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    • 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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