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    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

In surprise reversal, Christian Street Baptist no longer protected from wrecking ball

When the Historical Commission met earlier this month, it seemed like the Christian Street Baptist Church was added to the local historic register, sparing it from a developer’s wrecking ball.…

    • Allan Domb | Emma Lee/WHYY

Home security? Some opposed to Domb’s bill to securitize liens on tax deadbeats

After almost two years in office, Councilmember-At-Large Allan Domb finally introduced the bill he ran his campaign on. At Thursday’s City Council session, he put forward tax-lien securitization legislation that…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

Blocking Babylon: Historical Commission prevents demo of church properties in Bella Vista, Lawncrest

UPDATE: On Monday, November 20th, the Historical Commission announced a reversal on its vote to add Christian Street Baptist Church to the loal historic register, following notification that the Commission's…

    • Later this summer a sharrow will likely replace the 10th Street bike lane in Chinatown.

A new plan for Chinatown

Philadelphia’s Chinatown is a mere 0.3 square miles, a postage stamp community that nonetheless enjoys an impressive purchase on the city’s psyche. As Center City booms around it, this little ethnic…

    • horse fountain

No horsin’ around: L+I board upholds sanctions against carriage company

The old-fashioned buggies that pull tourists around Philadelphia’s historic sites are a staple of Old City and Independence Mall. But there may soon be far fewer horses prancing the city streets,…

    • City Council chambers.

Council advances bills on truck cranes, vinyl siding, stop-n-go stores, and SLAPP suits

On Thursday, City Council largely concerned itself with Mayor Jim Kenney’s push to reassert local control over Philadelphia’s school system. But a handful of City Council members also introduced bills that…

    • Sharswood rowhouses, February 2016 | Kimberly Paynter/WHYY

Why does Philadelphia love downzoning so much?

Following the Planning Commission’s approval two weeks ago, a raft of zoning remapping bills sailed through a breezy City Council hearing on Tuesday. There were no questions from the arrayed councilmembers…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

Is mandatory inclusionary zoning the answer to Philly’s affordable housing question?

City Council’s attention of late has been focused on keeping rent and mortgages affordable for all in Philadelphia as steady, year-over-year population gains increase housing prices. But the bills introduced to…

    • St. Boniface Church demolition, Norris Square. April 2012.

Philly moves to regulate demolition

Philadelphia plans to tighten regulations on demolitions after a year of heightened fears of lead poisoning in construction-heavy residential neighborhoods. At Thursday’s City Council session two bills were introduced, both drafted…

    • Bunting House demo on Ridge Avenue.

Planning Commission puts hold on Ridge Ave demolition moratorium

In late September Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill that would institute a one-year moratorium on demolitions along Ridge Avenue, a central thoroughfare that runs through Philadelphia’s northwestern neighborhoods. He worries…

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

Sleeping with the fishes: Fishtown Neighbors Association suspends operations after lawsuit causes insurance premium spike

Over the weekend, one of Philadelphia’s most visible civic organizations, Fishtown Neighbors Association (FNA), announced they would be suspending their activities. At the beginning of September , the community group received…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church, image from Google Streetview

Not so Christian Street? Preservationists seek to save Bella Vista church from developer’s wrecking ball

Just a short walk west from the Italian Market, the Christian Street Baptist Church sits nestled mid-block among the surrounding three-story rowhouses. The church’s mix of terracotta, red sandstone, and red…

    • Rendering of Comcast Innovation & Technology Center | Foster + Partners

How excited should Philly be about its growing office market?

In early 2016, the health care technology company IntegriChain moved to Center City from an office park near Princeton. The suburban location had once made a lot of sense. In the…

    • Conceptual rendering of Schuylkill Yards, a site being put forth for Amazon's second headquarters

KOZs proposed, renewed to lure Amazon to University City

Philadelphia is preparing an incentive package for Amazon, in hopes of attracting the corporation to establish its second headquarters in the city. This week, legislation is advancing to help sweeten the…

    • Bobby Henon | Emma Lee, NewsWorks

Henon wants more transparency from landlords

Tenant protection bills dominated the agenda at this week’s otherwise sleepy City Council session. Curtis Jones introduced a bill to institute “just cause” eviction protection for renters while, Democratic Majority Leader…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

Just ‘cause: Jones introduces surprise bill aimed at preventing surprise evictions

Hardly anyone attended City Council weekly session this Thursday. The public seats were thinly populated, there were barely any reporters, and even the legislative body itself wasn’t at full strength. But…

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

City asks public for preservation perspectives

On Tuesday night a couple hundred Philadelphians squeezed into the upper floor of the Independence Visitor Center to ruminate collectively about historic preservation. The meeting is the work of the Kenney…

    • Aerial view of 60 N. 23rd Street from 23rd & Arch Street

Developer of 23rd and Arch site asked to give double tower proposal a second look

PMC’s Property Group’s new mega-apartment project drew acrimony from the Civic Design Review (CDR) Tuesday, as the developer’s plans for a skybridge and an enormous parking garage proved unpopular. The committee…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown, July 2012 | Bas Slabbers for NewsWorks

Renters’ advocates take aim at landlords’ lawyers in fight to reform eviction court

The Public Interest Law Center is trying to change Philadelphia’s Landlord-Tenant Court. As one of the busiest corners of the municipal court system, these courtrooms in the stately Widner Building…

    • Darrell Clarke

Anti-foreclosure bill improved after summerlong simmer, officials say

On Thursday, City Council advanced amendments to legislation passed last June that would reduce tax foreclosures, but never was enacted due to a quirk of legislative timing. The bill, championed by…

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