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    • Cherry Street Pier garden rendering. (Groundswell Design Group)

On the Delaware River waterfront, summer starts Friday

Scientists say summer doesn’t technically start until late June, but in Philadelphia, if you take a walk along the waterfront, it starts this weekend. For the first time since the Delaware…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City budget hearings come to end with no consensus on who deserves a tax break

City Councilmembers raised difficult questions about tax breaks for developers at a time when costs are rising for residents at a Department of Revenue hearing on Tuesday, the last in a…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church is slated for demolition. Developer Ori Feibush plans to build townhouses on the lot.

Neighbors oppose plan to replace Christian Street Baptist Church with $800k townhouses

Residents of Bella Vista love the narrow little side streets that wind through the neighborhood, offering shelter from the buzz of heavy automobile traffic and providing community space for the cozy…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Domb: City must step up collections on out-of-town tax delinquents

Before we ask Philadelphia residents to pay more in taxes and fees, let's collect from delinquent property owners who are shirking their bills from out of town, argued Councilman Allan Domb…

    • 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…

    • A skyline photo of Center City taken from West Philadelphia.

Philly's 'unpredictable' property tax assessments threatening new development, biz groups say

It’s no secret that successive rounds of property tax reassessments in Philadelphia are giving homeowners agita. But unpredictable reassessments may also be quietly eroding the viability of future development projects.…

    • Philadelphia Commissioner of Licenses and Inspections Dave Perri. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Dave Perri's controversial solution to Philly's housing crisis

Licenses and Inspections Commissioner Dave Perri wants to radically rewrite Philadelphia’s zoning code to make room for smaller, more inexpensive housing units. Specifically, he wants to allow more rooming or boarding…

    • The 150 bus is SEPTA's least used bus route.

SEPTA considering an end to transfer fees as part of bus system overhaul

Your standard SEPTA bus comfortably seats 40 passengers, with standing room for many more. The typical 150 bus carries less than four. The direct line between the Plymouth Meeting Mall and…

    • Lipkin's Bakery has been on Castor Avenue in Northeast Philly since 1975. Credit: Lipkin's Bakery.

Northeast Philly kosher bakery returns to its roots in South Philly

“If you see knishes anywhere in Philadelphia, they’re made by us.” After more than four decades in Northeast Philly, the beloved Lipkin's Bakery returns to its original stomping grounds in South…

    • The City announced this week that it will enforce its previously lax 'no trespassing' policy at Graffiti Pier. Credit: Streets Dept/Conrad Benner
Eyes on the Street

From LOVE Park to Graffiti Pier, we are losing the iconic public spaces that make us Philly

Public spaces are the glue that keeps a city connected. It's the streets, squares, and parks that work to bring us together and build community. Good public spaces make living in…

    • Crowds stream toward Citizens Bank Park.

Phillies bringing new anti-terror architecture to Citizens Bank Park

The Phillies are going on the defensive. At least when it comes to the architecture of its South Philadelphia ballpark. By this time next year, a hedge of waist-high metal pillars…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney announces the 2018 Philly Free Streets route — North Broad Street from City Hall up to Erie Avenue. (City of Philadelphia)

Philly Free Streets offers opportunity to explore traffic-free North Broad

During last year’s Philly Free Streets event, Mayor Jim Kenney said, there wasn’t much elbow room on Fifth Street’s narrow corridor. This year, he thought a bit more broadly. The next…

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A neighborhood walk that's healthy for you — and the city, too.

"Walking Philadelphia like this is an act of civic empathy and public power." Ashley Hahn, in an op-ed for the Philadelphia Inquirer, shared how walking with fellow passionate Philadelphians can be…

    • Garbage is piled in front of an apartment complex in Lower Germantown. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

City seizing blighted Germantown complex owned by nightmare landlord

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority is one step closer to seizing – and potentially redeveloping – a few dozen blighted properties once controlled by a powerful, now-defunct social service and housing nonprofit…

    • Shani Akilah and Abdul-Aliy Muhammad with the Black and Brown Workers Cooperative at Rittenhouse Square Park. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

After Philly Starbucks arrest, what does it mean to be black in a ‘white space’?

Abdul-Aliy Muhammad grabs a seat on a low-slung wall inside Rittenhouse Square. It's a bit chilly but there are still plenty of people sitting on benches. Having a snack. Reading a…

    • 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 rendering of The Laurel, under development at 1911 Walnut St. (courtesy of Southern Land Company)

Design approved for Rittenhouse Square's final tower

After three years of planning, Philly’s official design critics have given a go to the 48-story tower slated to fill the last vacant spot overlooking Rittenhouse Square. The Southern Land Company,…

    • Bus on Bus Stop Pad at 7th and Chestnut/Jim Saksa, PlanPhilly

ACLU sues SEPTA, claiming ad policy violates First Amendment

If you ride SEPTA, you’ve seen a few ads. A bus wrapped in a Pat’s advertisement is like billboard on wheels for greasy, 3 a.m. cheesesteak glory. Posters on the subway…

    • 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…

    • Inquirer Building, North Broad Street

Bill requiring independent appraisals on city real estate deals likely to become Philadelphia law

It's pretty standard to get an independent appraisal of a piece of property before you buy it. Most of us wouldn't consider buying a house without seeing one — and on…

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