3 days ago

Why does it take so long to upgrade Philly’s water infrastructure? Here’s an explanation

When a broken water main sent 15 million gallons surging into Center City streets, public attention was riveted by scenes of pedestrians sloshing along and a cave-in that threatened to swallow the intersection of Juniper and Sansom.

    Why does it take so long to upgrade Philly's water infrastructure? Here's an explanation
    When a broken water main sent 15 million gallons surging into Center City streets, public attention was riveted by scenes of pedestrians sloshing along and a cave-in that threatened to swallow the intersection of Juniper and Sansom. The July 3 rupture raised a lot of questions for Philadelphians.
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3 days ago

As Drexel transforms University City, communities nearby prepare for gentrification

Drexel’s neighbors don’t really want to block the university’s growth or the nearby developments. Most talk excitedly about the economic opportunities nearby, the new park, and the preservation and renovation of the old Philadelphia Bulletin building at 30th and Market streets.

    As Drexel transforms University City, communities nearby prepare for gentrification
    When Schuylkill Yards was first announced - Brandywine Realty Trust's proposal to turn 14 acres of largely empty, Drexel University-owned land between the college and 30th Street Station into 7 million square feet of high-end office space, research labs, and retail - Drexel President John Fry made a pledge to the university's neighbors: "This 20-year, $3.5 billion project will benefit thousands of low-income families without disrupting the fabric of their neighborhoods."
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4 days ago

Your Weekly Roundup for July 12-19, 2018

Brauhaus Schmitz will also be celebrating the game by closing off the 700 block of South Street for a huge viewing party. Entry is free, but you can pay $60 for a VIP package that includes bottomless beer. Check out more suggestions for where to watch the game here.

For 24 years, Eastern State Penitentiary has celebrated Bastille Day — the anniversary of the 1789 French revolutionary uprising — with a drag performance that concludes with 2,000 Tastykakes raining down from...

    Things to Do: Your Weekly Roundup for July 12-19, 2018
    The past few weeks, you may have noticed we're trying something a little different with our Things to Do segment. We're still telling you about events around the Philly region, but we know you're the real experts, so we've also been asking you - how are you spending your summer?
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6 days ago

Near a Center City Wawa, humans protect a bike lane, to make a larger point

A line, 25 deep, stretched out in front of the Wawa on the corner of 22nd and South streets Tuesday morning.

Around 22nd and Lombard streets, the PPA issued 75 blocked bike lane tickets, and the PPD wrote another two.

    Near a Center City Wawa, humans protect a bike lane, to make a larger point
    A line, 25 deep, stretched out in front of the Wawa on the corner of 22nd and South streets Tuesday morning. It wasn't the scent of freshly made, hot Sizzlis that drew this crowd, but bicycle safety.
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6 days ago

Kenney meets with advocates as Abolish ICE protests mark one week

The meeting came as the Abolish ICE demonstrators marked one week since the group first set up camp outside the ICE field office at Eighth and Cherry streets, and then — after police broke up the encampment Thursday — on the edges of City Hall.

    Kenney meets with advocates, demonstrators as Abolish ICE protests mark one week
    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney met Monday evening with a group of immigrant advocates, as well as members of a protest encampment decrying the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy and calling on the city to end its data-sharing contract with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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Jul 06

Mayor Kenney agrees with ICE protesters but doesn’t want a repeat of Occupy Philly

On Monday protesters set up camp at an ICE office at Eighth and Cherry streets, but police cleared out the encampment Thursday. On Friday, the protest moved to the northeast corner of City Hall.

    Mayor Kenney agrees with ICE protesters but doesn't want a repeat of Occupy Philly : Politics & Policy : WHYY
    Protesters intent on abolishing the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency have now focused efforts on pressuring Philadelphia's Mayor Jim Kenney and city officials to end the city's contract with ICE, which grants it access to a real-time arrest database.
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Jul 06

A Wilmington church gets its congregation moving

...is over and people are filing into the Resurrection Center in Wilmington. Located in the 3300 block of Market Street, TRC, as it is referred to, is a hub for both church and community activities...

    A Wilmington church gets its congregation moving
    It's Thursday evening, the work day is over and people are filing into the Resurrection Center in Wilmington. Located in the 3300 block of Market Street, TRC, as it is referred to, is a hub for both church and community activities. But tonight, it's not choir rehearsal, Bible study or a Girls Scouts' meeting that's bringing in folks.
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Jul 05

Damages from water-main break expected to exceed $500,000 liability limit

...000 total. The total damages will likely far exceed that: A water-main break at Bainbridge and 21st streets in 2012 flooded 21 homes, leading to $1.3 million in claims. Water Department...

