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    • The former Pepper Middle School, closed in 2013 because of flooding issues.

Eastwick feasibility study recommends tearing down brutalist icon Pepper Middle School, residents say

It wasn’t really unexpected. For more than a year, Eastwick residents have been listening to experts say that the former George Wharton Pepper Middle School, on 84th Street between Mario Lanza…

    • Kelly O'Day, who's become a

One man's solution to the Logan Triangle's illegal-dumping crisis

On a recent rainy Thursday, Kelly O’Day, a retired environmental engineer and Mount Airy resident, drove around the Logan Triangle looking for different kinds of trash. The Triangle, 35 vacant acres…

    • Mayor Kenney toured San Juan neighborhoods with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Mayor Kenney returns from Puerto Rico disappointed by the federal government’s work

On his first official visit to Puerto Rico, Mayor Jim Kenney was impressed by island residents’ resiliency and strength. “There's a confidence that they have, and a decency that they have,…

    • Solarize Philly

Philly introduces affordable route to rooftop solar

Going solar becomes less expensive every year. Through federal and local programs and financing, homeowners might pay for solar installation in eight to 10 years of monthly payments equal to or…

    • An astroturf field and track direct rainwater runoff toward a containment basin in the recently rebuilt Taggart School playground in South Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Designed for green play, a South Philly schoolyard wins recognition

“It was an empty lot; concrete,” said Irene McKallop. “There wasn’t anything there. It was nothing, it was all cement.” McKallop is not talking about a parking lot. She’s talking about…

    • Luis Angel Chaparro Crespo, 16, watches the trains go by from the window of his North Philadelphia apartment. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

For Maria evacuees, a stable address is the first step out of crisis

The Chaparro Crespo family have been through a lot in the past seven months. Hurricane Maria left their town of San Sebastian, located in Puerto Rico's northwest region, without power and…

    • Linton Rawls, 80, lives across the street from the empty lot where Temple wants to build a community center.

As some neighbors fight Temple's move into residential North Philly, others just want to know more

The change happens suddenly on the walk north along 13th Street towards Temple University,  Without much warning, you’ve landed in the middle of a dense, busy and somehow stressful environment. There’s…

    • A mussel gives birth in a Philadelphia lab. (Brad Larrison for WHYY)

With nation's first city-owned mussel hatchery, Philly employing bivalves in battle to improve water quality

Freshwater mussels function as nature’s water treatment plants. Each animal can filter up to 600 gallons of water per month. And when working together, they can dramatically clean the water of…

    • An energy-efficient building in the Navy Yard.

Coming soon to a building near you: an energy upgrade your wallet and the planet will like

Philadelphia's building code is set to receive an update expected to reduce energy bills and shrink the city's carbon footprint.  On Thursday, the  Council’s Licenses & Inspections committee gave the green…

    • Crisjoel Morales Monet, 17, and Judy Morales Monet, 16, are staying at the Holiday Inn Express in Center City with their mom and oldest brother Friday April 20th.

Even with jobs and plans for a future in Philly, some Puerto Rican evacuees face imminent homelessness

It’s been more than six months since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. Yet some of the 900 families who came to Philadelphia looking for refuge, are still facing homelessness. This weekend,…

    • A Philadelphia night cast in LED and traditional streetlamps

LED streetlights are coming to Philadelphia. Will they mess with our sleep?

Walk down a Philadelphia street at night and most likely, you will find the city lit in a warm yellow glow. The familiar cast comes from high-pressure sodium lights — the…

    • La Finquita farm stand, Summer 2014 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

City failing to deliver on community garden promises

Community gardening is a labor of love and patience. On scraps of reclaimed vacant land scattered across Philadelphia, people of all incomes and hues work hard during the growing season knowing…

    • Girls play in Philadelphia's Dilworth Park (Photo credit: Matt Stanley for Center City District)

A movement for women-led cities launches in Philly

Meegan Denenberg often finds herself the only woman in the room. The co-founder of Philly-based Little Giant Creative and partner in several urban development and design-related initiatives and companies, she has…

    • Philadelphians call for cleaner air on first day of Spring.

Philly parents rally for a smog-free spring

It's time to smell the flowers. Despite the snow on the ground, spring officially started on Tuesday and a group of Philly parents wants you and your family to be able…

    • Peggy Anastos is Vice Chair of the New Jersey Commission on Puerto Rico Relief. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Philly and Jersey offer lifeline to displaced Puerto Ricans

It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, destroying thousands of homes and sending more than 900 displaced families to Philadelphia. For many of those families, the past…

    • Dr. Hall measuring lead levels with a portable x-ray fluorescence machine that detects lead levels in solids.

New map shows lead's poisonous path

Lead-based paint poisons more Philadelphians than any other source of the toxic metal, according to Philadelphia Health Department. But kids and adults can also ingest the dangerous substance through dirt, dust…

    • They are joined by Carlos Torres (left), Muriel Rivera and her son, Yeriel, 6, (center left), and Melanie Garcia and her three children (Center right), who all face eviction.

A new group promises long-term support for Puerto Rican hurricane evacuees

Philadelphia disaster relief organizations have established a new committee designed to help the city support the more than 900 Puerto Rican families who landed here after losing their homes, schools, and…

    • Kensington Avenue and F streets is rated a “4” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Armed with data on Philly's litter problem, Mayor prepares for slow political battle over street cleaning

Mayor Jim Kenney remains committed to a street-sweeping program, but don’t expect to see any cleaners on your block anytime soon. The city declined on Thursday to comment on a specific…

    • Puerto Rico Governor

Governor of Puerto Rico promises housing assistance for Philadelphia's Maria evacuees

During a visit to Philadelphia on Friday, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló said he’s committed to declaring Pennsylvania a host state, which will provide local governments with federal funding for housing…

    • They are joined by Carlos Torres (left), Muriel Rivera and her son, Yeriel, 6, (center left), and Melanie Garcia and her three children (Center right), who all face eviction.

Puerto Rico's Governor to meet with city leaders on Friday, igniting hope of aid for Philly's Maria evacuees

The Governor of Puerto Rico Ricardo Rossello is coming to Philadelphia on Friday and will be meeting with local Latino leaders and clergy. They'll be asking him to help release federal…

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