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Two Old City business owners intentionally set the massive 2018 fire that shut down the 200 block of Chestnut Street and destroyed a historic building, federal authorities charged Thursday.
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SEPTA is building a parking garage for 69th Street Station’s 35,000 daily riders
Construction on the $37 million three-story garage should begin by summer 2020 and last about 18 months.
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As congestion worsens in Philly, car-related emissions spike
Philadelphia’s congestion problem is growing on the streets and in the air.
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Should grandma get a tax cut? One Republican city councilmember thinks so.
City Councilmember Al Taubenberger introduced a legislative package Thursday to give breaks on wage and real estate taxes to many Philadelphia families.
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Feds: Brothers who owned Old City businesses set 2018 fire that shut down neighborhood
Two Old City business owners intentionally set the massive 2018 fire that shut down the 200 block of Chestnut Street, federal authorities charged.
Despite loud opposition, business improvement districts for Fishtown, South Philly advance
Business owners in Fishtown and South Philadelphia could soon be paying an assessment for new services.
2 days ago
Too loud, too bad: SEPTA doesn’t enforce ban on playing music without headphones
SEPTA’s policy on loud music is that it is officially prohibited on transit. But SEPTA Police doesn’t actively enforce against the violation.
‘I don’t have the support’: Blackwell defeated on bid to mandate more parking
Researchers have found that requiring more space for cars encourages less dense and more expensive housing development.
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2019 traffic deaths higher in North, Northeast Philly than the rest of the city
Fifty percent of all severe crashes occur on just 12% of Philadelphia streets. That means certain roads — and certain neighborhoods — are at higher risk for traffic danger.
Neighbors watch warily as PES oil trains make last rounds
Nearly four months after the South Philadelphia refinery complex shut down following a massive explosion, the rail cars used to haul oil are on the road.
4 days ago
Neon monument to Philly’s Indigenous history glows again
After it was vandalized and damaged while on display during Monument Lab, Duane Linklater’s “In Perpetuity” was relit for Indigenous People’s Day.
5 days ago
How Philadelphia built a neighborhood on toxic soil
Eighteen years after the EPA found hazardous materials in Eastwick’s soil, neighbors are cautiously optimistic about the future.
City denies demolition for Frank Furness’ Point Breeze church
The Philadelphia Historical Commission denied a permit for demolition of 19th Street Baptist Church on Friday, eight months after it was initially filed.
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Helen Gym has a plan to prevent another Hahnemann
A new bill introduced in Philadelphia City Council seeks to give local authorities additional oversight over future hospital closures.
Meet the woman turning a West Philly lot into an ‘Earthship’ made of tires and glass bottles
Rashida Ali-Campbell just won a three-year court battle over the control of the West Philly lot she wants to turn into an eco-home and oasis.
It’s time to test a car-free Chestnut Street
Across the world, cities are taking their streets back from cars. Philadelphia has an opportunity to test the pedestrian-first model on Chestnut Street.
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