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    • Neighbors of Commerce Street are working on a redesign of this public space to discourage drug use. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Redesigning an Old City green space for park use, not drug use

Adam Teterus takes a shortcut to the gym after work through a space some people in Old City prefer to avoid. The back corner of the T-shaped walkway and public plaza…

    • Riders were invited to test drive a new, brawnier Lime scooter at City Hall. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

This e-scooter wants to defeat Philly’s potholes

Philadelphia’s rough streets may demand a brawnier breed of e-scooter. The electric gliders, known for their slim profile, aren’t even street legal in Pennsylvania but that isn’t stopping one company, Lime,…

    • A rendering of the wetlands imagined in the new plan for FDR Park

How FDR Park’s $200 million makeover is future-proofing ‘the lakes’

An ambitious 10-year plan to completely revamp the busy but underfunded FDR Park is a very green new deal for South Philadelphia. It includes a 36-foot-tall hill overlooking the city, 45…

    • A rendering that shows the 2401  Washington Ave. from 24th Street looking west into an interior driveway. (Noah Ostroff)

How a Philly neighborhood negotiated with a developer and won

A major new residential development planned with social impact in mind will soon break ground on fast-changing Washington Avenue. The project at 2401 Washington Avenue will be one of a few…

    • Tracey Gordon stands in front of homes in her Southwest Philadelphia neighborhood. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly’s new Register of Wills wants to fight fees that lock people out of homeownership

When Tracey Gordon’s grandmother fell ill, the elderly Philadelphia woman made a decision. She preemptively transferred the deed to her home to her son –– Gordon’s uncle — a move intended…

    • Members of the The National Youth Bike Council pose at the Please Touch Museum before a group ride through Fairmount Park. (Angela Gervasi for WHYY)

No wheelies: Philly bike crew rides with safety first mantra

Joshua Funches, 19, and his teenage friends love cruising Philly streets on their bicycles. But you won’t see them performing tricks and stunts in the middle of traffic like some of…

    • Thomas Sinnison, the owner of Nam Son Bakery, behind the counter of his South Philadelphia shop. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

New homes to replace one of South Philly’s pioneering Vietnamese shopping plazas

Nam Son Bakery is a cult landmark. Tucked into the Hoa Binh shopping plaza on 16th Street and Washington Avenue, the bakery is known for its delicious, cheap banh mi sandwiches…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez in City Council

Beverage industry spent big on Quiñones-Sánchez, but soda tax still seems secure

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney’s best funded opponent during his 2019 re-election bid wasn’t even running against him. The American Beverage Association spent $631,390 in independent expenditures on Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s hotly…

    • Children play at Disylvestro Playground in South Philadelphia. (Ariella Cohen/WHYY)

Philly has the nation’s 19th best park system, study finds

It’s a good week to be a Philadelphia park. One day after Mayor Jim Kenney rode to a second term propelled in part by his promise to improve the city’s public…

    • Greens grow at Five Loaves and Two Fishes community garden in Overbrook. (Angela Gervasi for WHYY)

More community gardens to bloom on city lots, Philly Land Bank czar says

When Victor Young saw a few abandoned lots in his West Philadelphia neighborhood, he knew he had found a perfect place to start a garden. Growing vegetables, he thought, could bring…

    • A pedestrian threads his way through snarled traffic at Broad and Chestnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

New traffic enforcement officers to hit Philly streets

Legendary rap duo Mobb Deep observed, “Ain’t no such thing as halfway crooks.” But what about halfway cops? Philadelphians who voted in Tuesday’s primary approved creating a new class of “public…

    • Jannie Blackwell, left, lost to Jamie Gauthier after six terms representing West Philly in City Council. (Emma Lee)

How Jamie Gauthier toppled a West Philly dynasty

Political newcomer Jamie Gauthier opened a new chapter for West Philadelphia on Tuesday with a commanding primary win over longtime Councilwoman Jannie L. Blackwell. Gauthier’s Election Day victory ends 45 years…

    • Lauren Vidas (left) ran as a challenger to incumbent Kenyatta Johnson (right)

In race spotlighting South Philly gentrification, Kenyatta Johnson wins

Call it the urbanist reality check. Urban planning policy generally doesn’t make the cut for election season banter. Candidates run on education, safety, crime, jobs — not development policy. This primary…

    • An aerial view of the I-76 ramp at 30th Street that will be closed until June 14. (Google/WHYY)

Everything you need to know about the I-76 detours in Center City

PennDOT will close off several lanes of the Schuylkill Expressway (I-76) and a busy on-ramp in Center City on Monday evening. Work will continue through June 14, PennDOT spokesman Brad Rudolph…

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City streets safer than suburban roads, study finds

New research from the University of Pennsylvania shows that denser cities and towns can save lives. The four-year long study compared Pennsylvania Department of Transportation records of all car accidents in…

    • Candidates hold yes signs signaling their agreement with a  proposal at a March candidates forum at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

How Philly’s City Council candidates say they’d deal with the housing crisis

Philadelphia voters in Tuesday’s primary election will help determine the future of City Council. And while many issues are beyond the control of local politicians — who can’t even raise the…

    • Voters line up outside the polls on Election Day  in 2016. (WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Living a block from the polls makes you 28% more likely to vote

Fewer than one in three Philadelphians voted in the last mayoral primary, and that was for an open seat. Even if we’re very lucky on Tuesday, turnout in the primary election…

    • Market-rate town homes are under construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue. Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell steered the lot to the project's developer. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Why Philly's councilmanic prerogative isn’t going away

Philadelphia’s 2019 municipal primary will be remembered for the sheer number of candidates running for spots on City Council. But it is also a political cycle in which broad themes like…

    • Workers from the city's street's department pave a street.

Want to know when the city is filling that pothole? There’s an app for that.

Peace out, potholes! It’s paving season! Philly kicked off the start of its annual campaign against its notoriously busted streets on Wednesday with the release of multiple online tools for tracking…

    • An abandoned shell sits next to redeveloped houses along 21st and Christian streets. | Photo: Neal Santos
Eyes on the Street

Homeownership rates are dropping in Philly. A little-known elected office plays a big role

Philadelphia has long been a city where the American dream of homeownership is open to rich and poor families. In fact, over a third of homeowners have annual incomes below $35,000.…

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