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    • Irshad and Zakria Aslam in front of their award-winning storefront on South 7th St. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

20 years after a deadly robbery, a neighborhood market is reborn

Muhammed Aslam died in the South Philadelphia business he built. It was a cold December evening in 1999 and the shop owner’s son, Zakria, then 12, had just gone to their apartment…

    • Wendell Whitlock is the Board Chairman of Sullivan Progress Plaza. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Nation's first black-owned shopping center celebrates 50

The shopping center on Broad and Oxford Streets might not look out of the ordinary to the average passersby. But that hasn’t stopped politicians from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama from…

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

Trash talk: Bigger fines and free neighborhood cans

Philadelphia residents are tired of construction companies —or their neighbors — dumping debris in vacant lots and public parks. And when Philadelphians get mad about something in their neighborhood, their City…

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

City Council bill would outlaw cashless businesses

If you want to get a coffee at Bluestone Lane, across the street from City Hall, you’ll have to bring a credit card. Along with a handful of other restaurants in…

    • Shirley Armstead poses in front her E. Vernon Road storefront office

Don't call it Cedarbrook: Mount Airy shopping district gets a facelift

Shirley Armstead has been living her dream for 45 years. About half of those years have been spent working out of her cheerful storefront office at 1455 E. Vernon Road in…

    • A view of the skyline from University City, Fall 2018
Eyes on the Street

Good news and the bad in Philadelphia’s transportation plan

Philadelphia deserves a serious transportation agenda. Recently, the City of Philadelphia released its Connect Strategic Transportation Plan. A lack of transportation is a key obstacle to employment for many poor…

    • 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…

    • Phil Forsyth takes visitors on a tour of the orchard surrounding Woodford Mansion, where apple, peach, persimmon and other fruit-bearing trees can be found. (Kriston Jae Bethel for WHYY)

A rainy 2018 yielded soggy fall harvest, Philly growers say

2018 has been one of the wettest years on record for Philadelphia. So far, the city has been under more than 50 inches of precipitation. That’s 14 more than the average.…

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Health by zip code? Some Philly neighborhoods are 'primary care deserts'

It was a busy morning at Health Center 10 on Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The seating area was full of families waiting to be called in by a doctor, and…

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New proposal for Italian Market improvement district introduced

A group of South Philadelphia residents fear for the future of the Italian Market and they think that only a business improvement district (BID) can save it — even though a…

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Philadelphia safer from job-stealing robots than peer cities, report says

If you work in Philadelphia, your job may be safe from the robots that pundits predict could put one-third of U.S. workers out of a job by 2030. You just may…

    • Radar Speed Signs on Roosevelt Blvd. northbound approaching Oxford Circle

Roosevelt Boulevard speed cameras represent rare bipartisan win

It’s rare that Philadelphia can go more than just a few days without another person being killed in a car crash. Seventy-eight people died last year, and 96 were killed the…

    • Trees shade outdoor learning spaces at Taggart School. (Emma Lee/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

For once, let's celebrate Philly's clean and green achievements

It's not just Gritty that has people around the country talking about Philadelphia. The city that gave the world a 7-foot orange hellion to obsess over will today welcome hundreds of…

    • A rendering of a proposed 2201 E. Somerset St. condo development submitted to Philadelphia's Civic Design Review board.

Kensington's hottest address? New homes to rise across from scene of scrapyard fire

Three months after a Kensington scrapyard erupted into a massive, four-alarm fire that inspired Elmo and enraged neighbors, a developer has won city approvals to build new homes across the street…

    • Lisa Strickland and her mother Ann love their Eastwick neighborhood but would welcome more amenities within walking distance.

Mapping Philly’s most walkable neighborhoods

Ann Strickland, 87, has lived in the southwest corner of Eastwick for 37 years. Her small community of single-family homes sits right across from the John Heinz National Wildlife Conservatory at…

    • Passengers board the No. 9 bus at 6th and Walnut streets. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA can't say exactly how much it pays pension fund managers

Why would SEPTA hire two new investment managers when they don't know if the spending will result in any more cash going into the agency's retirement fund? That’s essentially the question…

    • 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…

    • A Passyunk Square municipal complex is slated for redevelopment.

City to redevelop industrial corner of booming Passyunk Square

Philadelphia officials are looking for a developer to remake a valuable tract of city-owned land just off South Philly's thriving East Passyunk corridor.   Bounded by 11th and 12th streets, Wharton and Reed, the…

    • Philadelphia Police Commissioner Richard Ross (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Police Commissioner rejects key Starbucks arrest report recommendation

The Philadelphia Police Department agrees that anti-racist training could help officers de-escalate conflicts without arrests but can’t commit to providing that training until the department identifies “appropriate funding,” said Commissioner Richard…

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New map shows Philly renter spike sharper than other big cities

Over the last decade, Philadelphia saw a rise in rentership well above the national average, and higher than most of the nation’s other large cities, according to new data released Tuesday…

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