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    • A man carries a stroller up the stairs at the 8th and Chestnut exit from the Market Frankford line. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Family-friendly SEPTA Key to roll out - but not until 2020

Glenside resident Amanda Bergson-Shilcock likes to take her five nieces and nephews into Philadelphia on day trips. SEPTA tokens made it easy and inexpensive — the now-defunct currency got them in…

    • The sidewalks on Naima Miller's Point Breeze block are slanting, cracked and sinking. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Spring is sidewalk season in Philly but watch your step — those cracks aren’t getting fixed

Naima Miller remembers the exact crack on the sidewalk where she twisted her ankle four years ago. She was walking to the store when she tripped on the broken pavement in…

    • Riders wait on a SEPTA train platform for the Regional Rail to arrive. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

SEPTA Key usable on all of Regional Rail starting May 1

Regional rail commuters in all four zones can ditch their monthly and weekly paper passes for SEPTA Key as soon as May 1. The change means that commuters coming from more…

    • In this file photo, State Sen. Anthony Williams announces his Philadelphia mayoral bid. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Anthony Williams opposes congestion pricing, pitches shuttle buses to cut gridlock

Mayoral candidate State Sen. Anthony Williams says he would not consider congestion pricing as a fix for Philadelphia’s transportation woes if he were in charge. The practice, recently adopted by New…

    • Rev. Clarence Hester and Tinamarie Russell point to North Station District development site. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Neighbors want a role in building North Station District

Latonya Talford had questions for the New York investors behind an ambitious plan to transform her quiet North Philadelphia neighborhood into a highrise village that developers and local officials are calling…

    •  A view of the Philadelphia skyline from the 52nd Street station on the Market-Frankford elevated line in West Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Congestion pricing floated as fix for Pa. transit funding crisis

The news that New York will become the first U.S. city to impose a fee on vehicles entering Manhattan has put congestion pricing at the center of a statewide conversation about…

    • undreds of fans, friends and family mourn at a vigil for battle rapper Akhiym Mickens, known as Tech 9 at the Happy Hollow playground. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

Sudden death of famed Philadelphia Battle Rapper Tech 9 inspires call for Tech Day

Clusters of red and black balloons floated above Happy Hollow Playground in Germantown to honor fallen neighborhood hero Akhiym Mickens, also known as Tech 9. Tech 9 was a renowned battle…

    • Ricardo Wilson moved into his unit in the new Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia this week. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Sharswood residents return home after $28 million tower upgrade

Kenneth Miller shouted at the elevators on the 11th floor of the newly renovated Sharswood Tower in North Philadelphia. “Can we get the elevator?” he cried. “We live here!” The 67-year-old…

    • Only 32 people signed into SEPTA's annual open house. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Why SEPTA’s annual open house drew fewer riders than your morning train

SEPTA averages close to 700,000 riders daily but attendance at the transportation authority’s annual open houses on Tuesday could barely fill a train car. SEPTA advertises the public forums as an…

    • A screenshot of the beta version homepage of SEPTA's new Key website. (PlanPhilly.)

‘Hip’ new SEPTA Key site is one of many fixes in the works

I barely remember what I did to open an account and register my SEPTA Key card on the agency’s newborn beta site. The interface was intuitive, quick and simple — nothing…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council proposes 3 affordable housing fixes

City Council is moving forward with three pieces of legislation to address affordable housing and poverty in Philadelphia. The proposed bills would establish a low-income legal defense fund, “fair-chance” housing for…

    • Thousands of people travel between University City and Center City daily. | Emma Lee/WHYY

New breed of traffic cop could soon hit Philadelphia streets

If Philadelphia cops spent less time policing traffic, they could dedicate more energy to fighting the city’s soaring homicide rate. Or at least that’s the idea behind City Council President Darrell…

    • Student trainees receive hands-on experience in solar installation under the supervision of practitioners provided by Philadelphia-based company Solar States.

EcoWURD wants to connect black Philadelphians to green economy

A solar company that hires locally and reduces energy bills, a brewery that gives used grains to farmers, and a program that teaches young people about the environment in their own…

    • Midtown II diner (Google Street View)

High-rise hotel coming to the site of the former Midtown II diner in Center City

From greasy spoon to silver spoon. The site at 122 S.11th Street in Philadelphia once occupied by Midtown II Restaurant is set to become a 14-story, 86-room hotel with restaurants on…

    • Touch-screen payment registers made by Square are used in many cashless establishments.

Philly City Council votes to ban cashless stores

Philadelphia City Council approved a bill Thursday that would ban most city stores from going cashless. Businesses like Sweetgreen, a salad chain that only takes plastic, could face fines up to…

    • Emanuel Lutheran Church, more recently Phat Quang Buddhist Temple, on 4th Street in Queen Village. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Buddhist monks cash out with ‘secret’ sale of historic South Philly church

A 150-year-old Queen Village church turned Buddhist temple is on a path toward residential reincarnation. The pending metamorphosis is no shocker from a real estate perspective — sacred spaces across the…

    • The Norristown high speed rail line would run through King of Prussia under SEPTA's plan.

SEPTA awards design contract for King of Prussia rail project

SEPTA’s plan to extend rail service to King of Prussia took a step forward last week when the agency awarded a preliminary design contract to HNTB, an infrastructure solutions firm. The…

    • The Philadelphia Housing Authority's new headquarters is now open in the Sharswood section of North Philadelphia.

Philly Housing Authority officially opens new headquarters

Thanks to the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s new headquarters a few blocks away, Bella’s Restaurant and Grill in North Philadelphia has had a surge in business. “Once they opened, we just been…

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Congressman Boyle: Amtrak open to long-term plan for new split-flap sign at 30th Street Station

Passengers and history buffs worried about the fate of the iconic split-flap schedule board at Philadelphia’s 30th Street Station got a new reason to hope Monday. According to U.S. Rep. Brendan…

    • Ontario and C streets is rated a “3” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philly’s dirtiest blocks get surveillance cameras as city steps up fight against illegal dumping

Surveillance cameras are coming to Philadelphia neighborhoods as part of a plan to make illegal dumpers pay for their trashy behavior. The Streets Department has installed 15 cameras on North Philadelphia…

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