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With deal for use of Market Street site, Philly officials hope to recoup $50M

The City of Philadelphia has a deal to unload a property once pegged as the new home of the Philadelphia Police Department. Under the agreement with a private developer, the space…

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Volunteers count vehicles in the bike lanes as upgrade work on Pine and Spruce is delayed

The bike lanes on Pine and Spruce streets are Philly’s versions of the watched pot that never boils. While volunteers from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia engage in a week-long…

    • Quamir Jones does a cannonball into the pool at Dendy Playground, at 10th and Oxford streets in North Philadelphia.
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A photographer reflects on a summer oasis: Dendy Playground

Dendy feels like magic. That’s the thought that ran through my mind the first time I went to my neighborhood rec center for a swim one June evening. Golden light washed…

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To prevent chronic homelessness, Philly nonprofit offers some young adults more than shelter

Jerome Maynard’s two-bedroom apartment in Roxborough is a special place — not because of the beige carpeting and white walls, but simply because it’s his. Roughly a year ago, the 26-year-old…

    • Customers often park in the bike lane while they run into the Wawa on 22nd Street, which opened a few months ago. | Jim Saksa/WHYY News

Frustrated by Philly politicians’ failure to upgrade bike lanes, cyclists turn to the courts

Outside Courtroom 426, a small shoal of bicycle-safety advocates gathered in a semicircle, seemingly dazed by their unexpected good fortune. “This is definitely a good outcome,” said Kyle Leach, a Point…

    • The 100 block of Mole Street -- virtually all of it -- in Center City.

An intimate rowhouse block holds its own as towers rise around it

The 100 block of Mole Street looks like a lot of older rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia, but with more trees. The shaded street, with its neatly kept brick homes, feels like…

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No about-face on facadectomies in Philly just yet: They're still pretty rare here

On South Street, the front exterior of the Royal Theater still stands, encased in steel. The ornamented brick façade of the historic entertainment complex is all that is left of the…

    • Developer Steven Brown, who said his intention was to preserve the mural, said the building was on the verge of collapse.

A cherished mural falls victim to Philadelphia redevelopment

Driving by 20th and Fernon streets, Darryl Roberts thought the mural looked like something was missing. But he didn’t pay much attention. It was early evening, and he figured the sun had…

    • One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. (Courtesy of Adam Wallacavage, Space 1026)

One of Philly’s oldest art collectives, Space 1026, to lose its home of 20 years

One of Philadelphia’s oldest artist collectives, Space 1026, will soon lose the space it has occupied for more than 20 years. Space 1026 has been in Chinatown since 1997. On the…

    • Swimmers cool off in the Devil’s Pool in Fairmount Park in Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Swimming in the Wissahickon isn't so idyllic: There’s poop in it.

On a summer day, taking a dip in the creek at Philadelphia’s Wissahickon Valley Park might seem like a really good idea. The stream is surrounded by birches, sycamores and poplars,…

    • An event exploring the outdoor world in black literature in the picnic grove at Bartram's Garden was organized by the Free Library's Center for Public Life. | Neal Santos for PlanPhilly
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In Common: What if the library could mend public life?

Next in our series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out the Free Library’s Center for Public Life, a new unit that’s aiming to connect Philadelphians of every stripe…

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Freight trains using Regional Rail lines threaten to keep SEPTA from full Positive Train Control compliance

SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel took a moment to boast Tuesday afternoon while participating in an American Public Transportation Association conference call with national press on the efforts of commuter railroads…

    • NO STOPPING: A sign on a parking meter advertises that there will be no stopping in honor of Philly Free Streets
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Philly Free Streets: Enjoyed by walkers, cyclists, beach lovers — but not drivers

Cyclists, walkers, children and dogs were happy to take over the four-lane expanse of North Broad Street during Philly Free Streets on Saturday. The event, in its third year, is a…

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Art Museum summer program caters to young Modernists

For the next 10 weeks, the second floor east balcony of the Philadelphia Museum of Art — which arguably has the best view of the Parkway in the city — will…

    • Roofer Rob Nolfi applies a reflective topping on a rehabbed roof in North Philadelphia. Cool roofs help keep temperatures down when the city heats up. (Irina Zhorov/The Pulse)

A hotter topic: Building heat resilience into multifamily housing

Summers are getting hotter in Philadelphia. The average daily temperature in the eastern half of Pennsylvania has risen about two degrees Fahrenheit in the last three decades. Since May, the city…

    • Cyclists and pedestrians take part in Philly Free Streets, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)
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A walking tour of North Broad, ahead of this year's Philly Free Streets event

Many organizations and people are behind this year’s Philly Free Streets event. The city goes “car free” on Broad Street from City Hall all the way up to Butler Avenue in…

    • Tony Guido explains features of a composting vessel he helped build for  a Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council design competition.

To vanquish food waste, a competition aims to design and compost

To the uninitiated, it sounds simple enough: Design a cheap, urban-friendly composting device that works at a neighborhood scale — something bigger than a backyard composting bin, but smaller than a commercial system…

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Parking Authority chief Petri offers up a sweeping legislative agenda for change

Sitting at a conference table, sporting a tie emblazoned with lines from the U.S. Constitution and a likeness of Independence Hall, Scott Petri began an interview with a warning for the…

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Floating a solution to Philadelphia's parking-space quandary

Philadelphia has a parking problem. At face value, we have a tremendous number of spots: 2,172,896 at the most recent count. However, an absolute number is meaningless. Who cares about…

    • A worker cleans the ornate limestone capitals of the East Portico at 30th Street Station.

Facade work refreshes 30th Street Station as Amtrak shops its commercial-district plan

When Pennsylvania Railroad moved its headquarters from Broad Street to 30th Street Station upon its completion in 1935, the shift was seen as an attempt to move Philadelphia’s downtown to the…

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