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    • Comcast will not pay property taxes on the value of its soaring 1.2 billion Technology Center until 2027 thanks to the 10-year  abatement. (Comcast)

Domb proposes 10-year tax abatement reform

After more than a year of sharp debate over Philadelphia’s 10-year property tax abatement, City Councilman Allan Domb has introduced legislation to shrink — but not substantially change — the controversial…

    • Lime is applying for permits to bring its e-scooters to Philadelphia's streets.

Slow your roll: Safety worries could delay electric scooters’ ride into Philly

Philadelphia loves the idea of scooting around on the colorful electrically powered two-wheelers that startups like Lime are sending out on city streets around the world. But at a city hearing…

    • hiladelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (right) and Chief of Homicide Anthony Voci

Driver could face jail time for death of Center City cyclist

The truck driver who hit and killed a Center City cyclist could face prison time for the 2017 collision. Jorge Fretts, 28, hit Emily Fredricks, a 24-year-old pastry chef. She was…

    • Parkside picnicking during 2018 West Park Arts Fest  (Neal Santos for PlanPhilly)
Eyes on the Street

In Common: 6 ways Philly can create more equitable, imaginative and inviting public spaces

I was lucky enough to spend 2018 writing the In Common series, exploring the ways civic spaces across Philly are changing, each aiming to build a stronger, more inclusive city. We’ll…

    • A 2017 photo of a West Collection opening.

First glimpse of contemporary art museum coming to Fishtown

Documents obtained from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspection show the first glimpse of the West Collection’s planned home in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. PlanPhilly reported last week that the 3,100-piece…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

Philadelphia drivers rarely prosecuted for crashes that kill pedestrians and cyclists

Only a fraction of drivers in crashes that kill pedestrians, bicyclists and motorcyclists ever face serious criminal charges, according to a new analysis by the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia. About…

    • The former home of artist Dox Thrash is in a state of disrepair at the corner of Cecil B. Moore Avenue and 24th Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

After Dox Thrash’s Sharswood home sold in sheriff sale, a focus on alternative preservation

A developer has bought the onetime home of prominent African-American printmaker Dox Thrash, threatening a community-born plan for the historic house. The developer, Jas Group LLC, bought the house at a…

    • 2019 02 12 kpaynter new sunrise movement 2

Philly students call for Green New Deal citing spike in 'heat days'

Abigail Leedy is a senior at Central High School in Philadelphia. For the last few weeks, she and other climate justice activists have been visiting congressional offices in the city, asking…

    • Omar Woodard

Omar Woodard challenging City Council President Darrell Clarke

City Council President Darrell Clarke will face a new challenger for his Fifth District seat in North Philadelphia, according to documents filed with the city Board of Ethics.   That challenger,…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Lobbying war over Philly soda tax still waged by the millions

Campaigns related to Philadelphia’s controversial sweetened beverage tax accounted for 40 cents on every dollar spent to influence Philadelphia legislation in 2018, according to a WHYY analysis of lobbying disclosures. Special…

    • A demolition permit was filed for the  19th Street Baptist Church.

19th Street Baptist pulls demolition permit for landmark church

A Philadelphia church designed by celebrated architects Frank Furness and George Hewitt is headed to the afterlife. The 19th Street Baptist Church secured a zoning permit Thursday to demolish its iconic…

    • The Civic Design Review committee recommended major changes to the design of this Spring Garden storage facility. The feedback had little impact on the final design.

Developers flout city design board recommendations, study finds

Architect Cecil Baker remembers exactly when he knew it was time to quit the Philadelphia Civic Design Review committee. “The straw that broke the camel's back for me was the case…

    • Jannie Blackwell | Emma Lee/WHYY

Protests target West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

Sheriff’s deputies arrested an activist in Philadelphia City Hall after the Brown and Black Workers Cooperative disrupted a City Council meeting. The group interrupted the Thursday meeting with demands to end…

    • A car parked in a crosswalk. (Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly)

Illegal parkers beware: Philadelphia wants you out of the crosswalk and off the sidewalk

For Bruce McElrath, a car parked in a crosswalk is a major inconvenience at the very least. At worst, it can turn the simple act of crossing the street in a…

    • An abstract sculpture from the West Collection displayed at a temporary installation inside the Kimmel Center in 2016.

Billionaire planning contemporary art museum in Fishtown warehouse

A series of Frankford Avenue warehouses are slated to become a permanent home for the West Collection, a 3,100-piece cache of contemporary art assembled by billionaire Alfred P West, Jr.…

    • St. Laurentius Church is a Fishtown landmark. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

City wants to rezone St. Laurentius and sidestep legal drama

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously recommended a spot zoning bill that would allow St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown to become apartments without any further public approvals. The bill, reviewed at…

    • Midtown II diner (Google Street View)

High-rise hotel coming to the site of the former Midtown II diner in Center City

From greasy spoon to silver spoon. The site at 122 S.11th Street in Philadelphia once occupied by Midtown II Restaurant is set to become a 14-story, 86-room hotel with restaurants on…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)
Eyes on the Street

Amazon-New York HQ2 breakup has lessons for Philadelphia

Amazon’s New York City HQ2 plans unraveled in spectacular fashion last week—a fitting end for a spectacle of a location selection process. It is tempting to see the deal’s dissolution as…

    • Justin Diberardinis on the Schuylkill River Trail

Justin DiBerardinis runs for Philadelphia City Council on a good government platform

Justin DiBerardinis wants to change Philadelphia’s government, and not just by winning a seat on City Council. At this early stage in the 2019 municipal elections, DiBerardinis is one of the…

    • Philadelphia students power Rebel Ventures. (Rebel Ventures)
Eyes on the Street

Rebel Ventures pitch youth-powered corner store at Full City Challenge

Jarrett Stein kept apologizing to the crowd for his public speaking. On a cold rainy Tuesday morning, the Rebel Ventures co-executive director told a roomful of food justice advocates and advisors…

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