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    • 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…

    • New houses abut old in Northern Liberties, one of the city’s fastest gentrifying areas.

City officials: Philly to add 100,000 homes by 2028

A housing plan introduced by Philadelphia planning czar Anne Fadullon Wednesday calls for producing and preserving a combined 100,000 units over the next 10 years.   Billed as the first comprehensive citywide…

    • 4th and Bainbridge streets, Photo by Eyes on the Street
Eyes on the Street

An education in how to be a better neighborhood advocate

Learning how Philly government works can be a circuitous and sometimes frustrating thing. In my experience, it takes years. It takes walking the halls of City Hall, hours of random conversations…

    • 709-713 Chestnut Street rendering

Favored to rise at 709 Chestnut St.: A 27-story condo tower

A condo tower proposed for 709 Chestnut St. received glowing reviews from the Civic Design Review Committee and the city’s Planning Commission staff at a presentation of the project Tuesday. The…

    • Julia Tackett says the developer of 706-724 Latona St. and nearby residents quickly came to an impasse over the best way to develop the lots. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

A beloved Passyunk Square oasis approved for luxury townhouses

Just around the corner from the South Philly intersection where Pat’s and Geno’s compete for cheesesteak-curious tourists, hides one of the more unusual delights of the historically working-class neighborhood. Walk down…

    • Rickey Turner, 21, plays the violin outside the Made in America festival.

Vendors keep working despite L&I crackdown at Made in America

The Made in America music festival, featuring some of pop music’s biggest names, boosted the city's side hustle economy as Philadelphia vendors took advantage of thirsty crowds to make some extra…

    • SEPTA Key

Glitch gives some SEPTA Key holders a free ride in London, Chicago

Some Philadelphians traveling outside the region by bus or train have noticed an unexpected perk of having a SEPTA Key Card in their wallets: free rides elsewhere. SEPTA has confirmed reports…

    • Philadelphia is actively helping rebuilt Puerto Rico. In the picture, man retouching Puerto Rican flag in Norris Square Park.

End of temporary FEMA housing for Puerto Rican evacuees won’t be catastrophic in Philly

When Charlie Pérez and wife Daisy Rivera Pérez arrived in Philadelphia with their three teenage daughters last December, leaving behind their two sons and everything they knew, they felt completely disoriented. Hurricane…

    • A rendering of the Laborers' District Council Education and Training Center proposed for 1333 North Broad St.

Philly's only majority black building trades union planning move from the 'burbs to North Broad

If all goes as planned, Philadelphia’s only majority black building trades union and one of the only construction unions with a majority of members who live in the city will soon…

    • 2018 8 29 k paynter rail park tour 25

Walking the walk along Philly's new Rail Park

Pedestrians, bicyclists, and one pup named Bizzy braved the heat of the last Tuesday in August to take a customized tour of the area surrounding Philadelphia's new Rail Park. Led by…

    • Equal Justice Center

New plans for Chinatown development show a lush park

A legal aid office complex and residential tower slated for Chinatown’s last major vacant piece of real estate will be shorter, greener and better connected to the surrounding neighborhood, according to…

    • A SEPTA Key validator

Come Sept. 1, seniors will need new Key Cards (or old driver’s licenses) to ride SEPTA for free.

SEPTA’s effort to replace all its tickets, tokens, and other fare instruments with the KEY Card continues to creep along. The latest step in the long, slow path to full implementation…

    • Ideas for how the pocket park  Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture might be used.
Eyes on the Street

In West Philadelphia, a park collaboration in progress

In a time of such rapid development, it is important for community members to access spaces that have a sense of openness, permanence, and stability.  That sentiment, voiced by an attendee…

    • A day in the life: A pre-sunrise view toward City Hall from North Broad Street on Aug. 28, 2017. | Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY

A day in the life of Philadelphia, and the people who make it go

It is a miracle that Philadelphia works at all. The whole idea is implausible. Before you can take something even as simple as a morning shower, a dozen different things must…

    • The visitors center at LOVE Park, also known as the 'spaceship'.

Taking ‘panes’ to overhaul Philly visitors center in LOVE Park

Philadelphia’s 1960s-era visitors center near City Hall, known as “the spaceship” because of its shape, has been more of an eyesore for about a year as it’s redesigned as part of …

    • An illustration of a train rolling past the Foundry is found on a utility box at a parking lot along Bridge Street in Phoenixville

A long-shot plan to extend Regional Rail to Phoenixville could revolutionize how infrastructure is built

A bit before dusk on a gray and muggy Tuesday night, a familiar sight comes rumbling through the east end of Phoenixville: Another freight train slowly chugs by, stretching as far…

    • Freedom Theatre's exterior, where some flaking of the facade's surface can be seen above the sign facing Master Street.

Freedom Theatre's venerable home struggles to rebound from a very wet season

Freedom Theatre is having a tough year. For decades, this sprawling 1850s-mansion in North Philadelphia served as a vibrant hub for African-American artists, but the building — and the historic institution…

    • Louis J. Gambaccini died on Aug. 19.

Transportation community mourns Louis J. Gambaccini, a SEPTA legend and founder of NJ Transit

Louis J. Gambaccini, a former general manager of SEPTA and the first chairman of New Jersey Transit's board, died at his home in Skillman, N.J., on Aug. 19. He was 87 years old.…

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Artists taking up residence as Cherry Street Pier readies for October opening

The transformation of the old Cherry Street Pier on the Delaware River waterfront in Philadelphia is nearing completion. The formerly dilapidated shipping pier is being rebuilt as a public attraction. The…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Mostly behind the scenes, the work of Rebuild begins

For more than two years, since the $500 million project to improve libraries, parks, playgrounds, and recreation centers was announced, anticipation for Mayor Jim Kenney’s Rebuild initiative has been building. Rebuild…

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