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    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

Forcing small business owners to remove protective barriers endangers public safety, does not make our communities better

Since 2000, my parents have operated a small family business in North Philadelphia, where we live and work. My parents, refugees who survived genocide in Cambodia to come to this country,…

    • Curbside electric vehicle charging station

December 11: Small business workforce development | Strawberry Mansion, tangled title | Mayors for EV tax credit

Longtime residents of Strawberry Mansion are aware of encroaching private developers and the local CDC is trying to help current homeowners enjoy the benefits of economic development in their neighborhood. Like…

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Q&A: Dutch artist Jeanne van Heesjwik, on her time in Philly

After four years of preparation, dialogue, collaboration, and performance, the Philadelphia Assembled exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art will come to a close on Sunday, December 10th. The project is…

    • Alex Peay in his North Philadelphia neighborhood

How redlining segregated Philadelphia

About a third of the homes on West Oakdale Street between 15th and 16th in North Philadelphia are empty. Six vacant lots interrupt the narrow rowhouse block. On a recent November…

    • Rendering of a satellite view of 30th Street Station District

December 8: Retail disruption | Disconnected, unwelcomed | What housing shortage?

Econsult Solutions looks at the current truths of the retail market in this week’s Present Value. Econsult senior advisor Catherine Timko chooses the word disruption: how retailers are turning…

    • Black Lives Matter sign posted on the front of Calvary United

How diversity saved a historic church in West Philly

Philadelphia’s neighborhoods are studded with hundreds of historic churches. But as attendance steadily declines, many of these religious buildings have fallen into disrepair. Some have been forced to become something else…

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Henon blocks possible gambling expansion

City Councilman Bobby Henon sees Philadelphia’s dystopian future. Video poker in every bar, mini-casinos in every neighborhood. A new law signed by Governor Tom Wolf in October massively expands legal gambling…

    • Gloria Casarez Residence LGBTQ youth housing groundbreaking. Credit: Annette John-Hall/WHYY

December 7: Raised intersections on South Broad | LGBTQ housing groundbreaking | Tricked out holiday buses

The city will be adding raised intersections and crosswalks stamped red on South Broad at Chestnut, Sansom, Moravian and Walnut Street next spring, writes Inga Safrron. The Street Department’s interventions are…

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Tacony's new library spurs hopes of a neighborhood reborn

Over the last few years, there have been signs of a turnaround in the Lower Northeast neighborhood of Tacony. With the help of a  city grant, there are more than 30…

    • eL Seed mural at Market and Preston streets in West Philadelphia. Credit: Steve Weinik.

December 6: Ridge Ave demo bill | 95.5% occupancy | el Seed, West Powelton, Streets Dept

A new report finds that the Center City retail market is enjoying a healthy 95.5 percent occupancy rate, stabilized rents, and different tenant mix, writes the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni.…

    • Signage for new housing on the way. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Inclusionary zoning bill clears committee, but final vote delayed until 2018

Maria Quiñones-Sanchez’s controversial bill requiring developers to devote a percentage of new housing to low-income residents incrementally advanced on Tuesday, but don’t expect a City Council vote on it anytime soon.…

    • The archive at William Way LGBT Community Center contains photographs, documents and artifacts covering nearly 50 years of gay life in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

December 5: Philadelphia Tenants Union | LGBT archives | Arts & Crafts Holdings

Arts & Crafts Holdings has snatched another building in the newly named Spring Arts neighborhood, writes the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni. The developer, which owns four other properties in the…

    • Cindy Bass | Emma Lee/WHYY

Bill to regulate restaurants gets fiery reception at City Council hearing

After a fiery hearing, which lasted for much of Monday, the Committee on Public Health and Human Services voted to amend a bill to regulate so-called “stop-and-go” restaurants, which critics say…

    • 33 new pedestrian-scale street lights were recently installed along North 3rd Street in Old City.

December 4: Rethink curbs | #PhillyMinute Graffiti Pier | Pedal to Porch

Jared Brey highlights the key points of the National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO)’s new report on curbside management and design strategies to improve transit reliability. This very interesting report…

    • Opponents of SEPTA's gas plant gathered at the Catto Memorial outside City Hall arguing the location of the plant was racist.

Health Department authorizes SEPTA natural gas plant in Nicetown

On Wednesday, Philadelphia Air Management Services (AMS) issued a permit allowing SEPTA to move ahead with its proposed natural-gas power plant in Nicetown. Local environmentalists had fought the SEPTA proposal for…

    • Orinoka Mills unfinished apartment | Credit: Lowell Brown/NKCDC

December 1: EPA Brownfields win | UCD’s secret sauce | Rebuild 61 sites

Philadelphia felt the reverberations late Thursday afternoon of a 4.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Dover, Delaware. Justin Auciello and Cris Barrish debrief points from the U.S. Geological Service and Delaware…

    • The Family Court Building at 1801 Vine could become a boutique hotel.

GOP corporate tax cut bill include cuts to preservation tax credits, threatening historic reuse projects in Philly

Buried within the tax reform legislation working its way through Congress is an amendment that would preserve but diminish the value of the federal historic tax credit program, arguably the most…

    • Queen Lane Apartments: West Penn St and Pulaski Ave. | Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks
Eyes on the Street

HACE CEO: City Council should pass inclusionary zoning bill

Philadelphia’s housing market is red-hot. Building permits issued from 2013 through 2016 exceeded the previous seven years combined, and thousands of new rental apartments have been added downtown in the last…

    • Work begins on a residential development on Fairmount Avenue in Northern Liberties. | Emma Lee/WHYY
Eyes on the Street

NLNA President: City Council, don’t fumble inclusionary zoning bill away on the two yard line

A mixed-income housing bill making its way through City Council aims at an important goal, but could miss the mark badly and hurt our city if Council rams it through next…

    • Winter Fountains digital simulation. Credit: Jennifer Steinkamp

November 30: Alternative inclusion strategies | Parkway lit | Kensington walking play

An illuminated installation along the Parkway to celebrate the City Beautiful arterial’s 100th anniversary lights up Thursday. A ceremonial lighting will be happening Thursday night at 6:30pm to launch four 26-foot…

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