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    • Ricci Rawls and her children, Patience, 12, Charlie, 7, Izzy, 5, Ava 4, and Faith, 1 on their last day before eviction. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Philadelphia renters win new protections at City Hall with passage of 'good cause' bill

Ricci Rawls stood before a packed City Council session on Thursday and testified passionately in favor of Councilman Curtis Jones’s “good cause” eviction bill, which is meant to protect renters from…

    • Councilman Kenyatta Johnson responds to report on racial disparities in Philadelphia home loans. Emma Lee/WHYY

City Councilmen respond to land-flip scandal with an offer of reform

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson and Council President Darrell Clarke introduced a bill on Thursday that they say creates new safeguards against corrupt land dealing in City Hall. Introduced on the tail…

    • A rendering of 2110 E. Norris St.

Fishtown developer proposes fence; gives neighbors the ‘middle finger’

A 95-unit apartment building is coming to a blighted Fishtown lot near the Berks elevated train stop. In a reprieve from Philadelphia’s toxic parking wars, neighbors aren’t worried about where residents…

    • Sheet Metal Workers protest in Council

Union scores hot win over real estate industry in fire code battle

City officials are brokering a deal they hope will extinguish a feud over Philadelphia’s fire code. The dispute between the city’s Sheet Metal Workers Union and local real estate industry groups…

    • Councilman Curtis Jones, Jr. arrives ahead of a anti-eviction rally, organized by Philadelphia Tenants Union, on Wednesday. (Bastiaan Slabbers for WHYY)

City Council downsizes new protections for renters in ‘Good cause’ bill

On Thursday, Councilman Curtis Jones substantially scaled back a bill meant to protect Philadelphia renters. Jones introduced amendments to his “good cause” eviction legislation that would make it applicable only to…

    • A vacant property owned by the city.

City selling vacant lots with eye to 'social impact'

City agencies own roughly a quarter of the 40,000 vacant parcels of land in Philadelphia. It’s a figure that’s barely budged over the last decade despite a building boom and the…

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What happens when your real estate gets remapped

Rahil Raza was dead tired when he woke up on the chilly November morning of his appearance before Philadelphia’s Zoning Board of Adjustments.   There was a lot riding on the…

    • HUD Sec. Ben Carson tours Vaux Big Picture High School in Philadelphia

HUD wants to sweeten the deal for landlords who accept housing vouchers

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson wants to entice more landlords to accept housing vouchers and the agency’s first step in Philadelphia is talking to people like…

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Five takeaways from Mayor Kenney’s Radio Times interview

On Monday morning, Mayor Jim Kenney stopped by WHYY for a wide-ranging conversation with RadioTimes host Marty Moss-Coane. The two discussed a series of policy questions -- many of them…

    • Project H.O.M.E. Outreach Response Worker Sam Santiago, center, assisting a homeless man sleeping under a bridge in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

A Code Blue Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving will be the coldest in Philadelphia in about 100 years with daytime highs not expected to exceed 30 degrees. Wednesday morning, the city pre-emptively declared a Code Blue for…

    • City Councilman David Oh

Changes to controversial anti-squatting law advance in City Council

In an unusual display of public animosity, Philadelphia City Council members Cherelle Parker and David Oh repeatedly clashed Tuesday about a new law authored by Oh making it easier for landlords to…

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Tiny houses to make Philadelphia debut on city land

Philadelphia is on track to begin construction of prefabricated tiny houses in Kensington, a new strategy for the city that advocates say could dramatically improve the region’s ability to respond to…

    • Curtis Jones | Emma Lee/WHYY

"NIMBY does apply sometimes," says Jones on cannabis dispensaries

On Thursday, City Councilman Curtis Jones introduced a bill [PDF] that would regulate medical marijuana dispensaries both in his district, which includes neighborhoods like Overbrook Farm and Roxborough, as well as…

    • A protested eviction in Germantown.  (Bas Slabbers for WHYY)

Study: Spending now on legal aid for renters would save city down the road

An annual investment of $3.5 million would cover the cost of legal representation for the thousands of low-income tenants who find themselves facing eviction orders in Philadelphia’s Municipal Court, according to…

    •  Philadelphia is planning to redevelop the Maplewood Mall in Germantown. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

$3.3M Maplewood Mall remake to break ground in 2019

On a typical day, the intersection of Germantown and Chelten bustles with life as shoppers weave from stores to sidewalk, and  honking cars navigate traffic. But turn the corner, and you…

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City design board, neighbors decry plan for Callowhill storage facility

Philadelphia’s Civic Design Review board has added its voice to a loud chorus of opposition to a plan to build a six-story storage facility in the middle of the growing Callowhill…

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

Bill to ban new 3-story homes in Point Breeze, Grays Ferry introduced by Councilman Johnson

City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson has introduced a bill that would make it easier to build new homes and taller buildings in some sections of Point Breeze and Grays Ferry, while making…

    • Wendell Whitlock is the Board Chairman of Sullivan Progress Plaza. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Nation's first black-owned shopping center celebrates 50

The shopping center on Broad and Oxford Streets might not look out of the ordinary to the average passersby. But that hasn’t stopped politicians from Richard Nixon to Barack Obama from…

    • Ontario and C streets is rated a “3” on Philadelphia’s Litter Index. (Kimberly Paynter/WHYY)

Trash talk: Bigger fines and free neighborhood cans

Philadelphia residents are tired of construction companies —or their neighbors — dumping debris in vacant lots and public parks. And when Philadelphians get mad about something in their neighborhood, their City…

    • Touch-screen payment registers made by Square are used in many cashless establishments.

City Council bill would outlaw cashless businesses

If you want to get a coffee at Bluestone Lane, across the street from City Hall, you’ll have to bring a credit card. Along with a handful of other restaurants in…

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