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    • Leilani Jackson, 5, takes plays in the gym during an afterschool program at Olney Rec Center. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

That’s teamwork: How Rebuild could bring more to rehabbed rec centers than just better sports facilities.

Philadelphia’s churches are being converted into apartments, it’s public schools made into office space, and inside some local libraries you can now expect a lot more than just books.…

    • City Council chambers.

Council advances bills on truck cranes, vinyl siding, stop-n-go stores, and SLAPP suits

On Thursday, City Council largely concerned itself with Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to reassert local control over Philadelphia’s school system. But a handful of City Council members also introduced bills that…

    • Regional rail riders wait on a crowded platform at Jefferson Station during day 1 of November's SEPTA strike | Emma Lee / WHYY

November 3: Flexing civic muscles | Regional rail report card | Competition, subsidies

Topics of regional significance and repercussions in the news today: Winner! In the competition that had the mayor and all the major news outlets tweeting up a storm, Germantown CDC wins…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Why does Philadelphia love downzoning so much?

Following the Planning Commission’s approval two weeks ago, a raft of zoning remapping bills sailed through a breezy City Council hearing on Tuesday. There were no questions from the arrayed councilmembers…

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With profits way up, but patronage way down, will GOP-controlled PPA keep interim executive director?

“There's no agency that people have loved to hate more than the Parking Authority.” Committee of 70 President David Thornburgh is probably understating things. Mention the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) around…

    • Germantown Town Hall

Germantown Avenue wins online popularity contest, $150,000 grant

Philadelphia residents can now boast that Germantown Avenue is the most popular main street in the nation. Germantown United Community Development Corporation didn’t just win the grant awarded in the Partners…

    • Ludlow Street

November 2: SEPTA workforce | PA property tax elimination? | “Undeniably handsome”

On workforce and regional rail: Justine McDaniel and Jason Laughlin look at poor communication between passengers and conductors, and between conductors and dispatchers and engineers, resulting in frustrations for timely accurate…

    • New Grays Ferry Swing Bridge rendering | rendering courtesy of SRDC

Conrail donates Schuylkill swing bridge, clearing way for trail extension

The steady expansion of the Schuylkill River Trail took another step forward Wednesday morning. Mayor Jim Kenney acknowledged the Conrail’s gift  of the Schuylkill River Swing Bridge to the city of…

    • The Philadelphia Archdiocese has applied for a permits to demolish Fishtown’s St. Laurentius Church. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)
Eyes on the Street

Prominent Philly preservationist to Faithful Laurentians: Stop.

The foregoing is an open letter from Oscar Beisert, an architectural historian and one of Philadelphia’s most prominent preservationists, to the Faithful Laurentians, a group categorically opposed to the planned…

    • Rendering showing a 'Link

Link up: Art Commision OKs plan to install 100 digital ad kiosks along commercial corridors

The Philadelphia Art Commision approved a plan to bring Link kiosks to the city of Philadelphia on Wednesday. The kiosks — roughly the size and shape of the “you are here”…

    • SEPTA Regional Rail (Emma Lee/NewsWorks)

November 1: Regional rail worst performers | $85k in Seattle ads | Wolf, state budget

Regional rail lines that share routes with Amtrak are the worst performers in the SEPTA system, write Justine McDaniel, Jason Laughlin, and Dylan Purcell. SEPTA general manager Jeff Knueppel says that…

    • SEPTA Planner Jennifer Barr talks with local residents

Planning Commission, SEPTA offer vision of improved trails and transit along the Wissahickon

In the coming years, one of SEPTA’s busiest transportation facilities could see an overhaul while the Schuylkill River Trail may, finally, connect through Manayunk, thanks to the Wissahickon Gateway Plan. On…

    • Jared Beatrice (L), Dhody (center), and Kimberlee Moran meet at Moran's lab at Rutgers-Camden to review some of what was excavated from 218 Arch Street in Philadelphia last month.  (Elana Gordon/WHYY)

October 31: Rebuild oversight | Philly 10th in mobility | 218 Arch St remains

The Rebuild oversight board will meet for the first time Wednesday November 1st at the Kingsessing Recreation Center. Albert Hong does a quick rundown of the board appointees, which includes…

    • Pa. Capitol Building, Harrisburg. (Kevin McCorry/WHYY)

Mapping out patterns for why some PA towns give up their local police forces

An ever-increasingly large share of Pennsylvania’s transportation budget goes to state police. This year, state police will get around $773 million of the $2.8 billion motor license fund.* The state…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Is mandatory inclusionary zoning the answer to Philly’s affordable housing question?

City Council’s attention of late has been focused on keeping rent and mortgages affordable for all in Philadelphia as steady, year-over-year population gains increase housing prices. But the bills introduced to…

    • SEPTA regional rail | Bob Bruhin, EOTS Flickr Group

October 30: Philly Free Streets | #PhillyMinute: MFL | Kensington Ave Storefront Challenge

A feast on rails and roads, from the ground to the sky, in today’s news: SEPTA regional rail riders: expect service delays due to felled trees and overhead wires, 6abc reports.…

    • In March, 2016, around 200 residents turned out to a community meeting on the NHSL extension to King of Prussia. Many were in opposition.

SEPTA advances plan for NHSL extension to King of Prussia, but some residents aren’t on board

SEPTA recently took another laborious step in the long journey to extending the Norristown High Speed Line (NHSL) to King of Prussia, releasing a draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) in conjunction…

    • Pa. Capitol Building, Harrisburg. (Kevin McCorry/WHYY)

October 27: House passes final budget piece | Philly nonprofits cash-strapped | NJ Blue Acres

And so it ends. The House passed the final complicated budget piece, WITF’s Katie Meyer reports. The measure significantly broadens the gaming industry, legalizing gambling at the airport, truck stops,…

    • 500 Walnut Street, June 2017

October 26: Germantown #1 | Trickle-down tax abatement? | Bev Tax revenue

Does Philly’s 10-year tax abatement encourage developers to “demolish rather than renovate” and simply subsidize construction for the extremely wealthy? Inga Saffron argues yes, based on the program’s blanket structure that…

    • Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia's Naomi Adler with Mayor Jim Kenney at Mt. Carmel Cemetery(Emma Lee/WHYY)

October 25: Jewish headstones restored | Quality of Life fines | Streets Dept Podcast Ep 2

A 2-alarm fire consumed Bridget Foy’s on South Street early Wednesday, Joseph A. Gambardello and Julie Shaw report. Officials say two dogs inside Doggy Style next door died from smoke inhalation…

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