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    • A rendering of the $25 million Philadelphia Youth Basketball complex proposed for 36 acres of the Logan Triangle in North Philadelphia.

First step in plan to redevelop Logan Triangle: A $25m basketball complex

Philadelphia’s Redevelopment Authority has begun the process of transferring the southwest corner of the infamous Logan Triangle into private hands, a long-awaited step forward. The 36 acres in North Philadelphia west…

    • 'Philadelphia Delivers' submission to Amazon HQ2 RFP. Credit: DAG.

Big bits of unfinished business get little adjustments by City Council

At its second-to-last meeting before the summer recess, City Council made minor amendments only to its budget proposal and to construction-tax legislation, two of the biggest pieces of unfinished business on…

    • Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell, whose parking bill was delayed in the Rules Committee

RCO insurance measure moves to next Council step; parking minimums hold

The array of controversial measures City Council will be considering before its summer recess has narrowed.  Legislation boosting mandatory parking minimums was held in the Rules Committee on Tuesday, marking the…

    • The Realtors association's mailer opposing Mayor Kenney's budget proposal.

Realtors association mailer attacks Kenney's budget plan

The Greater Philadelphia Association of Realtors is coming out hard against Mayor Jim Kenney’s budget proposal, which seeks to raise $770 million over five years to boost funding to the city’s…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

Small post-fire rooming-house reforms advance in City Council

Since the rooming-house fire that killed four people in March, Philadelphia’s Department of Licenses and Inspections has been pushing for legislative reforms to change how the city regulates group living facilities.…

    • City Council chambers.

Numbers, criticism fly at a pair of contentious city budget briefings

Philadelphia's budget battle continued to rage Thursday, as City Council rolled out an audit of the Office of Property Assessment and the Kenney administration questioned the legislative body’s proposed alternative to…

    • Protesters at Thursday's City Council hearing on a package of affordable-housing bills.

Activists' protest delays, but doesn't derail, affordable-housing bills

City Council President Darrell Clarke’s affordable-housing package moved forward Thursday, despite activists who occupied the council chamber for 30 minutes to protest provisions of the bills that they argue would deprive…

    • Union leader John Dougherty strongly opposed the construction tax.

Union leader, administration officials blast construction tax

Despite criticism from some senior city officials and blistering opposition from the building trades unions, a proposed 1 percent tax on construction to fund affordable housing passed out of City Council's finance…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Protest against construction tax planned even as amendments are in the offing

Some affordable-housing advocates are preparing to protest the details of legislation -- set to receive a hearing in City Council on Wednesday -- that would levy a one-percent construction tax on…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Anti-squatting measure, months in the making, moves out of City Council committee

David Oh’s anti-squatting legislation has finally advanced out of committee, after nine months of relentless advocacy from the Republican at-large City Council member. The legislation seeks to address what Oh’s office…

    • A 2011 view of the elevated Reading Viaduct in the Callowhill neighborhood

In the emerging Callowhill neighborhood, making their bid for a Business Improvement District

The old factory district between Vine Street and Spring Garden is one of the last Center City-adjacent neighborhoods pocked by empty lots and vacant storefronts. Many have tried to name the…

    • Donald Shoup, author of

'Parking Guru' advises Philly: Don't require more, manage what you have

In City Hall, the parking wars are raging again. Back in 2012, Philadelphia’s antiquated zoning code got an overhaul. Policymakers enacted widespread changes, in some cases bringing the code in…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Changes to Philly construction tax break under review

With the spring City Council session coming to an end, reform of Philadelphia’s controversial 10-year property tax abatement emerged as a live issue on Thursday. The 18-year-old development incentive waives property taxes…

    • A view of Fairmount Park

City hits pause on digital billboard proposed for land abutting Fairmount Park

Opponents have stymied a plan to put a digital billboard next to Fairmount Park, putting the controversial treeline addition on hold. The double-sided billboard would have overlooked the Schuylkill Expressway, according…

    • Newer homes with garages.

City Council tweaks bill requiring developers to provide more parking in Philly neighborhoods

A measure that would require developers to build more parking along with new housing got a major haircut in City Council on Wednesday. The mandatory parking minimum bill revised by the council’s…

    • The Amos Barnes house

New development controls proposed for a hidden gem of the Northwest

New limits on development are in the works for a leafy Northwest Philadelphia neighborhood best known for its proximity to the sprawling park with which it shares a name. The Wissahickon…

    • Fishtown zoning meeting on St. Laurentius reuse, September 20, 2016 | Brad Larrison for WHYY

New bill would protect neighborhood groups from lawsuit-happy developers

City Councilman Bobby Henon has introduced a bill that would make city funds for insurance available to all registered community groups that hold zoning meetings regarding new development projects in their…

    • Garages on Lombard Street

City Council moves to require more parking in Philly neighborhoods

In the midst of a heated debate about how to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city, West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is resurrecting a two-year-old bill mandating…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March fire.

City Council considering fire code upgrade that could affect all rental properties

There is an old saying that fire codes are written in blood. Reform only comes after a tragic and deadly accident. That’s what’s happening in Philadelphia City Hall right now. Three…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City budget hearings come to end with no consensus on who deserves a tax break

City Councilmembers raised difficult questions about tax breaks for developers at a time when costs are rising for residents at a Department of Revenue hearing on Tuesday, the last in a…

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