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Just another murder?

The following commentary is in response to a fatal shooting early Saturday morning near 49th and Springfield. The author, Renee Tapp, is concerned about the horrific crime and what she perceives as...

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Reader concerned about treacherous dirt bikes

Reader Max expresses his concern about some young men riding motorcycles/dirt bikes too dangerously on the neighborhood streets. Here’s what he writes: “I am a resident of West Philly and am writing to...

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Big neighborhood meeting on property tax overhaul on Wednesday

Confused about the new property tax system? Curious about how your property taxes or rent will be affected by the Actual Value Initiative (AVI)? There’s a good opportunity to learn more and have some...

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Letter to the Editor: Support Meatless Monday in Philly schools

Back in November, West Philly Local reported on the Meatless Monday resolution that City Council passed urging residents to avoid eating meat just one day a week (Editor: you can read it here). The end...

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West is Best: A farewell from Annamarya Scaccia

Photo courtesy of Annamarya Scaccia. [Editor's Note: This is the final post from our intrepid writer and Cedar Park resident Annamarya Scaccia, who brought her Brooklyn-born nose for news to West...

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A rogue tow truck?: A neighbor’s tale of her missing car

[Editor's Note: Just as we were getting ready to publish this, a new twist emerged. Maria wrote that she was contacted last night by another person by telephone demanding that she pay $1,000 for the...

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Tenuous community consensus reached on preserving Wiota Street Garden

The Wiota Street Garden (from Google Street View). Those in attendance at last night’s public meeting on the future of the Wiota Street Garden in West Powelton tenuously agreed to block attempts to...

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How about those Stroll lines?

Dollar Strolls always bring huge crowds to Baltimore Avenue looking for $1 specials from neighborhood restaurants and other businesses, but last night was something absolutely crazy. Reader Marshall...

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“A heavy shadow”: A tribute to late West Philly activist Fran Aulston from...

Fran Aulston, a West Philadelphia community activist, former President of the Paul Robeson House and founder of Peoplehood Parade passed away on August 9, 2015. The 16th annual Peoplehood Parade, in...

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‘What can neighbors do to get this intersection looked at for improvements?’

There are a few tricky intersections along Baltimore Avenue where drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists should use extra caution. There have been efforts to make some of those intersections safer in...

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Last-minute chance to donate to a community organization and ease your tax bill

If you are still feeling generous during this holiday season, there are a few local community organizations that could use some help. Plus, you might get the added benefit of a last-minute, 2015 tax...

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Letter to the Editor: “We Need to Up Our Recycling Game”

Philadelphia needs to up their recycling game. The amount of recycling we do considering the population of our city is underwhelming. Compared to a city with a much greater population, like Los...

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Chestnut Street’s protected bike lane officially opens, but is it only...

The Chestnut Street Transportation Project, which includes a parking protected bicycle lane, officially opened on Tuesday with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The new bike lane and some pedestrian safety...

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PPA ‘courtesy tows’ cars parked on 4500 block of Spruce due to road work. But...

This neighbor had an interesting experience this afternoon when she found that her car, which had been parked near 45th and Spruce, was “courtesy towed” by the Philadelphia Parking Authority due to...

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Letter to the Editor: Philadelphia public libraries face uphill budget...

Two hundred library Friends and staff rallied for Full Library Funding at City Hall in December (Photo courtesy of Friends of Walnut St. West Library). “Robbing Peter to pay Paul” has become the norm...

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