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The No-B.S. Guide to Philadelphia Sinkholes

Have you ever really stopped to consider what an act of faith it is to simply take a step on the earth? It’s an ominous thought, but […]

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Sansom Street Finally Reopens After Last Year’s Business-Drenching Deluge

What is it with this city and giant, gaping holes in the ground? There’s the sinkhole along Baltimore Avenue in West Philly, the “large void” that […]

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West Philly’s Massive Sinkhole Is Expected to Ruin Traffic for Another 3 Weeks

Sorry, West Philly: the massive, empty swimming pool of a sinkhole that recently opened just outside Clark Park isn’t going anywhere soon. John Digiulio, a spokesperson […]


The City May Pay You Up to $2,000 to Make Your Patio Greener

Hey, you there! Yes, you with the concrete-floored, stucco-walled patio in the back of your rowhouse! Don’t all those hard surfaces make you feel a […]

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Center City Water Main Break Repairs Could Last Months

Philadelphia officials say it could take months for the city to finish replacing the 48-inch water main that burst and unleashed a flood in Center City […]

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PHOTOS: Center City After the Flood

A 48-inch water main near Sansom and Juniper streets burst early Tuesday morning, leaving a sizable chunk of Center City Philadelphia barren and muddy just […]

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Water Main Break Had Parts of Center City Under Water

This is a developing story and may be updated at any time. If you live or work anywhere near Sansom and Juniper streets in Philadelphia, […]


Philly, It’s Time to Test Your Drinking Water

Even if you don’t live near a Sunoco drilling site, you might be interested in learning what’s in your drinking water. Philadelphia startup Tern Water has officially made their […]

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Thousands of Cockroaches Flood Philly Street

We knew Philly had a cockroach problem, but we didn’t know it was this bad. Thousands of cockroaches poured out of a manhole and swarmed a street in […]


Startup of the Week: Tern Water to Tackle the Drinking Water Crisis Faucet by Faucet

Editor’s Note: We are happy to announce that Startup of the Week is back! The weekly feature showcases the inner workings of startups across Philadelphia’s […]

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That Green Slime Blooming in the Schuylkill Is Just Duckweed, Y’all

We saw some pictures floating around the social media airwaves this morning showing a long strand of green stuff floating on top of the Schuylkill […]


Neighbors Weigh In on American Street’s Future

  As Philadelphia went through its industrial revolution that made it “The Workshop of the World,” one of its greatest industrial districts was the one […]


Water Department Will Update Lead-Testing Methods

The Philadelphia Water Department announced in a press release last week that it will update the way it tests for lead to comply with the […]

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Philly Water Bills Are About to Increase

The Water, Sewer and Stormwater Rate Board released its rate determination for the next two fiscal years Wednesday — and rates are going up. Water bills […]


The No-Bullshit Guide to How Philadelphia Tests for Lead in its Drinking Water

Last week, British newspaper The Guardian named Philadelphia among a list of U.S. cities that “cheat” when testing for lead in the water supply. The […]