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    • Fishtown residents debate a development project at a neighborhood zoning meeting.

Risky business: City Planning Commission votes down bill that would help community groups pay for insurance

The city will not be paying your local community organization’s insurance bill anytime soon. That’s the upshot of a City Planning Commission meeting that ended Tuesday with commissioners unanimously voting against…

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Fairmount Park gave artists the keys to a historic mansion. One year later, they aren't leaving.

An hour before guests arrive for the final art exhibition of the summer at the Hatfield House on the eastern edge of Fairmount Park, Shirley Slaughter is oscillating between the kitchen…

    • Woodland Cemetery petition

Petition wants to make visiting the dead at Woodlands Cemetery safer for the living

Woodlands Cemetery director Jessica Baumert wants people to visit the historic West Philadelphia burial grounds. But those visits shouldn't turn into permanent stays because of the dangerous road conditions right outside…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Knight Foundation funds citywide conversation about park over I-95

A newly funded citywide public engagement campaign will be designed to give all Philadelphians a chance to shape plans for a new waterfront park over I-95 at Penn's Landing, project officials said…

    • The Painted Bride

Painted Bride denied historic status, removing roadblock to iconic building’s sale

Philadelphia’s Historical Commission heard hours of testimony Friday on the fate of the Painted Bride, an iconic art space in Old City that is covered in a distinctive mural celebrating…

    • Aldi rendering from Germantown

Will Philly's parking wars cost Mount Airy a new Aldi grocery store?

Mt. Airy may soon see a new Aldi grocery store on the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Hortter Street. Proposed as the ground-level retail anchor for a $20 million, 100,000-square-foot housing…

    • Laura Fredricks reads a statement regarding the settlement with Gold Medal Environmental about her daughter's death.

$6M settlement goes to family of cyclist killed on Philly bike lane while planned safety fixes remain incomplete

The trash hauling company responsible for the truck that struck and killed 24-year-old cyclist Emily Fredricks last November has settled with the Fredricks family for $6 million. In addition to the…

    • Artist Janet Echelman twirls in the mist during a public unveiling of the Pulse art installation at Dilworth Park.

The story behind the light-colored mist in Dilworth Park’s new installation

Since it opened in 2014, after a $55 million renovation by the Center City District, Dilworth Park on the western apron of Philadelphia City Hall has acted as a water park.…

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

City Council is back from summer break. Day 1 ended with construction tax dead and Kenney promising $ for housing.

Negotiations between City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney on new affordable housing funding concluded Thursday morning as the administration and the legislative body came to an agreement to officially kill the…

    • Port Richmond, new construction | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Cindy Bass proposes eliminating 10-year tax abatement

On Wednesday afternoon, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass surprised her colleagues by circulating a bill that would end the city’s 10-year property tax abatement for any projects begun after Oct. 31,…

    • City officials hope Philly will be 100 percent reliant on renewable energy by 2050. Rooftop solar panels, pictured here, will help the city reach its goal.

Philadelphia signs new climate action agenda

Philadelphia sustainability czar Christine Knapp flew to San Francisco on Wednesday to reenlist the city in the international war on climate change. Philly will join other cities from around the world…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Philly's construction tax is dead and Kenney wants to pay for affordable housing with cash from abatements

One day before Philadelphia City Council is scheduled to return for its fall session, Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has proposed an alternative to the controversial 1 percent construction tax passed by…

    • Residents gather to join in the festivities at the 12th Annual Strawberry Mansion Day.

In Strawberry Mansion, anxiety about rising property taxes and a changing neighborhood high school haunt an annual tradition

They came out in droves on Saturday to celebrate the North Philadelphia neighborhood they love at the 12th annual Strawberry Mansion Day. On the grounds of Mander Recreation Center, the vibe…

    • Commuters are shown exiting a SEPTA bus. (AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek, file

Philly NAACP chapter accuses SEPTA of 'toxic' work culture

Over the weekend, the Philadelphia chapter of the NAACP accused SEPTA management of creating a “toxic” work environment among lower-level management of union-represented employees. “Of course, their cases are all different,”…

    • Friends Hospital land preserved | Courtesy of Natural Lands

Public now welcome to stroll 50 acres along Tacony Creek in Northeast Philly

Northeast Philadelphia residents have a new green area to enjoy. Natural Lands, a conservation group, invested $500,000 to create a conservation easement that preserves 49 acres of the Friends Hospital property,…

    • Eviction protest in Germantown (file) | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks
Eyes on the Street

Mass evictions are growing more common in Philly. Here's how to fight them.

Speculative development is on the rise in Philadelphia. With many neighborhoods on the cusp of rapid gentrification, property owners and landlords are increasingly making decisions that detrimentally impact the ability of…

    • A session on some bricks-and-mortar rebuilding tips. | Jordan Cassway for PennPraxis
Eyes on the Street

A Neighborhood Preservation Toolkit created by Philadelphians, for Philadelphians

To many, preservationist might seem a limiting definition, applying to those dedicated to saving individual buildings where famous people were born or died, or where significant events took place. Preservationist can…

    • Cyclists pedal through Center City during the Philadelphia Naked Bike Ride 2018. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Cyclists let it all hang out at 10th annual Philly Naked Bike Ride

David Pumo joined the Philly Naked Bike Ride because of something his father-in-law said. “He said ‘I think the reason why people are uptight about gay marriage is because they're uptight…

    • This post-collision photograph shows the three trains involved in the 2017 SEPTA crash. (Photo courtesy of SEPTA)

Federal safety board faults now-retired SEPTA operator for 2017 El fender-bender

A newly released final report from the National Transportation Safety Board found a SEPTA train operator squarely to blame for a Market Frankford Line crash that injured four people last year.…

    • Hickman Temple AME Church, its facade reinforced and its doors open for its first Sunday service since April 2017.

Hickman Temple AME celebrates a win in the effort to preserve its historic church

Hickman Temple AME dominates the corner of 50th Street and Baltimore Avenue in West Philadelphia. This block-long, century-old church of slate and stone is a neighborhood icon in Cedar Park, a…

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