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    • A rendering showing Impact Services' concept for a greenway alongside the Conrail tracks on Tusculum Street. (Impact Services)

Can better urban design help Philadelphia fight the opioid crisis?

A bright mural of cartoonish clocks and playful meditations on time cover a boarded-up former textile mill at the edge of the Conrail tracks in Kensington. Just down the street, a…

    • The city recently renovated Piccoli Playground to meet new standards for

Philly's next generation of playgrounds is here and everyone is invited in

When it comes to places to play, the notion of proximity and convenience are two very different realities for South Philadelphia mother Kelly Palange. A few blocks away from her home…

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Philly Fed: Homeowners in gentrifying neighborhoods suffer tax delinquency but not displacement

With gentrification comes an increased risk of delinquency on homeowners’ tax bills, but in Philadelphia, the phenomenon hasn't resulted in a significant increase in displacement of owners, not even among those…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb’s modest proposal: ban on-street parking in Center City

At a City Council hearing on SEPTA’s budget, Councilman Allan Domb floated a bold proposal that will make him a hero to some and a villain to others in the ongoing…

    • Flowers in Spruce Hill

New historic districts proposed for 3 Philly neighborhoods

After years of only protecting individual properties from demolition, the Philadelphia Historical Commission recently unveiled three new proposed historic districts. If they are approved at the June meeting, the commission…

    • Marchers in Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla. Credit: PRNewsFoto/Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, R. Kennedy for GPTMC

El Carnaval de Puebla returns to South Philly on Sunday

Philadelphia's El Carnaval de Puebla, the largest festival of its kind outside of Mexico, will march on this year in spite of deportation fears, WHYY News’ Angela Gervasi reports. For…

    • A couple poses at Love Park in February.

LOVE Park? More like loathe park! Criticisms mount as JFK Plaza slowly reopens.

It’s an iconic shot, a photo taken by numerous Philadelphians, millions of visitors, and countless brides and grooms. The subjects stand in front of Robert Indiana’s LOVE Statue as a geyser-like fountain…

    • 'Philadelphia Delivers' submission to Amazon HQ2 RFP. Credit: DAG.

Help Wanted in Philly? Amazon says not so much.

In 2017, Amazon posted hundreds more job ads in Boston, and Washington D.C. than in Philadelphia and a group of business researchers says that the hiring trend may be a sign…

    • Shani Akilah Robin, one of the estimated fifty that gathered inside the Starbuck near Rittenhouse square on Monday morning, to protest the recent arrest at that location. (Bastiaan Slabbers/For WHYY)

Where have all the public bathrooms gone?

By Charles Ellison It's been 11 days since Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson were arrested for waiting while Black at a Rittenhouse Square Starbucks. In that time, the manager who called…

    • Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington Ave. ( credit: OCF Realty)

Neighbors bid a reluctant goodbye to South Philly chocolate factory, welcome new homes and shops

The Frankford Chocolate Factory looms over Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, covering an entire city block, anchoring the roadway in the industrial uses that dominated it for the past century or…

    • Credit: Office of the Controller

10 Philly neighborhoods reap the lion's share of construction tax break benefits

Ten neighborhoods concentrated around Center City make up 59 percent of the properties receiving Philadelphia' controversial 10-year tax abatement, according to a report released Friday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart.  The…

    • An energy-efficient building in the Navy Yard.

Coming soon to a building near you: an energy upgrade your wallet and the planet will like

Philadelphia's building code is set to receive an update expected to reduce energy bills and shrink the city's carbon footprint.  On Thursday, the  Council’s Licenses & Inspections committee gave the green…

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