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    • 2019 07 23 k paynter tiny house grounding 5

A Philly woman is building 'not tiny' houses for formerly homeless people — and their pets

Can small houses result in big change? That’s the question Stephanie Sena wants to answer with a Port Richmond development of prefabricated homes that broke ground Wednesday on a vacant city-owned…

    • White paint defaces Ori Feibush's Point Breeze home. (Ori Feibush)

Developer Ori Feibush says “anarchists” vandalized his Point Breeze home

The Point Breeze home of Philadelphia developer Ori Feibush was vandalized in an early morning incident that saw the first-floor windows of his home smashed by bricks and paint splattered across…

    • Tree Tenders and volunteers plant trees in Hunting Park

Philly debuts community-driven plan to beat rising temperatures

Nine-year-old Kha’mile Martin lives in one of Philadelphia’s hottest neighborhoods — Hunting Park. Although this section of the city is named after a tree-filled park, Martin’s block of colorful rowhomes offers…

    • Vietnamese community members in front of 1515 Arch Street with fists in the air.
Eyes on the Street

Why Philly's Vietnamese community is fighting to save Hoa Binh Plaza

On July 24 at 9:00 a.m., chants of “Whose Streets, Our Streets!” roared at the entrance of 1515 Arch Street. Nearly 100 supporters came to save Hoa Binh “Peace” Plaza of…

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

Study: SEPTA transfer fees hit low-wage commuters the hardest

Commuters without a lot of cash to spare get hit hardest by SEPTA’s transfer fees, according to new research from the Pew Charitable Trusts. Straphangers using the SEPTA Key card’s Travel…

    • 2019 07 23 k paynter rebuild fishtwon rec 5

City opens new Fishtown play area - the first funded by Philly's soda tax

Philly’s first new play area renovated with sweetened beverage tax dollars is open for business in Fishtown. Mayor Jim Kenney cut the ribbon Tuesday on the first completed project of his…

    • tree gap

Philly’s low-income neighborhoods have fewer trees and the city’s free tree program isn’t helping

Places like the 2100 block of Spruce Street are about as wealthy and as leafy as they get in inner-city Philadelphia. The multi-million dollar brownstones here are shaded by a canopy…

    • View of the skyline of Center City Philadelphia, during sunset, on August 28, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Philly vows to fight commercial property owners over $48 million reassessment ruling

Philadelphia officials are pushing back against a Thursday Common Pleas Court ruling that would require the city and the School District to pay $48 million to major commercial property owners. Judge…

    • Families and people hanging out at a public pool.

A guide to keeping cool in Philly pools

A version of this article appeared in PlanPhilly in 2015.  Philadelphia’s 70+ indoor and outdoor public swimming pools represent our city at its best. Sure, there are some that could be…

    • 2019 7 18 b larrison philadelphia sheila armonstrong of 1050 north 10th street installed ac unit in pha apartment to deal with summer heat 3

Should landlords be required to provide air conditioning?

As temperatures soar to red-alert levels and Philadelphia officials invite residents to cool off in air-conditioned city buildings, Maryland lawmakers want to mandate landlords provide AC at home.  The bill under…

    • Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Extreme weather causes fumes to escape fire-stricken PES refinery

Heavy rains and high temperatures shifted the lid of a 6 million gallon tank containing gasoline components at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery, according to a spokesperson for the company.…

    • Man riding his bike on Spring Garden Street's bike line.
Eyes on the Street

Philly has $800K to make Spring Garden the bike path of our dreams but the clock is ticking

Spring Garden Street through Center City may only be 2.1 miles long, but it represents an opportunity for the cycling community — in Philadelphia and across the entire east coast.   In…

    • Fire hydrants are open around the city during an historic heatwave in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia declares a heat health emergency; scientists say more to come

Philadelphia has declared a heat health emergency starting Wednesday at noon and going through the weekend. The emergency declaration, which comes after a National Weather Service prediction of heat index values…

    • Riders wait on a SEPTA train platform for the Regional Rail to arrive. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA upgrade project in U-City to disrupt travel on 3 Regional Rail lines

Some of the Regional Rail infrastructure on the Media/Elwyn line is over 80 years old. The section of the rail line between 30th Street Station and the Arsenal Interlocking, which is…

    • Philadelphia Parks and Recreation and Council President Clarke unveiled the newly renovated Amos Playground

Are gentrification's impacts overstated? This study says yes

A new study from the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia finds little evidence to support the conventional understanding of gentrification as a massively disruptive influence on the well-being of lower-income city…

    • SEPTA updated 2019 frequency 15 map

SEPTA gets bold with new transit map

Officials say the goal is to simplify travel planning for riders. “Our hope, really, is that they are intuitive enough that someone who’s not very familiar with the network can show…

    • Fresh rendering of Pattison Place in South Philadelphia

A new look for stadium district office tower

An office tower coming to Philadelphia’s sports stadium complex is boasting an updated look, according to renderings shared with the city’s Art Commission. After winning concept approval from the Art Commission…

    • One of the mosquito devices at East Poplar park
Eyes on the Street

Whether you can hear the sound or not, 'Mosquito' sonic devices shouldn’t be in our parks

Markward Playground is a small park near the Schuylkill River. I often go there for a walk or to look at the view, so I was upset to learn that this…

    • City Hall, as it looked Aug. 28, 2017 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY News

City Council cheat sheet: What Philly’s legislators wanted to do and how it actually worked out

The spring 2019 session of City Council ended quietly a couple weeks ago. The all-important primary elections sucked up a lot of oxygen, with little of the machinations and political wheedling…

    • Our very own waterfront highway. | photo by Bradley Maule, 2009

Philly Fed economists: Here’s how highways ruined your city

No one should be denied a good taco, but the Vine Street Expressway has often deterred Jeffrey Lin from visiting a nearby taqueria for lunch. The Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia…

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