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    • Derek Green | Emma Lee/WHYY

Councilman proposes change to Philly bidding system to boost small businesses

Philadelphia Councilman Derek Green wants to make it easier for small businesses to win contracts with the city. “This would help us to keep dollars in the city of Philadelphia, in…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • A rendering of the Laborers' District Council Education and Training Center proposed for 1333 North Broad St.

Philly's only majority black building trades union planning move from the 'burbs to North Broad

If all goes as planned, Philadelphia’s only majority black building trades union and one of the only construction unions with a majority of members who live in the city will soon…

    • 137-45 Berkley St., the proposed site of a barbecue restaurant

With Wayne Junction's historic district come questions: Some old, some new

For the better part of a century, Wayne Junction was home to dozens of factories and mills. Most of that manufacturing is gone today, and the Philadelphia Historical Commission has just…

    • under the el, 1330 North Front Street, which is an address listed in the new KOZ bill

81 new tax-free sites OK'd by City Council committee

City Council’s Finance Committee has quickly and quietly approved a bill that would create 81 separately listed, tax-free Keystone Opportunity Zones (KOZs), many of them covering multiple parcels, spanning a total…

    • 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…

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A tweak to the city's plumbing code on tap to lower housing costs, but will Philly politics stand in the way?

On Thursday, the city took a first step towards modernizing the city's plumbing code in ways that development industry insiders say could lead to more affordable housing and lowered construction costs across…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Northern Liberties could get new business improvement district in 2018

Northern Liberties is hot. But even as new condos and townhouses multiply in the trendy neighborhood, new business growth has stagnated. The slow pace of commercial development has left residents frustrated…

    • A large crane looms over Chestnut Street.

Inconclusive Zoning: Planning Commission not sold on changes to affordable housing bill

The inclusionary zoning bill that City Council spent all autumn crafting now appears to have morphed into what critics say would essentially be an impact fee on Center City development. In…

    • 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 | Brandywine Realty Trust

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…

    • PREIT/Macerich conceptual plans for the Gallery

Gallery redevelopers paint rosy picture for future of Fashion District Philadelphia and East Market

Everyone knows East Market Street is on the rise. This neglected stretch of prime Center City real estate long symbolized the untapped market potential of Philadelphia’s downtown, hosting a variety of…

    • municipal waffle | Steve Ives, EOTS Flickr Group

Philadelphia reorganizes development-related agencies into single Department of Planning and Development

In a reorganization this week, most of Philadelphia’s distinct housing, development, and planning agencies have been officially united under a single Department of Planning and Development. The department will be divided…

    • Olney Ave.

Council hears fears of outlying "middle" neighborhoods' decline

On Tuesday afternoon, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker held a marathon hearing on “Middle Neighborhoods,” the kind of stable, working-to-middle class areas that kept Philadelphia afloat in the worst years of…

    • University City, going up. | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Takeaways from the State of University City, 2016

The University City District wants you to know that Philadelphia is about to have two central business districts—if it doesn’t already. This year “State of University City” report is a data-filled,…

    • Merchants have sold fresh food on Ninth Street since the 1880s.

Property owners vote down 9th Street Business Improvement District

The 9th Street Business Improvement District (BID), which would have covered the Italian Market and its surrounding blocks, was defeated by a vote of the affected property owners this week. Councilman…

    • Chinatown parking lot

City to weigh 'social impact' of development proposals on public land

The Redevelopment Authority will release a Request for Proposal (RFP) for the surface parking lot at 8th and Race streets on Friday morning. The parcel is 140,000 square feet, a vast…

    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

Council supports Keystone Opportunity Zone expansions, called for greater transparency

Over the past week a bill to designate more than 80 properties as Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones raced through City Council. Introduced last Thursday by City Council president Darrell Clarke and…

    • Frankford Avenue in Mayfair

Mayfair starts envisioning new futures for Frankford Avenue

On Thursday the Mayfair Business Improvement District (BID) held the first in a series of three community meetings to determine the nascent organization’ objectives. As the local youth team, The Holy…

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