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    • Vanna Venturi House

June 27: Schuylkill Yards community benefits | Bike share equity | Happy 92nd Robert Venturi

Brandywine Realty Trust pledged  $5.6 million in community engagement initiatives for the Schuylkill Yards project on Monday to “build a stronger West Philadelphia through job creation, education and training, small…

    • Mifflin Square Park, June 24, 2017 | Julia Bell / PlanPhilly

Mifflin Square Park improvements start with small moves, build toward big change

The typical hallmarks of a neighborhood convening were there: Parents dutifully pointing their smartphones at their teenagers dancing on the stage. Neighbors milling about drinking refreshments from a stand. Community groups…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New townhouse-style units cohabitate with the old Senior Tower on the Norman Blumberg Apartments site, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.   The scale of the project…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

June 26: MOVE marker needs site | Furness jowls | Chester deindustrialization and racism

Pro-tax protesters seized audible control of the Local Government Committee hearing on Philadelphia’s sweetened beverage tax, forcing committee chairman Senator Scott Wagner to cancel the hearing and reschedule in Harrisburg, the…

    • A new sprayground opened at the Shissler Rec Center Thursday

June 23: Transfer tax shortfall | Sin tax city | NJ $125M library bond

The expansion of digital slot machines in bars, airports, lounges and truck stops targets “some of the poorest and vulnerable demographics,” writes Charles D. Ellison for the Philadelphia Citizen. Ellison argues…

    • The Bridge at 205 Race Street, June 2017

Council wants to make developers build inclusive, affordable housing

At Thursday’s City Council meeting, the last before the summer recess, Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez introduced a bill that would require many private developers to build permanently affordable housing units. The legislation…

    • PHA headquarters groundbreaking June 2017

June 22: 100% clean energy by 2035 | Cherry Street Pier | lead information

The City of Philadelphia announced Wednesday that it has committed to using 100 percent clean energy by 2035, NewsWorks’ Tom MacDonald reports. The pledge makes Philadelphia the 100th city to…

    • Cobbs Creek Parkway flooding, April 2014 | AP

StateImpact PA: How one Philadelphia neighborhood battles rising tides

Joining dozens of communities across the country Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney announced Wednesday he has committed the city to the goal of using 100 percent clean energy. It’s part of a…

    • golden bricks

June 21: Brady slams hotel's tax credits | West Trenton line | On rowhouses

State Rep Bob Brady has written the U.S. Treasury that he is “deeply troubled” that conversion of the Liberty Title and Trust building received $15 million in New Market Tax Credit…

    • Olney Ave.

Council hears fears of outlying "middle" neighborhoods' decline

On Tuesday afternoon, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker held a marathon hearing on “Middle Neighborhoods,” the kind of stable, working-to-middle class areas that kept Philadelphia afloat in the worst years of…

    • Mulberry Market, Photo by David Swift Photography
    • New construction at W. Thompson near Girard | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

June 19: Lead soil legacy | Global Cities Initiative | Flash flood warning

If you read nothing else today, don't miss the latest installment of Toxic City by the investigative team of Wendy Ruderman, Barbara Laker, and Dylan Purcell. In Fishtown, Kensington, and Port…

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