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    • Rebuilding Sharswood: PHA employees work around the new housing development in Philadelphia’s Sharswood neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Trump's budget would cut $90 million from Philadelphia Housing Authority

Trump’s proposed cuts to the HUD budget would mean a $90 million blow to the Philadelphia Housing Authority, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. Philadelphia Housing Authority spokeswoman Nichole Tillman…

    • People walking in the shadow of Amazon’s headquarters in Seattle. (Megan Farmer/KUOW)

Can Philly afford the subsidies Amazon wants?

Mayor Jim Kenney won't release the juiciest details of the city's bid to land Amazon's second headquarters, but it's safe to say that Philadelphia is likely offering subsidies plum enough to…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

How many Philadelphia homes can $8.8 million fix?

Fresh on the heels of an investigation that found steep disparities in local mortgage lending between white borrowers and borrowers of color, the Urban Affairs Coalition has published a report touting…

    • New Market West, West Philadelphia

$50 million mixed-use development breaks ground on a blighted West Philly lot

Affordable housing nonprofit Mission First Housing Group and community-oriented services organization Horizon House broke ground on a four-story community services and retail complex at 59th and Market streets on Friday, the…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson to introduce bill for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market

Councilman Kenyatta Johnson plans to introduce legislation next Thursday calling for a hearing on racial disparities in the Philadelphia home loan market, according to a statement released by the councilman’s office…

    • “Barbering is not just cutting hair,” South Street Barbers' Mike Jordan says. “You got counseling, advising, you get friendships.

Segregation's modern manifestations, from health to housing

“In the wake of the Great Migration, [racial violence occurring in cities] seemed to prove that the only way to really make sure that communities could be stable was if, in…

    • Preliminary sketch of the proposed Temple on-campus football stadium. Credit: Temple University.

Other cities have built stadiums with programs to benefit neighbors. Will Temple follow their lead?

Temple’s stadium doesn’t have to be an exploitative entity in an underserved community; it has the opportunity to work with neighbors to smartly manage growth, writes Ken Shropshire, CEO of Global…

    • Some $29.7 million worth of unspent beverage tax funds collected in 2017 is being “reserved” for future pre-K seats. Credit: Matt Rourke/AP

City & State PA: City Hall is sitting on nearly $30 million of dollars in deferred soda tax dollars. Why?

City Hall is using the pending lawsuit over the city’s soda tax “as an excuse to sock money away for a future budget shortfall,” argues the American Beverage Association. In response…

    • The restored LOVE statue makes its way back to LOVE Park.

A Philadelphia icon returns

Philadelphia’s LOVE statue made its triumphant return home to LOVE Park on Tuesday, just in time for the Valentine’s Day selfies. The iconic 1976 Robert Indiana sculpture traveled from the Art…

    • Philadelphia Police officer shrouded in Eagles glitter. Credit: Kim Jordan

"No one likes us! No one likes us! WE DON'T CARE!"

“HUNGRY DOGS RUN FASTER.” So boomed Eagles center Jason Kelce, donned from head to toe in sequined glory at Thursday’s triumphant championship parade. "No one wanted us, no one liked this…

    • Teddy Munz made a bet on the Eagles' Super Bowl win. His prize: a Nick Foles tattoo paid for by his buddies.

Eagles Super Bowl Parade Day is here and here's what you need to know — and a little extra

Ohmahgawddddd today is Super Bowl Parade Day!! Here’s what you need to know: For updates all day long on transportation and logistics, parade happenings, and the scene around Eagledelphia as the…

    • The NTSB Go Team arrives on the scene of the Amtrak Train #188 Derailment in Philadelphia, PA.  // NTSB

Criminal charges reinstated for Amtrak engineer indicted in deadly Philly train crash

Amtrak engineer Brandon Bostian has been ordered to stand trial on involuntary manslaughter and reckless endangerment charges for the deadly 2015 derailment in Philadelphia, the AP reports. Judge Kathryn S. Lewis…

    • Developer MMPartners buys the former Red Bell Brewery in Brewerytown. Credit: Colliers International Philadelphia

Developer behind West Girard revival expands its Brewerytown footprint

Brewerytown's MMPartners has purchased the former Red Bell Brewery for a tasty $4.12 million, Curbed Philly reports. The West Girard Avenue-headquartered developer plans to convert the long-vacant factory into apartments with…

    • Eagles fan sporting Foles jersey celebrates Philly-style: climbing triumphantly up a light pole on Broad and Walnut. Credit: Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Philly wins on the field and in the streets

It’s official. Boston public media station WBUR has conceded to WHYY after two weeks of smack talk. Because...Eagles won! Philadelphians took to the streets and poles to celebrate the city’s first…

    • Outbound PATCO | Rob Lybeck, EOTS Flickr Group

Patco’s morning-after mea culpa is good juju on Super Bowl Friday

PATCO wants to kiss and make up. The regional transit operator is offering free rides during Friday morning rush hour between 6 and 9 in hopes of winning back commuter love…

    • Digsau's proposed design for Piers 34, 35 along the Delaware. Credit: Digsau

Opening the Delaware waterfront to the city

Two proposed developments along the Delaware invite pedestrians and play, promising (finally) a living, breathing urban space on river, Inga Saffron writes. At Piers 34-35, across from the I-95 exit, Digsau…

    • Navy Yard

The Navy Yard unveils new addition to Philly's first energy "microgrid"

The Navy Yard can now power itself with a new $11 million natural gas-fired peaker plant designed to keep the growing commercial district lit and live even in emergencies, Hidden City…

    • 4125 chestnut street

Construction continues on apartments planned atop oldest African American graveyard in West Philadelphia

There are no plans to halt construction on an apartment building under development in University City, despite the discovery of a 192-year-old African American cemetery on the site. Vaughan Buckley, the builder…

    • Metropolitan Opera House | rendering by AOS Architects

Showtime is approaching at North Broad's old opera house

Developer Eric Blumenfeld is moving briskly on his much-anticipated redevelopment of North Broad Street's long-derelict Metropolitan Opera House. The remake of the 1908 concert hall is one-third complete and the developer…

    • King of Prussia rail link

SEPTA approves route for KOP to Center City rail line

SEPTA has approved the final route of a proposed high speed rail line connecting King of Prussia to Center City. In a press release issued Thursday, SEPTA Board Chairman Pasquale T.…

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