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    • A rendering of Southern Land Company's 1911 Walnut St. tower.

Rittenhouse Square's last tower moves towards 2019 groundbreaking

A soaring luxury apartment tower planned for the last undeveloped corner of Rittenhouse Square got the green light to move forward from the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on Thursday. The…

    • Curved metal benches at the 8th Street SEPTA subway station

#hostilearchitecture 2.0 in Philly's Center City

Places engineered to deter homeless people become “hostile and uninviting and threatening [to the general public],” argues British artist and hostiledesign.org founder Stuart Semple tells Architectural Digest.  AD writer Elizabeth…

    • Septa  on Walnut Street

Why the 9 bus is actually Philly's worst route

SEPTA runs 111 city bus routes, including 38 special bus routes for school children, 41 suburban bus routes, 13 Regional Rail lines, eight streetcar lines, five contracted-out shuttles, three trackless trolley…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

New bike lanes coming to Fairmount Park and West Philly

Just in time for spring: new bike lanes in Fairmount Park and the Parkside neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The City Council is now considering the long-awaited extension of an existing lane…

    • A packed SEPTA bus

The journey behind a new bus route

After three years and three revised routes, SEPTA’s planners believe they’ve come up with a winning blueprint for a Route 49 bus, the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jason Laughlin reports. The process…

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

Why street sweeping alone won't solve Philly's litter problem

By Nic Esposito Even though my neighbors and I pick up trash out front of our houses every day, and we've turned a total of 12 vacant lots on our block into…

    • Girls play in Philadelphia's Dilworth Park (Photo credit: Matt Stanley for Center City District)

A movement for women-led cities launches in Philly

Meegan Denenberg often finds herself the only woman in the room. The co-founder of Philly-based Little Giant Creative and partner in several urban development and design-related initiatives and companies, she has…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Parks & Rec makeover caught in clash over union diversity rules

A City Council hearing on Rebuild ended on Thursday with still no resolution on which parks, rec centers, libraries and playgrounds will be improved in the first phase of Mayor Jim…

    • FedEx workers sort boxes for delivery on a busy street.

Your online shopping habit clogs Philly's streets. City Hall wants to fix that.

You see it all the time in Philly: An Uber stopping in the bike lane, a FedEx truck parking on the curb, or a beer delivery truck blocking an intersection. And…

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

Philly’s $9 million goodbye to Germantown’s worst landlord

Everyone has crossed paths with a bad landlord. Then there’s Leroy Prince. His apartment in East Germantown doesn’t have hot water.  The gas is on. It’s the tank that’s the problem.…

    • Philadelphians call for cleaner air on first day of Spring.

Philly parents rally for a smog-free spring

It's time to smell the flowers. Despite the snow on the ground, spring officially started on Tuesday and a group of Philly parents wants you and your family to be able…

    • Volunteers clean up one of the lakes at FDR Park on a cold February day. (Photo credit: Friends of FDR Park/Facebook)

A plan for rebirth in the works for South Philly's FDR Park

With its bucolic lakes, verdant golf course, plentiful tennis courts, and picturesque wedding venue at the American Swedish Museum, Franklin Delano Roosevelt Park is kind of like a working man’s country…

    • Peggy Anastos is Vice Chair of the New Jersey Commission on Puerto Rico Relief. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Six months after Hurricane Maria, Philly and Jersey offer lifeline to displaced Puerto Ricans

It’s been six months since Hurricane Maria ripped through Puerto Rico, destroying thousands of homes and sending more than 900 displaced families to Philadelphia. For many of those families, the past…

    • A regional rail train departs 30th Street Station as the snow intensifies. (Emma/Lee/WHYY)

SEPTA preps for a long night of snow removal

In Philadelphia this year, March is going out like a lamb — covered in the white fluffy stuff. Just a few days before Easter, yet another snowy nor’easter is buffeting the…

    • The Dox Thrash House

Preserving a building without the building in Sharswood

A group of historic preservation advocates dedicated to preserving African-American artist Dox Thrash’s legacy in Philadelphia are making strides to foster and repurpose the artist’s home in Sharswood, writes Starr Herr-Cardillo,…

    • 702 Sansom from the street-level

Toll Brothers' releases new design for Jewelers Row tower

Toll Brothers hopes the fourth time’s the charm as the Horsham-based luxury home builder releases the latest renderings of its controversial Jewelers Row condo tower. Coming on the heels of a…

    • Venise Whitaker (Photo credit: Lori Pedrick)
Eyes on the Street

Diary of a Philadelphia punk rock preservationist

By Venise Whitaker Generation X was described as the latchkey kids. We were the unfocused youth, the children of divorce. My two homes were both in Philly: my grandparents’ house in…

    • Extensive data over generations shows that black boys raised at the top are more likely to become poor than to stay wealthy in their own adult households.

Growing up rich in a wealthy area doesn't solve the racial income gap for black boys

No matter how wealthy their upbringing, black boys raised in America are more likely to end up poor in adulthood than white peers, according to an explosive new study conducted by…

    • U.S Rep. Brandon Boyle in Olney

How Trump's budget would hurt Philly's business districts

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa, grew up in the Olney neighborhood of upper North Philadelphia. There, the congressman’s mother worked as a crossing guard shepherding school children across bustling North 5th…

    • City Hall Parking Lot

City Council's free ride

The city's mad hunt for cash to fund public schools hasn't stopped City Council members from taking advantage of an unusual and costly benefit for their public service: luxury SUVs with…

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