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    •  The Philadelphia judge owned this rowhome at 1514 N. Hollywood St. bought the adjacent vacant lots from the city to use as sideyards. He then sold all three properties. (Emma Lee/WHYY)

Philly judge makes $135,000 gaming city land sales

A Philadelphia judge played the city’s land sale process to flip a publicly owned lot for a windfall, again calling into question city’s process for appraising and selling its land. The…

    • A vacant lot in North Philadelphia.

Philadelphia halts most public land sales, pending reforms

The Philadelphia Redevelopment Authority has put the brakes on a large portion of public land sales. The move follows a blistering Philadelphia Inquirer report that showed political meddling and chronic undervaluation…

    • Septa  on Walnut Street

SEPTA facing $63 million capital budget shortfall over motorists' lawsuit

SEPTA is bracing for a possible $63 million shortfall in its capital budget in 2019, pending the outcome of a contentious lawsuit filed in federal court by two motorists’ groups. The…

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

Philadelphia demolitions hit record high in 2018

Developers began tearing down a record number of Philadelphia buildings in 2018, with more demolitions getting started over the last 12 months than any other year on record. Data from the…

    • Arts & Crafts Holding advertises 1217 Spring Garden Street as

'Spring Arts' remake dogged by tenant complaints, code violations

When Arts & Crafts Holdings bought the property at 1217 Spring Garden St. for $15.7 million in April, the Philadelphia development company pitched tenants in the aging loft building on a…

    • Philadelphia District Attorney Larry Krasner (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Philly DA Krasner wants to personally try cases in 2019

Supporters of Philadelphia DA Larry Krasner voted him into office to be something of an anti-prosecutor — a former defense attorney with deep criminal justice reform bona fides. But during an…

    • A rendering of the planned 30th street subway and glass headhouse.

SEPTA's 30th Street Station getting $37M remake with underground connection to Drexel Square

Rattling El trains and trolleys bring 25,000 commuters a day to SEPTA’s 30th Street subway station. The gilded Deco interior of the better-known 30th Street Amtrak station are just above ground.…

    • The beloved split-flap departure board at 30th Street Station.

Amtrak may spare 30th Street Station's beloved flipping board

The beloved split-flap sign at 30th Street Station, in Philadelphia, may have earned an 11th hour reprieve following public outcry over a proposal to replace the iconic “clickety-clackety” schedule board. Congressman…

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

Kenney crackdown on flipping city lots falls short, critics say

Is it possible to reform Philadelphia’s corruption-prone system of selling public land without removing City’s Council’s informal power over sales? That’s the question a day after Mayor Jim Kenney introduced changes…

    • Philadelphia Police Detective Lawrence Greene bought 2931 Waterloo Street, center, in an auction of property seized by the District Attorney.

Inside the Philadelphia DA’s side hustle — selling seized homes to speculators and cops

Maleny Vazquez remembers when the police came and took the house across the street. Vazquez has only lived on this block of Waterloo Street for a few years, but in this…

    • An empty hallway at the old West Philadelphia High School.

Report: Philly schools lose more to corporate handouts than any other big city

Philadelphia schools face an estimated $1 billion funding shortfall by 2022, but a new national report found that the city is walking away from more school tax revenue than any of…

    • A woman runs past a pile of litter next to a Big Belly trash can on South Broad Street.

Philly litter czar says new street sweeping program coming in 2019

Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney will soon announce a street sweeping pilot program following years of criticism over litter-strewn streets, said Nic Esposito, the director of the mayor’s Zero Waste and Litter…

    • The Budd Co. plant in Nicetown will hit the auction block on Oct. 4.

A Nicetown factory goes to auction

When O’Dell Brown first moved to Nicetown, 42-years ago, there was no escaping the Budd Manufacturing Company. The car, airplane, and rail parts factory looms just across the street from Brown’s…

    • A skyline photo of Center City taken from West Philadelphia.

Philly's 'unpredictable' property tax assessments threatening new development, biz groups say

It’s no secret that successive rounds of property tax reassessments in Philadelphia are giving homeowners agita. But unpredictable reassessments may also be quietly eroding the viability of future development projects.…

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

Gamblers, foreign money and struggling homeowners: Inside Philly’s sheriff sale boom

Above a nondescript dry cleaners in Center City sits a mysterious little office. The rare visitor has to walk through an unrelated tax preparation business to reach its three tiny rooms,…

    • Foglietta Plaza view from Korean War Memorial, November 2016 | 6 Emma Lee / WHYY
    • Light masts on North Broad (Brad Larrison for NewsWorks)

A tale of two Broad Streets: How Avenue of the Arts splintered

Five years ago, on Temple University’s campus, Avenue of the Arts CEO Karen Lewis stood beside a prototype of a “light mast,” the first of 41 metallic, illuminated poles that line…

    • Beatrice Mack, with demolition two doors down. February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Remaking Sharswood: Taking a neighborhood through eminent domain in the name of ‘transformation’

In Sharswood dozens of residents are being displaced through the use of eminent domain, clearing a path for the Philadelphia Housing Authority’s sweeping plans to transform the neighborhood. For our series…

    • Vacant property condemnation by eminent domain, Sharswood, February, 2016 | Emma Lee/WHYY

Explainer: What is eminent domain? How is it working in Sharswood?

Eminent domain is a legal term that refers to the ability of certain public agencies to seize privately-held property under certain circumstances. This power is briefly detailed in the Fifth Amendment…

    • Mayor Nutter, Planning chief Alan Greenberger, developer Ken Weinstein and council member Cindy Bass

Tampering with zoning code led to controversy over Germantown shelter

Last week, city council shelved a piece of legislation designed to patch a loophole in the zoning code that was exploited by, of all entities, the Nutter administration. The bill, introduced…

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