Laura McCrystal covers Philadelphia government, policies, and agencies from The Inquirer's City Hall bureau.

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Shocked South Philadelphians grapple with news of first supervised injection site

Overnight, the South Philadelphia building set to become the location of the nation's first supervised drug injection site has become ground zero in a fight between angry neighbors, optimistic public health advocates, city officials and the federal government.

A new grocery store replaced a closed ShopRite in West Philly. But concern about the soda tax continues.

Overbrook residents say they are happy to have a grocery store in their neighborhood again, but some still plan to leave the city to shop for sweetened beverages.

Get ready to move your cars, Philly: Street sweeping will include parking restrictions this year

Residents in some Philadelphia neighborhoods will have to start moving their cars for street sweeping this summer.

Philly’s soda tax was supposed to help rebuild 200 parks and rec centers. Four years later, little work has been done.

Mayor Jim Kenney promised $500 million to fix up Philadelphia parks, recreation centers, and libraries. But the project’s budget and scope have shrunk, and City Councilmembers are frustrated by its slow pace.

Philadelphia won its soda tax battle. Then Big Soda went into ‘hyperdrive’ to win the war.

Philadelphia’s soda tax seems likely to survive as Mayor Jim Kenney’s signature achievement. But far fewer cities have followed suit than had been predicted.

Philly progressives make big moves in City Council after last year’s big win

A new Council kicked off its first working meeting with a wave of liberal proposals on issues such as housing, workers’ rights, and gun violence.

First she helped Philly kids in crisis. Now her job is to help ensure the future of Mayor Kenney’s pre-K program.

The new Office of Children and Families, run by Cynthia Figueroa, will oversee existing city departments that serve kids, including the mayor’s signature pre-K and community schools programs, and will work closely with other city departments to find ways to improve those services.

Philadelphia asked residents what they think of city government and most aren’t satisfied

Results of the survey were somewhat mixed, but city residents really want improvements to streets, policing, and other public safety services.

Mayor Kenney’s second term is underway. Here’s what he promised to do.

Mayor Jim Kenney began his second term in office, touting progress made over the last four years and promising to confront gun violence and other stubborn challenges that he blamed on decades of "economic and racial inequality.”

‘If you don’t want to move your car, tough.’ Citywide street sweeping is coming, Kenney says.

Street sweeping is coming to every Philadelphia neighborhood in the next few years, Mayor Jim Kenney said — and that could mean masses of residents having to regularly move their cars.