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    • SEPTA's City Hall Station overhaul is on SEPTA's list of deferred capital projects

Appeal of anti-toll lawsuit keeps SEPTA improvements on hold

SEPTA’s state funding is hovering at a more than 10-year low due to a federal lawsuit that just won’t go away. The transportation agency breathed a sigh of relief in early…

    • Permits have been filed to build apartments on the sit of this partially demolished church.

278 apartments will rise on site of partially demolished Gothic-style West Philly church

A massive new apartment building will rise on the site of the partially demolished Christ Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church on 43rd and Chestnut streets in University City, according to construction permits…

    • Demolition permits have been filed for this building standing at 1208 Chestnut St. (Ryan Briggs/Google Streetview)

Slim tower to replace Chestnut St. Rainbow building

A residential tower is coming to the 1200 block of Chestnut Street, bringing 49 new apartments to the Center City neighborhood.  The planned nine-story building will replace a vacant storefront last…

    • Rowhomes at 34th and Spring Garden Street for sale or rent. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly housing costs rising faster for poor and middle class than for the wealthy

As the Philadelphia region’s poorest residents spend more to keep a roof over their heads, the area’s wealthiest residents are spending less, according to new research from economists at Apartment Life,…

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Kenyatta Johnson introduces reform to ‘fresh food’ zoning bonus that rewarded developers for ‘bananas in the window’

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wants to overhaul a development incentive designed to bring fresh fruit and vegetables into Philadelphia neighborhoods without grocery stores. The zoning bonus for developers who put “fresh…

    • Daimler's car-sharing service allows users to park anywhere. (Daimler)

New 'park anywhere' car-sharing service vying for a spot on Philly’s jammed streets

After months of lobbying, a German company could be on the cusp of making a new method of car sharing legal in Philadelphia. The company, operated by the Stuttgart-based corporation Daimler…

    •  Philly Water Bar will be open at City Hall every Thursday this summer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly tap water is safe. Now there is a bar to prove it.

The sun was shining, the salsa music enticing, and Katrina Williams was thirsty when she saw the pitchers full of cold water on a table. So she came forward and accepted…

    • Iron workers help build the Comcast Innovation and Technology Center in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Lawsuit seeks to break Building Trades’ hold on city construction contracts

A lawsuit filed in federal court is challenging Philadelphia’s long-held tradition of reserving city construction work for certain labor unions. But the suit comes from a surprising source: Rival union contractors,…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

Scamming SEPTA is getting harder — agency hits 10-year low for claims payouts

Suing SEPTA was a lucrative hustle before the aughts. Any opportunist who had the good fortune to stumble upon a SEPTA bus accident could hop on, pretend to be an injured…

    • The Philadelphia Orchard Project plants at Bartram's Community Farm.

Philly names first-ever farm czar

Philadelphia has named city planner Ashley Richards as its first-ever urban agriculture director. Richards will direct the creation and implementation of Philadelphia’s forthcoming urban agriculture plan. Richards got their start as…

    • Solarize Philly

Solar ‘ambassadors,’ deeper discounts on rooftop installations all part of Philly’s plan to make 2019 the year of sun power

Victor Young paid $370 for electricity a month before solar panels were installed in his roof last year. Now his electric bill is zero, and he only pays $126 a month…

    • Bobby McCurdy at home on his porch in North Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New help is here for Philly seniors who want stay in their homes

Bobby McCurdy, 76, lives on his own in the four-bedroom Sharswood home he inherited from his mother. Living alone at this stage in his life doesn’t bother him — he likes…

    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Family-friendly SEPTA Key to roll out - but not until 2020

Glenside resident Amanda Bergson-Shilcock likes to take her five nieces and nephews into Philadelphia on day trips. SEPTA tokens made it easy and inexpensive — the now-defunct currency got them in…

    • 2019 04 18 e lee erika almiron kendra brooks philadelphia city hall tax abatement protest

Allan Domb has made millions selling Philly real estate. Now critics want him to recuse himself on the city’s tax abatement

A group of activists wants Allan Domb out of City Council. They say he shouldn’t be making decisions about development policy because of his lucrative second job as one of Center…

    • Recycling bins on Cuthbert Street in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Streets Department: Philadelphia to stop burning recyclables

The Philadelphia Streets Department is responsible for a host of important functions including trash pickup, road safety infrastructure, and street sweeping (or not). But few of these policy areas were given…

    • Mark Rascati has been a Philadelphia resident for 3 years. He delivers for Instacart and frequently runs into problems with parking and recently had his car towed. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Drivers from these gentrifying Philly neighborhoods get the most parking tickets

Mark Rascati hates parking in Center City. He delivers groceries for a living, so he does it a lot. Too often — even though he lives a mile away. The trips…

    • One of Lime's electronic pedal-assist bikes. (Lime)

Dockless e-bike share coming to Philly in 2019

In cities around the world, cyclists can tap a smartphone to find and unlock an electric bike, zoom around town, and drop the bike off pretty much anywhere they want. Soon,…

    • The sidewalks on Naima Miller's Point Breeze block are slanting, cracked and sinking. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Spring is sidewalk season in Philly but watch your step — those cracks aren’t getting fixed

Naima Miller remembers the exact crack on the sidewalk where she twisted her ankle four years ago. She was walking to the store when she tripped on the broken pavement in…

    • Philadelphia fire commissioner Adam Thiel at The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in North Philadelphia in March of 2018.

Q&A: How Philly’s firefighters keep the city’s historic buildings safe

Philadelphia is an especially historic city and one that is especially fire-prone too. Neighborhoods like Old City have seen a series of conflagrations in recent years, as historic buildings without…

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Eyes on the Street

Rebuilding from loss in Philadelphia and Paris

Like a lot of people, I spent half a minute on Monday afternoon in stunned silence watching a video of the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris go up in flames. For…

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