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    • A Passyunk Square municipal complex is slated for redevelopment.

City to redevelop industrial corner of booming Passyunk Square

Philadelphia officials are looking for a developer to remake a valuable tract of city-owned land just off South Philly's thriving East Passyunk corridor.   Bounded by 11th and 12th streets, Wharton and Reed, the…

    • Properties in the neighborhoods surrounding Drexel University offer apartments for a burgeoning student population.

New map shows Philly renter spike sharper than other big cities

Over the last decade, Philadelphia saw a rise in rentership well above the national average, and higher than most of the nation’s other large cities, according to new data released Tuesday…

    • 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…

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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…

    • 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…

    • 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…

    • New houses abut old in Northern Liberties, one of the city’s fastest gentrifying areas.

City officials: Philly to add 100,000 homes by 2028

A housing plan introduced by Philadelphia planning czar Anne Fadullon Wednesday calls for producing and preserving a combined 100,000 units over the next 10 years.   Billed as the first comprehensive citywide…

    • The 100 block of Mole Street -- virtually all of it -- in Center City.

An intimate rowhouse block holds its own as towers rise around it

The 100 block of North Mole Street looks like a lot of older rowhouse blocks in Philadelphia, but with more trees. The shaded street, with its neatly kept brick homes, feels…

    • Blocks of rowhouses in Northeast Philadelphia's Oxford Circle neighborhood

A fresh look at the city's tax-aid programs for its many homeowners

In Philadelphia, fears about development and neighborhood change are often couched in terms of rising home values and increasing property taxes. Philadelphia may be the poorest big city in America, but…

    • Myia Hurst in her Roxborough home. (Photo courtesy of Philadelphia Housing Authority)

Want to move to a better neighborhood? In Philly, help is on the way.

Myia Hurst lived in a constant state of anxiety for five years. The mother of two went to bed with the sounds of gunshots ringing out below their apartment near 60th…

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

Philly landlords evict more people than owners in other large cities

Among large U.S. cities, Philadelphia has emerged as a leader in an unfortunate category: eviction. A new national database published by Princeton sociologist Matthew Desmond, and a team of fellow researchers,…

    • The illegal boarding house at 1855 N 21 St., site of a deadly March 2018 fire.

L&I commissioner: Boarding houses aren’t going away. Philly neighborhoods need to make room for them

Philadelphia’s Licenses & Inspections Commissioner David Perri thinks that the city’s zoning code is “inadvertently” encouraging property owners to illegally carve dwellings into multi-unit boarding houses. The regulations skirted by such…

    • During a rally on May 10, 2017 residents of Penn Wynn House apartment building protest an imminent mass-eviction after the property changed hands recently. (Bastiaan Slabbers for NewsWorks)

Philadelphia renters just scored a courtroom win

For almost a year, tenant advocates and legal aid lawyers have waged a concerted reform campaign aimed at leveling the playing field in Philadelphia's eviction court so to put tenants…

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The politics behind Philly's affordable housing stalemate

2017 ended without a wrap on at least one City Hall controversy: inclusionary zoning. As my WHYY collague Dave Heller and I discussed on Tuesday's NewsWorks Tonight broadcast ( listen to…

    • Rebuilding Sharswood: New townhouse-style units cohabitate with the old Senior Tower on the Norman Blumberg Apartments site, November 2016 | Kimberly Paynter / WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Studying how the neighborhood transformation plan affects former Blumberg tenants

The Philadelphia Housing Authority’s plans for the Sharswood neighborhood have stoked much controversy, but even its critics would agree that the effort is ambitious.   The scale of the project…

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

Councilman Jones pushes tenant rights bill

Tomorrow is zero hour for the tenants of the Penn Wynn high rise in West Philadelphia. On June 1st, the building’s new owners, Cross Properties, are forcing them out of their…

    • Landlord-tenant court in the Widener Building

To reduce unfair evictions tenants need lawyers

In a city with a staggeringly high eviction rate, landlord-tenant court is one of the busiest corners of Philadelphia's municipal judiciary. To get to the court, walk into the lobby…

    • Construction worker

Center City's housing boom slightly outpaces demand

Center City is still booming, the Center City District (CCD) reports. Housing is the subject of the latest report from Philadelphia’s premier business improvement district. The headline number is that 2,506…

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

Matthew Desmond on America's eviction epidemic and housing as a nonpartisan issue

On Monday evening Matthew Desmond, author of “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City,” spoke to an overflowing room at the University of Pennsylvania’s College Hall. The lecture…

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