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    • Kickball in Weccacoe Playgorund. (Neal Santos for PlanPhilly)
Eyes on the Street

In Common: Bethel Burying Ground memorial to advance in 2019, creating learning opportunity for the living at Weccacoe Playground

Our 2018 series about Philly's changing public spaces concludes in Queen Village where a new memorial is being developed to honor a historic black cemetery within a popular playground. It’s a…

    • A shared lane for buses and bikes on Chestnut Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Safer streets within reach in 2019

A veteran Philadelphia journalist once joked to me that a plan in Philadelphia is like raindrops in a storm. I’ve often tended to agree with him. Philadelphia does a ton of…

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

Philadelphia demolitions hit record high in 2018

Developers began tearing down a record number of Philadelphia buildings in 2018, with more demolitions getting started over the last 12 months than any other year on record. Data from the…

    • Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla is holding a proposal for a  five-cent charge on single-use bags. (AP file photo)

19 N.J. cities banned plastic bags in 2018. Philly could join them in 2019.

This might be the year when the public — in the Philadelphia region and across the globe —  started to realize where many of our plastic bags and straws end up.…

    • Arts & Crafts Holding advertises 1217 Spring Garden Street as

'Spring Arts' remake dogged by tenant complaints, code violations

When Arts & Crafts Holdings bought the property at 1217 Spring Garden St. for $15.7 million in April, the Philadelphia development company pitched tenants in the aging loft building on a…

    • Staff members from Councilwoman Parker's office help prep Rudolph for the Annual Winter Festival in Olney. Bas Slabbers/WHYY.
Eyes on the Street

Feeling all the holiday feels on Olney’s thriving 5th Street corridor

Eleven year-old Addison Sullivan came for the toys. But by the time he left North 5th Street Revitalization Project’s Annual Winter Festival, the Olney elementary school student got something else, something…

    •  Representatives of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities packed a Sept. 26 City Council hearing

Spoiler alert: Philly City Council's season of housing and development reform, recapped

The fall 2018 session of City Council ended with a landmark victory — in the form of Councilwoman Helen Gym’s Fair Work Week bill, which Mayor Jim Kenney will sign Thursday.…

    • Ontario and C streets is rated a “3” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly’s dirtiest blocks get surveillance cameras as city steps up fight against illegal dumping

Surveillance cameras are coming to Philadelphia neighborhoods as part of a plan to make illegal dumpers pay for their trashy behavior. The Streets Department has installed 15 cameras on North Philadelphia…

    • Rendering of new coffee shop for Dilworth Plaza

Tiny Starbucks coming to Dilworth Park

A second Starbucks is coming to Dilworth Park this spring. “From the time we opened Dilworth in 2014, we watched how people used it, we looked at things we wanted to…

    • A row of houses, colorful but in need of substantial repairs, on North 27th Street in North Philadelphia.

When preventative care is fixing the house — Philly, CHOP fight asthma with home repairs

Mold. Dust mites. Roaches. Mouse droppings. The list of household asthma triggers is long and often problems that aren’t easy to fix: a leaky roof, a cracked pipe, poor ventilation. Replacing…

    • 2018 11 21 e lee sherri lee philadelphia snyder avenue plumbing problems

New loans for home repair may be lifeline for Philly ‘small landlords’ — and their tenants

Sherri Lee’s toilet started flooding in late September. Less than a month later, the unfinished basement in her South Philadelphia apartment was a full-blown health hazard. “It actually ended up pushing…

    • Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philly DA Krasner wants to personally try cases in 2019

Supporters of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner voted him into office to be something of an anti-prosecutor — a former defense attorney with deep criminal justice reform bona fides. But during an…

    • Shyeer Johnson and Waki Perry, both 14, frequent the library after school. (Neal Santos for PlanPhilly)
Eyes on the Street

In Common: At rejuvenated Logan Library, room for the noisy joy of teenage kicks

Next up in our 2018 series about Philly's changing public spaces, Ashley Hahn checks out what’s welcoming neighborhood teens back to the century-old, recently-renovated Logan Library. Midafternoon on a cold Thursday,…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney at the first groundbreaking of his signature Rebuild initiative.

Kenney’s ‘Rebuild’ breaks ground on first playground

Mayor Jim Kenney broke ground Thursday on the first park improvement funded through his signature public works initiative, Rebuild. Held on a grassy patch of earth near the Mann Center in…

    • A rendering of the planned 30th street subway and glass headhouse.

SEPTA's 30th Street Station getting $37M remake with underground connection to Drexel Square

Rattling El trains and trolleys bring 25,000 commuters a day to SEPTA’s 30th Street subway station. The gilded Deco interior of the better-known 30th Street Amtrak station are just above ground.…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building, 2014

Provident Mutual building sale on hold, endangering planned West Philly health campus

West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell has halted the city’s long-awaited remake of the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building at 4601 Market Street for reasons that include the interest of…

    • Sheet Metal Workers protest in City Council on Dec.4, 2018.

Labor leaders, city officials spar outside Council chambers

An hour before City Council’s final session of 2018, Sheet Metal Workers Local 19 attempted to push through a contested bill requiring costly new inspections of the fire and smoke protection…

    • 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…

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