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    • Daimler's car-sharing service allows users to park anywhere. (Daimler)

New 'park anywhere' car-sharing service vying for a spot on Philly’s jammed streets

After months of lobbying, a German company could be on the cusp of making a new method of car sharing legal in Philadelphia. The company, operated by the Stuttgart-based corporation Daimler…

    •  Philly Water Bar will be open at City Hall every Thursday this summer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly tap water is safe. Now there is a bar to prove it.

The sun was shining, the salsa music enticing, and Katrina Williams was thirsty when she saw the pitchers full of cold water on a table. So she came forward and accepted…

    • Iron workers help build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lawsuit seeks to break Building Trades’ hold on city construction contracts

A lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging Philadelphia’s long-held tradition of reserving city construction work for certain labor unions. But the suit comes from a surprising source: Rival union contractors,…

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

Scamming SEPTA is getting harder — agency hits 10-year low for claims payouts

Suing SEPTA was a lucrative hustle before the aughts. Any opportunist who had the good fortune to stumble upon a SEPTA bus accident could hop on, pretend to be an injured…

    • The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants at Bartram's Community Farm.

Philly names first-ever farm czar

Philadelphia has named city planner Ashley Richards as its first-ever urban agriculture director. Richards will direct the creation and implementation of Philadelphia’s forthcoming urban agriculture plan. Richards got their start as…

    • Solarize Philly

Solar ‘ambassadors,’ deeper discounts on rooftop installations all part of Philly’s plan to make 2019 the year of sun power

Victor Young paid $370 for electricity a month before solar panels were installed in his roof last year. Now his electric bill is zero, and he only pays $126 a month…

    • Bobby McCurdy at home on his porch in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New help is here for Philly seniors who want stay in their homes

Bobby McCurdy, 76, lives on his own in the four-bedroom Sharswood home he inherited from his mother. Living alone at this stage in his life doesn’t bother him — he likes…

    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Family-friendly SEPTA Key to roll out - but not until 2020

Glenside resident Amanda Bergson-Shilcock likes to take her five nieces and nephews into Philadelphia on day trips. SEPTA tokens made it easy and inexpensive — the now-defunct currency got them in…

    • 2019 04 18 e lee erika almiron kendra brooks philadelphia city hall tax abatement protest

Allan Domb has made millions selling Philly real estate. Now critics want him to recuse himself on the city’s tax abatement

A group of activists wants Allan Domb out of City Council. They say he shouldn’t be making decisions about development policy because of his lucrative second job as one of Center…

    • Recycling bins on Cuthbert Street in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Streets Department: Philadelphia to stop burning recyclables

The Philadelphia Streets Department is responsible for a host of important functions including trash pickup, road safety infrastructure, and street sweeping (or not). But few of these policy areas were given…

    • Mark Rascati has been a Philadelphia resident for 3 years. He delivers for Instacart and frequently runs into problems with parking and recently had his car towed. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Drivers from these gentrifying Philly neighborhoods get the most parking tickets

Mark Rascati hates parking in Center City. He delivers groceries for a living, so he does it a lot. Too often — even though he lives a mile away. The trips…

    • One of Lime's electronic pedal-assist bikes. (Lime)

Dockless e-bike share coming to Philly in 2019

In cities around the world, cyclists can tap a smartphone to find and unlock an electric bike, zoom around town, and drop the bike off pretty much anywhere they want. Soon,…

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