...15 million gallons into the streets and leaving a massive crater at the intersection of Sansom and Juniper streets.  Water service has been restored to all the affected buildings but one — the unoccupied...

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Just a half-block away, life has largely returned to normal. At the corner of Sansom and 13th streets, El Vez was able to open Wednesday and business has been good since, said manager Nicole Bell, despite a foot of water on the first floor.

    Damages from water-main break expected to exceed $500,000 liability limit : Urban Planning : WHYY
    Since a massive water-main break flooded the streets of Midtown Village Tuesday morning, Kate Moroney Miller has had one really bad Time. Time is the name of one of the Sansom Street bars that was inundated. Moroney Miller is director of operations for the Vintage Syndicate, which runs Time, Bar, Vintage Wine Bar, Tiki, and the Garage.
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Jul 03

Overnight protesters stake out ICE building, demand changes in immigration policies

Philadelphia police arrested 29 protesters Tuesday who had been camped outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office along Eighth and Cherry streets in Philadelphia since Monday night to protest U.S. immigration policies.

    Overnight protesters stake out ICE building, demand changes in immigration policies
    Philadelphia police arrested 29 protesters Tuesday who had been camped outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement office along Eighth and Cherry streets in Philadelphia since Monday night to protest U.S. immigration policies. Those arrested were blocking the entrance to the ICE building and refused to allow anyone to enter or exit, according to police officials.
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Jul 03

This week in concerts: Marisa Anderson, Paula Johns — July 5 and 7, 2018

PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St, Philadelphia

    Things to Do: This week in concerts: Marisa Anderson, Paula Johns - July 5 and 7, 2018
    Marisa Anderson (with Dan Wriggins of Philly-based band Friendship) July 5, 8 p.m. PhilaMOCA, 531 N. 12th St, Philadelphia Tickets: $10 With no backing band, Marisa Anderson typically tours by herself, passing the time between cities in silence (or with the occasional baseball broadcast).
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Jul 02

Philly area residents cope with relentless heat

...at the steps of the Art Museum, and servers at Siddiq’s water ice at 60th and Spruce opened shop expecting a rush at any moment...

    Photos: Philly area residents cope with relentless heat
    Newsworks Tonight is a daily radio show that showcases the best reporting and storytelling from WHYY's talented staff of journalists and the work of partners such as NJ Spotlight, the Public School Notebook, PlanPhilly, and more. Dangerous heat levels continue in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas.
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Jun 28

What to do for Fourth of July weekend around Philadelphia

Independence Hall, 520 Chestnut St, Philadelphia

June 29, 10 a.m. at Penn Park, 3000 Walnut St, Philadelphia

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July 2, 10 a.m. at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee & Books, 5445 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia

People’s Light Theater, 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, Pennsylvania

Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Ave., Philadelphia

    Things to do: What to do for Fourth of July weekend around Philadelphia
    The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year, which means stretching celebrations out for a whole week. Expect parades and, of course, fireworks all around the region. (In Philadelphia, they're happening over the Delaware Saturday and on the Parkway Wednesday.)
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Jun 27

Historic settlement for victims of Philly food truck explosion

It was 93 degrees when the tank aboard La Paradilla Chapina — named for a traditional Guatemalan dish — split apart near Third Street and Wyoming Avenue.

    Historic settlement for victims of Philly food truck explosion : Courts & Law : WHYY
    Less than a week before the case was set to go to trial, the victims of a 2014 food truck explosion in North Philadelphia have settled out of court for $160 million, plus an additional confidential sum. Lawyers for the plaintiffs said Wednesday it's the largest pretrial settlement in Pennsylvania state court history.
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Jun 26

Kenney visits Northeast Philly, chats with immigrant entrepreneurs

The mayor made four stops along Castor, Cottman and Bustleton avenues Monday, visiting restaurants and shops to chat with merchants.

    Kenney visits Northeast Philly, chats with immigrant entrepreneurs
    Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney visited the city's Northeast to talk with business owners as part of an effort to recognize the growing contributions immigrants and their businesses make in that part of the city. The mayor made four stops along Castor, Cottman and Bustleton avenues Monday, visiting restaurants and shops to chat with merchants.
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