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    • The 5:05 Express to Norristown arrives at Suburban Station

“Excellent” transportation network driving force behind Philly’s pitch to Amazon

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Bunting House demo on Ridge Avenue.

Planning Commission puts hold on Ridge Ave demolition ban moratorium

In late September Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill that would institute a one-year moratorium on demolitions along Ridge Avenue, a central thoroughfare that runs through Philadelphia’s northwestern neighborhoods. He worries…

    • Ruffin Nichols Memorial AME demolition in progress, August 8, 2013

Decisions loom for some of Philadelphia’s historic sacred places

Buildings constructed as houses of worship have long enriched Philadelphia’s urban landscape, embodying the city’s legacy of art and architecture and adding to a history of religious and ethnic diversity. In…

    • A T-shirt catches the drips from a leaking window frame in a multi-purpose room used by children at Vare Rec Center. | Emma Lee/WHYY

October 18: Train derails in Brewerytown | Maher, Houwzer | Philly TAP'

A CXS freight train derailed near 32nd and W. Thompson Streets in Brewerytown around 7:30am today, NBC reports. No injuries were reported, the cause of the derailment remains under investigation.  CityLab…

    • Lightning striking the skyline

Not exactly prime: Philly’s taxing business environment doesn’t help odds of landing Amazon’s HQ2

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

    • skyline light

"Negadelphia" no more: In bid for Amazon's HQ2, city turns the page on an old narrative

Like nearly every other city in North America, Philadelphia is putting the final touches on its bid to convince Amazon to build its second headquarters here ahead of Thursday’s deadline. The…

    • Drew Nugent and his band play while the Peek-A-Book Revue gets ready to start dancing the Charleston at a realtor's open house in East Kensington.

October 17: Butkovitz, soda tax | “Renter’s market?” | NJ backs Newark

Realtors are throwing out all sorts of incentives like free parking spots and flat screen TVs to woo renters, Bobby Allyn reports. Thanks in part to a recent apartment building boom,…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

Not so Christian Street? Preservationists seek to save Bella Vista church from developer’s wrecking ball

Just a short walk west from the Italian Market, the Christian Street Baptist Church sits nestled mid-block among the surrounding three-story rowhouses. The church’s mix of terracotta, red sandstone, and red…

    • Vaux High School, Sharswood

October 16: SEPTA Steffen steppin’ | Sharswood, Vaux HS | Geographic center

Once upon a time, when William Penn first laid out the four quadrants of Philadelphia, City Hall was the geographic center. Harry Kyriakodis, contributing to Hidden City Philadelphia, traces Philadelphia’s…

    • Cherelle Parker

City Council introduces home-repair loan bill

At Thursday’s City Council session, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker introduced legislation that would create a $40 million housing repair loan program for homeowners and small landlords. Introduced on behalf of Council President…

    • MBTA Rotem bi-level coaches

October 13: Amazon, job diversity | LGBT Elders bill | Third best

As Philly races forward to ensnare Amazon, WHYY’s fellow public media station, KUOW in Seattle, has some observations to ponder on the equitable distribution of jobs and wealth. Tech and diversity…

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