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    • Garages on Lombard Street

City Council moves to require more parking in Philly neighborhoods

In the midst of a heated debate about how to increase the amount of affordable housing in the city, West Philadelphia City Councilwoman Jannie Blackwell is resurrecting a two-year-old bill mandating…

    • People cross a street near a construction site on Market Street in Center City, Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

City budget hearings come to end with no consensus on who deserves a tax break

City Councilmembers raised difficult questions about tax breaks for developers at a time when costs are rising for residents at a Department of Revenue hearing on Tuesday, the last in a…

    • Christian Street Baptist Church is slated for demolition. Developer Ori Feibush plans to build townhouses on the lot.

Neighbors oppose plan to replace Christian Street Baptist Church with $800k townhouses

Residents of Bella Vista love the narrow little side streets that wind through the neighborhood, offering shelter from the buzz of heavy automobile traffic and providing community space for the cozy…

    • A rendering of The Laurel, under development at 1911 Walnut St. (courtesy of Southern Land Company)

Design approved for Rittenhouse Square's final tower

After three years of planning, Philly’s official design critics have given a go to the 48-story tower slated to fill the last vacant spot overlooking Rittenhouse Square. The Southern Land Company,…

    • Inquirer Building, North Broad Street

Bill requiring independent appraisals on city real estate deals likely to become Philadelphia law

It's pretty standard to get an independent appraisal of a piece of property before you buy it. Most of us wouldn't consider buying a house without seeing one — and on…

    • A South Philly developer is planning to redevelop a surface parking lot into a small-format Target topped by apartments. (Courtesy of Target)

A second new Target on the way to South Philly

It’s a good time to own surface parking lots in greater Center City. As real estate values climb skyward, these vestiges of the city’s formerly moribund market have become hot commodities…

    • A residential block in Strawberry Mansion, one of the neighborhoods where assessed home values increased the most in 2018. (Bas Slabbers/WHYY)

Should City Council control Philly property values? New bill says yes.

A battle is raging in City Hall over the latest round of property reassessments and now, a faction of City Council members have introduced a new weapon in the fight: their…

    • Frankford Chocolate Factory at 2101 Washington Ave. ( credit: OCF Realty)

Neighbors bid a reluctant goodbye to South Philly chocolate factory, welcome new homes and shops

The Frankford Chocolate Factory looms over Washington Avenue in South Philadelphia, covering an entire city block, anchoring the roadway in the industrial uses that dominated it for the past century or…

    • 600  University Avenue

A mysterious zoning bill hints at a high-rise future for one of University City's last large undeveloped parcels

When drivers exit University City, headed to the Schuylkill Expressway, they breeze past a ghostly Mid-century Modern motel building at 600 University Avenue. Marooned at the edge of the University of…

    • Darrell Clarke | Emma Lee/WHYY

Darrell Clarke: I’ll 'entertain' Temple's stadium proposal if and when the community supports it

For the past couple months, protests against Temple University’s proposed 35,000-seat stadium have dominated the public comment period customary at every meeting of the City Council. Project opponents have called, repeatedly,…

    • A rendering of Southern Land Company's 1911 Walnut St. tower.

Rittenhouse Square's last tower moves towards 2019 groundbreaking

A soaring luxury apartment tower planned for the last undeveloped corner of Rittenhouse Square got the green light to move forward from the Philadelphia Historical Commission’s Architectural Committee on Thursday. The…

    • Society Hill

From slums to sleek towers: How Philly became cleaner, safer, and more unequal

Harry Schwartz, 84, remembers when his neighborhood, Society Hill, was one of the poorest parts of Philadelphia. But by the time he moved there as a young lawyer in 1969, things…

    • Kensington

Recent court ruling opens a door for homeowners to appeal tax bill

Taxes and lawsuits are unpleasant things. Most of us would prefer to avoid them all together and begrudgingly pay an accountant or lawyer to handle them if we must. Most of…

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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…

    • Robinson building, 1020 Market Street | Ashley Hahn, January 2018
Eyes on the Street

On Market East, an unusual fight in old battle pitting preservation against progress

By Ashley Hahn Market Street east of City Hall was one of Philly’s great shopping streets. After years of decline, the tide has shifted, bringing new development to parts of this…

    • 702 Sansom rendering, from NE | January 2018
Eyes on the Street

Why is Toll Bros. designing a "background" building for an iconic Philly neighborhood?

By Ashley Hahn After a couple of false starts, Toll Bros. is advancing a scaled-back proposal for a condo building, replacing five buildings at the edge of Jewelers’ Row. Toll unveiled…

    • detailed window framing | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

City commits $40 million to repairing rowhomes

The city is launching this summer a new low-interest loan program that provides homeowners as much as $25,000 to fix up their aging homes, Philadelphia Inquirer’s Caitlin McCabe reports. The…

    • Steinbridge Group CEO Tawan Davis. Credit: Kate Devlin

NYC investor promises $50M for Philly’s “middle” rental market

Doing well by doing good in real estate? New York-based investor Tawan Davis has come to Philadelphia with the intention of investing $50 million into affordable rental housing for working families…

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Retracing Martin Luther King Jr.'s steps through Philadelphia

On Monday, Philadelphia and the nation will commemorate the 89th anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.'s birth. A chapter of the civil rights hero’s life unfolded here in the Philly region…

    • Garden Court Plaza. Credit: Post Commercial Real Estate

Post Brothers planning 2 towers to rise in West Philly

Two new towers could be soon rising in West Philadelphia. Post Brothers, the developer behind the lux residential conversion of Callowhill’s Goldtex building, is planning a pair of high-rise additions for…

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