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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…

    • Comcast will not pay property taxes on the value of its soaring 1.2 billion Technology Center until 2027 thanks to the 10-year  abatement. (Comcast)

Domb proposes 10-year tax abatement reform

After more than a year of sharp debate over Philadelphia’s 10-year property tax abatement, City Councilman Allan Domb has introduced legislation to shrink — but not substantially change — the controversial…

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Omar Woodard challenging City Council President Darrell Clarke

City Council President Darrell Clarke will face a new challenger for his Fifth District seat in North Philadelphia, according to documents filed with the city Board of Ethics.   That challenger,…

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19th Street Baptist pulls demolition permit for landmark church

A Philadelphia church designed by celebrated architects Frank Furness and George Hewitt is headed to the afterlife. The 19th Street Baptist Church secured a zoning permit Thursday to demolish its iconic…

    • The Civic Design Review committee recommended major changes to the design of this Spring Garden storage facility. The feedback had little impact on the final design.

Developers flout city design board recommendations, study finds

Architect Cecil Baker remembers exactly when he knew it was time to quit the Philadelphia Civic Design Review committee. “The straw that broke the camel's back for me was the case…

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Protests target West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell

Sheriff’s deputies arrested an activist in Philadelphia City Hall after the Brown and Black Workers Cooperative disrupted a City Council meeting. The group interrupted the Thursday meeting with demands to end…

    • St. Laurentius Church is a Fishtown landmark. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

City wants to rezone St. Laurentius and sidestep legal drama

The Philadelphia City Planning Commission unanimously recommended a spot zoning bill that would allow St. Laurentius Church in Fishtown to become apartments without any further public approvals. The bill, reviewed at…

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Justin DiBerardinis runs for Philadelphia City Council on a good government platform

Justin DiBerardinis wants to change Philadelphia’s government, and not just by winning a seat on City Council. At this early stage in the 2019 municipal elections, DiBerardinis is one of the…

    • The structure at 2621 N. Jefferson St. in Brewerytown, as it appeared after the June collapse.

Fishtown building collapse inspires construction enforcement bill

Philadelphia City Council wants to finance a crackdown on unsafe construction. A building collapse last week in Fishtown and another recent collapse in Germantown has inspired Councilmember Cindy Bass to introduce…

    • Provident Mutual Life Insurance Building, 2014

Philadelphia councilwoman delayed major city land deal to help a developer

The city’s stalled redevelopment of 4601 Market Street finally advanced on Thursday after West Philadelphia Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell reversed her opposition. A document obtained by PlanPhilly indicates Blackwell’s reservations stemmed from…

    • A rendering of 2100 Hamilton St. behind the Rodin Museum.

Parkway condo opposed by Rodin Museum, Rail Park wins key city approval

A condo building that opponents say could disrupt plans to extend the Rail Park and endanger Rodin Museum holdings has won the final city approval needed to break ground. The Philadelphia…

    • A rendering shows a redeveloped Gretz Brewery on Germantown Avenue. ( T+ Associates.)

Gretz Brewery redevelopment in Kensington returns to drawing board

The sprawling former Gretz Brewery stands as a hunkering symbol of industrial blight. The impressive red brick structure went vacant almost 60 years ago and Kensington residents have worried for years…

    • View to northwest of the proposed LCOR apartment tower in Society Hill

Society Hill residents lose anti-high rise fight at ZBA, may challenge in court

Society Hill residents came out in force Tuesday to oppose plans for a 31-story apartment tower at the edge of their neighborhood. Dozens of opponents attended a Philadelphia Zoning Board of…

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Provident Mutual building redevelopment to move forward with Blackwell’s support

A developer’s plan to transform the former Provident Mutual Life Insurance Co. building into a sprawling health campus will move forward with the support of West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell,…

    • 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)

Councilman indicted on union corruption charges introduces contractor review bill

Indicted Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon introduced bills that would strengthen City Hall’s power over building contractors on Thursday. The legislation was introduced just hours before the embattled representative of the lower…

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