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You are viewing 9 articles for March 2019 by the author Jake Blumgart

    • An aerial view of the 1800 block of East Hilton Street, where a supervised injection site has been proposed.

Councilman Mark Squilla moves to block supervised injection site

Philadelphia Councilman Mark Squilla introduced a bill that could prevent the nation’s first supervised injection site from opening at the Kensington location secured by project backers. Squilla on Thursday in City…

    • Councilwoman Blondell Reynolds Brown is shown in City Council chambers. (Nathaniel Hamilton for WHYY, file)

Lead-safety bill passes Philly City Council, more ambitious companion measure stalled

The city of Philadelphia will soon be required to have inspectors give many refurbished municipal buildings lead safety certifications. The proposed regulation is part of a sweeping lead-safety legislative package introduced…

    • Caption/Description: James Smith Jr. rents a room in Victor Pickney's rooming house. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Rooms for rent: Inside Philadelphia’s shadow housing market

James Smith Jr. got lucky. The 68-year-old pays $80 a week to live in a safe building in Brewerytown, one of the city’s quickly gentrifying neighborhoods. He moved in five years…

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Philadelphia’s deadliest road is inching towards speed cameras

Philadelphia drivers can expect to see speed enforcement cameras on Roosevelt Boulevard by the end of the year, city officials said Thursday. The 12-lane North Philadelphia road is the city’s most…

    • A row of houses, colorful but in need of substantial repairs, on North 27th Street in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia launches $40 million home repair loan program

A new low-interest loan program aimed at helping Philadelphia homeowners fix aging or damaged homes will provide $40 million worth of repairs to qualified applicants, city officials said Wednesday. The Restore,…

    • Nicholas Baker fought to preserve Philadelphia's remaining cast-iron subway entrances, like this one at City Hall. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Local man wins protections for Philly’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances

A decade after a local graduate student recommended preserving Philadelphia’s iconic cast-iron subway entrances, the Philadelphia Historical Commission approved protections for the ornate gates. That graduate student, Nicholas Baker, tried to…

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

Kenney's 2019 budget falls short on spending for libraries, housing, critics say

Mayor Jim Kenney’s annual budget address proved to be a quiet affair, with little in the way of cheering, jeering, or laughter. Two of the biggest applause lines came when Kenney…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

7 takeaways from Mayor Jim Kenney's $5 billion spending plan

Mayor Jim Kenney’s fourth budget address will put forward a modest agenda focused on improving government services in the final year of what he hopes is his first term. Previous budget…

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Fresh plans released for condo tower behind Dilworth House, in advance of review

After almost 20 years of bureaucratic battles, courtroom litigation, and several stops and starts, the condo tower planned for the parcel behind the Dilworth House on Washington Square faces what may…

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