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    • Protestors gathered at the oil refinery in South Philadelphia.
Eyes on the Street

From Catastrophe to Closure: A vision beyond fossil fuels

As the fireball raged over South Philadelphia last week, over one million residents in our region faced potentially life-threatening circumstances. We all held our collective breath until we learned that the…

    • Rebecca Rhynhart (center), is sworn in as Philadelphia city controller. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly Controller: City has worst accounting controls of 10 largest U.S. cities

Sloppy accounting practices inside Philadelphia’s City Hall made headlines last year after officials lost track of $33 million dollars in taxpayer funds. The money was (mostly) recovered, but a new audit…

    • Nurses in the operating room at Hahnemann Hospital. (Elana Gordon/WHYY)

How Philly's economy will treat refinery, hospital workers facing layoffs

Eileen McAvoy started working at Hahnemann University Hospital in 1986. For nearly 33 years, she’s cared for newborns in the neonatal intensive care unit. “I thought I had the best job…

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New study finds elevated risk of pollution exposure in some of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods

Some of Philadelphia’s most desirable neighborhoods come with a risk of increased exposure to auto-related air pollution, according to a new study from the Union of Concerned Scientists.  The group which…

    • A view of Philadelphia Energy Solutions on June 21. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Bob Brady: Philly refinery 'almost too big to fail'

Philadelphia is buzzing with news that Philadelphia Energy Solutions plans to close its sprawling refinery.   After years of close calls and passionate calls from activists eager to see the gas-making facility…

    • Philadelphia City Council member Maria Quiñones-Sánchez. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philadelphia’s controversial new affordable housing policy might actually be working

The compromise that helped end City Council’s two-year-long fight over how to finance affordable housing is beginning to bear fruit. Nine months after Councilwoman Maria Quiñones-Sánchez won support for an expansion…

    • Caution tape surrounds an area at the Chester Hall apartments where a third floor balcony collapsed, critically injuring two men.

Two men critically injured in West Philly balcony collapse

Two men were critically injured Tuesday in the collapse of a third-floor fire escape landing in West Philadelphia, police said. It wasn’t immediately known why the men were on the landing…

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

Report: Congestion costs Philly $152 million a year

Philadelphia drivers have a reputation for road rage and SEPTA  just gave them a new reason to be ticked off.  A new study commissioned by the transit agency found local households…

    • Herbert Campbell at Smith Playground.

Should I stay? In wake of refinery explosion, neighbors reconsider living so close to a hazard

Every Sunday afternoon in the summer, Stinger Square at 32nd and Dickinson streets hosts Oldies in the Park. A DJ sets up a booth next to benches and a children’s playground.…

    • Emergency responders work to contain the blaze at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Friday June, 21.

South Philly refinery fire extinguished; city continues to monitor air quality

A massive explosion that rocked the Philadelphia Energy Solutions oil refinery in South Philadelphia early Friday morning has been extinguished, city officials confirmed on Sunday. Fires raged throughout Friday morning at…

    • A fire burns at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery hours after a series of early morning explosions at the 150-year-old industrial complex at 3100 W. Passyunk Ave. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City will convene refinery safety working group after massive South Philly refinery fire

Mayor Jim Kenney has convened a working group to examine safety and air quality protocols at the South Philadelphia refinery rocked by a massive explosion on Friday. It was the second…

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'She Had A Special Energy': North Philly Teen Inspires 6-Story Mural by Michellle Obama's portrait artist

Najee Spencer-Young is one of the few who can call Michelle Obama a peer. The aspiring hairdresser from North Philadelphia and the former first lady share a rare status. Both have…

    • A vacant lot maintained by PHS through the Vacant Lot Stabilization program located on 6th and Berks.

City Council President wants to increase transparency of city land sales

A new bill introduced at City Council’s final session before summer recess aims to increase the transparency and efficiency of Philadelphia’s politicized process for selling vacant city land. The bill would…

    • A woman walks with a plastic bag in this file photo

Fourth time’s a charm? Plastic bag ban introduced in City Council, and this time it might actually pass

For the fourth time in 12 years, a member of Philadelphia City Council has introduced plastic-bag legislation. This time, it might actually pass. The bill introduced Thursday by Councilman Mark Squilla…

    • Verve S CEO Kevin Thompson and COO Naim Statham pose with their scooters at Statham's restaurant. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Philly natives enter the e-scooter wars with $100k homegrown startup, Verve S

Six pallets stacked with long, flat boxes containing the battery-powered two-wheelers sit along the perimeter of the not-yet-open Feltonville eatery. Statham, 36, and his business partner and friend Kevin Thompson, also…

    • Crews battled a fire at the Philadelphia Energy Solutions refinery on Monday night (NBC10)
Eyes on the Street

Philadelphians deserve a voice in debate over future of local refineries

The thick cloud of black smoke billowing from the fire at Philadelphia Energy Solutions (PES) Refinery Complex was a sight throughout much of Philadelphia on June 10.  Fans at the Phillies…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney signs speed camea bill flanked by advocates from AARPPA and other groups. (AARPPA / Yocasta Lora)

City: Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras to be live by end of year

Speed cameras will be watching over Roosevelt Boulevard by the end of 2019, city officials said Wednesday. The cameras are coming to a 12-mile stretch of Roosevelt between 9th Street and…

    • Bikes from three different dockless bike providers share a seattle street photo credit joe mabel original

Philadelphia to see dockless bike rentals as soon as this fall

While the future of e-scooters in Philadelphia hangs in the balance, the city is moving forward with a pilot program for dockless bike sharing with proposed regulations. Barring any requested…

    • Darrell Clarke | Newsworks photo

Force big developers to offer community benefits? Philly’s Council President wants to make it law

Council President Darrell Clarke wants to mandate community benefits agreements between real estate developers and neighborhood groups. A handful of community organizations in Philadelphia secure these kind of contracts already, negotiating…

    • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is shown in City Council chambers. (Nathaniel Hamilton for WHYY, file)

City Council punts on bill to mandate lead inspections in all pre-1978 rental homes

A bill that would require all rental units built before 1978 to be free of lead hazards is still stuck in Philadelphia’s City Council after it’s sponsor suddenly decided to pull…

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