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    • Merchants have sold fresh food on Ninth Street since the 1880s.

Valets among the fixes proposed for Italian Market parking nightmare

Merchants have sold fresh food on South Ninth Street for more than a hundred years, surviving the Great Depression, multiple recessions and the arrival of families pushing $900 strollers in the…

    • Spruce Hill | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

Demolition 'crisis' gets taskforce's attention

After 18 months, Mayor Jim Kenney’s Historic Preservation Task Force released its final recommendations Thursday. The document includes a range of ideas to incentivize more preservation and encourage citizen engagement in…

    • Family members react at the scene of a fatal accident on Roosevelt Boulevard.

Philly's most dangerous roads clustered in black and brown neighborhoods

Nearly half — 46 percent— of Philadelphia’s most dangerous roads are in poor areas mostly populated by people of color, according to an analysis of city crash data done by the…

    • The beloved split-flap departure board at 30th Street Station.

Amtrak may spare 30th Street Station's beloved flipping board

The beloved split-flap sign at 30th Street Station, in Philadelphia, may have earned an 11th hour reprieve following public outcry over a proposal to replace the iconic “clickety-clackety” schedule board. Congressman…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Kenney crackdown on flipping city lots falls short, critics say

Is it possible to reform Philadelphia’s corruption-prone system of selling public land without removing City’s Council’s informal power over sales? That’s the question a day after Mayor Jim Kenney introduced changes…

    • Dalia Burgos and her son Albert walk to Lewis Elkin School in Kensington.

New ‘Safe Corridors’ program brings parent patrols to opioid-plagued Kensington

Every school day, Dalia Burgos of Kensington walks her three children to school. The short walk has become a time for learning, but not in the way that Burgos would ever…

    • Philadelphia Police Detective Lawrence Greene bought 2931 Waterloo Street, center, in an auction of property seized by the District Attorney.

Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops

Maleny Vazquez remembers when the police came and took the house across the street. Vazquez has only lived on this block of Waterloo Street for a few years, but in this…

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Drexel grads pitch Amtrak on new sign: Vintage-style romance with efficiency of new technology

As Philadelphia mourns the pending loss of Amtrak’s beloved clackety departure board at 30th Street Station, one local business has stepped into the fray with a bold proposition. “We would love…

    • Ricci Rawls and her children, Patience, 12, Charlie, 7, Izzy, 5, Ava 4, and Faith, 1 on their last day before eviction. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia renters win new protections at City Hall with passage of 'good cause' bill

Ricci Rawls stood before a packed City Council session on Thursday and testified passionately in favor of Councilman Curtis Jones’s “good cause” eviction bill, which is meant to protect renters from…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

City Councilmen respond to land-flip scandal with an offer of reform

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that they say creates new safeguards against corrupt land dealing in City Hall. Introduced on the tail…

    • Philadelphia Housing Authority broke ground Monday on the third phase of the Sharswood Blumberg project. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Bringing new homes, old convenience back to Sharswood Blumberg

Construction began this week on the third phase of an ambitious 10-year, $500 million redevelopment of the Sharswood Blumberg section of North Philadelphia. Located at 22nd and West Oxford streets, the…

    • A rendering of 2110 E. Norris St.

Fishtown developer proposes fence; gives neighbors the ‘middle finger’

A 95-unit apartment building is coming to a blighted Fishtown lot near the Berks elevated train stop. In a reprieve from Philadelphia’s toxic parking wars, neighbors aren’t worried about where residents…

    • Wharton-Wesley United Methodist Church in Cobbs Creek reimagined a parking lot as a green space.

Sacred spaces reimagined with preservation, Philly communities in mind

Philadelphia has no shortage of lux condos carved out of historic churches but how about a grocery store with stained glass windows? That was one of the ideas shared Tuesday at…

    • An empty hallway at the old West Philadelphia High School.

Report: Philly schools lose more to corporate handouts than any other big city

Philadelphia schools face an estimated $1 billion funding shortfall by 2022, but a new national report found that the city is walking away from more school tax revenue than any of…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

Philly litter czar says new street sweeping program coming in 2019

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will soon announce a street sweeping pilot program following years of criticism over litter-strewn streets, said Nic Esposito, the director of the mayor’s Zero Waste and Litter…

    • Sheet Metal Workers protest in Council

Union scores hot win over real estate industry in fire code battle

City officials are brokering a deal they hope will extinguish a feud over Philadelphia’s fire code. The dispute between the city’s Sheet Metal Workers Union and local real estate industry groups…

    • A man makes a call while a tow truck picks up his car.

City Council to vote on higher fines for tow trucks

Cleaner, safer roads is the goal of new legislation that would increase the fines levied on negligent Philadelphia tow truck drivers. The bill, unanimously approved Monday by City Council’s streets and…

    • Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania is one 34 local anchor institutions targeted in a new buy-local program.

Forget outsourcing, Philly 'eds and meds' connect with businesses inside the city

Philadelphia hospitals send tens of millions of pounds of dirty laundry across state lines every day for cleaning. But why not send the linen to a local launderer? As part of…

    • The Jersey Devils in front of one of their favorite watering holes, Tattooed Moms

Ridin' with the (Jersey) Devils

Reporter Jim Saksa went full gonzo journalist on this assignment, riding along with the Jersey Devils, a bicycle club that shares a look with the outlaw motorcycle gangs... not unlike how…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. arrives ahead of a anti-eviction rally, organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, on Wednesday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

City Council downsizes new protections for renters in ‘Good cause’ bill

On Thursday, Councilman Curtis Jones substantially scaled back a bill meant to protect Philadelphia renters. Jones introduced amendments to his “good cause” eviction legislation that would make it applicable only to…

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