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    • Sheriff sales failing to round up promised bonanza of property tax deadbeats

Sheriff sales failing to round up promised bonanza of property tax deadbeats

Two years ago, the City of Philadelphia offered its legions of tax deadbeats a once-in-a-generation chance at amnesty: a 54-day window to settle their accounts without paying a dime in penalties…

    • Schools bursting at the seams in the Northeast

Schools bursting at the seams in the Northeast

For most Philadelphia neighborhoods, plummeting public school enrollment is a fact of life. In Northeast Philadelphia, however, there is a different problem altogether: too many students, and too few seats.Overcrowding…

    • University City feeling the impact school closings and consolidation threat cast

University City feeling the impact school closings and consolidation threat cast

This story is the product of a reporting partnership on the facilities master plan between the Notebook and PlanPhilly. They were only 142 words, comprising just one proposal among 84 others…

    • University City feeling the impact school closings and consolidation threat cast

University City feeling the impact school closings and consolidation threat cast

This story is the product of a reporting partnership on the facilities master plan between the Notebook and PlanPhilly. They were only 142 words, comprising just one proposal among 84 others…

    • How Philadelphia is failing to proceed on taxes owed

How Philadelphia is failing to proceed on taxes owed

Sometime in the next three months, state lawmakers will begin formally considering a bill that would make Philadelphia finally deal with its 100,000-plus backlog of tax-delinquent properties. It will not be…

    • Abandoned tax delinquent property on the 2300 block of Gerrit Street in Point Breeze (Clem Murray / Inquirer)

Special report: How tax delinquent properties thwart development

For most of its recent history, the 1700 block of Manton Street in Point Breeze was notable only as a 420-foot-long case study in Philadelphia’s ills. Violence? Check. Abandonment? Check. Crack…

    • Flawed delinquency records abound

Flawed delinquency records abound

According to city records, a West Philadelphia company, Neighborhood Restorations, is one of the biggest property-tax deadbeats in town, owing $247,000 on nearly 300 tax-delinquent parcels. But the city records are…

    • A tax delinquent and unsafe eyesore at the exclusive intersection of 18th and Delancey. (Clem Murray/Inquirer)

Many delinquent properties have real market value

How much are delinquent properties in Philadelphia actually worth? Some, like the Foxwoods casino site, are worth plenty. But there are many others — vacant lots and abandoned shells in some…

    • City Council members perturbed by facilities closures that are detailed in leaked School District document

City Council members perturbed by facilities closures that are detailed in leaked School District document

The already dysfunctional relationship between City Hall and the School District of Philadelphia was further complicated this week when the Public School Notebook published a leaked draft version of the district's…

    • West Philadelphia High School, a five-story, brick and limestone structure built in 1911-1912 at a cost of $1.3 million.

District budget crisis focuses pols on school closings

For the past year, City Hall has regarded the looming closure of up to 50 public school buildings as a headache on the horizon: an issue that was sure to…

    • Norma Morales, administrative assistant in Councilman Darrel Clark's office.

Special Report: Salvation, optimism and perseverance in Eastern North Philadelphia

On June 3, 1993, Norma Morales and her three children woke up on a mattress on the floor of a drafty two-bedroom apartment in the Parkside section of West Philadelphia. They…

    • Jesus Sierra, courtesy of APM

How APM turned growing pains into gains

It is hard to imagine what Eastern North Philadelphia would look like today without Jesus Sierra, the city worker who in 1970 founded Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha and built it into…

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