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    • Illegal dumpers throw construction debris on a Philadelphia street in a video screen capture from a video released by the City of Philadelphia.

Philly says hidden cameras, higher fines help catch more illegal dumpers

Kelly O’Day is a retired wastewater engineer who tracks illegal dumping in Phildelphia in his spare time. There is no shortage of abandoned matresses, old tires and plastic junk for the…

    • Philadelphia's street sweeping pilot program has started, but some sweepers are unable to go down narrow streets. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$2.73 million later, Philly realizes street sweepers are too wide for city’s narrow blocks

Philly’s street sweeping experiment has hit a sizable snag — a nine-foot-wide snag, to be exact. The 10 new street sweepers purchased for the pilot program at a cost of $2.73…

    • 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…

    • William Bess, 19, (center) with his mother and father on their porch in East Mt. Airy. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Temple U cops sued over alleged racial profiling incident

A black Philadelphia college student has filed a federal civil rights complaint against the Temple University Police Department over an alleged May 2017 stop-and-frisk incident. In the filing, plaintiff William Bess…

    • Anastasi Seafood in the Italian Market. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Protecting the Italian Market’s walkability is the goal of new City Council bill

Councilman Mark Squilla is stepping into a fight over a driveway that opponents say threatens the pedestrian nature of the Italian Market. The driveway in question would interrupt 9th Street south…

    • Jane's Walk participants enjoy a guided exploration of Lancaster Avenue during a 2017 walk.

This is your weekend to discover hidden black history, ‘peak songbirds’ and a middle school once associated with utopia

Urbanist darling Jane Jacob’s legacy continues as curious city lovers around the world prepare to take to the sidewalks for Jane’s Walk this weekend to honor the bespectacled activist who died…

    • 20170713 elee philadelphia city hall dilworth park fountain hot day

A park that makes money? Dilworth generated $2.5 million in 2018

When construction began last month on a second Starbucks-branded cafe in Dilworth Park outside City Hall, some Philadelphians started asking why businesses and ads were in the city-owned plaza at all.…

    • 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…

    • Birds circle Mount Moriah Cemetery's historic gatehouse. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Mount Moriah cemetery could become nature sanctuary

On the edge of Philadelphia, Mount Moriah cemetery sprawls over 380 acres, spreading into Delaware County and sheltering 80,000 thousand graves. But when Paulette Rhone goes there to visit her husband’s…

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