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    • Point Breeze | Credit: Neal Santos, © National Trust for Historic Preservation

How Philly’s City Council candidates say they’d deal with the housing crisis

Philadelphia voters in Tuesday’s primary election will help determine the future of City Council. And while many issues are beyond the control of local politicians — who can’t even raise the…

    • On York Street in East Kensington, a new rowhome towers above its neighbors. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Is Philly growing too big, too fast? Gentrification concerns fuel City Council zoning reform call

City Council President Darrell Clarke thinks Philadelphia’s zoning regulations are accelerating gentrification and wants a redo of the code that governs construction and development in the city. Under a resolution authored…

    • This rendering shows a perspective view of Liberty on the River's first phase of development. (Barton Partners Architects)

Developer to extend Delaware River trail for OK on extra-tall towers

A mega development coming to the Delaware River waterfront will include a swath of a long-planned river trail in exchange for permission to build taller towers than local regulations permit. Developer…

    • Mayor Jim Kenney at the first groundbreaking of his signature Rebuild initiative.

Philly launches 2 programs designed to help minority businesses succeed

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney gathered members of City Council and small-business people Monday to tout his $500 million Rebuild program as a means of equitable economic development. Philadelphia — a majority-minority…

    • Helen Gym | Emma Lee/WHYY

Philly renters guaranteed lawyers in eviction court under new City Council bill

If Philadelphia Councilwoman Helen Gym has her way, many more renters facing eviction will be represented by a lawyer when they have their day in court. Gym introduced a bill Thursday…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Activists file ethics complaint against Allan Domb

Opponents of Philadelphia’s 10-year tax abatement filed an ethics complaint Wednesday against City Councilman Allan Domb, a real estate broker and developer who owns numerous properties across the city. The Philadelphia…

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Protections for Philly parking industry workers advance at City Hall

Two City Council bills aimed at regulating labor practices in Philadelphia’s parking industry advanced easily at a hearing on Monday. One bill would require that industry employers show “just cause” before…

    • Curtis Jones in City Council chambers

Eight Philly locales likely to be off limits for medical marijuana dispensaries

Philadelphia Councilman Curtis Jones doesn’t want City Line Avenue to become “the Atlantic City of recreational and medical marijuana.” That’s why he introduced a bill last year to ban medical marijuana…

    • View of the garden entrance to the condo project behind the Dilworth House

Society Hill’s Dilworth House condo tower wins final city approval

After almost two decades of legal disputes and neighborhood enmity, a proposed super-luxury 12-story condo development behind the Dilworth House cleared its final hurdle this week. A Wednesday presentation to the…

    • Anastasi Seafood in the Italian Market. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Protecting the Italian Market’s walkability is the goal of new City Council bill

Councilman Mark Squilla is stepping into a fight over a driveway that opponents say threatens the pedestrian nature of the Italian Market. The driveway in question would interrupt 9th Street south…

    • A former garage located behind homes on 51st Street is slated for redevelopment into an apartment building. (Kim Paynter/WHYY)

Yes in your backyard? Apartment building to rise behind West Philly homes

Hidden behind the stately townhomes to the northeast of West Philadelphia’s Malcolm X Park, there lies an abandoned auto garage. Covered in creeping vines and sprouting saplings from its empty windows,…

    • Permits have been filed to build apartments on the sit of this partially demolished church.

278 apartments will rise on site of partially demolished Gothic-style West Philly church

A massive new apartment building will rise on the site of the partially demolished Christ Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church on 43rd and Chestnut streets in University City, according to construction permits…

    • 4136 Mitchell St: rendering | KCA Design Associates, January '17 CDR

Kenyatta Johnson introduces reform to ‘fresh food’ zoning bonus that rewarded developers for ‘bananas in the window’

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson wants to overhaul a development incentive designed to bring fresh fruit and vegetables into Philadelphia neighborhoods without grocery stores. The zoning bonus for developers who put “fresh…

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Allan Domb has made millions selling Philly real estate. Now critics want him to recuse himself on the city’s tax abatement

A group of activists wants Allan Domb out of City Council. They say he shouldn’t be making decisions about development policy because of his lucrative second job as one of Center…

    • Recycling bins on Cuthbert Street in Philadelphia. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Streets Department: Philadelphia to stop burning recyclables

The Philadelphia Streets Department is responsible for a host of important functions including trash pickup, road safety infrastructure, and street sweeping (or not). But few of these policy areas were given…

    • Philadelphia fire commissioner Adam Thiel at The Original Apostolic Faith Church of the Lord Jesus Christ in North Philadelphia in March of 2018.

Q&A: How Philly’s firefighters keep the city’s historic buildings safe

Philadelphia is an especially historic city and one that is especially fire-prone too. Neighborhoods like Old City have seen a series of conflagrations in recent years, as historic buildings without…

    • Siobhan Reardon stands in the Heim Center for Cultural and Civic Engagement, part of a massive renovation of the Parkway Central Library. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly councilwoman calls for Free Library director to step down

The Philadelphia Free Library leadership faced harsh questioning from City Council in the wake of controversies about racial and religious diversity in the system. “You need to do more, you need…

    • Derek Green | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman proposes change to Philly bidding system to boost small businesses

Philadelphia Councilman Derek Green wants to make it easier for small businesses to win contracts with the city. “This would help us to keep dollars in the city of Philadelphia, in…

    • Philadelphia City Councilman Bobby Henon wears a Local 98 T-shirt at the Labor Day parade in 2016. Henon's office at City Council was searched by the FBI a month before. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Indicted Bobby Henon pushes for more L&I inspectors, dominates budget hearing

Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections met with rapturous praise at its Wednesday budget hearing, as City Council members suggested that the agency ask for far more funding than officials planned…

    • A house once stood on an empty lot on Tulip Street in Old Richmond. It collapsed because of faulty demo next door. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Illegal construction is causing an uptick in building collapses. Will Philly hire more inspectors?

Jim Hopp didn’t know it would be his last time seeing his childhood home whole when he pulled up to pick up the mail a month ago. The Fishtown house was…

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