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Philly hospitality industry doesn’t want Jay-Z’s MIA to go MIA

Mayors get criticized all the time, but it’s not every day the critic is a billionaire rap mogul. In an op-ed for the Inquirer and Daily News, rapper Jay-Z…

    • 2018 06 18 philadelphia powelton drexel gentrification 5 1

As Drexel transforms University City, communities nearby prepare for gentrification

When Schuylkill Yards was first announced – Brandywine Realty Trust’s proposal to turn 14 acres of largely empty, Drexel University-owned land between the college and 30th Street Station into 7 million…

    • City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart announces an audit of the PPA as Pa. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale looks on

City Controller takes aim at Parking Authority's spending

Nobody really likes to get a parking ticket. And no one really likes to get audited. Now, both these things nobody really likes are coming together, as City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart…

    • Traffic safety advocates form a

Near a Center City Wawa, humans protect a bike lane, to make a larger point

A line, 25 deep, stretched out in front of the Wawa on the corner of 22nd and South streets Tuesday morning. It wasn’t the scent of freshly made, hot Sizzlis that…

    • The intersection of 10th and Walnut streets Tuesday, after the water main broke. (Trenae Nuri/WHYY)

Damages from water-main break expected to exceed $500,000 liability limit

Since a massive water-main break flooded the streets of Midtown Village Tuesday morning, Kate Moroney Miller has had one really bad Time. Time is the name of one of the Sansom…

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A renewed push to give Taney Street a different name

A petition to rename Taney Street has gotten a boost, with its backers touting the mayor’s support of the effort in a renewed push. George Basile, a Temple University senior, launched…

    •  Dockless bike-share provider ofo, now operating in Camden, says it would apply to operate in Philadelphia once the licensing regime is in place.

With new licensing scheme in place, Philly could have dockless bike share, e-scooters by next year

A bill to regulate and license dockless bike share, electric scooters, and pedal-assist bicycles passed City Council last week, meaning Indego will soon have to share the road with competitors after…

    • Indego Bike Share Station at Race Street Pier/Emma Lee, WHYY

Indego bike share to expand to Navy Yard and the stadiums

Philadelphia’s bike-share program, Indego, will expand in South Philly this summer with the addition of eight new stations, including three in the Navy Yard and two located next to the Broad…

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Overhauling its bus network may be on SEPTA’s schedule soon

Buses are the sick man of SEPTA’s transit options. Though overall ridership has remained relatively flat, bus trips have fallen 33 million, or 17 percent, over the last five years. Now,…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

As Philadelphia considers scrapping tax abatement, new report provides debate fodder for both sides

As City Hall debates how best to find more money for Philadelphia’s schools, a new report from the real estate firm Houwzer aims to dissuade politicians from cutting the 10-year property-tax…

    • Rendering of DRWC's proposed bike trail in front of the Residences at Dockside

Proposed new Delaware Avenue bike trail wins some early fans

The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation’s proposal to build a new bicycle trail along Delaware Avenue from Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street was met with general assent from the small crowd…

    • Gov. Tom Wolf and PennDOT Secretary Leslie Richards announce Schuylkill Expressway initiative.

PennDOT, Wolf announce a series of small tweaks to I-76 aimed at easing traffic

As Gov. Tom Wolf announced a multiyear, $8.6 million initiative to ease traffic on the notoriously gridlocked Schuylkill Expressway, he intimated a familiarity with the frustrations faced by area commuters. “It…

    • Philadelphia Unemployment Project board members and supporters rally in the mayor's reception room for more reverse commuter vanpool funds

PUP begs for a scrap of funding for its vanpool program for reverse commuters

The Philadelphia Unemployment Project rallied for support at City Hall Wednesday morning, hoping to pressure City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney to fund its small vanpooling program for reverse-commuting Philadelphians who…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

    • Residents offered input at a meeting.

Transforming Washington Ave. from a divider to a connector

Navigating parts of Washington Avenue can feel so daunting and dangerous, a pedestrian might envy the street’s namesake, who only had to cross a frozen river on his way to Trenton.…

    • The ride began on the Art Museum steps. (Bastiaan Slabbers/for WHYY)

11 cyclists are dead and the city has done nothing, mourners say at silent ride

“This is really part of my healing process,” explains Lou Savastani as he leans against his road bike at the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. “Two years ago, I…

    • Screen shot of video showing what appears to be an intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia Police investigating Twitter video showing an apparently intentional hit-and-run of a cyclist

Philadelphia police are actively investigating a video posted on Twitter that appears to show a driver purposefully hitting a cyclist and then driving off. The video was posted by Twitter user…

    • Owner JP Teti stands behind the basement bar at Passyunk Avenue, a Philly-themed dive bar in London

A new Philly-themed bar is drawing crowds in London

On a recent Saturday, the Sixers were on TV, and the bar was packed as middle school teacher Melanie Manuel asked to get the remaining half of her cheesesteak wrapped up…

    • The 150 bus is SEPTA's least used bus route.

SEPTA considering an end to transfer fees as part of bus system overhaul

Your standard SEPTA bus comfortably seats 40 passengers, with standing room for many more. The typical 150 bus carries less than four. The direct line between the Plymouth Meeting Mall and…

    • Bus on Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut/Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

ACLU sues SEPTA, claiming ad policy violates First Amendment

If you ride SEPTA, you’ve seen a few ads. A bus wrapped in a Pat’s advertisement is like billboard on wheels for greasy, 3 a.m. cheesesteak glory. Posters on the subway…

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