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What Will Become of Levittown, Pennsylvania?

The archetypal postwar suburb has less socioeconomic diversity—and hardly more racial diversity—than it did in the 1950s.

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The Bad Economics of Balkanized Suburbs

In Pennsylvania’s Delaware County, a patchwork of municipalities can easily find themselves with little room to maneuver.

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How Community Centers Evolved to Help Immigrants Adjust to Life in America

Public programs like Edible Alphabet at the Free Library of Philadelphia use cooking classes to teach new skills and celebrate heritage.

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The Triumphant Return of the Chinatown Bus

Two years after a federal safety crackdown, the intercity option is carrying more passengers than ever.

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A NASA Supercomputer Has Simulated the Blizzard's Next Movements

An incredible data-crunching system predicts the storm’s future in incredible detail.

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A Quick Guide to the U.S. East Coast Blizzard's Snow Accumulations

Forecasters say to expect up to 2 feet in places, especially around Washington, D.C.

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A Case Study on How Not to Do a Transportation Project

The lesson of Philadelphia's South Street Bridge is that community feedback isn't a one-and-done process.

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Philadelphia's Mayor Is the Latest to Propose Banning Trump

Michael Nutter said the city doesn’t have “any room for that kind of stupidity.”

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Why Most Northeast U.S. Intercity Travelers Still Drive

The price is just too right.

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An Artist Built a Jail Outside Philadelphia's City Hall

“Labyrinth” is a 40-by-40-foot explorable sculpture about mass incarceration.

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The Alt-Weekly Death Spiral Strikes Philadelphia

Philadelphia City Paper, remembered.

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Gentrification Backlash Has Inspired Its Own Backlash

Not everybody in the new wave of urban development is backing down.

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Why Popemageddon Traffic Jams Didn't Happen (But Still Could)

As L.A.’s Carmageddon proved a few years ago, congestion alerts can be extremely effective—until they wear off.

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A Friendly Hitchhiking Robot Meets a Violent End in Philadelphia

It crossed Canada and made it to Europe, but things took a turn in the U.S.

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Stop Releasing Your Balloons Into the Sky

Birds and turtles eat them and die.

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We Still Basically Have No Idea What Happened With the Amtrak 188 Derailment

Most notably: whether or not the engineer was using his cell phone.

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The Secrets to Philadelphia's Bicycle Success

For one thing: narrow, European-style streets.

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Why It Won't Do Any Good to Add Seatbelts on Trains

In some cases they might add to the death toll of a crash.