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You are viewing 26 articles for 2019 by the author Ryan Briggs

    • Candidates hold yes signs signaling their agreement with a  proposal at a March candidates forum at Congregation Rodeph Shalom. (Jonathan Wilson for WHYY)

Most Philly Council candidates oppose the 10-year tax abatement

Philadelphia’s 46 City Council candidates may not agree on much, but the majority do agree on one point –– it’s time to renegotiate the city’s 10-year real estate tax abatement on…

    • Concentrated poverty is growing in certain Philadelphia area suburbs.

Northeast Philly, suburbs become poorer as inner city gentrifies

Philadelphia’s innermost neighborhoods were shedding residents and businesses as the suburbs boomed in the mid-20th century. Moving to a tract house in a place like Levittown in Bucks County or the…

    • The Wharton Centre at 22nd Street and Cecil B. Moore Avenue. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

A historic haven for black Philadelphians slated for demolition

A string of buildings that once housed one of the city’s first social service providers for black Philadelphians are set to meet the wrecking ball. The Wharton Centre was founded in…

    • Construction at 3300 Mantua Avenue. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Blackwell helped a developer get city land. Now he’s hosting a fundraiser for her.

Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell will be feted at a $250- to $1,000-plate campaign fundraising dinner hosted by a for-profit developer who has benefitted from city land sales orchestrated by the…

    • A Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

An end to sweetheart deals? Kenney orders competitive city land sales

Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration issued a directive to all City Council offices Thursday outlining reforms to Philadelphia’s controversial and dysfunctional process for selling unused city-owned land. Many of these sales have…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Philadelphia council introduces bill to phase out soda tax

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney just got handed a new and potentially dire challenge to the city’s soda tax — the signature achievement of his first term. A bill introduced by City…

    • A rendering of a mixed-use development Parkway has proposed for a surface parking lot it owns at the intersection of North Broad and Spring Garden streets. ( BLT Architects/ Parkway Corp.)

Philly's Parkway Corp. seeks $5 million grant for Center City office tower

Parkway Corporation, a parking lot operator with extensive downtown real estate holdings, wants state redevelopment dollars to underwrite the construction of an 18-story office tower near 23rd and Market streets. The…

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Swank swim club to top off former PHA building

The city is building a park on top of I-95, the old Royal Theatre is turning into luxury apartments and now, a swanky rooftop swim club is coming to the Philadelphia…

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A park that makes money? Dilworth generated $2.5 million in 2018

When construction began last month on a second Starbucks-branded cafe in Dilworth Park outside City Hall, some Philadelphians started asking why businesses and ads were in the city-owned plaza at all.…

    • A Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Troubled city land sale office facing takeover after scandals

A once-obscure city office that critics link to Philadelphia’s pay-to-play political culture will soon be taken over by the Philadelphia Land Bank, according to a memorandum of understanding obtained by PlanPhilly.…

    • A city street sweeper cleans Chester Avenue in Southwest Philadelphia. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Filthadelphia no more? Kenney seeks to ‘vastly’ increase street sweeping

Mayor Jim Kenney announced a new anti-litter proposal in his budget address that could bring the city a step closer to shedding the unwanted sobriquet “Filthadelphia.” Kenney said he would seek…

    •  Developer Ken Weinstein at a lot he tried to purchase from the city in Philadelphia’s Wayne Junction neighborhood. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

How City Council broke Philly’s app for selling blighted land

When developer Ken Weinstein wanted to buy two vacant lots from the city of Philadelphia, he went online. The city has an app for selling off its thousands of unused publicly…

    • A 2017 photo of a West Collection opening.

First glimpse of contemporary art museum coming to Fishtown

Documents obtained from the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspection show the first glimpse of the West Collection’s planned home in Philadelphia’s Fishtown neighborhood. PlanPhilly reported last week that the 3,100-piece…

    • Mayor Kenney says says income from the sugary drink tax will support schools and community centers in the city, March 2016 | Emma Lee / WHYY

Lobbying war over Philly soda tax still waged by the millions

Campaigns related to Philadelphia’s controversial sweetened beverage tax accounted for 40 cents on every dollar spent to influence Philadelphia legislation in 2018, according to a WHYY analysis of lobbying disclosures. Special…

    • An abstract sculpture from the West Collection displayed at a temporary installation inside the Kimmel Center in 2016.

Billionaire planning contemporary art museum in Fishtown warehouse

A series of Frankford Avenue warehouses are slated to become a permanent home for the West Collection, a 3,100-piece cache of contemporary art assembled by billionaire Alfred P West, Jr.…

    • A resurgence of bedbugs across the U.S. has apartment dwellers taking extermination into their own hands. (AP Photo/Terry Gilliam)

Landlords must exterminate bed bugs under City Council bill

Philadelphia landlords who go soft on bedbugs could face stiff penalties under a new bill proposed by City Councilman Mark Squilla. Philadelphia is currently the only big city that does not…

    • A view of St. Laurentius from Palmer Cemetery in 2015 | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Fishtown's St. Laurentius church cleared for redevelopment

A Pennsylvania judge issued an opinion on Tuesday that could bring an end to an acrimonious two-and-a-half year struggle over the redevelopment of St. Laurentius, a crumbling Catholic church in Philadelphia’s…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman Domb drops $32,000 on poll as 2019 mayors race heats up

It’s been rumored for some time that real estate magnate and Philadelphia City Councilman Allan Domb has been eying a run for mayor this year. Domb has been on the outs…

    • Philadelphia City Hall (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Developers, unions fill City Council war chests ahead of 2019 elections

Who runs Philadelphia City Council? If campaign spending is any indication, the answer is labor unions and the real estate industry. With 2019 reelections just around the bend, campaign finance reports…

    • Local 98 used its power to shut down work unlawfully at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

‘Red-striped’: How Johnny Doc played Philly’s building inspectors

It pays to know a guy when you want to build in Philadelphia. Especially if that guy is a sitting council member with the city’s Department of Licenses and Inspection on…

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