelphians a chance to shape plans for a new waterfront park over I-95 at Penn's Landing, project officials said…

    • The Painted Bride

Painted Bride denied historic status, removing roadblock to iconic building’s sale

Philadelphia’s Historical Commission heard hours of testimony Friday on the fate of the Painted Bride, an iconic art space in Old City that is covered in a distinctive mural celebrating…

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Will Philly's parking wars cost Mount Airy a new Aldi grocery store?

Mt. Airy may soon see a new Aldi grocery store on the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Hortter Street. Proposed as the ground-level retail anchor for a $20 million, 100,000-square-foot housing…

    • Laura Fredricks reads a statement regarding the settlement with Gold Medal Environmental about her daughter's death.

$6M settlement goes to family of cyclist killed on Philly bike lane while planned safety fixes remain incomplete

The trash hauling company responsible for the truck that struck and killed 24-year-old cyclist Emily Fredricks last November has settled with the Fredricks family for $6 million. In addition to the…

    • Artist Janet Echelman twirls in the mist during a public unveiling of the Pulse art installation at Dilworth Park.

The story behind the light-colored mist in Dilworth Park’s new installation

Since it opened in 2014, after a $55 million renovation by the Center City District, Dilworth Park on the western apron of Philadelphia City Hall has acted as a water park.…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council is back from summer break. Day 1 ended with construction tax dead and Kenney promising $ for housing.

Negotiations between City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney on new affordable housing funding concluded Thursday morning as the administration and the legislative body came to an agreement to officially kill the…

    • Port Richmond, new construction | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Cindy Bass proposes eliminating 10-year tax abatement

On Wednesday afternoon, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass surprised her colleagues by circulating a bill that would end the city’s 10-year property tax abatement for any projects begun after Oct. 31,…

    • City officials hope Philly will be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. Rooftop solar panels, pictured here, will help the city reach its goal.

Philadelphia signs new climate action agenda

Philadelphia sustainability czar Christine Knapp flew to San Francisco on Wednesday to reenlist the city in the international war on climate change. Philly will join other cities from around the world…

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

Philly's construction tax is dead and Kenney wants to pay for affordable housing with cash from abatements

One day before Philadelphia City Council is scheduled to return for its fall session, Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has proposed an alternative to the controversial 1 percent construction tax passed by…

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