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    • The 5600 block of Ridge Avenue sits within a new historic district.

Historical Commission approves Ridge Avenue district

The Philadelphia Historical Commission granted protections to 188 buildings along a five-mile stretch of Ridge Avenue in Roxborough on Friday, creating the largest new historic district the city has seen since…

    • Rendering of Temple's proposed

City Council recalls Temple community center project

Temple University suffered a setback in City Council on Thursday when City Council President Darrell Clarke recalled a zoning bill that would have enabled the construction of a four-story preschool and…

    • A new apartment building at 24th and Redner streets in Sharswood.

Philly maps 10-year course toward building, preserving 100,000 housing units

Detailing the strategies Philadelphia hopes to employ to create or preserve 100,000 units of housing in the next 10 years, the city’s new housing plan dropped on Wednesday. The plan received…

    • Germantown Boys and Girls Club

Historic Germantown Boys and Girls Club spared wrecking ball

High atop the municipal building at 1515 Arch Street on Tuesday morning, the long battle over the future of the Germantown Boys and Girls Club appeared to end in détente. For…

    • The Frankford Chocolate Factory at 21st and Washington Streets is in the process of demolition.

South Philly group asks chocolate factory developer for community benefits

South Philadelphia residents are playing hardball with developer Ori Feibush over a  $100 million residential redux of the 150-year-old Frankford Chocolate Factory on Washington Avenue. The South of South Neighborhood Association…

    • rowhomes (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council passes $71M housing bill

City Council passed a package of housing bills on Thursday, after more than a year of debate. But even before the ink dried on the legislation, protesters argued that they…

    • The cost of residential construction is high in Philadelphia, the fourth most expensive building market in the U.S.

Changes to plumbing code expected to sharply reduce Philly construction costs

Of the fifty largest cities in America, only Philadelphia and six other union-friendly urban centers still require the use of expensive, heavy metal pipes in high-rise residential construction. Cheaper and more…

    • Maria Quiñones-Sánchez | Emma Lee/WHY

New inclusionary zoning bill sweetens deal for developers

After a negative response from developers, Philadelphia City Council has amended the terms of a density bonus intended to raise funds for affordable housing. “Legislation should be a living document,” said…

    • August 2014 | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Pew finds most poor Philly renters receive no public assistance

A new study out today from the Pew Charitable Trusts shows that the vast majority of low-income Philadelphians receive no assistance with their housing costs. As a result, many have to…

    •  Representatives of the Philadelphia Coalition for Affordable Communities packed a Sept. 26 City Council hearing

As protestors heckle, affordable housing bills advance in City Council

A City Council committee voted unanimously on Wednesday to advance a package of affordable housing bills that would enable developers to tap city funds for middle-income projects. The bills allow for…

    • A file photo of developer Ori Feibush in a vacant lot across from homes he built he built in Point Breeze.

Philly developers say numbers don’t ‘pencil’ out on city’s latest affordable housing scheme

Ori Feibush may be one of the more controversial developers in Philadelphia, but few would argue about the one-time City Council candidate’s ability to get projects done in the city. Now…

    • Gretz Brewery complex | November 6, 2013

State Supreme Court restores powerful blight-fighting tool

Pennsylvania’s Supreme Court has given Philadelphia back its favorite blight-fighting tool. In a Sept. 13 ruling, state justices  unanimously reaffirmed the city’s ability to force property owners to maintain the…

    • ormer Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. speaks to supporters, as protesters demonstrate in the background, during a ceremony to celebrate the naming of a street after him Friday in Philadelphia.

As Philly honors former mayor with street sign, protesters assail Goode’s MOVE legacy

A public ceremony to honor former Philadelphia Mayor W. Wilson Goode Sr. devolved into a heated referendum on his time in office Friday morning. The event in Overbrook Farms showcased the honorific…

    • Fishtown residents debate a development project at a neighborhood zoning meeting.

Risky business: City Planning Commission votes down bill that would help community groups pay for insurance

The city will not be paying your local community organization’s insurance bill anytime soon. That’s the upshot of a City Planning Commission meeting that ended Tuesday with commissioners unanimously voting against…

    • Penn's Landing rendering, park looking east | Hargreaves Associates & redsquare

Knight Foundation funds citywide conversation about park over I-95

A newly funded citywide public engagement campaign will be designed to give all Philadelphians a chance to shape plans for a new waterfront park over I-95 at Penn's Landing, project officials said…

    • The Painted Bride

Painted Bride denied historic status, removing roadblock to iconic building’s sale

Philadelphia’s Historical Commission heard hours of testimony Friday on the fate of the Painted Bride, an iconic art space in Old City that is covered in a distinctive mural celebrating…

    • Aldi rendering from Germantown

Will Philly's parking wars cost Mount Airy a new Aldi grocery store?

Mt. Airy may soon see a new Aldi grocery store on the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Hortter Street. Proposed as the ground-level retail anchor for a $20 million, 100,000-square-foot housing…

    • Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, left, shakes hands with members of City Council at City Hall on Nov. 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City Council is back from summer break. Day 1 ended with construction tax dead and Kenney promising $ for housing.

Negotiations between City Council and Mayor Jim Kenney on new affordable housing funding concluded Thursday morning as the administration and the legislative body came to an agreement to officially kill the…

    • Port Richmond, new construction | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Cindy Bass proposes eliminating 10-year tax abatement

On Wednesday afternoon, Philadelphia City Councilwoman Cindy Bass surprised her colleagues by circulating a bill that would end the city’s 10-year property tax abatement for any projects begun after Oct. 31,…

    • Mayor Kenney speaks at annual budget address. Credit: Emma Lee/WHYY

Philly's construction tax is dead and Kenney wants to pay for affordable housing with cash from abatements

One day before Philadelphia City Council is scheduled to return for its fall session, Mayor Jim Kenney’s administration has proposed an alternative to the controversial 1 percent construction tax passed by…

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