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You are viewing 13 articles for March 2018 by the author Jake Blumgart

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson speaks at the opening of Vaux Big Picture High School in Sharswood

In Philly, HUD Secretary Ben Carson finds evidence that 'housing-first' policies work

Norma Cuevas remembers very distinctly when Pathways to Housing PA gave her the keys to her new apartment after two years of homelessness and a stint in jail. “I said, I’m…

    • 1855 north 21 street

Renter beware: Philly's deadly housing problem

The 1800 block of North 21 Street looks a lot like many stretches of North Philadelphia, with three-story red-brick rowhomes standing over vacant lots and cracked sidewalks. But the neighborhood is…

    • A rendering of Southern Land Company's 1911 Walnut St. tower.

Rittenhouse Square's last tower moves towards 2019 groundbreaking

A soaring luxury apartment tower planned for the last undeveloped corner of Rittenhouse Square got the green light to move forward from the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on Thursday. The…

    • Cars and bikes compete on many Philadelphia streets despite bike lanes.

New bike lanes coming to Fairmount Park and West Philly

Just in time for spring: new bike lanes in Fairmount Park and the Parkside neighborhood of West Philadelphia. The City Council is now considering the long-awaited extension of an existing lane…

    • 702 Sansom from the street-level

Toll Brothers' releases new design for Jewelers Row tower

Toll Brothers hopes the fourth time’s the charm as the Horsham-based luxury home builder releases the latest renderings of its controversial Jewelers Row condo tower. Coming on the heels of a…

    • U.S Rep. Brandon Boyle in Olney

How Trump's budget would hurt Philly's business districts

U.S. Rep. Brendan Boyle, D-Pa, grew up in the Olney neighborhood of upper North Philadelphia. There, the congressman’s mother worked as a crossing guard shepherding school children across bustling North 5th…

    • Partiers revel at The Dolphin Tavern in South Philadelphia.

City mulls new license to booze that would keep Philly bars open until 4 a.m.

Should Philadelphia’s bars stay open until 4:00 a.m.? Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown thinks so, as long as tax dollars from those late night drinks go to the School District of Philadelphia.…

    • Jason’s Cozyday is one of Olney’s most popular hang out spots for young people. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

The hottest Philly neighborhood no one is talking about

No one could argue that Olney, in upper North Philadelphia, is gentrifying. But that doesn’t mean the neighborhood isn’t revitalizing. In the afternoon when schools let out, kids weighed down with…

    • Paul Levy in Dilworth Plaza

Center City's boom vulnerable, business leader warns

Paul Levy wants Philadelphia to stop fighting over growth. “We are living in a highly polarized time, and Philly needs not to get caught in those traps of us vs. them,”…

    • The William & Letitia Still House, an Underground Railroad station, is newly protected by historic designation.

Found in South Philadelphia, an Underground Railroad station

From the outside, 625 South Delhi Street looks like an average Philadelphia rowhouse. But in the 1850s, it was home to Underground Railroad leaders William and Letitia Still. Within the house’s…

    • bartrams village

Bartram Village wins $1.3 million grant, kickstarting redevelopment

The Philadelphia Housing Authority has won a $1.3 million federal grant that will allow the cash-strapped agency to get started on an ambitious plan to redevelop  Bartram Village, a 500-unit apartment…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Republican Councilman David Oh introduces $50 million affordable housing bill

When Mayor Jim Kenney’s introduced his $4.7 billion budget for fiscal year 2019 last week, most of the pushback focused on his plan for increased taxes to cover the Philadelphia School…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Mayor Kenney's wish list includes more money to help neighborhood businesses, clear blight and protect vulnerable residents

The big news coming out of Mayor Jim Kenney's annual budget address held Thursday morning in City Council chambers is a proposed six percent increase in property taxes and a delay…

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