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    • 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…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson during Thursday's eminent domain hearing. | Jared Brey, PlanPhilly

City Council unanimously approves call for hearings on racial disparities in Philly mortgage market

City government must do more to fight segregation in Philadelphia's neighborhood, Councilman Kenyatta Johnson implored his colleagues on Thursday. “There is a myth that the civil rights movement has relegated racial…

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New map unearths dozens of forgotten burial grounds across Philly

In the summer of 1851, it was reported that a Mr. Finley had purchased a plot of land on the corner of 12th and Carpenter streets in Philadelphia, to build on it…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: PHA employees work around the new housing development in Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Trump's budget would cut $90 million from Philadelphia Housing Authority

Trump’s proposed cuts to the HUD budget would mean a $90 million blow to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. Philadelphia Housing Authority spokeswoman Nichole Tillman…

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New City Council bill threatens progress on Philly's bike lanes

City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell introduced a bill on Thursday that would shift more control of Philadelphia’s bike lane infrastructure to council and away from the city’s planners and traffic engineers. The…

    • Front Street, Photo by Phillytrax

City planning commission recommends four new transit-oriented development sites in North Philly

As part of an effort to reduce reliance on cars and encourage more affordable housing near public transit, the Philadelphia City Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously recommended a zoning code amendment…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)

Can Philly afford the subsidies Amazon wants?

Mayor Jim Kenney won't release the juiciest details of the city's bid to land Amazon's second headquarters, but it's safe to say that Philadelphia is likely offering subsidies plum enough to…

    • A rendering of an interior courtyard planned for 2035 Lehigh Ave.

City approves plan to build luxury housing in Conrail's backyard

Hard against the clanging Conrail train tracks in an industrial section of Kensington, the four-acre vacant lot at the corner of Lehigh and Frankford avenues doesn’t look like the most obvious…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

How many Philadelphia homes can $8.8 million fix?

Fresh on the heels of an investigation that found steep disparities in local mortgage lending between white borrowers and borrowers of color, the Urban Affairs Coalition has published a report touting…

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Uber bringing new bus-like 'express pool' service to Philly, stepping up competition with SEPTA

On Thursday, Uber will expand its extra-cheap Express Pool service to Philadelphia, making it one of six cities to get the new bus-like offering that debuted in San Francisco and Boston…

    • New Market West, West Philadelphia

$50 million mixed-use development breaks ground on a blighted West Philly lot

Affordable housing nonprofit Mission First Housing Group and community-oriented services organization Horizon House broke ground on a four-story community services and retail complex at 59th and Market streets on Friday, the…

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How Trump's budget would turn back the clock on progress in Philly's neighborhoods

President Donald Trump's proposed fiscal year 2019 budget poses a massive threat to Philadelphia's progress stabilizing neighborhoods, preventing foreclosures and fighting homelessness, city officials say.  Like other municipalities across the United States, Philly…

    • Crash on Henry Avenue at West Queen Lane (file) | NewsWorks

Traffic deaths remain stubbornly high in Philly and across the U.S.

Despite a bevy of new safety features like automatic braking and lane departure warnings, a recent report by the National Safety Council (NSC) shows that traffic deaths across the United States…

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Governor of Puerto Rico promises housing assistance for Philadelphia's Maria evacuees

During a visit to Philadelphia on Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he’s committed to declaring Pennsylvania a host state, which will provide local governments with federal funding for housing…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to introduce bill for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson plans to introduce legislation next Thursday calling for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market, according to a statement released by the councilman’s office…

    • “Barbering is not just cutting hair,” South Street Barbers' Mike Jordan says. “You got counseling, advising, you get friendships.

Segregation's modern manifestations, from health to housing

“In the wake of the Great Migration, [racial violence occurring in cities] seemed to prove that the only way to really make sure that communities could be stable was if, in…

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Unequal lending keeps redlining alive in Philadelphia’s gentrifying neighborhoods

Rachelle Faroul is a 33-year-old woman with a good credit score and a degree from Northwestern University. When she decided to buy home in West Philadelphia, near Malcolm X Park, Faroul,…

    • Preliminary sketch of the proposed Temple on-campus football stadium. (Temple University)

Other cities have built stadiums with programs to benefit neighbors. Will Temple follow their lead?

Temple’s stadium doesn’t have to be an exploitative entity in an underserved community; it has the opportunity to work with neighbors to smartly manage growth, writes Ken Shropshire, CEO of Global…

    • The 10th Street bike lane in Chinatown during its pilot phase.

Bills to build new bike lanes advance in City Council

A trio of bills to expand Philadelphia’s disjointed bike lane network advanced out of City Council’s streets and services committee Wednesday. The legislation is expected to be introduced to the floor…

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