Special to the Capital-Star

In Philly, violent crimes are down, but Mayor Kenney warns of a ‘long process’ to reduce it

By: - August 5, 2021

“This is not mission accomplished,” the mayor said during Wednesday’s virtual update on the city’s gun violence update.

Proposed Amazon distribution center at odds with Lawrenceville’s pedestrian-friendly neighborhood

By: - August 5, 2021

Although the company has not shared specific details about its exact plans, some believe that Amazon’s usage plans could require permits or zoning approvals, which in turn would require public hearings where community members would be able to voice their opinions.

Report offers ways to address inequities among Philly’s minority-owned small businesses

By: - August 3, 2021

The research incorporates feedback from interviews, focus groups and survey responses from nearly 250 small business owners and 79 capital and business support organizations and an advisory council of more than 30 local business owners, community-based organizations, capital and service providers, city government officials and philanthropic institutions. 

Pennsylvania among worst states in nation in outdoor economic value, says study

By: - August 1, 2021

While Pennsylvania ranks 24th in highest percentage of land covered in state parks and national parks, and contains popular outdoor recreation destinations like the Laurel Highlands and the Pocono Mountains, it still falls behind states with comparable percentages of parkland such as New Hampshire, which ranks 20 for state and national parks but has much higher an outdoor recreation dependency index. Pennsylvania also trails states with lower rankings, such as South Carolina, which ranks 35 for state and national parks.

Philly Mayor Kenney rebuffs growing demands to do more to reduce gun violence

By: - July 31, 2021

In his six-page letter, Kenney said his administration was taking a “whole of government response” to gun violence, which he added was fueled in part by the coronavirus pandemic.

Starting this year school year, all Philly public schools to have gender-neutral bathrooms

By: - July 29, 2021

The district is “committed to creating an inclusive culture where all students feel valued and know they are in a safe and nurturing learning environment," a spokesperson said.

What can Pa. learn from a Washington State community’s transition away from fossil fuels?

By: - July 28, 2021

New reports highlight how to repair the Appalachian economy without relying on fracking

Philly Mayor Kenney won’t mandate COVID vaccine for city workers – but won’t rule it out

By: - July 28, 2021

“We will continue to assess the need to implement a vaccination mandate for our city workers and may make this a requirement at a future date," a spokesperson said

Philly’s transgender and nonbinary icons to be honored with new murals

By: - July 27, 2021

By Michele Zipkin PHILADELPHIA —  Two murals celebrating transgender and nonbinary Philadelphians will soon be installed in the city — one on the facade of Philly AIDS Thrift in Queen Village and the other on the side of Cake Life Bake Shop in Fishtown. The murals are the culmination of a partnership between Mural Arts’ […]

Philly police retirements tick up in 2020 amid pandemic and protests

By: - July 26, 2021

Police retirements were up 25 percent last year compared to 2019.

States, including Pa., weigh bans on ransomware payoffs

By: - July 26, 2021

Some cybersecurity specialists say lawmakers should pump more money into helping state and local governments strengthen their systems rather than banning ransom payments.

Aerial trams and light rail: AlleCo Port Authority thinks big with new draft transit plan

By: - July 25, 2021

Officials are seeking public comment on their NEXTransit draft plan