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    • Radar Speed Signs on Roosevelt Blvd. northbound approaching Oxford Circle

Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras represent rare bipartisan win

It’s rare that Philadelphia can go more than just a few days without another person being killed in a car crash. Seventy-eight people died last year, and 96 were killed the…

    • Trees shade outdoor learning spaces at Taggart School. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

For once, let's celebrate Philly's clean and green achievements

It's not just Gritty that has people around the country talking about Philadelphia. The city that gave the world a 7-foot orange hellion to obsess over will today welcome hundreds of…

    • A rendering of a proposed 2201 E. Somerset St. condo development submitted to Philadelphia's Civic Design Review board.

Kensington's hottest address? New homes to rise across from scene of scrapyard fire

Three months after a Kensington scrapyard erupted into a massive, four-alarm fire that inspired Elmo and enraged neighbors, a developer has won city approvals to build new homes across the street…

    • Lisa Strickland and her mother Ann love their Eastwick neighborhood but would welcome more amenities within walking distance.

Mapping Philly’s most walkable neighborhoods

Ann Strickland, 87, has lived in the southwest corner of Eastwick for 37 years. Her small community of single-family homes sits right across from the John Heinz National Wildlife Conservatory at…

    • Passengers board the No. 9 bus at 6th and Walnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA can't say exactly how much it pays pension fund managers

Why would SEPTA hire two new investment managers when they don't know if the spending will result in any more cash going into the agency's retirement fund? That’s essentially the question…

    • A 2006 photo of former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street.

Former Mayor John Street criticizes Kenney's record on preservation; backs new PAC

Former mayor John F. Street has joined the ranks of preservationists who say Mayor Jim Kenney's administration and City Council have failed to make historic preservation a priority in the face…

    • A Passyunk Square municipal complex is slated for redevelopment.

City to redevelop industrial corner of booming Passyunk Square

Philadelphia officials are looking for a developer to remake a valuable tract of city-owned land just off South Philly's thriving East Passyunk corridor.   Bounded by 11th and 12th streets, Wharton and Reed, the…

    • Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Police Commissioner rejects key Starbucks arrest report recommendation

The Philadelphia Police Department agrees that anti-racist training could help officers de-escalate conflicts without arrests but can’t commit to providing that training until the department identifies “appropriate funding,” said Commissioner Richard…

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New map shows Philly renter spike sharper than other big cities

Over the last decade, Philadelphia saw a rise in rentership well above the national average, and higher than most of the nation’s other large cities, according to new data released Tuesday…

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Eyes on the Street

With Dilworth and Love Park remade for leisure, Paine Plaza redo is a chance to save a space for protest

Thomas Paine Plaza, the public space outside the Municipal Services Building, is so unremarkable that you’d be forgiven for not knowing its name. But you might recognize it by the bronze…

    • The 5600 block of Ridge Avenue sits within a new historic district.

Historical Commission approves Ridge Avenue district

The Philadelphia Historical Commission granted protections to 188 buildings along a five-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough on Friday, creating the largest new historic district the city has seen since…

    • Rendering of Temple's proposed

City Council recalls Temple community center project

Temple University suffered a setback in City Council on Thursday when City Council President Darrell Clarke recalled a zoning bill that would have enabled the construction of a four-story preschool and…

    • Skaters from FDR Skatepark set up a sign and

Skaters fill potholes left unfixed by city crews

The do-it-yourself or DIY attitude is essential to skateboarding. Few places demonstrate that truth more clearly than FDR Skatepark, a 16,000-square-foot stunt playground that local boarders have painstakingly built up…

    • A new apartment building at 24th and Redner streets in Sharswood.

Philly maps 10-year course toward building, preserving 100,000 housing units

Detailing the strategies Philadelphia hopes to employ to create or preserve 100,000 units of housing in the next 10 years, the city’s new housing plan dropped on Wednesday. The plan received…

    • Traffic on Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, one of the corridors targeted for improvements in new city plan.

Killing SEPTA transfer fees, charging for parking differently — it's all in Philly's new transportation plan

The City of Philadelphia released what may be its most ambitious and concretely detailed transportation plan yet on Wednesday. Called CONNECT, the seven-year plan details the goals, strategies and tactics officials…

    • There isn't lighting at the football field behind Lonnie Young Rec Center in East Germantown.  (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Kenney walks back $500M Rebuild promise

The glowing “First 1,000 Days” report [pdf] released Oct. 1 by Mayor Jim Kenney contained 15 mentions of Rebuild, the most expensive and highest profile initiative of Kenney’s first…

    • Germantown Boys and Girls Club

Historic Germantown Boys and Girls Club spared wrecking ball

High atop the municipal building at 1515 Arch Street on Tuesday morning, the long battle over the future of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club appeared to end in détente. For…

    • The Frankford Chocolate Factory at 21st and Washington Streets is in the process of demolition.

South Philly group asks chocolate factory developer for community benefits

South Philadelphia residents are playing hardball with developer Ori Feibush over a  $100 million residential redux of the 150-year-old Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue. The South of South Neighborhood Association…

    • The Bradley family at a Night Market on Point Breeze Avenue.
Eyes on the Street

A Point Breeze night market inspires neighborhood pride

If you feed them, they will come. On Thursday night, hundreds of hungry people braved the rain for a first-of-its-kind Night Market on Point Breeze Avenue. As lines for banh mi, barbeque…

    • Election Day

Free transit on Election Day? SEPTA votes no

A group of civic-minded citizens wants SEPTA to offer free rides on Election Day this year as a way of encouraging voters to show up to the polls. But the transit…

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