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    • Willis Hale row at 17th and Jefferson | David Swift, EOTS Flickr Group

Council considers permit fees to support Historical Commission

On Thursday morning, three City Council members introduced legislation to bolster funding for the city’s overburdened Historical Commission. The bill, backed by Blondell Reynolds Brown, Mark Squilla, and Al Taubenberger would…

    • N. 9th and W. Dauphin

Land Bank properties shouldn't accrue stormwater fees

When the legislation enabling the Philadelphia Land Bank was crafted a few years ago lawmakers apparently forgot an important detail: not charging stormwater fees on the properties held by the Lank…

    • The Commission has placed the current fire house at 101 W. Highland Ave. on the Philadelphia Register of Historic Places, ensuring protection against future alterations.

Ballot question on borrowing $184 million for city capital needs

Your attention is no doubt fastened on the electoral showdown between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, or perhaps the Pennsylvania Senate race. But this Tuesday Philadelphians will also have the chance…

    • Photo illustration of advertising, as proposed for 1515 Arch | Interstate Outdoor Advertising, Tantala Associates

Art Commission rejects proposal to use city office buildings as billboards

A proposal to use the city’s Municipal Services Building and One Parkway as advertising backdrops met with bitter opposition at the Art Commission’s Wednesday meeting. The proposal comes three years after…

    • Benjamin Franklin Bridge - January 20, 2013. Paul Drzal.

Governor Wolf to veto DRPA reform bill over senate confirmation of appointees

Governor Tom Wolf will veto a bill passed Tuesday aimed at reforming the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) over a single provision that would give the Pennsylvania State Senate confirmation power…

    • Shells | Jukie Bot, EOTS Flickr Grou

Henon bill targets chronic problem property owners

On Thursday City Council will consider a bill introduced by 6th District Councilman Bobby Henon that would give the city’s property maintenance code some additional punch. The legislation would introduce a…

    • Drexel dorm | Michael Klusek, EOTS Flickr Group

Council eyes expansion of prevailing wage law for building service employees

Philadelphia is one of only a handful of municipalities in the country with a prevailing wage law for building services workers, which requires that janitors and security guards employed in large…

    • City Council should approve a new zoning code on Thursday.

Council passed Keystone Opportuntiy Zone expansion, splits in voting down Parking Authority audit

Thursday’s City Council session a slew of new legislation enacted, with the notable exception of a bill that called for an audit of the scandal-plagued Philadelphia Parking Authority. A majority of…

    • Uber protest | Emma Lee, WHYY

Uber and Lyft illegal again in Philly, as General Assembly lets temporary authorization sunset

The General Assembly entered into recess on Wednesday without extending the temporary legalization of Transportation Network Companies (TNC) like Uber and Lyft in Philadelphia, which ends on Friday. Starting Saturday, ride-hailing…

    • Trains to New Jersey

PATCO board member resigned from board, takes PATCO executive job

Rohan Hepkins resigned as a commissioner on the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and PATCO boards in February, to “pursue career opportunities that may be in conflict with his position on…

    • New L&I tool to visualize 'unsafe' properties is part of departmental data release, upgrades

Department of Licenses & Inspections released new and improved public data sets

On Monday the Department of Licenses & Inspections released a press blast about 11 new and updated open data sets made available in advance of this past weekend’s Code for Philly…

    • Vince Fenerty (file) | Tom MacDonald / WHYY
    • Logan Triangle - Photo courtesy of Logan CDC

Council supports Keystone Opportunity Zone expansions, called for greater transparency

Over the past week a bill to designate more than 80 properties as Keystone Opportunity Expansion Zones raced through City Council. Introduced last Thursday by City Council president Darrell Clarke and…

    • With NPT, SEPTA hopes to implement TransPass limits

SEPTA battles Philadelphia before Supreme Court in jurisdictional war over LGBT protections (again)

On Tuesday the Pennsylvania Supreme Court heard oral arguments for the second time in a case over a now-deceased person’s complaints about a since-abandoned SEPTA policy. SEPTA originally filed suit in…

    • Dr. James Moylan | Moylan Chiropractic

Philly zoning board chair out after FBI raids

The chairman of the Philadelphia Zoning Board of Adjustment has resigned three weeks after his office and home were searched in connection with the investigation into the powerful electrician's union. Mayor…

    • City Hall | Jeremy Marshall, EOTS Flickr Group

Gov. Christie’s decision to pull out of PA-NJ tax reciprocity deal may cost Philly millions in lost wage tax revenues

On Friday afternoon, Governor Chris Christie announced his intention to pull New Jersey out of a tax reciprocity agreement with Pennsylvania. If Christie does end the tax deal, it could prove…

    • View from the Ferry

Philly goes TIGER grant-less for first time, Camden scores $16.2 million

Philadelphia’s TIGER win streak is over. During the Nutter Administration, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation and Utilities had an unparalleled run at winning Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grants, securing…

    • Mixed-use infill on North 2nd Street, Northern Liberties, January 2016

Abatements, assessments, and unanswered questions from land value shift in 2017 property taxes

Ever since the Office of Property Assessment (OPA) released the new 2017 property assessments, unanswered questions have lingered regarding whose tax liabilities increased and why. The 2017 assessments shifted more value…

    • Noncompliant billboard on New State Road.

City Council advances pro-billboard legislation even after city stripped of authority to regulate highway billboards

Following a contentious hearing, a city council committee approved a trio of bills that would bring one longtime illegal billboard into local code compliance and pave the way for the construction…

    • Brian O'Neill zoning

O'Neill bill would codify councilmanic prerogative in subdivision process

A new bill from 10th District Councilman Brian O’Neill could write councilmanic prerogative into the city’s routine planning procedures first time, by shifting power over property subdivisions that the city charter…

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