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    • 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…

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

Philly refinery fire under investigation; pollution impact unclear

Philadelphia Energy Solutions said a fire that broke out Monday night at the refinery caused no injuries and did not affect neighboring residents, though some contest the latter claim. The fire…

    • City Council member  Blondell Reynolds Brown advocates for her bill requiring universal lead checks for rental units at a June 6, 2019 press conference. (David Kim)

Why Philly landlords are fighting Blondell Reynolds Brown over lead

Claire Wilson’s family drama started with a curious infant. The Wilsons were delighted to watch their only child, Jude, grow — slowly and simultaneously so fast — as babies do. One…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • Randy Hayman will take over as Philadelphia's water commissioner in June. (City of Philadelphia)

Philly’s next water commissioner wants to keep your H20 clean, green and affordable

Philadelphia’s next water commissioner Randy E. Hayman will enter city hall with four lofty goals on his to-do list, Mayor Jim Kenney’s incoming appointee said in an email to PlanPhilly. The…

    • Rowing crews compete in the first day of the Dad Vail Regatta in 2014 (Brad Larrison/for WHYY)

Dredging funds raised to keep boat racing afloat on the Schuylkill

Philadelphians will be able to continue enjoying the long tradition of rowing on the Schuylkill River. That heritage is no longer in peril now that $4.5 million has been found to…

    •  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…

    • 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…

    • Students from Southwest Leadership Academy are escorted home through a maze of debris from nearby auto shops. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Southwest Philly battles life in an auto zone

Amanda Dobbs’ brick house wasn’t always surrounded by piles of junked cars. The Southwest Philadelphia home, which shares a fence with two auto repair shops, is where she grew up. The…

    • Terry Williams standing in one of Eastwick's polluted, urban renewal tracts.  (Credit:Troubled Waters project)

Philadelphia seeks to heal old Eastwick wound with a ‘village in the city’

More than 60 years after a failed urban renewal project in Eastwick displaced 8,636 people for development that never happened, city officials have released final recommendations to turn the resulting vacant…

    • A fire broke out at a Fairhill auto-body shop on Monday.

North Philly auto body shop engulfed by fire racked up safety violations prior to blaze

A North Philadelphia auto body shop that exploded into flames on Monday operated for years without proper permits or safety measures in place, according to city records. At least 14 fire…

    • 2019 02 27 e lee philadelphia city council natural gas expansion bill

PGW wins key city approval for Southwest Philly LNG venture

Philadelphia Gas Works’  plan for a liquefied natural gas production facility won a key approval this week, moving the $60 million Passyunk Energy Center closer to groundbreaking. The proposal now needs only…

    • 2019 02 12 kpaynter new sunrise movement 2

Philly students call for Green New Deal citing spike in 'heat days'

Abigail Leedy is a senior at Central High School in Philadelphia. For the last few weeks, she and other climate justice activists have been visiting congressional offices in the city, asking…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

With no cash for trash, city mulls partnerships with private groups

Fewer public trash cans result in more litter on streets and in parks. That was the conclusion of a nine-month study done by city officials working with researchers from the University…

    • Nic Esposito as Ric Resposito in the city's new video,

City fights filthy streets with viral video

Nic Esposito, head of Mayor Jim Kenney’s  Zero Waste and Litter cabinet, isn't shy about the amount of work it will take to de-trashify Philadelphia's notoriously filthy streets. “This is a…

    • lydia adorno and her children brian and diane at their new apartment in north philadelphia original 2

One year after Hurricane Maria, Philly a model for recovery

On Monday night, Lydia Adorno was cooking pasta with her two adult kids in their two-story Philadelphia row house. Unpacked boxes and suitcases laid on the floor and new mattresses stand…

    • City officials hope Philly will be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. Rooftop solar panels, pictured here, will help the city reach its goal.

Philadelphia signs new climate action agenda

Philadelphia sustainability czar Christine Knapp flew to San Francisco on Wednesday to reenlist the city in the international war on climate change. Philly will join other cities from around the world…

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