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    • Kelly O'Day, who's become a

One man's solution to the Logan Triangle's illegal-dumping crisis

On a recent rainy Thursday, Kelly O’Day, a retired environmental engineer and Mount Airy resident, drove around the Logan Triangle looking for different kinds of trash. The Triangle, 35 vacant acres…

    • Mayor Kenney toured San Juan neighborhoods with Mayor Carmen Yulín Cruz.

Mayor Kenney returns from Puerto Rico disappointed by the federal government’s work

On his first official visit to Puerto Rico, Mayor Jim Kenney was impressed by island residents’ resiliency and strength. “There's a confidence that they have, and a decency that they have,…

    • A temporary No Parking sign says street work is schedule from 1/10/18 to T.B.D.

Residents wait wearily as Water Dept. takes months to replace sewers and mains

On the 2300 block of South Mole Street, a temporary “No Parking” sign is stapled to a telephone poll, banning cars during street work scheduled between “1/10/18” and “T.B.D.” As in,…

    • Brothers at Wister Playground | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Philly gains ground in national park ranking

Philadelphia’s park system has bumped up two places, to 30th, in a national ranking of the 100 largest U.S. cities, reflecting good distribution of facilities around the city, strong volunteerism, and…

    • La Finquita farm stand, Summer 2014 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

City failing to deliver on community garden promises

Community gardening is a labor of love and patience. On scraps of reclaimed vacant land scattered across Philadelphia, people of all incomes and hues work hard during the growing season knowing…

    • Dr. Hall measuring lead levels with a portable x-ray fluorescence machine that detects lead levels in solids.

New map shows lead's poisonous path

Lead-based paint poisons more Philadelphians than any other source of the toxic metal, according to Philadelphia Health Department. But kids and adults can also ingest the dangerous substance through dirt, dust…

    • Environmental organizations symbolically delivered 20,000 public comments to EPA in support of the clean water rule.

Pennsylvania environmental activists submit 20,000 comments on proposed changes to EPA’s clean water rule

A coalition of Philadelphian environmental organizations hand-delivered more than 20,000 public comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Philadelphia office last week, all in support of the Water of the…

    • The Dirt Factory community composting facility in University City | Ryan Collerd

Composting in Philadelphia: Where we are and where we are going

Philadelphia has set a goal to become a Zero Waste city by 2035. Throughout 2017, PlanPhilly will report on ways the city is working toward that goal by looking at the…

    • Rowhouses in Point Breeze
Eyes on the Street

Design Advocacy Group gets funding to focus on rowhouse preservation

For years Philadelphia has tried to build its way out of our affordable housing problem through new construction. But a smarter solution may be right under our noses: Rowhouse preservation. The…

    • Green stormwater management at Nebinger School, Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Water Department

New water department grant program targeting stormwater management on commercial sites may create new type of Philly business

A rain garden. Photo courtesy PWD. As part of a continuing effort to convince commercial property owners to delay the rain that falls on their property from entering an overwhelmed sewer…

    • Work in progress at Pier 53. Photo courtesy DRWC.

A sneak peek at the transformation of Pier 53

While the city's former immigration pier won't officially open as the latest Delaware River park until August, a sneak peek at that history, and the current ecology, happens later this month.…

    • May 1 flood damage, Photo courtesy of Fairmount Water Works
Eyes on the Street

Fairmount Water Works still recovering from May 1 flood

The rainstorm that flooded the Schuylkill Banks, left passengers stranded on the roof of a SEPTA bus and forced the grade-level CSX pedestrian crossing at Locust Street to close, also…

    • The reconfigured and reconstructed west branch of Indian Creek, Photo courtesy of PWD
Eyes on the Street

City "daylights" first creek, restoring it from sewer to stream

Beneath Philly’s streets lies approximately 3,000 miles of sewers - both manmade channels and creeks that were capped and incorporated into the sewer system as the city developed. Now, thanks to…

    • Summer Winter Community Garden in its Powelton Village neighborhood

New gardens, new tools, and a summer garden tour

Under the wrought-iron arch of one of its most established community gardens, the Neighborhood Gardens Trust Wednesday announced the preservation of two new ones, a city-wide summer garden party, and the…

    • Pastorius Park, Photo by Gary Reed
Eyes on the Street

Events you'll love this LOVE Your Park Week

Philly's annual celebration of the city's unique, 10,200-acre park system is back this year with eight days of service projects, events, educational programming, tours and more. LOVE Your Park Week kicks…

    • Grays Ferry Crescent, now the southern most portion of the Schuylkill River Trail will soon lead into Bartram's Mile

William Penn uses trails to build Delaware River constituency

The William Penn Foundation made a splash this month when it announced a multi-year commitment to spend $35 million aimed at protecting the Delaware River watershed as a critical source of…

    • Two of the YouthBuild students help Andrew Palewski position one of the original porch columns | YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter
Eyes on the Street

TEDxPhiladelphia: The new classroom of the world

PlanPhilly is a partner for this year's TEDxPhiladelphia event, and we're sharing ways we think Philly is becoming a "New Workshop of the World". You can also join us for a …

    • The Thursday farmers' market returned to Clark Park this week
Eyes on the Street

New, simplified rules for farmers' markets

Philadelphia has 65 farmers' markets, and the city wants to encourage even more. New changes to the City’s Code could do just that. Last week City Council approved changes that eliminate…

    • Team Auto Civitas: The Auto Civitas team: Ida Qu (left) and Zhen Qin

Q-n-A with some Bacon student competition winners

Competitors in the Bacon Award's student design competition examined how autonomous cars would shape the future of a city or regional site. Their presentations had to address six areas of potential…

    • Auto Civitas Vision

Ed Bacon competition examines Philly with driver-less cars

Student winners include teams from Cornell, Penn and the University of Texas; Former Mayor and Governor Rendell gets Edmund N. Bacon Prize What would life in Philadelphia look like if cars,…

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