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    • A car parked in a crosswalk. (Jon Geeting/PlanPhilly)

Illegal parkers beware: Philadelphia wants you out of the crosswalk and off the sidewalk

For Bruce McElrath, a car parked in a crosswalk is a major inconvenience at the very least. At worst, it can turn the simple act of crossing the street in a…

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

Strollers pose safety problems for Philly families riding SEPTA

When a mother fell down the stairs and died in the New York subway two weeks ago, parents in Philadelphia reacted with a combination of horror and recognition. Malaysia Goodson’s fall…

    •  UPS has rolled out e-cargo tricycles in Pittsburgh and Seattle. Another city will be announced within the next few months.

UPS is trading trucks for tricycles in some cities. Cargo trikes could roll in Philly too, officials say.

When UPS announced it would start using a battery-powered cargo tricycle to make some of its downtown deliveries, the mayor greeted the plan with open arms. The delivery giant had already…

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Drexel grads pitch Amtrak on new sign: Vintage-style romance with efficiency of new technology

As Philadelphia mourns the pending loss of Amtrak’s beloved clackety departure board at 30th Street Station, one local business has stepped into the fray with a bold proposition. “We would love…

    •  A new Federal Donuts recently opened on South Street at Sixth Street. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is South Street's retail apocalypse coming to an end?

On a famously eclectic, and lately, unlucky, strip of South Street, a turnaround appears to be in the making. Among the signs of revival on South Street are a gleaming Federal…

    • Najaye Davis cleans signs after they are cut by a laser cutter. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

As Baltimore Avenue changes, new signs honor ‘current history’

Brian Cirksey spent some time walking along Baltimore Avenue earlier this year, talking to people he encountered, and doing some soul searching about what made the popular Cedar Park thoroughfare a…

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Riding the (firing) range: Gunfire keeps new Delaware River trail closed

Mountain biker Stan Needle is a devotee of the Pennypack bike trail. He starts his rides on a rail-to-trail route near his home in Bryn Athyn, enters Pennypack Park,…

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Judge could force SEPTA to end ban on political ads

A federal judge may force SEPTA to scale back its effort to keep politically charged advertisements off its bus shelters and vehicles when he issues a decision in a free speech…

    • A  2007 photo of a vacant lot at 900 Callowhill Street.

Trump's development tax break presents 'unusual' opportunity for Philly, Drexel fellow says

A 35,000-square-foot lot at 900 Callowhill Street has been sitting vacant for over a year, hosting little more than a patch of weeds as the neighbors wait for hard hats to…

    • A 2006 photo of former Philadelphia Mayor John F. Street.

Former Mayor John Street criticizes Kenney's record on preservation; backs new PAC

Former mayor John F. Street has joined the ranks of preservationists who say Mayor Jim Kenney's administration and City Council have failed to make historic preservation a priority in the face…

    • Skaters from FDR Skatepark set up a sign and

Skaters fill potholes left unfixed by city crews

The do-it-yourself or DIY attitude is essential to skateboarding. Few places demonstrate that truth more clearly than FDR Skatepark, a 16,000-square-foot stunt playground that local boarders have painstakingly built up…

    • Lovett Memorial Library, in Mt Airy on Oct 1, 2018.

In neighborhoods and online, library loyalists organize to reverse cuts

For Erica Root and her 7-year-old son Aiden, visiting the Andorra branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia used to be a highlight of their week. He took a bookbinding mini-class…

    • The remade Cherry Street Pier will open on Oct. 12.

Inside Cherry Street Pier's $5 million remake

With less than a month and a half left until the scheduled opening of the renovated Cherry Street Pier on Oct. 12, the 99-year-old structure on Philadelphia's Delaware River waterfront is…

    • Tony Guido explains features of a composting vessel he helped build for  a Philadelphia Food Policy Advisory Council design competition.

To vanquish food waste, a competition aims to design and compost

To the uninitiated, it sounds simple enough: Design a cheap, urban-friendly composting device that works at a neighborhood scale — something bigger than a backyard composting bin, but smaller than a commercial system…

    • Kelli McIntyre and Andy Trackman check out walking conditions along Germantown Avenue during a FeetFirstPhilly walk audit.

What a walk along Germantown Avenue reveals: Tough going for pedestrians

Kelli McIntyre stood in light rain on Germantown Avenue, holding a clipboard and watching as car after car ignored a “Do Not Enter” sign and turned up a small street called Ashmead Place. “Somebody just went the…

    • Gregorio Pac Cojulun (left), and Dan Schupsky, an outreach specialist, stroll along one of the new sidewalks.

Rain, rain flows away, no longer puddles at Malcolm X Park

As happens on many blocks around the city, heavy rains used to turn the southeast corner of Malcolm X Memorial Park in West Philadelphia into a deep puddle. Water flowed down…

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After months of wrangling, a boost in city water rates will take effect in September

Many months of complicated labor lie ahead for the Philadelphia Water Department as it repairs the major water-main break that flooded Center City earlier this month, but at least the department…

    • James Wilson Park, at Second and Market streets, alongside Christ Church

Brainstorming how to make an Old City park as welcoming as its surroundings

The corner of Second and Market streets in Old City is laden with history. As Philadelphia’s original civic center, the neighboring block was the site of the city’s first town hall…

    • A pedestrian and a bicyclist pass on the sidewalk at 18th and Market streets | Meir Rinde

Sidewalk cycling: Illegal, unsafe, and one argument for more bike lanes

During the cool, early hours when Annie Heckenberger likes to go running, the sidewalks and streets around her home in Chinatown are usually quiet and uncongested. But one morning last summer, as she reached the corner of 12th and Race streets, she suddenly found herself face to face with a speeding bicyclist. …

    • philadelphia masjid 's underutilized 1.5-acre site on Wyalusing Avenue, formerly a Catholic school complex.

Three historic religious sites embark on a road to preservation and future service

Forty years ago, Zion Baptist Church was nationally renowned for the community services it provided from its main building on North Broad Street and an educational annex across the road. Under its energetic leader, Rev. Leon Sullivan, the church ran a homeless…

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